Category Archives: Conferences

The SOTS Summer Meeting

SOTS Summer Meeting to be held online

In light of continuing uncertainty regarding the appetite for and feasibility of gathering in person or, in hybrid form, in July this year, the Committee of the Society for Old Testament Study has approved a recommendation from its Programme Sub-Committee that the Summer Meeting under the presidency of Professor Hugh Pyper will be held fully online from the 12th – 14th of July, 2021.

While this news will be disappointing for many of us who are missing meeting in person, the excellent attendance at our first ever online meeting this past January – and a very promising programme for the July meeting – augurs well for a successful Summer Meeting, the details of which will be forthcoming shortly.

Via the Society’s Secretary.

Trends in Reformation Studies

This was exceptionally interesting.  Three of the best scholars in Reformation studies, Susan Karant-Nunn, Beth Plummer, and  Victoria Christman shared their thoughts on trends in our field.  The session was recorded and you will be able to find it in due course on the Meeter Center facebook page.

Conference Announcement: The Hebrew Bible, Gender and Sexuality day-long seminar

Created Male and Female The Hebrew Bible, Gender and Sexuality day-long seminar

Programme 12-7 pm, 26 April 2021

  • 12:00 – 12:15 Welcome & introductory remarks
  • 12:15 – 1:00 – Deborah Rooke (Oxford, UK), Religion, Power and Politics: Priests & Priesthood
  • 1:05 – 1:50 Sarah Nicholson (Glasgow, UK), Sex Workers in the Hebrew Bible
  • 1:50 – 2:30 Break for Lunch
  • 2:30 – 3:14 Brian Charles DiPalma (Fresno, CA), Masculinity Studies
  • 3:20 – 4:05 Rhiannon Graybill (Memphis, TN), Bodies, Gender and Sexuality
  • 4:10 – 4:55 Janice De-Whyte (Loma Linda, CA), Virginity, Celibacy, Barrenness and Reproduction
  • 4:55 – 5:10 Break
  • 5:10 – 5:55 Mercedes Garcia Bachmann (Buenos Aires, AR), Judges
  • 6:00 – 6:45 Ken Stone (Chicago, IL), Samuel and Kings
  • 6:45 – 7:00 Closing Remarks

Sponsored by the Oriel Centre for the Study of the Bible, & Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Research Seminar, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford,

Register here.

‘I Don’t Want to Do It, So No One Should be Able To…’

That seems to be the disposition of a few folks regarding SBL and in person meetings this year.  ‘I don’t want to do it, so I don’t think SBL should have in person meetings this year’ may not be the exact words used, but it is exactly the intention.

If you don’t want to attend in person SBL, don’t.  If you don’t want to drink milk, don’t.  If you don’t want to pay airfare to visit Tahiti, don’t.  But do you then really have the right, or really any standing, to insist that others not do what they are willing and able to do?  The answer is no, you don’t.

There’s no point in getting exercised about a meeting that you don’t want to attend.  Just don’t go.

Problem solved.

But don’t have the hubris, nay, the utter arrogance to insist that an entire conference be shuttered to in person attendees because of your own personal preferences.  Who are you to decide the actions of others, and who are you to vaunt your feeling feels to the apex of all feelings?

Many people are fully vaccinated, and many more will be by November.  Many are wanting, craving, longing for a visit to a book hall and face to face conversations with friends and the thrill of delivering a paper worked over and over again and polished to near perfection and you in your hubris may think that Zoom satisfies all longings but you are wrong.

Scholars need community just as much as families do.  If you think that Zoom is the answer, then by all means, ask session chairs to arrange a zoom dial in.  But don’t pretend that everyone feels the same way.

For my part, I hope SBL meets in person this year.  But I won’t insist you agree.  Nor will I demand that SBL bow to my wishes, or else….

Conference Announcement: ‘Contamination’ vs. ‘Contagion’

‘Contamination’ vs. ‘Contagion’
Diagnosing and Treating Infection (or Virus?) in Mesopotamia
Workshop with Professor Dr. Mark Geller (UCL)
Faculty of Theology, Zurich
Kirchgasse 9, CH-8001 Zurich
Room KIR-1-103
Friday, 29 October 2021, 14:00-18:00
Saturday, 30 October 2021, 10:00-12:00; 13:30-18:00

When Mesopotamian physicians or diagnostic priests labelled a disease vector as a ‘demon’, the modern ‘microbe’ analogy often turns out to be inaccurate, since a virus is not a living organism but a particle comprising protein molecules and its own genetic materials. Moreover, it is important to avoid the common error of assuming that ancients had a notion of ‘contagion’, which is a modern idea from the 19th century.

Mesopotamia physicians did, however, have the idea of ‘contamination’, which they referred to as either ‘unclean’ or ‘unholy’, meaning that all physical contact was to be avoided. Ironically, an ancient diagnosis of disease as ‘contamination’ often comes closer to how one needs to deal with the threat of a virus: rituals for washing, bathing, and general attention to hygiene, in addition to ‘social distancing’.

The use of quarantine was recommended in a recently published cuneiform tablet from the British Museum, from about 500 BCE, recommending assigning the patient with fever to separate quarters for at least three days, where he was wrapped in wool and sat in the dark, with a sign on the door indicating that he was ill. Drugs were applied, but what kinds of drugs? These questions will be addressed in our discussion.

Via Konras Schmid.

Dutchlanders- A Zoom For You: “Symposium ‘Priesterlijke zielen gevraagd m/v'”

I guess it’s about something related to priestly goals ravaged.  I don’t know.  But you will.  Here’s the info.

Op woensdag 7 april 2021 organiseren de Katholieke Vereniging voor Oecumene, Refo500, Uitgeverij Summum en de Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn het symposium Priesterlijke zielen gevraagd m/v.

