Category Archives: Conferences

Call for Papers: From Reformation to Reformations

Amsterdam, 20 September 2017, conference From Reformation to Reformations: On Analogies, Ideals and Ideas. This conference will seek to contribute to the developing field of cross-cultural religious and cultural studies by analyzing the cultural, political and linguistic uses of the “Reformation” in the modern era, from circa 1800 until the present day.

It will investigate how and why modern movements, intellectuals and politicians referred to the “Reformation” as historical event, process, or principle. It will highlight how in modernity, ‘Reformation’ oscillated between a static, historic definition on the one hand, and a dynamic and subjective interpretation on the other. The focus of this conference will be primarily on (post-)modern uses of the term ‘Reformation’ outside the strict context of Protestant theology, but in various other religious traditions and societies.

Go for more information to the website or the pdf.


Reminder: A Conference at Emory Celebrating the Reformation

Posted previously, but worth repeating:

A two-day international conference in Cannon Chapel on April 3-4 will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The conference is convened by Candler and Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion, and sponsored by the McDonald Agape Foundation. Distinguished guest lecturers will include Margot Kässmann, special envoy to the Evangelical Church in Germany; Michael Welker of the University of Heidelberg; and David F. Ford of Cambridge University, among others. Candler faculty members Timothy Albrecht, Patrick Graham, Khalia Williams, and Dean Jan Love will also take part in the conference.

This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary boxed lunches for conference attendees will be served both days. Register here.

The Enoch Seminar

The 9th Enoch Seminar, “From tôrāh to Torah: Variegated Notions of Torah from the First Temple Period to Late Antiquity,” will take place from June 18-23, 2017 at the beautiful Monastero di Camaldoli in Tuscany. Please see the conference site for a detailed description, program, and list of participants:,_conference

Participation in the 9th Enoch Seminar is very limited and by invitation only, but we do have a few open spots. If you would like to participate, please contact Jason Zurawski at at your earliest convenience.

News from the European Academy of Religion

New panels have been added to the list of the accepted proposals:

  1. Identity, Religion and Culture (Sergio Sorrentino, University of Salerno, Italy);

  2. Between the Horn of Africa and the Caucasus: Ancient Eastern Christianities in Interaction (Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev, SOAS University of London);

  3. Catholic Ressourcement and Orthodox Neo-Patristic Movement in Dialogue: Actors, Themes, and Ecumenical Implications (Carlotta Giametta, Fscire, Italy; Viorel Coman, KU Leuven);

  4. Italian Bishops and Reform of the Church in the Age of Charles V (Matteo Al Kalak, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy);

  5. Mobilità e culti religiosi nel Mediterraneo tra Medioevo e Età Moderna (Marcello Verga, CNR, Istituto di Storia dell’Europa Mediterranea di Cagliari, Italy);

  6. Theology and Media (Gábor Ambrus, Ph.D., Pontifical University of St. Thomas, Rome);

  7. Mapping Religious Diversity (Giuseppe -Pino- Lucà Trombetta, Osservatorio sul pluralismo religioso).

Follow the updates, and take a look to the full list of the accepted proposals HERE.


Conference Announcement: University of Nottingham

Call For Papers: Reformation on the Record

Colloque: “La vie tout entière est pénitence…”

Dinner and the Evening Session

Were fantastic!

The Schedule

Getting Oriented

Emory University Law School Announces – McDonald conference celebrates 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation

The fourth in the McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lectures series celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a two-day international conference on April 3 and 4 at Cannon Chapel.  The conference is convened by the Center for the Study of Law and Religion and Candler School of Theology and sponsored by the McDonald Agape Foundation.  This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary boxed lunches for conference attendees will be served both days.

Here is the schedule.

It looks quite good!

Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel in der BMZ Speyer zum Thema Reformation

irene_dingelFrau Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel, Kirchenhistorikerin und Direktorin des Leibniz-Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Abteilung für Abendländische Religionsgeschichte, Mainz, spricht am Dienstag, 14. März 2017, 19 Uhr, Roßmarktstraße 4, Speyer, über das Thema “Im Umbruch der Zeiten – Was ist das Reformatorische an der Reformation?”

Grußwort: Kirchenpräsident Christian Schad. Musikalische Gestaltung: Barbara Baun, Klavier.

