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Shtick! Life of Brian


Perhaps one of Monty Python’s most notorious productions, Life of Brian has been widely criticized for its blasphemous nature and the seeming resemblance between Brian and Jesus Christ. In this episode, prof Corssley will discuss this issue and explain how he thinks the film should be interpreted, and answer the question – is Brian indeed Jesus?


Oct 28, 2020 05:00 PM in London

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Quote of the Century

When at academic conferences…

I wish chairs would hold presenters to time. Allowing one speaker to hold a session hostage with an egregiously long paper robs all of us of the opportunity for scholarly exchange. – Susan Cogan

OH how TRUE!  Do it!

Save the Date: Calvin Congress 2022

This email arrived one year ago today:

Dear colleagues,

It is still a little early, but we want to make sure that you start planning to attend the next Calvin congress, so we would like to draw your attention to the place and time of the event: August, 22–25, 2022 at MacKenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo, Brazil. We are delighted that MacKenzie, through the Andrew Jumper graduate school of theology, is willing to host the Calvin Congress. We are still working on the program, but please note the dates. We hope to have the website up to date soon, and we will publish new information as soon as possible.

Please forward this message to all colleagues who might be interested.

Kind regards,
Karin Maag
Arnold Huijgen

I’ve never been to South America.  This should be brilliant!

The Marburg Lecture

Prof. Friedrike Pannewick (University of Marburg) Public Lecture (online): Arab Spring Martyrs – a Site of Commemoration and Contestation in Egyptian Graffiti, Thursday 8 October, 18.00-18.50 (CET), keynote at “Understanding abnormalities in Biblical figures”, Marburg.

It was extremely interesting!

Reminder: A Marburg Lecture

Via Lukas Bormann-

Prof. Friedrike Pannewick (University of Marburg) Public Lecture (online): Arab Spring Martyrs – a Site of Commemoration and Contestation in Egyptian Graffiti, Thursday 8 October, 18.00-18.50 (CET), keynote at “Understanding abnormalities in Biblical figures”, Marburg.  Ask for link and password: of Prof. Pannewick’s online-keynote to the International conference, University of Marburg / Åbo Akademi University, international network Studies in the Reception History of the Bible.

6 PM on Thursday in Marburg is 1 PM Eastern Time in the US.

Save the Date for CBA 2021

The 83rd International Meeting of The Catholic Biblical Association is scheduled for July 31-August 3, 2021 at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Much of the program that had been planned for 2020 is being carried over to 2021. In January 2021, members will receive an email with more information about the program.

Call for Papers: Adolf von Harnack Conference

In 2021 it will be 170 years since the birth of Adolf von Harnack – a Baltic-German Lutheran theologian, a church historian, leading figure in German science management and a notable social figure of the 19th and the 20th century. After two large conferences in 1998 and 2001 devoted to Harnack, it is time to organise a third conference at the University of Tartu, a place, where Harnack was born and began his studies.

Etc.  I love von Harnack!  I want to go!!!!!  See the link above.

The SOTS Winter Meeting

Winter Meeting to be held online

In light of ongoing coronavirus restrictions and uncertainties regarding the possibility of meeting physically in January, the Committee of the Society for Old Testament Study has approved a recommendation from its Programme Sub-Committee that the Winter Meeting, scheduled for January 5-7 in Durham, be now held fully online.

While it is regrettable that we will not be able to meet physically as usual, we are excited by the opportunity to make the experience of the Winter Meeting available at a much reduced cost (£25; £10 for the usual concessions) and to those who might not otherwise have been able to attend physically.  We will of course do all that we can to make the meeting as engaging as ever and appreciate your patience as we work out the final details, with a view to sharing these in the coming weeks.

Further information will be circulated, and posted on the website, as soon as it is available.

Coming to the Meeter Center

Mark Your Calendars!

On September 24-25, 2021, the Meeter Center will host a conference on the Puritans to commemorate the 401st anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

Our conference will feature five plenary speakers: Dr. Margaret Bendroth, Emeritus Director of the Congregational Library in Boston; Dr. Abram van Engen of Washington University St. Louis, and author of _City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism_ (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020); Dr. Adrian Weimer of Providence College; Dr. Richard Muller, Calvin Seminary Emeritus; and Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn of Westminster Seminary Philadelphia.

We’ll have more information for you as the date approaches. In the meantime, check back here for updates and reflections on this important anniversary.

Hawarden Old Testament in the New Conference Update

Dear colleagues,

I hope this finds you all well and facing the new academic year in good spirits, despite current circumstances.

I am writing with an update about the Annual OT in the NT Seminar. If you do not wish to receive further communications about this, please let me know by sending a brief reply to this email, and I will remove you from the distribution list.

We are hoping to hold the seminar at the usual time of year, from 25th to 27th March 2021, but no firm booking has yet been made, due to the uncertainty around travel and social distancing. We will, therefore, update you later in the year. However, we will definitely not be able to meet in Gladstone’s Library Hawarden, as no date​ for their re-opening has yet been set. A small group has been convened to investigate other possible venues in the UK. All our efforts are focused on arranging a meeting in person, but if the pandemic does not look set to abate by the spring, we will hold some kind of event via zoom or other online means, so that we do not miss another year entirely.

So please do hold the date if you are interested in attending the seminar and I will let you have further details as soon as I can. In the meantime, all best wishes,


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

Christian Ethics in Times of Plague

From Pitts Theology Library-

Pitts was delighted to host Professor Anna M. Johnson in the library’s inaugural Kessler Conversation with over 70 attendees last week! In case you missed this insightful session on “Christian Ethics in Times of Plague,” you can view the recording on demand from the comfort of your own home!

Don’t forget to register for the next two installments in this fall’s Kessler Conversation series on “disease, healing, and pastoral care in the 16th century,” in addition to the live streamed Reformation Day Worship Service led by Bishop Leila M. Ortiz of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod of the ELCA.