Category Archives: Conferences

The Hawarden ‘Old Testament in the New’ Seminar, 2022

Dear all,

Following the first meeting earlier this month of the Planning Group and further contact with the team at Gladstone’s Library, I’m delighted to be able to let you know that we have decided to aim for an in-person seminar at Hawarden from 7th to 9th April 2022. We will be in touch with further details nearer the time. Obviously, if the coronavirus situation worsens we will revert to a virtual meeting. I realise that this may not be the best news for those of you who would prefer not to have to travel, but the members of the planning group felt that as we value the personal interaction among ourselves so highly and yet have not been able to meet face-to-face since April 2019, it was important to try to reconnect personally next spring if we can.

I hope you are all enjoying a restful and/or productive summer.

Best wishes,
Susan

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

Conference Announcement

Max Rogland on Ecclesiates at the Meeter Center: A Zoom Conference

Dear friends,

Please join us for the next presentation in our summer webinar series, featuring Max Rogland. Dr. Rogland is the Senior Minister at Rose Hill Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and the 2021 recipient of our Emo Van Halsema Fellowship. A title and brief description of his presentation is included below.

“Chasing the Wind? Pursuing the Annotations in the 1637 Statenbijbel
(Dutch) Translation of Ecclesiastes”

This presentation will consider the link between the interpretation of Ecclesiastes and views on the book’s authorship in the 16th and 17th centuries, taking the Annotations of the Statenvertaling as a starting point. According to these Annotations, “Many of the Learned are of the opinion, that Salomon wrote this Book in his old age, after that he had for many years together turned away from the right path of true godliness; but was now again converted unto God…” Such remarks not only indicate the existence of other interpretive approaches to the book but could even suggest that some voices were already denying its Solomonic authorship, as became common in later scholarship. In this presentation, Dr. Rogland will seek to clarify the Annotations’ intent in their historical context.

The presentation will be followed by a time of questions and discussion. This event will take place on Thursday, August 5th at 1:00 PM Eastern time. Please use the signup link below to register. Note that you need to check the box at the bottom of the page before hitting “submit.” A Zoom link will be sent out to those who have signed up on the day before the event. If you cannot attend the live event but would like a link to the recording, please email ds56@calvin.edu.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A084CA4A62FA6FA7-meeter3

Deborah Snider
Program Coordinator
H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies
Calvin University

Day Three of SOTS

The day started with a paper on the LXX.  Or more, a history of the LXX, and Romanian translations of the Bible.

The second paper I heard (having missed the actual first one of the day due to time zone issues – i.e., I was still asleep) focused on critical readings of the Bible in the 19th century.

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The next paper was on ecofascism and ecological criticism and biblical scholarship.

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Fascinatingly, the alt-right is engaged in ecological issues, and the Charlotte rioters were even chanting ‘soil and blood’ as part of their mantra not only as a reflection of their neo-nazi tendencies but as part of their concern for environmental issues.

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It was a fascinating presentation indeed.  The left is not alone in ecological concerns.  Christian nationalism and ecofascism go hand in hand in many quarters.

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Utterly fascinating indeed.

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SOTS is the absolute best conference, followed by CBA.  If you are a student of the Hebrew Bible you should most definitely consider joining.  Here’s how.

SOTS Summer 2021 Meeting, Day 2

Another great day of interesting papers.  Admittedly, I missed the first one (because I didn’t wake up in time) but from the second on I was alert….

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(insert raised eyebrow here)

The business meeting is always cordial and informative.

And the report of the review committee was very enlightening.

Mark Brummitt on Jeremiah. Delightful paper.

And the last paper of the day, Matthew Coomber’s on ‘Contempt in the Hebrew Bible’. It was extraordinary.

The day was filled with great discussions as well as super papers. Looking forward to tomorrow’s.

SOTS in Days Gone By

Photos by me.  Please do not re-post.

(I took a photo of Joseph Fitzmyer at SBL one year and the next thing I knew, someone had used it on their own website upon his death)(rude).

In person meetings are much better than online.  But online meetings are better than no meetings at all.

