Events

News about academic events related to European biblical and cognate studies. If you wish to have your event posted here, please send the information to: [email protected]

CALL FOR PAPERS: IV International Congress of the Spanish Biblical Association, "Biblia y ecología: nuevas lecturas en un mundo herido / Bible and ecology: new readings in a wounded world". The conference will take place from 4 to 6 July 2023 at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid.

Further details at the address below:

https://abe.org.es/iv-congreso-internacional-2023/

Call For Papers: Humanimal Conference 2023 (9 - 10 March 2023) "The Bible and 'Animal' Others":

https://humanimalconference.org/call-for-papers

Paper proposals due by 15 Jan 2023, and can be submitted via the website above.

EABS members are warmly invited to the Yirmeyahu Research Seminars on "Exegesis and Theology of the Book Of Jeremiah".

Further information can be found in the attached posters.

The seminars are scheduled on the following Mondays: 10 October; 7 November; and 5 December 2022 at 16:15 CET.

Any EABS member who would like more information and/or wishes to attend can contact either Georg Fischer or Cyprien Comte ([email protected]).

Call for Papers

From 1st - 3rd June 2023, the Centre for Women's Studies in Theology at KU Leuven will be hosting 'Female Corporeality and Religion' an interdisciplinary conference taking place in Leuven, Belgium and supported by KOSMOI - The Leuven Centre for the Study of Religion and World View

 

Confirmed plenary speakers include: 

Dr. Nontando Hadebe, Prof. Juliane Hammer, Prof. Candida Moss and Prof. Heidemarie Winkel 

See the website for more information: https://theo.kuleuven.be/kosmoi/conference2023

Call for Papers

"(Anti)-Apocalypticism throughout Antiquity". A conference in the events series "Congressi Stefano Franscini".

The University of Zurich is organising a conference on the subject of “(Anti-)Apocalypticism in Antiquity”, which is going to take place at the Monte Verità Conference Centre in Ascona, Switzerland, from July 16th to 19th 2023. The event is part of the “Congressi Stefano Franscini” events series. This international congress will serve as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange on the subject of apocalyptic thinking, its critiques, and the cultural and intellectual history surrounding apocalyptic traditions in ancient cultures. Besides a number of invited sessions with participants from the disciplines of theology, history, classics, philology, and other areas of research interested in various ancient cultures, the organisers invite offered papers for contributions of a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes.
 
This call for papers is open to both junior and senior scholars from all disciplines within the study of ancient texts, languages, cultures and thought, while there is some focus on Ancient Near Eastern, Mediterranean, Levantine, Egyptian, and Persian contexts.

Scholars researching questions in relation to (anti-)apocalypticism are invited to send abstracts for proposed papers to the organisers by email to the following address: [email protected] Abstracts should be of an approximate length of 300-400 words and be supplemented by a small paragraph describing the scholar’s academic background.
 
For more information and continuous updates, please visit our website at www.apocalypticism.uzh.ch.
 
Proposals by junior researchers, women, as well as scholars of marginalised backgrounds and fields of study are especially invited.
 
We look forward to receiving your abstracts by the 1st of December 2022.

Podcasts and other audio formats are increasingly popular - this has been regularly shown by public online studies for several years. The worldwide Corona pandemic has also given this topic a certain boost in academic teaching. The lecture is meant as an impulse to get inspired by radio journalistic skills to dare more audio in your own teaching. There will be an opportunity to develop your own podcast ideas in the workshop portion that follows.

Please register by 08/31/2022 at: [email protected]

Multiracial Biblical Studies Symposium


June 6-16, 2022 


Week 1 registration

Week 2 registration

 

Registration is free and open to the public. 

Each week has a separate registration. 


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Please join us on June 6-16 for the Multiracial Biblical Studies Symposium. The two overarching aims are to decenter whiteness as eurocentric, normative, and monoracial and to create multiple foundations, sources, methods, and starting points towards multiracial biblical studies. The symposium pursues both goals by bringing together Africana, African American, Asian, Asian American, Euro American, European, Indigenous, Islander, Latinx, and Latino/a American scholars as a multiracial coalition to rethink the practice of biblical interpretation. 

