The Meaning of πίστις (faith) in Paul with Teresa Morgan (Key Terms in Pauline Theology: Part 3)

September 28, 2022 // The Biblical Languages Podcast


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In this episode of the Biblical Languages Podcast, Kevin Grasso talks with Dr. Teresa Morgan about the meaning of πίστις (faith, trust, faithfulness, allegiance, etc.) in Paul.

Teresa Morgan studied Classics at Cambridge, Theology at Oxford, and violin and viola in Cologne and London. After many years teaching Greek and Roman history at Oxford University, she has just taken up the McDonald Agape Professorship in New Testament and Early Christianity at Yale Divinity School. Her writing crosses the borders between ancient history, New Testament and early Christian studies and theology, and she is currently nearing the end of a four-volume project on the history of early Christian faith and its theological implications for today.

Kevin and Teresa discuss the following questions (and many more):

  • What is the difference between the various English translations of πίστις, including belief, trust, faith, faithfulness, allegiance, etc.?
  • Which of these are valid translations of πίστις? How should πίστις be understood in various texts?
  • What is the predominant meaning of πίστις in Paul? How does this help us better understand Paul's theology?

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