The Bible and the State of Israel: A Conference at Exeter

This coming Wednesday, April 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All the details are here.

Reminder: If The SBL Annual Meeting Hotels Are Too Expensive And That Expense is a Hindrance to your Participation…

You can see a list of hotels nearby which are less costly and will afford you the opportunity to be in Atlanta with savings.

Atlanta Alternative Hotels

News From Paul Middleton

Colleagues may be interested in the annual Thiselton Lecturer to be held on the 4th June 2015 at St John’s College, Nottingham.  The lecture will be given by Dr Angus Paddison (Winchester), and his title is “Theological Interpretation: Where Next?”  The event runs from 11.30am-3pm and the cost is £10 including lunch.  To book, call 0115 925 1114 or email…

#ICYMI – #BloggerProm

Here’s a photo of the blogger get together last year in San Diego.  It was a blast.  We hope you can join us this year in Atlanta.  Contact Joel Watts for all the details.


The Call For Papers Closes Friday

The Annual Meeting of the British New Testament Society will take place at the University of Edinburgh from Thursday 3rdto Saturday 5th September 2015.  Proposals for papers are invited for any of the ten seminar groups and the simultaneous short paper section.  See the website for details of the seminar groups and email addresses of seminar chairs (

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to the seminar chairs no later than Friday 17th April 2015.  Additional information and individual calls for papers for some of the seminar groups are below.  If you have any further questions, please contact the relevant seminar group chairs directly.

Information and Booking:

Dr Paul Middleton

(Secretary, British New Testament Society)

The Candler School of Theology Centennial Conference

As part of the Centennial, Candler School of Theology presented Prophetic Voices: Confronting Theological Challenges of the Next Century on March 18-20, 2015. The three-day conference brought together a dozen renowned theologians to discuss theological challenges facing the church, the world and the shape of theological education in the next century.

The conference sought to be prophetic—in the sense of truth-speaking rather than future forecasting—about the pressing theological issues facing the world in the next 100 years, and the resources for engaging them.

Candler faculty delivered five major addresses, each followed by panel presentations by guest scholars. The program included times for worship and discussion among participants.

Visit here for the videos. Here’s my favorite:

Luke Timothy Johnson, "Meeting the Theological Challenges of the New Century" – Prophetic Voices Centennial Academic Conference from Candler School of Theology on Vimeo.

The 2015 Bampton Lectures, Oxford

Bampton Lectures 2015
Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge
‘Daring Spirit: John’s Gospel Now’

(a series of 8 lectures: 4, Hilary Term 2015; 4, Trinity Term 2015)

  • 27 April: Love Life
  • 29 April: The Jews and Other Others
  • 5 May: Uplift – Footwashing, Crucifixion and Resurrection
  • 6 May: Doing Greater Things – The Drama of Jesus Now

University Church of St Mary the Virgin at 5.00 pm. The lectures are open to the public.

If You’re In Australia…

logoThis day conference may be very much worth your attending: SSEC Conference 2 May 2015: Theme “The early Church: Cults and Controversies”. It looks like a really interesting lineup.

Being an American, I don’t know the geography of strange lands, but I think the venue is centrally located and an easy hour drive from anywhere in the country… right?

Get thee to the place!

Scribal Practices in the Ancient World

This post by our friends at CSST is very much worth your time:

In cooperation with the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), team three of the CSTTorganized a workshop on Editorial Techniques in Light of Empirical Evidence. The workshop was held at Agora, a conference center by the Aasee (Lake Aa), in Münster on March 17-19, 2015.

The workshop focused on the question, How Ancient Scribes Inserted Larger Passages into Older Texts? In addition to all members of team three of the CSTT, the workshop included the following guest speakers: Prof. Anneli AejmelaeusProf. Stefan Schorch, Prof. Johan Lust and Prof. Holger Strutwolf. Several other scholars from Münster and elsewhere also attended the workshop.

Some of their findings are then discussed.

Fuller Seminary’s “Origen’s Adherents in 2015″ Conference

Because We Like Wishful Thinking and to avoid hard truth.

Because We Like Wishful Thinking and to avoid hard truth.

Fuller Seminary is hosting a universalism conference about which you can find all the details here.  I understand that in 2016 they will also host a ‘Baptizing for the Dead’ conference and then in 2017 they will host their 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation conference titled ‘Swimming the Tiber: Let’s All Return to Rome and Be Papists’.  This year’s conference will be…

… an occasion for evangelical conditionalists and traditionalists to engage with the views of universalists.

The plenary speakers will be Chris Date (conditionalism), Robin Parry (universalism), Jim Spiegel (conditionalism), Oliver Crisp (traditionalism),David Instone-Brewer (conditionalism) and Jerry Walls (traditionalism). There will also be a number of breakout sessions, along with a final panel featuring the plenary speakers.

And then, amazingly, Origen will be the special guest speaker and after his speech Jerome will pop in just long enough to punch Origen in the throat until he chokes a bit on his own bile.

It should be a great time!  (The punching in the throat part).


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