Category Archives: Conferences

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.

Protestant Bible Scholarship: Antisemitism, Philosemitism, and Anti-Judaism

Protestant Bible Scholarship: Antisemitism, Philosemitism, and Anti-Judaism (26-27 May 2019, Oxford)

This conference brings prominent biblical scholars and scholars of Judaism together for a conversation about the foundations of our fields. We want to generate a discussion of how a biased understanding of Judaism became integral to the discipline. This conversation is about understanding, healing and changing that discussion through critical thinking and ethical reading.

The conference will take place on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May in Oriel College, Oxford. To download the conference programme, please click here. This event is organised by the Centre for the Study of the Bible in the Humanities at Oriel College, Oxford. All are welcome and participation is free, but places are limited and registration is required. Please register as soon as possible by filling out the online registration form here.

Call for Papers: Urtext, Archetype, Fluidity or Textual Convergence The Quest for the Texts of the Hebrew Bible

The response to the question “What is the text of the Hebrew Bible?” is today, one of the most complex but also most fundamental epistemological issues faced by Hebrew philologists and Biblical theologians. The Dead Sea discoveries, the resurfacing of divergent textual forms in medieval manuscripts (e.g., in the Cairo Genizah), and the reevaluation of textual traditions preserved in ancient translations like the Septuagint or the Samaritan Pentateuch exhibit a textual plurality that challenges, and often even seems to contradict the concept of a linear relation between the different textual witnesses. Moreover, new approaches like the so-called “new philology” raise new questions and challenges. It imposes to reevaluate the textual history of the Hebrew Bible and very basic concepts of textual criticism, like “original,” “Urtext,” “archetype,” “authorship,” “redaction,” or even “text.”

Generally, in textual criticism, the aim is “to produce a text as close as possible to the original” (Maas, 2003, 1). However, the traditional definitions of concepts like “original” and “Urtext,” that are applied as points of departure, are far from being clear and often highly problematic. For Avalle, the concept of “original” is “l’un des concepts les plus fuyants et les plus ambigus de la critique textuelle” (Avalle, 1972, 33). Moreover, the observation that the concepts often seem to have been shaped by 19th century romanticism rather than by textual evidences, raises many questions: Is the original “the text that goes back to the author” (Dain, 1975, 103)? Is the original an autograph? Is the original an authentic text that represents the “volonté de l’auteur” (Avalle, 1972, 33), or even the latter’s “inner speech” before he starts to write (Froger, 1968, 6, for all these references, see Duval, 2015, 208-210).

And much more.  See it all here.

BNTS Booking is now Open

Via the Secretary of the BNTS, Steve Walton-

Booking for the 2019 British New Testament Conference at Liverpool Hope University is now open. The Conference will begin on Thursday 5 September (registration from 3 pm; drinks reception 5.30 pm) and end with lunch on Saturday 7 September (lunch is at 12.45 pm).

You can register for the Conference via Liverpool Hope’s online store here. (You will be asked to create an account, but it is very quick and straightforward.) Booking is open until 5 August, but Early Bird rates are available only until 31 May (£190 en-suite; £175 shared facilities; £115 non-residential). On 1 June all the rates will rise by £20.

This year, besides the usual accommodation in student halls, we offer double rooms (hotel standard) for couples (£390 for two people, including also conference registration, all the meals, refreshments and receptions). It is possible for individuals to book one of these executive double rooms for single use (£260).

Please note that Liverpool Hope University has two campuses, Hope Park and Creative Campus; the conference will take place at the main campus, Hope Park. Travel details by various means to Hope Park are here.

This time we are excited to offer several pre-conference tours on Thursday, as well as visits to our library special collections, led by my colleague, Dr Gergely Juhasz, during free time on Friday. The pre-conference offer includes the following curator-led tours:

  • Walker Art Galley 13th to 17th century paintings, with a focus on paintings with biblical themes, but also including other highlights; led by curator Xanthe Brook (Continental European Fine Art). Thursday 5 September, 11.30 am–12.30 pm. £7 per person.

All the tours are offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Availability is limited, and once capacity is reached, you will not be able to book onto a tour. If this happens, please email me here.

There are several other excellent museums in Liverpool (see here), so I encourage you to come earlier (or stay longer), and explore them on your own. If you plan to do so, and wish to book additional accommodation, or if you have any other questions, please let me know.

When you register, you will be asked if you are willing for the organisers to share your name, institution, email address, seminar choice, and research interests with other delegates. This request is to enable us to produce a printed list of delegates which will enable you to find others working in the same area as you and to contact them easily. We need your permission to share this information because of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduced last year.

