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Call For Papers: The Bible in Modern Culture, Chichester

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Via Paul Middleton-

The Use of the Bible in Contemporary Culture
25th–27th June—University of Chichester

Contemporary western culture contains many references and allusions to the Bible, especially in art, the media, and politics. Such allusions to the words, narratives or motifs of the Bible are often used to inform or reflect public opinion and thereby contribute to current public debate. This conference at the University of Chichester will examine particular examples of these biblical allusions, and the interpretive processes that are involved in their re-appropriation of the Bible.

The conference will focus on three specific areas of interest:

  1. The Bible in politics—the contemporary and historical role of the Bible in politics and political debate.
  2. The Bible in the media and the arts—how the media and arts have used the Bible, especially to reflect or shape public opinion.
  3. Hermeneutics —examining both the interpretive strategies involved in cultural echoes of the Bible, and examining what importance (or even authority) the Bible is seen to have in these situations.

Speakers include
Professor James Dunn, Durham University
Professor James Crossley, University of Sheffield
Professor Yvonne Sherwood, University of Kent
Dr Aaron Rosen, King’s College, London
Nick Spencer, Theos

Call for papers
Papers are welcome from PhD students and established scholars. Presenters will have a 30-minute period for the presentation of their paper and time for questions and comments. If you wish to propose a paper, please send a title and 300-word abstract to Steve Smith ( by Friday 1st May 2015.

For registration and further information please see the conference webpage ( Places are limited: the residential conference fee is £190 (£210 en-suite), with day delegate rates available.

The conference is organised by the University of Chichester in partnership with Bible Society.

Written by Jim

March 4, 2015 at 11:19

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The Hebrew Bible Section of the Southeast Region SBL Meeting

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We meet next weekend- Friday through Sunday.  And here’s our schedule (just for the Hebrew Bible section which, I’m sure, is the only one you’ll be interested in) –

secsor 2015 hebrew bible schedule

Hope to see you there.  If you are attending, note the special (and unusual) time of the Saturday Afternoon session.  We begin at 1:30 instead of 2:30.

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February 28, 2015 at 21:16

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Call For Papers: The II Annual Meeting on Christian Origins

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For the registration and application procedure, please see this page.   Please note: the Call for Papers opens on February 25 and closes April 25, 2015.

There’s more about the Centro Italiano di Studi Superiori sulle Religioni here.

The Italian Centre for Advanced Studies on Religions (CISSR), founded in 1999, promotes the scientific research on religion, with a special focus on the history of Christianity and Judaism. The Center fosters the development of Religious Studies in the academia, organizing scientific meetings, providing support for post-graduate studies, and promoting cultural initiatives on religions.

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February 28, 2015 at 14:03

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The British New Testament Conference: Registration is Open

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Paul Middleton writes

Booking for BNTC 2015 to be hosted by the University of Edinburgh is now open.

There is a link from our website or for the direct link:…

The cost BEFORE (emphasis original) 1st July is £210 residential/ £140 non-residential. It then increases to £230/£160.

To book you need to create an account (which is a very simple process), before going on to book your place. Please make sure you choose the correct option.

You will also need to choose your seminar at the booking stage.

I’m waiting till it’s back in Chester in 2016 to attend.  Chester.  I love that place.  Truly, madly, deeply.  It was there, in that historic village, that I was elected to membership in SOTS in 2008.  It will be nice to return next year.

Oh I want to be back in Chester… and skinny again too.  I have time.

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February 27, 2015 at 14:25

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The 2015 Hawarden “Old Testament in the New” Conference Program and Participants

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In the Director’s email, Susan states

The 2015 Hawarden Seminar is fast approaching and so it is with pleasure that I attach the programme and most up-to-date participants list. Please let me know if you are intending to come but your name does not appear on the list. There is still time to book (direct with Gladstone’s Library by telephone on +44 (0) 1244 532350; please also let me know by email) if you wish to join us.


Wednesday 25th March

8.00-9.00 – Piet Van Veldhuizen – Groups of 50 and 100 in Mark’s Feeding Narrative (Mark 6:30-44)

Thursday 26th March

9.00-9.55 – Susan Docherty – The Reception of Proverbs in Early Jewish and Christian Literature

10.00-10.45 – Arthur Keefer – Paul’s Use of Proverbs in Romans 3:15 – Anthropology, Wisdom and the Fear of the Lord

11.15- 12.00 – Jonathan Norton – When Exegesis is Not the Answer: Distinguishing Logic, Purpose and Rhetoric in Paul’s Letters

12.05-12.50 – Esau McCaulley – Two Eternal Witnesses: The Boulders at Mount Ebal and Habakkuk’s Tablet – Paul’s Use of Hab 2:4 and Deut 27:26 in Gal 3:10-11

4.30-5.20 – Joshua Coutts – Kept in the Shared Name: Exploring the Background(s) of Jn 17:11-12

5.25-6.15 – Kai Akagi – Light From Galilee: The Narrative Function of Isa 8:23-9:6 in Jn 8:12-13

8.00-9.00 – David Allen – The Use of the OT in the NT: Preparing for a Special Edition of JSNT –

Friday 27th March

9.00-9.55 – Bart Koet – Luke’s Representation of Paul as Interpreter of Scriptures in Acts

10.00 –10.50 – Jenny Read-Heimerdinger – James and Simeon (Acts 15:13-21): An Appeal to the Authority of Ecclesiasticus?

11.20-12.00 – Drake Williams- Considering Jewish Influence in Paul’s Exhortation of Imitation in 1 Corinthians

12.05-12.50 – Madison Pierce -The Akedah and Hebrews: The Identification of Jesus with a Patriarch

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February 26, 2015 at 12:30

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If You’re in Cambridge (or London or Vicinity)

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Nathan McDonald announces

The annual Tyrwhitt Lecture will take place at the University of Cambridge on March 4, 2015.  Prof. Reinhard Kratz (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) will lecture on “The Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls”.  The lecture will take place at 2.30pm in the Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.  The lecture is open to all.

Reinhard is a great lecturer.  Informative and entertaining at the same time.  Go if you can.  And for more about the Lecture series, take a look here.

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February 25, 2015 at 20:53

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Bible Grant Lecture Series: Fatal Attraction: Obsession, Aversion, and the Femme Fatale in ancient Judah

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At Maryville College-

Dr. Erin Darby, an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, will be Maryville College’s 10th-annual Bible Grant Lecture Series speaker.

She will speak about Fatal Attraction: Obsession, Aversion, and the Femme Fatale in ancient Judah on Mon., March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall of the Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

And more.  I may try to make it weather permitting.  Having been the object of many fatal attractions, I think it might be interesting to hear how others deal with it.  ;-)

 UPDATE:  On Bible and Interpretation there’s an essay those wanting to attend the lecture (or those interested but unable to attend) will want to read.

Written by Jim

February 24, 2015 at 16:36

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