I hope you have all enjoyed a very good Christmas.
I am writing with some updates about the next Hawarden seminar, which is fast approaching.
1. I hope to confirm what papers have been accepted and produce a draft programme around 20th January 2017. Many thanks to all those who have submitted abstracts. If you do wish to offer a paper but haven’t yet been in contact with me, please do get in touch ASAP.
2. There is an enforced change in the programme to report. You will remember that we had hoped to devote considerable space to dialogue between ourselves and some leading Hebrew Bible scholars, but unfortunately one of these, Bill Tooman (St Andrews University), has had to withdraw due to other commitments. He is, however, keen to present at our 2018 meeting instead, and I’m glad to say that, in the light of this, our other confirmed speaker, Katherine Dell (University of Cambridge) has also kindly agreed to defer her input until 2018, so that we can facilitate a good discussion on one occasion between NT and HB perspectives.
3. I am delighted to announce that the first bursaries in memory of Maarten Menken have been awarded and two PhD students working specifically in the area of OT in the NT will get a free place at our 2017 seminar and the opportunity to present a paper to us. The first recipients of the fund are Hans Lammers from the School of Catholic Theology at the Universities of Tilburg and Utrecht, Netherlands (Maarten’s own former Institution, and Hans is one of Maarten’s former students) and David Lees from the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham UK. Many thanks to the generosity of all those who made donations towards these bursaries. Corja Menken has been kept up to date with all these developments and is delighted that Maarten is being remembered in this way. I intend to hold further discussions at the next seminar about how we best administer the fund and select recipients for the next two years.
With all best wishes to you all for a very happy New Year,Susan
Professor Susan Docherty, Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism/Head of Theology, Newman University Birmingham