Looking forward to welcoming you in Liverpool in September,

Dominika Kurek-Chomycz

Save the Date: The 2020 Hawarden OT in the NT Conference

Via the undersigned-

Dear colleagues,

Many thanks to all the presenters and participants at the 2019 Annual Seminar on the Use of the OT in the NT, which came to a successful close yesterday.

The dates for next year’s gathering (again at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, North Wales) have been agreed, so we will meet from the evening of Thursday 2nd April until after lunch on Saturday 4th April. 2020. We will again be looking to focus our discussions particularly, but not exclusively, on the re-use within the NT of themes, motifs and narrative structures drawn from Israel’s scriptures (rather than specific citations). Further details will follow in due course, but please save the date if you’d like to join us. I hope to see many of you in Hawarden next April, and in the meantime send best wishes to you all for Eastertide and beyond.

Professor Susan Docherty
Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism/Head of Theology
Newman University Birmingham

I Already Miss Our Regular Chats

I’ve been thinking, as one does when one loses a friend, a lot about Peter Stephens today.  Here he is in February in Zurich.  Around the conference and at dinner.

The nice thing about the Christian faith is our assertion that death doesn’t have the final say over life.  I look forward to seeing him again in eternity, where his health problems are resolved.

Photos may not be re-used or reposted without my express permission.

The Crossley/ Fredriksen Smackdown

Details here.  And if you can’t attend in person, it should be live streamed on James’s facebook page.

This event will be a discussion of the latest book by Prof Paula Fredriksen (Boston University/Hebrew University of Jerusalem) entitled ‘When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation.’

There will also be a response by Prof James Crossley (St Mary’s University).

Reminder: Barth and Romans- The Conference at the University of Geneva

The program of the international conference on the Römerbrief of Karl #Barth at the Faculty of theology of @UNIGEnews in #Geneva June 5-7, 2019, is now online!

Conference details here. Via Andreas Dettwiler.

A few month after the Great War, in 1919, a young unknown pastor published a commentary on the epistle to the Romans that would become one of the great theological works of the 20th century. In opposition to the liberal and conservative theology of his time, Karl Barth offered a new reading of the central Pauline text in which God reveals Godself as wholly Other.

A century later, what should we make of this text, rooted as it is in the post-World War I period and its social and theological conflicts? Bringing together experts in the field and young researchers from different continents, the international und multidisciplinary conference organized by the Faculty of Theology of the University of Geneva June 5-7 2019 invites both retrospective and prospective responses to this question.



Public lectures

  • Beverly Gaventa (Baylor University, USA)
  • Jean-Luc Marion (Académie française and University of Chicago)

Conference papers

  • Hans-Christoph Askani (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • John Barclay (Durham University, UK)
  • Benoît Bourgine (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium)
  • Philippe Büttgen (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)
  • J. Kameron Carter (Duke Divinity School, USA)
  • Christophe Chalamet (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • François Dermange (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Andreas Dettwiler (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Mark W. Elliott (University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK)
  • Anthony Feneuil (University of Lorraine, France)
  • Michaël Foessel (École polytechnique, France)
  • Pierre Gisel (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Matthias Gockel (University of Basel, CH)
  • Emmanuel Gougaud (Service national pour l’unité des chrétiens, France)
  • Jean Grondin (University of Montréal, Canada)
  • Elio Jaillet (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Cambria Kaltwasser (Northwestern College, USA)
  • Declan Kelly (University of Aberdeen, UK)
  • Pierre Manent (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, France)
  • Amy Marga (Luther Seminary, USA)
  • Bruce McCormack (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA)
  • Andrew J. Peterson (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA)
  • Shannon Nicole Smythe (Seattle Pacific University, USA)
  • Sarah Stewart-Kroeker (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Michael J. Thate (Princeton University, USA)
  • Günter Thomas (University of Bochum, Germany)
  • Brandon Watson (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Claudia Welz (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Matthias Wüthrich (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Matthias Zeindler (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Luke Zerra (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA)
  • Philip Ziegler (University of Aberdeen, UK)
  • Peter Zocher (University of Basel, Switzerland)

Organizing CommitteeFrançois DermangeAndreas DettwilerElisabeth Parmentier and Sarah Stewart-Kroeker

Conference Announcement: Reframing Wisdom Literature

Kings College London is hosting the event (which looks fantastic).

We are delighted to announce the complete programme of the conference ‘Reframing Wisdom Literature. Problematising Literary and Religious Interactions in Ancient Wisdom Texts’.