Zu der Thematik des Vortrags präsentiert die Bibliothek und Medienzentrale Bücher und Medien, die nach der Veranstaltung kostenlos entliehen werden können. Zugleich besteht die Möglichkeit, den soeben von Frau Prof. Dingel herausgegebenen Kulturführer „Auf den Spuren der Reformation in Rheinland-Pfalz“ käuflich zu erwerben. Der Eintritt ist frei.

Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter

Bibliothek und Medienzentrale der Evang. Kirche der Pfalz
Roßmarktstr. 4
67346 Speyer
Tel. 06232/667-415

She’s a fantastic scholar.  Via.

Coffee With Calvin

At Southeastern Seminary:


This year is the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses. Dr. Bruce Gordon from Yale divinity school will be talking with our own Dr. Stephen Eccher about how we can read theologians so far removed from our time. It will be a great time to reflect on a key time in the history of the Protestant Church! Come and join us for great discussion and snacks. Where: Library Commons Area, Sign-up: Eventbrite. Organization: Library. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.Library – Commons Area.

Meanwhile, In Europe

On December 5, 2016 the Foundation for religious sciences (FSCIRE) launched a “network of networks” among the European institutions that work in the field of religious sciences: the European Academy of Religion.
The launching event was held under the High Patronage of the European Parliament, the Patronage of the Italian Minister for Education University and Research and the University of Bologna, at the presence of a great number of scholars and representatives of associations, societies, research centers, scientific journals, publishers and media working in the different disciplines related to religion: e.g. Anthropology, Archeology, Art, Biblical Studies, Canon Law, Cultural Heritage, Digital Studies, Education, Ethic, Exegesis, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Islam, Judaism, Law, Linguistics, Media, Movie, Musicology, Music, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Politology, Psychology, Sociology, Talmus, and so on (You can find more informations about the initiative at the following this link:

Before the very “first” conference of the European Academy of Religion to be held in March 2018 (which is supposed to continue in the following years at the same date) FSCIRE is now organizing, on behalf of the Academy, the Ex Nihilo Zero Conference, which will be held in Bologna from Sunday, June 18 to Thursday, June 22, 2017. Scholars, societies and research groups are invited to participate to the conference by presenting individual papers and/or organizing one or more panels with speakers of their choice, in order to present themselves, their current researches and activities.
The registrations are open. On the European Academy of Religion website ( You will find the forms to be sent to by Friday, March 31, 2017. The proposals already received will be soon available online. 
Alberto Melloni

Call For Papers: Northern Reformations

om937What did the protestant reformations look like in the north of Europe in comparison with other parts of Europe? How did the cultural, political and economic consequences of the religious change affect the relationship between Scandinavia, the British Isles and continental Europe? Various questions related to these main themes will be discussed at the conference “Northern Reformations” in Tromsø, September 21–22, 2017.

Although still highly interesting for further scrutiny, the way in which England and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland came out in the seventeenth century as fairly different results of the turbulent fifteen hundreds has been subject to much research. Looking at international reformation research today, however, we know far less about the reformation paths undertaken by the areas that today constitute the five Nordic countries and how they differ from those in the rest of Europe. These differences are not merely due to chronology; the Nordic reformations are not only later stages of the German reformations. The different northern reformations took their own, independent courses.

Within these northern European areas and today’s nation states, some highly interesting regional differences can also be traced. In the sixteenth century, the state borders of Northern Fennoscandia were not yet drawn, and Norwegians, Swedes, Finns, Kvens, Karelians, Russians – and the indigenous Sámi people inhabited these vast areas. The Russians were Orthodox Christians – and so were many of the Karelians and Eastern Sámi groups. Many of the Sámi further west were well acquainted with western forms of Christianity, while still practicing traditions from their indigenous religion. These factors provided further challenges for the ruling kings and protestant theologians who set out to reform their subjects in the north.

This borderless area, with a distinct ethnic dimension, has been the main area of interest for the research project “The Protracted Reformation in Northern Norway” (PRiNN) – since 2014 one of the main concerns of the multi-disciplinary research group Creating the New North (CNN). The third and last book publication from this project will be launched at the conference. In addition, there will be sessions exploring other northern dimensions of the European reformations, as well as an account of the status of current Nordic reformation research.

Go here for the details.

