Category Archives: Conferences

10th Annual RefoRC Conference News

May 27-29, 2020
the Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity
hosted by the University of Aarhus.

The details are all here.

The Princeton 2019 Barth Conference Lectures

Tagung: “Hier stehe ich. Gewissen und Freiheit – Worms 1521”

Find all the details here.

The 2019 Karl Barth Conference in Geneva- Online

You can listen to or watch many of the papers presented in Geneva.  With thanks to Hywel Clifford for the heads up.


Conference Announcement

The full details are here.

European Academy of Religion Keynote Lecture


With the choice of this topic we wish to highlight the powerful effect religion has on public and personal life and that this effect relates to all fields of life such as fashion, politics, art, leisure, art, ethics and science.  The relation between power and religion tends to be seen merely negatively, yet history and the present demonstrate also how religion can positively have a powerful effect on individuals and societies.

All in all EuAre 2020 has a fascinating and highly relevant overall topic.

Herman Selderhuis, President of the European Academy of Religion, Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn

A Photo Gallery of the 2019 Barth Conference in Geneva

Here, on the University of Geneva’s facebook page.

James Crossley’s Lecture on the Bible and the Peasants’ Revolt is Available Online

The podcast of the Ed Conrad Memorial Lecture on the Bible in the Peasants’ Revolt and its reception in English politics by CSSSB’s James Crossley is now available.  Here.

The 2019 Ed Conrad Memorial Lecture was held on Wednesday 29 May 2019. The lecture titled ‘From the Peasants’ Revolt to Jeremy Corbyn – The Fate of the Bible in the English Radical Tradition’ was delivered by Professor James Crossley.

The presentation slides can be viewed online here.

Reminder: Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity

May 27-29, 2020, the Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity will take place in Aarhus, hosted by the University of Aarhus.

Introduction — The European reformations meant major changes in theology, religion, and everyday life. Some changes were immediate and visible in a number of countries: monasteries were dissolved, new liturgies were introduced, and married pastors were ordained, other more hidden. Theologically, as well as practically the position of the church in the society changed dramatically, but differently according to confession and political differences.


Follow Christophe To Keep Abreast of the Barth Conference in Geneva

He’s on the twitter here.  And he’s live tweeting the conference focusing on the 100th anniversary of the publication of Barth’s ‘Romans’ (first edition, 1919).

Tyndale Fellowship Conference Plenary Lectures

24-28 June 2019

The Tyndale Fellowship Conference is an opportunity to engage in current developments and discussions in biblical and theological research. The conference brings together seven discipline-based study groups, each of which presents a plenary lecture which is open to the public.

This year’s plenary lectures will be held at Wolfson College, Cambridge. They do not require a conference registration to attend, and are open to all.

The schedule is available here.  Here are a few of the highlights-


2:30pm (Lee Seng Tee Hall)

Dr Matthieu Richelle – Biblical Archaeology –  “Literacy in Ancient Israel and the Writing of the Bible”

7:30pm (Lee Send Tee Hall)

Dr Katharine Dell – Old Testament – “A Wise Man Reflecting on Wisdom: Qoheleth / Ecclesiastes”

Conference Announcement

The 4th Annual Conference of the RIAB Minerva Center, which will be held next week, May 27-29, 2019.

In addition, please note the new publication series of the RIAB Minerva Center, published by Mohr Siebeck, including details of the first volume of the series, which will be out in August 2019, proceedings of the 1st annual conference of the center.

Research on Israel and Aram: Autonomy, Independence and Related Issues: Proceedings of the First Annual RIAB Center Conference, Leipzig, June 2016

Research on Israel and Aram in Biblical Times I Edited by Angelika Berlejung and Aren M. Maeir. This congress volume of the Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times combines theoretical approaches to historical research on autonomy or independence in ancient cultures and then presents articles which study the subject using Aram and Israel in antiquity as examples. These articles show clearly how strongly Syria and Palestine were linked to one another and how they constituted one single cultural region which was connected by its economy, politics, language, religion, and culture.