Please find the programme below. The conference is free to attendand refreshments will be provided but registration on this page is required. Please register by Thursday 23rd May.

Registration options include participation in Thursday and Friday group dinners, and you are more than welcome to join us. Just please keep in mind that dinners will be at an extra cost, and that the availability for Thursday dinner is limited.

You can read more about the conference aims and download the conference booklet and poster on our website.

Looking forward to welcoming you in London,

The organisers, Anna and Sara

The Swiss Reformation at 500: Conference Announcement

Think “Reformation”, and the words Martin Luther, Wittenberg, 95 Theses, and 1517 spring to mind. But Luther was not the only Reformer, and Wittenberg was not the only city where the Reformation began. About 360 miles further south, in the Swiss city of Zurich, Huldrych Zwingli began his public ministry in January 1519, preaching sequentially through the Gospel of Matthew. Like Luther, Zwingli started out his career as a Catholic priest. Like Luther, Zwingli had studied the Bible extensively, in Zwingli’s case focusing on Erasmus’s Greek New Testament.

As he worked and preached in Zurich, Zwingli increasingly noticed the divergences between what the Bible said and the practices of the Catholic church of his day. Why did the Church say people had to abstain from meat during Lent? Where in the Bible did it say that clergy had to be celibate? Zwingli’s questions grew as did discussions in the city about the need for a Reformation in church practice and doctrine. By 1523, the Zurich magistrates authorized two major public debates between Zwingli and his colleagues and supporters on the one side, and defenders of traditional Catholicism on the other. The official process of Reformation had begun. By 1523, preachers in Zurich were to base themselves solely on Scripture for their sermons. By 1525, the Catholic Mass had been banned in Zurich’s territory.

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Swiss Reformation, and to highlight its enduring impact, the Meeter Center is hosting a two-day conference on Friday Sept. 13 and Saturday Sept. 14, 2019, at Calvin Theological Seminary. Speakers include Bruce Gordon (Yale), Amy Nelson Burnett (Nebraska-Lincoln), John Roth (Goshen), Jordan Ballor (Acton), and Esther Chung-Kim (Claremont-McKenna). The conference will also feature an exhibit of early printed books related to the Swiss Reformation and a re-enactment of the January 1523 disputation. Don’t miss it!

To register, please click here.


New Trinitarian Ontologies

Conference Announcement: New Trinitarian Ontologies, Cambridge University

Theologians once studied the question of being so as to study the far greater question of God. Modern ontology has often attempted to build a towering structure of being, but, by failing to secure its foundations, has evacuated being into nothing. Yet if ontology cannot contain but rather points to God, then we may once more begin to investigate new approaches to metaphysics or ontology in imitation of the Trinity. We may witness today a great opportunity, one that is equally post-analytic and post-continental, to collaborate in the construction of new ontologies of the Trinity.

More here.

The Reformation in Black and White: Zwingli, Books, and Bibles

If you are in Zurich, or anywhere in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, or anywhere- go to this program on April 12.

Schreiben, Drucken, Übersetzen – Die Reformation löste ein stetes Ringen mit den Ursprüngen und Deutungen in der Welt der geschriebenen und gedruckten Buchstaben aus. Die fünfte Ausgabe unserer Veranstaltungsreihe widmet sich nach den Personen und Orten nun zwei Aspekten des schriftlichen Vermächtnisses in Zürich: Zwinglis Privatbibliothek, die Grundlage für sein Schreiben und Denken war, sowie die Schriften, Bibeln und Drucke, die im Grossmünster aufbewahrt werden und nun in einer Ausstellung Zeugnis über die reformatorische Wirkungsgeschichte an diesem Ort ablegen.

Wir lernen in dieser Veranstaltung den Reformator von einer neuen Seite kennen: Wir wissen über den Leutpriester, dass er gerne las, vor allem griechische Klassiker, und dass er verschiedene Bibliotheken konsultierte. Zudem besass er selber eine stattliche Privatbibliothek von über 440 Titeln. Die Privatbibliothek eines Gelehrten ist bekanntlich der Spiegel seiner intellektuellen Vorlieben sowie seiner Forschungs- und Tätigkeitsgebiete. Dies trifft auch für die Büchersammlung des Zürcher Reformators zu, von der noch 205 Titel gefunden werden konnten. Der Vortrag von Dr. Urs Leu gibt einen Einblick in diesen interessanten Fundus und weist auf verschiedene Neuentdeckungen hin.

And more.