Alle christenen zijn door het doopsel met Christus verbonden en delen onder meer in Zijn priesterlijke taak: aan de hele wereld het Evangelie te verkondigen, de zielen te redden en het Rijk van God te verbreiden.

Luther en Calvijn benadrukten enerzijds de grootsheid van het priesterschap: alle gelovigen worden op elk moment en in het midden van de wereld opgeroepen tot de grootste eerbied en verantwoordelijkheid tegenover God. De Katholieke Kerk benadrukt deze grootsheid van het gemeenschappelijk priesterschap ook. Tegelijkertijd vormt dit leerstuk een grote uitdaging.

Dit symposium laat de deelnemers reflecteren op de vraag wat de noodzakelijke voorwaarden zijn voor een goed begrip en een goede uitoefening van een betekenisvol christelijk gemeenschappelijk priesterschap midden in de wereld.

Hoofdspreker op het symposium is Martijn Pouw. Hij is r.-k. priester van het Opus Dei en promoveerde in 2019 aan de Pauselijke Universiteit van het Heilig Kruis in Rome op het proefschrift Greatness & Limits of Common Priesthood in the 16th Century Reformed Theology. A Realist Phenomenological Study of the Common Priesthood in Luther and Calvin from a Roman Catholic Perspective.

Go to the link above for more.

Hawarden, Session 4

And we’re wrapping up-

What an exceptionally interesting series of papers over a couple of days.  If you can attend this conference, do so.

Hawarden, Session 3

This one is on the Synoptics, for 3 hours, and kicks off now.

Part two- Ruth Norris’s paper was excellent.

Part three- with Julie Walsh presenting-

This Is What A Break Looks Like When Academics Zoom Conference

And there’s always that one mic left open…  😉    We can hear you in the kitchen, man… we can hear you!

Hawarden, Day 2

Is underway.  Three sessions are scheduled today.  With breaks in between.  It’s going to be a good day.

Hawarden, Again

Ian Paul discussing Elijah in Revelation 11.  Great, great stuff.

Hawarden, Day One

The papers have commenced.  It is going to be a very fine conference.  And I’m glad to be able to be here for it.

Call For Papers: The Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements: Critical and Interdisciplinary Approaches.


The aim of the conference is to facilitate critical and interdisciplinary discussion of apocalypticism, millenarianism and associated movements across time, place, and culture. Academic fields include anthropology, archaeology, biblical studies, critical theory, cultural studies, history, literary studies, political studies, psychology, religious studies, sociology, etc. The interdisciplinary scope is broadly understood to include methodologies, comparative approaches, and showcasing of research more specific to individual fields of expertise.

All the details are here.

International Women’s Day Panel Event: “Lost in Translation: Women and Scripture”

To celebrate International Women’s Day next month*, the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity is to hold a panel discussion about how women are often “translated out” of sacred texts, from Jesus’ female disciples to Paul’s companion Apostles. Panelists from New College, which is marking its 175th anniversary, include Professor Helen Bond and Dr Sara Parvis, and the event, will be chaired by Professor John Barton, of the University of Oxford.

The panel was recorded.  When I receive the link I’ll update the post and you’ll be able to see the whole.

*The announcement of the event was made in February.

“The National Knowledge Center on the History and Heritage of Jerusalem and its Environs: New Digital Tools in Jerusalem Research”

Via Avraham Faust-

A workshop on “The National Knowledge Center on the History and Heritage of Jerusalem and its Environs: New Digital Tools in Jerusalem Research” will take place this Thursday (March 11, 2021).

The workshop, which will be held in Hebrew, will present the internet platform we are currently developing (financed by a grant from Israel’s ministry of science and technology), and which will enable scholars to study the wealth of archaeological and historical information we currently possess on Jerusalem and its environs using GIS tools. The platform itself will have full interface in both Hebrew and English and, once completed, could of course be adopted for use in any region or context.

A separate session will include some additional papers covering related topics.

I am aware of the language barrier (as the workshop is in Hebrew), but hope that some of you will find it to be of interest and relevant.

Details for registration are provided below: .  For help in registration and additional information please contact

Registration is Open for SCSC 2021

Registration for the annual meeting of the SCSC and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel are open. To register for the conference and book hotel reservations, please visit

Die Zürcher Reformation in Europa: Beiträge der Tagung des Instituts für Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte 6.–8. Februar 2019 in Zürich

This was a brilliant conference.  And this is one conference volume you will very much want to read.

Im Januar 2019 jährte sich zum 500. Mal der Beginn der Zürcher Reformation und damit der Beginn des weltweiten reformierten Protestantismus als Konfessionskultur und als kulturprägende Kraft. Am Jubiläumskongress im Februar trafen sich die führenden Reformationsgeschichtlerinnen und Reformationsgeschichtler aus aller Welt in Zürich. Die Beiträge präsentieren und bündeln den aktuellen Forschungsstand zur Zürcher Reformation und eröffnen neue Perspektiven in historischer, wirkungsgeschichtlicher und theologischer Hinsicht. Das Hauptaugenmerk der Forschenden liegt dabei auf der Rolle der Zürcher Reformation in der europäischen Reformationsbewegung.

Many of the essays will be in English.  It is projected to be out in June.  Be sure to mark your calendars.

Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity, 2021

The program is now available.

CBA Annual Meeting Plenary Presenters

This is a good lineup!

Lyndal Roper’s Lectures on the Peasants War

105 people were in attendance at the lecture today.  And a good one it was!  Two more in the series- one on Tuesday and the last Wednesday of this week. There’s still time to sign up.

She calls the series a corrective of her take on the Peasants War in her biography of Luther.