Short Papers – Seventh Annual RefoRC Conference 2017 Wittenberg

refo500-ondertitelThe entire slate of papers can be viewed here.  Do take a look.

Call For Papers: British New Testament Society

The British New Testament Society Annual Conference
St Patrick’s College, Maynooth 31st August – 2nd September 2017

Proposals for papers are invited for the British New Testament Conference 2017 to be held in Maynooth, Ireland from Thursday 31st August – Saturday 2nd September. Paper proposals of not more than 300 words should be sent directly to the relevant Seminar chairs by Friday 21st April 2017. Proposals for the Simultaneous Short Paper session should be sent to the Secretary, Dr Paul Middleton ( Specific Seminar Calls for Papers are below.
Book of Acts
Sean Adams (
Matthew Sleeman (

We welcome seminar papers approaching Acts from a variety of angles and using a variety of methods: historical, literary, textual-critical, theological, archaeological, the social world, possible links/parallels with other biblical and ancient writings, and so on. We also include topics for discussion which relate Acts to the wider contexts of Luke-Acts and the Pauline corpus, where they are relevant and helpful to the study of Acts. Offers of papers are welcome both from research students (this is a great opportunity to ‘try out’ your ideas) and from more established scholars.

The Acts and Paul seminar groups are happy to announce that they will be having a joint session as one of our three sessions scheduled for the 2017 Conference. In light of this collaboration, we are particularly interested in receiving paper proposals that engage with the theology, genre, structure and/or themes of Paul, Paul’s letters, and Acts.

Papers may require a full seminar session for discussion (90 minutes) or take half a session (45 minutes). We make papers available on the British New Testament Society web site a few weeks before the conference so that seminar members can read them in advance. At the seminar, the paper’s author presents a 10-15 minute summary before discussion, in order to maximise discussion time in the seminar.
David Moffitt (
Whilst papers on any topic relating to Hebrews will be considered, the Hebrews Group particularly invites proposals relating to the much debated question of the cosmological assumptions underlying this early Christian text.
Helen Bond (
Justin Meggitt (

This year we will share two sessions with the “NT: Use and Influence” and the “Synoptic Gospels” seminar groups. One of these will be a panel discussion of the Irish writer Colm Toíbín’s novel, The Testament of Mary, with invited participants. Offers of papers for the second shared session are invited on the theme of ”Jesus and Contemporary Media”. Offers of papers are also invited for our third session, on any topic of interest to the “Jesus” seminar group.

Paper proposals for the shared session on “Jesus and Contemporary Media” should be sent to Justin Meggitt, the co-chair of the Jesus seminar group ( Paper proposals for the Jesus open session should be sent to Helen Bond ( or Justin Meggitt (, co-chairs of the Jesus group.
Johannine Literature
Cornelis Bennema (
Janet Unsworth (

The Johannine Literature seminar receives papers on the Gospel of John and/or the Johannine Epistles. Offers of papers are welcome both from established scholars and from research students and the Seminar provides an excellent opportunity for feedback from experts in the field.

This year, one session will be dedicated to the discussion of Troels Engberg-Pedersen’s new book John and Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2017). There will be a panel consisting of Prof. Engberg-Pedersen (University of Copenhagen) who will present his new book, and two respondents. This will be followed by an extended open discussion. In the remaining two sessions, there is scope for four to five papers. Papers are normally 30 minutes, allowing time for questions and discussion, but shorter papers of 20 minutes are also welcome.
The Book of Revelation
Michelle Fletcher (
Simon Woodman (

The Revelation Seminar welcomes proposals related to the study of the Book of Revelation. We aim for a balance of papers, ranging from textual and exegetical analysis to the reception history of the apocalypse.
New Testament and Early Christianity
Loveday Alexander ‎[]‎
Dominika Kurek-Chomycz ‎[]
Francis Watson []

The Early Christianity seminar is issuing an open call for papers for the 2017 BNTS Conference, and welcomes offers of papers on any aspect of the New Testament and early Christianity, especially where these are not covered by other seminar groups. In addition to the open session and an invited paper session, the third session will focus on “Early Christian Eschatology”, and we invite offers of papers on this theme. Priority may be given to papers that engage both canonical and non-canonical texts, or that relate the eschatology of a particular text to a wider context.
New Testament and Second Temple Judaism
Susan Docherty (
Matthew Novenson (

