The Hawarden Old Testament in the New Conference, 2016

From the organizer-

[It’s time to start arranging] this year’s Hawarden Seminar on the OT in the New. You are all very welcome to join us at Gladstone’s Library from the evening of Wednesday 16th March to lunchtime on Friday 18th March 2016. The library staff are ready to receive our bookings in the usual way – i.e. by telephone (01244 532350 – UK; + 44 1244 532350 from outside UK) or email (, stating that you are part of the OT in NT seminar, but not via the on-line booking facility (which cannot recognise our block booking). Costs will depend on the type of room you book, but will be in the region of £150 – £175.

We agreed at the last seminar that we would have a particular focus in 2016 on discussion of methodological issues in the use of the OT in the NT, so papers on that subject (broadly conceived), or offers to facilitate a discussion on a particular aspect of methodology, are particularly welcome. Can I please have paper titles and abstracts and/or suggestions for structured discussions by Monday 7th December to enable me to put together the programme and circulate it in January. We are hoping to make at least some of the papers available to participants in advance this year, so if you are offering to present, please do bear that in mind.

Looking forward to seeing you in Hawarden in March, and wishing you all the best in the meantime,

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

The September Carnival of Biblical Studies: The ‘September is the Most Boring Month of the Year’ Edition

I’m back to my old chronological ways- in order to demonstrate the utter boring-ness of the month of September.  Summer is over.  School is back in session:.  SBL is still two months away.  And the bloggers are either busy sleeping or otherwise engaged in some lackluster activity.  Where are the oldies but goodies like Goodacre and Davila and Williams and Seland and Heard and the others who were there in Philadelphia in the late 90’s when blogging began?

21977_large_why-is-yawning-contagious04‘Enjoy’ the [slim to none] offerings [although it has to be said, there’s quality in what was posted.  Real genuine authentic quality]:

1- Vacat

2- Vacat

3- Vacat

4- Finally, a post!  This one by Phil Long- it’s a book review.  It’s not the most exciting book review- but it fits perfectly in the most boring month of the year.  I mean, I’m not saying it’s a boring review or a boring book.  But I do think it’s fair to say that the book will never be made into a movie.

829080773b294361e90ea30042d3c5865- Wow- I might have been wrong about the whole boringness of the month.  There were actually two posts today.  One by Mark Goodacre on the nutty lunacy known as the ‘Jesus wife Figment‘ and Richard Goode did a grand job of summarizing the various carnivals which were brought to life the first of the month.  If the rest of the month goes this well, September will be a good month after all.

6- Richard Goode posted the best response yet to the refugee crisis facing the world.  Adopting an accurate interpretation of the biblical text and applying it correctly to the crisis, Goode’s piece should be required reading for all those concerned with the issue.

7- Vacat

8- Mercy! And Luther!  Now there are two things you never thought you’d see together, did you!

9- Vacat

2908762396_a6de94eaa1_b10- Vacat

11- Conference call for papers was posted here.  It’s about the divinity of the Son.  I guess some still aren’t sure.

12- Vacat

13- Vacat

14-  Joel Watts offered a few observations on Heiser’s ‘Unseen Realm’ in preparation for his review of that work.  I don’t really agree with his first complaint but I agree completely with his second affirmation.

15- Vacat

16- T&T Clark posted an interesting essay on a particular reading of Hosea having to do with womens bodies.  It’s scandalous.

baby-yawn17- Vacat

18- Not strictly speaking something related to biblical studies, and yet nonetheless certainly of interest to all: a film on the Battle of Marignano (and the impact it had on Zwingli’s theological development) was made public.  You will want to watch it.  I don’t feel at all bad about mentioning it because it’s cool and nothing else happened on the 18th worth noting.

19- Vacat

20- Vacat

21- Vacat

22-  I heard just today about the St Andrews Symposium.  It may interest you if such things interest you.

funny_yawning_picture_1323- Vacat (unless you want to see the report of the euthanization of a 13 year old girl).  See- September is a terrible month with nothing going on.

24- Mike ‘The Aussie’ Bird posted info about a new book on Israel and the Church.  After an hour or two the popup adds will stop and the flashing lights on the sidebar will settle down and you’ll have a chance to read it.