SOTS Summer 2021 Meeting

The meeting is totally online this year.  I normally attend the Winter Meeting, so it’s nice to sit in on the Summer gathering.  The full schedule is here.  Take a look.

Here are some of the folk present this evening, for the opening lecture.  There were 86 in total but of course there’s little point in screen grabbing little empty boxes.

Martti’s lecture was super.

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Now, if we’re true to form for the SOTS meetings, we’re all off to the reception.  So I’m going to go eat some snacks and pretend that I’m chatting with Matthew Coomber and Hugh Pyper.

Today at the Salzburg Symposium

I was a bit late to the discussion, but the first session was the Georgian text followed in the second session by a thoroughly engrossing discussion of translation techniques and we wrapped the symposium up.

If you can attend next Summer, DO IT!

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Meeter Center News

Please save the date for the next presentation in our summer webinar series, featuring Christine Kooi.

Dr. Kooi is the Lewis C. and Katheryn J. Price Professor of European History at Louisiana State University, and the 2020 recipient of our Friends of the Meeter Center Fellowship. She will speak about her forthcoming book, Reformation in the Low Countries, 1500-1620, which is slated to be published by Cambridge University Press next year.

This project is the first-ever book-length narrative in English of the Reformation in entirety of the Low Countries (modern-day Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands). An attempt to synthesize more than a half-century’s worth of scholarly research on religious change (Protestant and Catholic) in the Netherlands during the sixteenth century, it focuses on the relationship between religion and politics, especially its contribution to the Revolt of the Netherlands against the Habsburgs and the formation of the region’s two successor states, the Dutch Republic and the Southern Netherlands.

Dr. Kooi’s presentation will be followed by a time of questions and discussion. We hope to see you there!

This presentation will take place on Thursday, July 15th at 1:00 PM Eastern time. You can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A084CA4A62FA6FA7-meeter2, and a link to the zoom portal will be sent to you the day before the event. A link to the recording will be posted on this page afterward.

Today’s Session of the Salzburg Symposium

Another great day of discussion and information, including on the Hexapla.

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Today’s Salzburg Symposium on the Text of Esther

Today’s discussion focused on the Old Greek editions and the modern critical edition from Göttingen.

The discussion was super.

Call For Papers: “Frauds, Charlatans, and Impostors in the Early Modern World”

CFP: “Frauds, Charlatans, and Impostors in the Early Modern World” (RSA Dublin 2022 panels)

Inspired by our ongoing preoccupation with fake news in the present, recent scholarship has done much to elucidate the manufacture and discovery of fakes and forgeries in the early modern period. However, it was not only the identities of texts and objects that were constantly re-created at this time. People too practiced dissimulation and imposture, whether out of religious conviction, a desire for economic gain, or the simple need to survive. The means of detecting imposture developed in tandem with its practice, helping to shape the new state and ecclesiastical bureaucracies of the early modern period.

Yet despite its inherent interest and historical significance, there is still much more that we have to learn about this topic. We therefore invite papers which explore any aspect of the theory and practice of dissimulation, imposture, or their detection in the early modern world. This set of panels will feature a presentation by Miriam Eliav-Feldon, whose “Renaissance Impostors and Proofs of Identity” continues to set the agenda for studies in this field.

Interested scholars are requested to send the title of their paper, a 150-word abstract, and their most recent CV to stefan.bauer@warwick.ac.uk and samjk@princeton.edu by 30 July 2021.

Co-organised by Stefan Bauer (Warwick) and Sam Kennerley (Princeton)

Salzburg Seminar on The Text of Esther

The seminar is online and runs all week from 8-1 with a few breaks scattered about kicked off today and it was genuinely fascinating.  Kristin is a superb presenter and organizer and everyone who presented was super.

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Very much looking forward to the discussions tomorrow.

The International Barth Symposium

All the details are here.

A Slew of Conferences

“Constructions of Gender in Late Antiquity”

DATE: 19-22 July 2021

CHAIRS: Shayna Sheinfeld and Kathy Ehrensperger

Following up on the Enoch Nangeroni Seminar on Gender and Second Temple Judaism (Rome, 2018), this seminar extends the research done in that earlier seminar in order to examine both the continuity and the shifts in the construction of gender as we move into the early 2nd–8th centuries. Our work together in this seminar emphasizes the need for interdisciplinary scholarly discussion across different time periods that are in many ways arbitrary and anachronistic. Participants in this seminar will utilize explicit methodology in their reconstruction of gender from the ancient textual and material sources in the areas of Judaism, Christianity, early Islam, and Roman religions.