The NT and Second Temple Judaism Seminar will have three sessions in 2017, two invited and one open-call. There will be a session on current research in Qumran studies, with papers from Timothy Lim, Joan Taylor, and Benjamin Wold. We will also have a book review session on Matthew Novenson’s The Grammar of Messianism (OUP, 2017) with panelists including Philip Alexander and Grant Macaskill. For the open-call session, we invite papers on any aspect of the study of NT and ancient Judaism, including but not limited to social history, material remains, apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, Qumran, Philo, Josephus, and the rabbis. Interested parties should email paper proposals to both co-chairs.
New Testament: Use and Influence
Chair: Alison Jack (
Chair: John Lyons (

This year we will share two sessions with the “Jesus” and the “Synoptic Gospels” Seminar Groups. One of these will be a panel discussion of Colm Toibin’s novel, The Testament of Mary, with invited participants. Offers of papers for the second shared session are invited on the theme of ”Jesus and Contemporary Media”. Offers of papers are also invited for our third session, on any topic of interest to the NT: Use and Influence Seminar Group.
Peter Oakes (
Sarah Whittle (

Papers are invited on any aspect of Pauline literature.
Social World of the New Testament
Louise Lawrence (
Minna Shkul (

In 2017 we are planning to address embodiment of religion and bodies in the NT, more generally. We welcome proposals that examine gender, sex, sexuality, embodied rituals and religious experience in the New Testament and early Christianity, or contemporary lived religion as it arises from or relates to these themes in the NT writings.
Synoptic Gospels
Andy Angel (
Elizabeth Shively (

This year we will have two joint sessions with the “Jesus” and the “NT: Use and Influence” Seminar Groups. The first will be a panel discussion of Irish writer Colm Toíbín’s novel, The Testament of Mary, with invited presenters. The second will be on the theme “Jesus and Contemporary Media,” for which we welcome paper proposals. The third will be an open session on any topic in the Synoptic Gospels, for which we also welcome paper proposals.

Paper proposals for the joint session on “Jesus and Contemporary Media” should be sent to Justin Meggitt, co-chair of the “Jesus” Seminar Group. Paper proposals for the Synoptic Gospels open session should be sent to Andy Angel or Elizabeth Shively, co-chairs of the “Synoptic Gospels” Seminar Group.
Simultaneous Short Papers
Paul Middleton (

Proposals for 20-25 minute papers are invited for the simultaneous short papers session. Preference will be given to papers that do not easily fit into one of the established seminar groups. Proposing the same paper for this section and one of the seminar groups is not permitted.

Via Paul Middleton

The Heart of the Matter: Luther’s Concept of Reformation

The Heart of the Matter: Luther’s Concept of Reformation will be the theme of the lecture by Herman J. Selderhuis, March 15 in Philadelphia.The Gaffin Lecture on Theology, Culture, and Missions is a lecture in biblical or systematic theology to honor the work of Dr. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., professor of Biblical and systematic theology, emeritus.

Each year a renowned Reformed scholar is invited to speak the Gaffin lecture. Past lectures have been given by Drs. Bruce Waltke, Robert Letham, Paul Wells, Al Mohler, D. A. Carson, David Wells, John Piper, Peter Jensen, and Noel Weeks. 

Date and Time: Wed, March 15, 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Location: Westminster Theological Seminary



Via.  And if you have the chance to hear Prof. Selderhuis, you should.  He’s brilliant.

The Old Testament in the New Testament Hawarden Conference 2017 Programme

Draft Programme

Wednesday 5th April

6.45 Dinner
Session 1 Chair: Susan Docherty
8.00 – 8.15 Welcome and Introductions
8.15 – 9.15 David Lees – Textual Ripples: A Different Methodological Approach

Thursday 6th April

From 8.00 Breakfast
Session 2 Chair: Steve Moyise
9.15 – 10.30 Joshua Coutts – The Catalyzing Role of Scripture for John’s Gospel
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
Session 3 Chair: David Allen
11.00 – 12.30 Rikk Watts- Rethinking Context in the Relationship of Israel’s Scriptures to the NT: Character, Agency, and the Possibility of Genuine Change
12.30 – 1.00 Break
1.00 Lunch
Free Afternoon
3.30 – 4.10 Tea
Session 4 Chair: Susan Docherty
4.15 – 5.15 Bart Koet – A Tale of two Teachers: Jesus About Jesus and John the Baptist
5.15 – 6.15 Anthony Royle – The Vorlage of Paul’s Citation in Ephesians 5:14: New Horizons
6.15 – 6.45 Break
6.45 Dinner
Session 5 Chair: Steve Moyise
8.00 – 9.00 David Allen – What Makes ‘Two by Two’ Ark-etypal?