Biblical Greek Semantics and Metaphor Theory

One-day workshop in Cambridge
Friday 24 May 2019

The second Cambridge Semantics Workshop on the theme “Biblical Greek Semantics and Metaphor Theory” will be on Friday May 24 2019. Further information here.

While the focus will be on Greek the guest speaker in the afternoon will be Professor Pierre van Hecke (Leuven), whose specialism is Metaphor theory in both Hebrew and Greek.

Registration free (including lunch). To attend, please email Dr James Aitken ( to confirm numbers for catering and handouts by May 17th.


What Did Jesus Look Like?

Joan Taylor will address that question at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on June 2.

Everyone can conjure up the traditional image of Jesus: a handsome, white man with flowing locks and pristine linen robes, and most people know that isn’t what he really looked like. Does that matter?

Joan Taylor says that the historical evidence suggests he would have had dark skin and short hair, and would have worn rough, even scruffy, clothes. She says it matters how we picture Jesus because it cuts to the heart of his message: he aligned himself with the poor and this would have been obvious from how he looked.

She will explore both the historical evidence for redrawing our image of what Jesus looked like, and what effect it might have on our understanding of his teaching if he were depicted more accurately, as one of the have-nots.

Was the Shapira Deuteronomy a Forgery?

A day conference at Harvard by Michael Langlois.

I have been invited at Harvard University to discuss the (in)famous Shapira Manuscript.

Half a century before the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered, an antiquities dealer in Jerusalem named Moses Wilhelm Shapira claimed that Bedouins brought to him fragments of an ancient biblical scroll found in a cave by the Dead Sea. The scroll was presented as a 9th century BCE Book of Deuteronomy, that is, two millennia older than the oldest manuscript known at the time! The British Museum was about to buy it for one million pounds when French scholar Charles Clermont-Ganneau exposed it as a forgery.

Shapira claimed his innocence and ended up committing suicide. But was this scroll really a forgery? Though the fragments are now lost, drawings and notes were made by several scholars at the time and may be analyzed in order to assess its authenticity. That is the purpose of the Harvard meeting.

Conference Announcement: The Scribe in the Biblical World

CONFERENCES: The Scribe in the Biblical World (Strasbourg, 17-19 June 2019)

This international conference focuses on the scribe’s status, training, practices, and work in the Biblical world. What was the scribe’s role in Eastern and Mediterranean societies? Were there rival scribal schools? What was their role in daily life? How many scripts and languages did they grasp? Did they master political and religious rhetoric? Did they travel or share foreign traditions, cultures, and beliefs? Were all scribes redactors, or simple copyists? What was their influence on the redaction of the Bible? How did they relate to political and religious powers? Did they have an authority of their own?

To explore these fascinating questions, we invite you to join us in Strasbourg on 17-19 June 2019 by registering here: See you soon!

— Esther Eshel & Michael Langlois

Conference On the Historical Jesus at the University of Lorraine

Jetzt online: 37 Vorträge der Konferenz zur Zürcher Reformation

Im Februar hat die Konferenz  “Die Zürcher Reformation und ihre Rolle in den europäischen Reformationsbewegungen” beim Institut für Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte stattgefunden. Die 37 Vorträge sind jetzt online anzuschauen.

Das Institut für Reformationsgeschichte hat einen YouTube-Kanal erstellt und dort 37 Videos hochgeladen.

Unter den Referenten sind viele nahmhafte Wissenschaftler wie Volker Leppin, Ian Hazlett, Christohp Strohm, Peter Opitz, Emidio Campi, Amy Nelson Burnett und Herman Selderhuis.

Hier können Sie sich die Videos anschauen.

For your viewing pleasure.

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Ancient Media Culture

If you’re in London, you should go to this.

SECSOR 2020 (SBL Southeast) Call For Papers

The 2020 annual meeting Call for Papers is available now. This promises to be one of SECSOR’s largest conferences ever. Please submit your proposal early.

That seems very optimistic, but, OK.