Participants include Bernadette Brooten, Peter Mena, Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Carly Daniel-Hughes, Maia Kotrosits, and Lily Vuong.

You can follow the conference on Twitter: #EnochGender21.

For more information, including a tentative schedule and list of participants, visit the conference website. If you have any questions, please contact conference secretary Joshua Scott.

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Paul’s Three Paths to Salvation

DATE: 30 September 2021

TIME: 3-5 pm EDT/New York

What did Paul, as an apocalyptic Jew and follower of Jesus, think about the concept of Salvation? Paul did not convert nor break with his inherited traditions but was part of the lively diversity of Second Temple Judaism. Boccaccini’s Paul’s Three Paths to Salvation (Eerdmans, 2020) is an attempt to reconcile the many facets of Paul’s complex Jewish identity while reclaiming him from accusations of intolerance. Boccaccini’s work in reestablishing Paul as a messenger of God’s mercy to sinners is an important contribution to the ongoing conversation about Paul’s place in the contemporary pluralistic world.

This review panel includes an introduction by the author (Gabriele Boccaccini), review presentations by Lisa Bowens (Princeton Theological Seminary), Isaac Oliver (Bradley University), Matthew Novenson (University of Edinburgh), Cecilia Wassen (Uppsala University), and Emma Wasserman (Rutgers University), followed by an open dialogue among participants.

Register for this virtual event here: http://tinyurl.com/a3szndvk

For more information, contact the event secretary, Joshua Scott.

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Was Paul An Apocalyptic Jew?

Chairs: Gabriele Boccaccini; Lisa Bowens; Emma Wasserman; Loren Stuckenbruck

Dates: 25-27 October 2021

Location: Online

Paul of Tarsus was born, lived and died a Jew. Raised as a Pharisee, he then joined the early Jesus movement, a first-century Jewish apocalyptic and messianic group. Paul became one of the most vocal leaders of the new movement and promoted its expansion among the gentiles. The conference, organized by the Enoch Seminar and the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, aims to move Pauline research to a further stage, beyond reclaiming Paul to Second Temple Judaism and proving that “he was not Lutheran.” By taking Paul’s Jewishness as a shared starting point, the conference explores the figure of Paul within Second Temple Judaism in a line of continuity with the Jewish apocalyptic tradition (and the Enochic tradition in particular), not as an apostate of Judaism but as part of the vibrant Jewish diversity of the time.

In the style of the Enoch Seminar Colloquia, the conference will not be aimed at a general audience, but will instead bring together a group of selected specialists. It will be a workshop with discussion sessions introduced by oral presentations by specialists, more than a series of papers. The goal is to gather all major specialists working in the field and have plenty of time for discussion.

See the conference webpage for a tentative schedule of workshops. For more information, email the conference secretary, Joshua Scott.

A Theology Conference in November

All the information and registration is available here.

K.H. Miskotte’s Biblical ABCs
An International Theology Conference

Save the Date: November 8-9, 2021

K.H. Miskotte (1894–1976) was a Dutch Reformed pastor and theologian. He was also an intensive student of Hebrew Scripture, a sympathetic interpreter of contemporary Jewish thought, and a mediator of Karl Barth’s theology to the Netherlands. As such, Miskotte vocally opposed Dutch Nazism in the 1930s and participated in underground resistance to the German occupation of the Netherlands. He wrote several works to strengthen the spiritual resolve of other resisters—including a short Bible reading primer and anti-Nazi catechism in one, entitled Biblical ABCs.

First published in 1941, the book is urgent, even raw, and yet theologically focused. It concentrates on the form of Scripture, laying out biblical keywords across twelve chapters. These words draw from Hebrew Scripture, which Miskotte prioritizes relative to the apostolic writings of the New Testament; and they orbit the person and profile of God. They take departure from the A of the biblical ABCs, the Name of God, and they conclude with God’s work of sanctifying, which Miskotte identifies as a kind of divine sabotage.