Friday 7th April

From 8.00 Breakfast
Session 5 Chair: Steve Smith
9.15 – 10.15 Kelsie Rodenbiker – Quotation vs Characterization: The Catholic Epistles and Old Testament Exemplars
10.15 – 10.45 Coffee Break
Session 6 Chair: Susan Docherty
10.45 – 11.45 Georg Walser – Quoted Text and Interpretation: Is There Always a Correspondence?
11.45 – 12.45 Hans Lammers – The Textual Form of the Quotation from Isaiah 6:10 in Mark 4:12: Influence from a Targumic Tradition or an Example of Inner-Gospel Exegesis?
12.45 – 1.00 Closing Reflections and Plans for Hawarden 2018
1.00 Lunch followed by departures


David Lees: Textual Ripples: A Different Methodological Approach?

In my research into the possible New Testament reception of the book of Esther, I have encountered difficulties by following more accepted methodological approaches such as Hays’ criteria. With the lack of NT scholarship that looks back to the book of Esther, one can enter circular arguments that are difficult to break out of (with regards to issues of volume and recurrence). As such, in this paper I will put forward the working hypothesis of a new methodology that, rather than looking back to the book of Esther, aims to travel forward with the book of Esther into the New Testament texts and world. To shape this, I propose the metaphor of textual ripples; each text is like a ripple or wave that travels outward from its original source interacting in different ways with different obstacles. Some ‘obstacles’ would be passed over and no interaction made, others cause the ripple to change direction, others may lead to ‘constructive interference’ where two or more waves converge, others may be more like a cliff face that cause a strong reaction with ‘textual spray.’ The context of the New Testament would determine the different forms of obstacle – accounting for the possibility that there may be no obstacle – and direct the researcher to evaluate whether there is textual evidence for this interaction. Rather than starting with a New Testament author and looking at what sources they use to shape their own text, this paper aims to open a conversation on how research can being with an Old Testament text and looking at how it may have rippled into, and reacted with, the New Testament context. This proposed methodology will be explored with a case study of the possibility that Esth. 8:17 can be identified in Gal. 2:14 through the word ιουδαιζω.

Joshua Coutts: The Catalyzing Role of Scripture for John’s Gospel

Many New Testament studies of intertextuality focus on how NT authors appropriate OT texts and themes. Observations are made on the hermeneutical principles which underlie the use of the OT, the interpretive tradition within which the NT authors operate, and the unique theological or stylistic motivations which may account for adaptations of the OT in new contexts. The comparison of texts has proven very instructive for answering such “how” questions, as we can observe similarities and differences in the use of the OT. Yet, often implicit in these discussions, are assumptions about why NT authors draw upon the OT. The question of what catalysts moved NT authors to draw upon the OT is more difficult to answer. Nevertheless, an attempt will be made in this paper to do so, with particular attention to John’s Gospel. There are likely several catalysts for John’s use of Scripture including an emerging Gospel tradition, the need to address problems such as Jewish obduracy, and the desire to legitimate the allegiance to Jesus of an emerging Jesus-community as contiguous with the narrative and promises of Israel. In addition to these, this paper will explore the possibility that Scripture in general, and perhaps particular texts of Scripture, were used against this emerging Jesus community (cf. John 5.39; 6.31; 7.52), and consequently had become a flashpoint around which the uniquely Johannine Gospel tradition coalesced.