 

The symposium is cosponsored by Baker Academic, Baylor University Press, Belmont University, NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community, Society of Biblical Literature, and Westminster John Knox Press. Contact: [email protected].

 

Click here to read more about the project. 
25–26 May, 2023, University of Warwick, Global History and Culture Centre

 

This conference will explore the role played by discoveries and debates about the ancient past in the development of ideas about the Middle East in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. What competing imperial, national, and transnational narratives about the present and future of this geopolitically crucial region were fed by archaeology, philology, and history? How were these emergent disciplines themselves forged through Middle Eastern contexts they purported to study? How were temporalities of modernity and progress constructed in relation to the ruptures, continuities and heuristic challenges suggested by the excavation and exegesis of traces of ancient civilisations? How did the return of the remains of the past assist Western and Eastern empires, and new Middle Eastern countries in understanding their own national destinies?

We are interested in the concept of the ancient past as a means of constructing modern identities: of ‘the Middle East’ as a region, of diverse new nations within it, and of Western nations whose colonial projects and political interests in the region became part of their own modern identities.

Proposals for papers should include author name and affiliation, 300–400 word abstract, and a short CV. We invite proposals from scholars at all levels from early career onwards. Papers will be selected on the quality of the proposal and with the aim of ensuring a broad spread of topics for the conference. These should be sent to [email protected] by the deadline of Monday, 20 June, 2022. Further details at GHCC website:https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/ghcc/event/makingofmodernmideast/

Symposium organized by Albertina Oegema and Seth Bledsoe from the 1–2 June 2022

We would like to invite all who are interested to attend this symposium, hosted by the Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam together with Radboud University, Nijmegen. The event brings together several scholars who examine the various ways that “old age” is conceptualized in literary, social, and political contexts of the ancient Mediterranean, especially among early Jewish and Christian communities.  

The Symposium comprises two parts: 

On the evening of June 1 (19:00-20:30 CEST) a public Keynote Lecture will be held virtually and open to the public, entitled “The Ageless Self and the Selfless Age,” given by Prof. Mira Balberg (UC San Diego) in consultation with Prof. Haim Weiss (Ben Gurion); the lecture extends their recent groundbreaking study of “old age” in rabbinic literature (When Near Becomes Far, Oxford UP 2021). 

During the day of June 2 there will be a Conference on location at the Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam (De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam) where several international scholars of early Judaism, Christianity, and Greco-Roman antiquity will give presentations on “old age” as a dynamic and meaningful concept in relation to a variety of issues, such as gender, family, society, and wisdom. Program attached below. 

All interested parties are warmly invited to attend the virtual keynote address. We also welcome those who would like to attend the symposium in person. Attendance at both the keynote and conference is free. Refreshments will be provided during the conference. 

To attend the virtual keynote address, please register at: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keynote-lecture-prof-mira-balbergthe-ageless-self-and-the-selfless-age-tickets-329738977157  

To attend the in-person conference on 2 June, please register by May 25 at: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conceptualizing-old-age-in-ancient-jewish-and-early-christian-contexts-tickets-330503945197  

For questions or inquiries about the Symposium, please contact:
Seth Bledsoe ([email protected]) or Albertina Oegema ([email protected]

Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense 2022 (Leuven, August 1-3, 2022): 'Qumran and the New Testament'

All scholars working on Qumran and the New Testament and the mutual relations between both corpora are invited to propose a short paper for the Leuven Colloquium. Short papers (20 min.) can also be published in the conference volume after due peer review. We appreciate proposals by experienced and younger scholars. Papers in English, French, or German can be proposed by submitting their name, title and an abstract (200-300 words) to the president ([email protected]) until May 15, 2022. 

The deadline is extended to enable more scholars to make up their travel plans for summer. 