Miskotte’s Biblical ABCs became a foundational text for the school of Dutch Reformed dialectical theology that arose after the war, and it remains popular; a Dutch eighth edition was published in 2016. It is now published in English for the first time. The Biblical ABCs conference, co-sponsored by the Protestant Theological University, the Aberdeen Centre for Protestant Theology, and the Miskotte Foundation, offers an online forum for academic theologians as well as pastors to respond to this event. Confirmed speakers include Philip Ziegler, Katherine Sonderegger, Susannah Ticciati, Rinse Reeling Brouwer, Mirjam Elbers, and Christophe Chalamet.

Registrants will receive a 50% discount code for purchasing the book from Lexington Books/Fortress Academic.

For updates and further information about registration, please watch Miskotte.com and the “upcoming events” page of the Aberdeen Centre for Protestant Theology.

“From Josephus to Josippon and Beyond”: An Online Conference

You can read all the details here, and register to attend.

Classical Reformations: Beyond Christian Humanism

Sign up for the online conference and see all the details here.

Christian humanism has dominated the story of classical reception in Reformation Europe, as the first Erasmian generation of reformers retooled classical texts to Christian ends. Yet the utility of the classical tradition to later generations of reformers has been largely overlooked by modern scholarship. We propose that as the Reformation evolved, the influence of classical learning was as likely to flow in the other direction: that the literature and ideas of the ancient world had a formative influence on Christian politics and theology. Major Reformation figures—from Melanchthon, Sturm, Ascham, and Beza, to many of their Catholic opponents, such as Pole and Bellarmine—were scholars by day, as comfortable with Catullus as Corinthians. Their classical learning actively empowered and shaped the formulation of Christian faith during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

A New Webinar By the Meeter Center

The Meeter Center is pleased to present our summer webinar series, featuring this year’s visiting scholars who are pursuing their research at the Meeter Center.

We hope that you will be able to join us. The first of these will take place on July 1, 2021, at 1:00 pm Eastern time, when we will hear from Amanda Eurich and Preston Hill. Dr. Eurich, our Faculty Fellowship recipient, is professor of history at Western Washington University. Preston Hill, a recipient of our Student Fellowship award, is a Ph. D. student at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Each presenter will speak for half an hour, followed by a time of questions and discussion. A brief summary of their presentations appears below.

Please go here to sign up for the event: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A084CA4A62FA6FA7-meeter1. This event will be recorded, and a link to the recording will be posted here on our Facebook page.

Forgeries: A Symposium

And we’re off-

Programme (Online): 18 June 2021

2.00pm (London time/3:00pm Brussels/9:00am New York): Welcome and Introduction, Stefan Bauer and Magnus Ryan

2.15pm-3.15pm:

Chair: Stefan Bauer (Warwick)

  • Alfred Hiatt (Queen Mary): The Donation of Constantine in 1439
  • Ovanes Akopyan (Innsbruck): “Moscus, father of the Muscovites”: the history of a Renaissance forgery and its aftermath

3.15pm-4.30pm:

Chair: Scott Mandelbrote (Peterhouse, Cambridge)

  • Andreea Badea (Frankfurt am Main): Celebrating the glimpse through the keyhole: Antoine Varillas and the commercialization of the forged sources
  • Jacqueline Hylkema (Leiden): Forgery in early modern art histories: Karel van Mander and the aftermath of Hendrick Goltzius’ The Circumcision (1594)
  • Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh (Cambridge): “Pas si candide, M. Voltaire”: the weaponisation of the Ezourvedam in the emergence of theories of human genesis, 1760-1799

4.30pm-5pm:

Chair: Magnus Ryan (Peterhouse, Cambridge)

  • Joanna Urbanek (Brussels): Introduction to the exhibition “Fake for real: a history of forgery and falsification“, House of European History, Brussels

5pm-6pm:

Chair: Bridget Kendall (Peterhouse, Cambridge)

  • Emmett Sullivan (Royal Holloway): The falsification of history through image manipulation
  • Chris Morris (BBC): Reality check at the BBC
  • Discussion