Rikk Watts: Rethinking Context in the Relationship of Israel’s Scriptures to the NT: Character, Agency, and the Possibility of Genuine Change

Employing Collingwood’s notion of “historical imagination,” this paper seeks to imagine how the NT writers related to Israel’s Scriptures. Two assumptions appear foundational. First, as the eternal word of Israel’s unique and only God and creator, the faithful and unchanging Yahweh, the Scriptures were normative in revealing his character and in articulating his relationship with his creation and their relationship with him. If so, it makes better sense methodologically, to begin, not the with NT use of the OT, but Israel’s Scriptures’ normative shaping on the NT. Second, given Israel’s unique understanding of Yahweh and of his creation (gifting it with the possibility of genuine change) this relationship is primarily neither conceptual nor even literary but personal. Since persons are known through their agency (MacMurray), that is words and deeds over time, the fundamental orientation and “grammar” of this relationship ought to be historical and narratival. If so, “context” becomes a matter of where a given textually construed event fits into the larger narrative of Yahweh’s relationship to his creation and particularly what it says of his character and thus what Israel and the creation can expect of his future actions. This paper proposes that when viewed from this perspective the NT authors see what Yahweh has done in Christ to be both entirely consistent with his past and promised future interventions, and more profoundly revealing, of his character. We will examine some example texts, but hopefully allow considerable time for discussion.

Bart Koet: A Tale of Two Teachers – Jesus about Jesus and John the Baptist (Luke 7:18-35)

This paper poses a question about where we can find a great wisdom teacher who uses children’s rhymes to depict his teachings. Such a teacher can be found in Luke 7:31-35, where Jesus explains both his own teaching and John the Baptist’s and defends their teachings, albeit so different from each other, by referring to a children’s song. An analysis of the communication shows that in 7:35 there is a reference to the fact that all the people and even all the tax collectors choose the baptism of John and that therefore there is a possibility for the audience to become children of Wisdom by joining one of the teachers.

Anthony Royle: The Vorlage of Paul’s Citation in Eph. 5:14: New Horizons

The Vorlage of Ephesians 5:14 has been disputed by various scholars. The citation is introduced by the authoritative words “He (God) says”; however, there are no Scriptures that match the citation word for word, which has led to various hypothesises regarding its origin. Some scholars have noted similarities of phrases used in Ephesians 5:14 (Awake O Sleeper and rise from the dead) with Isaiah 26:19 (O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing or Joy) and Isaiah 60:1 (Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you). The difficulty with this view is that Paul’s citation uses a different tense in Greek to Isaiah LXX. Furthermore, the insertion of the title χριστον (And Christ will shine on you) in place of the Isaiah LXX’s more frequent title, κυριον (Isaiah 60:1), indicates that it is unlikely Paul was citing any known written text of Isaiah and that the Ωorlage is Christian in origin. In response, some scholars have speculated Paul used an unknown apocryphal source, and even a Gnostic writing, for his citation. The majority view is that Paul is citing an early Christian baptism hymn that was inspired by a Spiritual song (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16); however, the hymn is unlike any other creedal statement of the early church in the New Testament and the issue of baptism does not fit the context of Ephesians 5. As scholars have sought to propose a written Vorlage for Paul’s citation in past studies, this papers looks to new horizons of research that may lend to the evolution of Paul’s citation from Isaianic texts. I propose that the change of grammar, the conflation of texts, and the insertion of words in Paul’s citation from the LXX are impacted by three influences; rhetoric, social memory, and religious experience. Recent NT studies in these three areas have shown how they impact the citation technique of Paul and other NT writers, as well as their Jewish and Greco-Roman contemporaries. This paper seeks to highlight their importance to understanding the influence of Isaiah in Paul’s citation in Eph. 5:14.

Dave Allen: What makes ‘two by two’ ark-etypal?

In a recent article, Joan Taylor explores the accounts of Jesus sending disciples out 2 by 2, and concludes that this is an allusion to the Noah account of 2 by 2 entry onto the ark (with the implication that Jesus dispatches male and female ‘missionaries’ in such pairs). Taylor presents the allusion pretty much as an established given, and focuses more on the outcomes, so to speak, of the implied allusion. I would like to use her thesis on the mooted allusion as some sort of test case – what methodological assumptions does she make, and on what grounds does her proposal correlate with current OT/NT approaches?

