(Matthew Novenson) Our Biblical Studies Research Seminar speaker for this week is Prof. John M. G. Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham. Prof. Barclay is very well known for his research on the Pauline epistles, Flavius Josephus, and ancient Diaspora Judaism. He is presently undertaking a major research project on ancient perspectives on gift-giving and the apostle Paul’s theology of grace (Greek charis, or “gift”). The first volume of this study, Paul and the Gift, is due out from Eerdmans in 2013. Fittingly, his paper title for Friday’s seminar is “Paul and the Gift: Gift-Theory, Grace, and Critical Moments in the Interpretation of Paul.” The seminar meets on Friday at 11:15 in the Martin Hall, New College. As ever, visitors are very welcome.