25- Vacat

26- Phil Long had a nifty post of Paul the non-philosopher.  Phil’s a nifty guy.  He tends to be too peaceable but I suspect that’s because he’s Methodist or Anglican or Episcopalian or something soft Arminian.  But he’s still likeable.

27- Vacat

Yawn1128- Vacat

29- Emanuel Pfoh, one of the best guys I know, sent along word of this conference coming in October in Tübingen.  It’s on remembering the Bronze Age.  The only person I know old enough to remember it is Joel Watts.  So I hope he will make a special appearance.

30- A very fine post appeared just as the month ended drawing our attention to the fact that ISIS is heavily involved in the trafficking of looted antiquities.  So, yeah, go ahead, buy that codex on the streets of Amman or pick up that shady unprovenanced papyrus.  Help ISIS kill folk.  Buy ISIS a bullet or a gun.

yawningSee- boring.  If ever a month needed to be removed from the calendar, it’s September.  Maybe October will pick up with plans for Atlanta.  Maybe.  I hope so.  Who knows, maybe even Chris Tilling will post…

#ICYMI- SECSOR Call For Papers

The deadline is October 5, so it’s needful that we remind Southeastern Region SBL-ers of the call for papers:

Dear Colleague,

The call for papers for the 2016 SECSOR meeting in Atlanta, Georgia is now available.

Come and join us in Atlanta, GA for the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) Regional meeting on March 4–6, 2016!

The following sections and program units invite members/participants who wish to present a paper or coordinate a session to submit the Proposal Submission Form available on the SECSOR website ( along with proposals to the appropriate section chairs by October 5, 2015. Proposals should consist of a 1-2 page description of the presentation unless otherwise requested in the call for a particular section.

Each member/participant is limited to ONE (1) proposal, although a member may submit the same proposal to multiple sections. If a member submits a proposal to multiple sections, the relevant sections must be ranked as first or second choice on the Proposal Submission Form. Proposals for joint sessions as listed in the call should be sent to all involved section chairs, as directed, but do not have to be ranked.

Please note that, unless otherwise indicated, papers must be of such a length as can be presented within twenty (20) minutes, typically. Planned use of audio-visual equipment must be noted on the submission form. SECSOR will provide only a limited number of AV rooms with screen, cart, and power cords. Presenters must bring their own projection, audio, and other support equipment. It is imperative that we have all information concerning AV equipment on the proposal forms in order to insure presentations have the support needed. It is not possible to accommodate AV needs once meeting room assignments have been determined.

The copying of handouts is the responsibility of the presenter. All program participants must be registered for the meetings.

Annie Barfield Tinsley, PhD
SBL Regional Coordinator, Southeast Region
Assistant Professor New Testament
Shaw University Divinity School

Do The Biblical Languages Matter? A Day Conference at Nottingham U

If you’re in the area, get thee to Nottingham on Saturday.

Provisional Programme

10am – Arrival, registration and refreshments
10.30am – Welcome and introduction
11am – Session 1: Entering the World of the Bible Through its Languages
12pm – Lunch
12.45pm – Session 2: Why Study the Bible in Greek?
2.15pm – Break and refreshments
2.45pm – Session 3: Why Study the Bible in Hebrew? 
4.15pm – Close

St Andrews Symposium Call for Papers- Son of God: Divine Sonship in Jewish and Christian Antiquity

The organisers of the St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies are happy to announce the theme of the next installation of this series taking place at the University of St Andrews 6-8 June 2016

Son of God: Divine Sonship in Jewish and Christian Antiquity.

Invited addresses will be given by Menahem Kister (Hebrew University), Reinhard Kratz (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen), Jan Joosten (University of Oxford), Richard Bauckham (University of Cambridge), George Brooke (University of Manchester), N.T. Wright (University of St Andrews), Philip Alexander (University of Manchester), Madhavi Nevader (University of St Andrews), Michael Peppard (Fordham University), David Moffitt (University of St Andrews), William Tooman (University of St Andrews), and Matthew Novenson (University of Edinburgh).

Much more information can be found here.