Kelsie Rodenbiker: Quotation vs Characterization: The Catholic Epistles and Old Testament Exemplars

This paper examines the use of Old Testament (OT) exemplars by the seven-letter collection of Catholic Epistles (CE). Is their approach a matter of textual access, as some have suggested (e.g., Popkes regarding James)? I argue that, despite the diversity of authorship, dating, and theme within the CE, their use of exemplary OT figures is indeed strategic. There are fourteen OT quotations throughout the CE (primarily in 1 Peter), but eighteen exemplary figures. Significant connections to parabiblical/pseudepigraphal literature may be seen with regard to these figures (especially Enoch and Michael in Jude). However, read within the context of the canon they nonetheless evoke OT narratives. Further, because at least some of the CE can be shown to make use of textual material aside from their use of exemplars, I argue that access cannot be the only operative matter. I suggest, then, that the seven-letter collection presents a unique witness to the citation of OT figures alongside, and perhaps even in place of, quotations.

Georg Walser: Quoted Text and Interpretation; Is There Always a Correspondence?

When working with quotations from the Old Testament in the New, the correspondence between a quoted text and its interpretation can in some cases be very hard to comprehend. Mostly, this difficulty is due to the fact that we, of course, cannot know what was in the mind of the interpreter. However, in a few cases the quoted text is extant in various forms, and occasionally one of the variant readings seems to fit the interpretation better than the one found in the actual quotation. The question arises, if perhaps the interpreter had another version of the text in mind from the one quoted, when he made his interpretation. In Qumran there are some well-known examples, where this might be the case. This is also true for some interpretations in the Midrashim and in the early Church Fathers. But what about the New Testament? Are there any such examples in the New Testament, where the quoted text is not the text in the mind of the interpreter, i.e., the author of the New Testament text? And what could possibly be the reason for quoting one version of a text and presenting an interpretation of a different one?

Hans Lammers: The Textual Form of the Quotation from Isaiah 6,10 in Mark 4,12: Influence from a Targumic Tradition or an Example of Inner-Gospel Exegesis?

In the Gospel of Mark we encounter some 25 quotations from the Old Testament. An analysis of the textual form of all of these quotations shows that most of these depend on the LXX. In addition, the textual form of only a few quotations agrees verbatim with any of the extant LXX versions of the passage quoted. In some instances, we find a difference in textual form not accounted for by any OT version of the passage quoted which at the same time does result in a shift of meaning (e.g. Isaiah 6,10 in Mark 4,12; Isa 29,13 in Mark 7,7; Exod 20,17/Deut 5,21 in Mark 10,19; Zech 13,7 in Mark 14,27. In this paper, I will address one of these quotations, that of Isaiah 6,10 in Mark 4,12. Whereas there are several indications that the textual form of the quotation of Isaiah 6,9-10 in Mark 4,12 is dependent upon the LXX, the final clause exhibits a deviation not accounted for by any extant version of the LXX nor by the Hebrew of the MT. Several scholars have explained Mark’s textual form here (ἀφεθῇ αὐτοῖς) as dependent upon a tradition which eventually ended up in Targum Jonathan. Yet, Mark’s καὶ ἀφεθῇ αὐτοῖς as an interpretation of the LXX’s καὶ ἰάσομαι αὐτούς fits the narrative context remarkably well. Mark’s deviant textual form may therefore be due to influence from the narrative context, and present an example of what I call ‘inner-gospel exegesis’. Specifically, I will analyze the preceding unit 3,20-35 as part of the larger literary section 3,7 – 4,34 and show how the issue of not receiving forgiveness is linked to important characters: the scribes from Jerusalem (3,22) and Jesus’s relatives (3,20-21). Both are of the opinion that Jesus’ ministry of healing and exorcism is the result of his being possessed by an unclean spirit (3,30). This opinion is designated as blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, an offense that will never be forgiven (3,29-30). According to the Markan narrator, this rejection to acknowledge Jesus’ ministry as driven by the Holy Spirit places the scribes and Jesus’s relatives outside the ‘family’ of Jesus-followers (3,30-35). It is to ‘those outside’ that the quotation of Isaiah 6,10 is applied in a form deviating from the LXX but fitting the context perfectly. At the end of my contribution, I will present a tentative answer to the question whether Mark’s deviant textual form of Isaiah 6,10 is due to inner-gospel exegesis or that his view of Jesus’ ministry is best understood as a midrash on the deviant targumic rendition of this biblical passage. My answer is that we have here an example of ‘inner-gospel exegesis’. I will propose that in the other instances in Mark where we meet a variant textual form of an OT quotation but cannot explain it by referring to extant OT versions, we may be faced with the same phenomenon.

Schattenwurf Zwingli

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