We are looking forward to the scholarly exchange on this important topic in the year of the 75th anniversary of the Qumran discoveries. We are confident that the colloquium will be held in person. Please note that presenters of short papers pay for registration and accommodation and have to care for their own funding. The prospectus, main program and further information for registration etc. can be found online here: https://theo.kuleuven.be/en/research/centres/centr_collbibl.
A small conference will take place in Wuppertal on 22-24 June 2022, entitled "Epistemology of the Ancient Fertile Crescent". There are a range of fantastic papers on the programme, which will be presented in English. The conference will be held onsite at the Auf dem Heiligen Berg in Wuppertal. The participation fee is €150.00, which includes lunch and dinner at the conference center’s restaurant. Single rooms are available for €79.00, double rooms for €94.00 per night including breakfast. To register and to book a room, please contact Thomas Wagner by email ([email protected]). You can also see the German webpage for the project here: https://epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/de/tagungen.html.
The journal “Open Theology” (https://www.degruyter.com/opth) invites submissions for a special issue on "Political Theology and the State of Exception: Critical readings on the centenary of Political Theology & Roman Catholicism and Political Form by Carl Schmitt," edited by Guillermo Andrés Duque Silva (University of King Juan Carlos, Spain). Submissions are open until June 30, 2022, via the on-line submission system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/. Further questions about content for this thematic issue can be addressed to Guillermo Andrés Duque Silva at [email protected].
The 3rd International Symposium on Biblical Exegesis will be held online with the University of Timișoara's Faculty of Letters, History and Theology on 10-12 November 2022. The theme is Prayer and Thanksgiving Praise in Times of Peace and War, and topics related to the broad areas of Hebrew Bible, New Testament, extra-biblical Jewish and Christian texts and their reception are welcome. For enquiries, and in order to submit a proposal, please send your name, a brief academic bio, proposed paper title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and 4-5 keywords to Fr. Ioan Michoc ([email protected]) or Fr. Iosef Stancovici ([email protected]) by 20 September. Papers can be written/read in either Romanian or English

“Open Theology” (https://www.degruyter.com/opth) invites submissions for the topical issue “Elders in Religions of Antiquity”, edited by Janelle Peters (Loyola Marymount University).
 
This topical issue analyzes the ways in which elders could accrue religious power throughout the ancient world. In Mesoamerica, jaguars represented deceased leaders and provided guides for living leaders. In Africa, ancestors have long been a part of traditional practice. Elders in early Judaism and Christianity vary in prestige. On the one hand, Daniel must use his wits against unscrupulous elders threatening Susanna. On the other hand, presbyters/elders give their blessing to Judith, widows such as Anna play a prominent role in establishing Jesus' divine character, and presbyters seem to take the place of apostles in the earliest house-churches. Elders in China could transcend class and gender limitations according to bamboo slips and stelae, enabling elders to have beatings redressed and to bestow property according to their wishes. Such piety extends past the family and encourages the whole society to respect age as a virtue. Funerary evidence suggests elaborate afterlife preparations for those of considerable age. Very little has been published on the role of elders in establishing virtue, particularly with respect to women, and further reflections on the tensions involving elders defining and leading religious practice are in order. 

Articles could engage with the following questions: How do elders in global religions of antiquity establish authority within the rhetoric of our textual evidence? What other textual features combine with elders to accentuate or diminish their roles within their texts and possible communities that might be attached to them? What is the relationship of elders with other societal categories? How do elders configure virtue ethics and religious values?
 
Authors publishing their articles in the topical issue will benefit from:

– transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,
– free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

Because "Open Theology" is published under an Open Access model, as a rule, publication costs should be covered by Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk ([email protected]) before submitting their manuscripts. 

How to submit

Submissions will be collected from October 1 to November 30, 2022 via the on-line submission system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/

Choose as article type: Elders in Religions of Antiquity

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at: https://www.degruyter.com/publication/journal_key/OPTH/downloadAsset/OPTH_Instruction%20for%20Authors.pdf

All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Janelle Peters at [email protected] In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at [email protected].

CRASIS invites applications for its eleventh Annual Meeting and Masterclass, which will take place on 24 (Masterclass) and 25 (Annual Meeting) February 2022 at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. The Annual Meeting and Masterclass is an annual two-day event, designed to promote discussion and the exchange of ideas about the ancient world across traditional disciplinary boundaries among graduate students, postdocs, and established scholars. This year, our theme will be exemplarity, and we are honoured to welcome Prof. Rebecca Langlands (University of Exeter) as keynote speaker and master. We invite papers exploring exemplarity, exemplars, and examples in relation to any aspect of the ancient world and from any perspective including linguistic, literary, historical, philosophical, material, art-historical, archaeological, or reception-based. 

PhD and Research Master students submit a proposal of a topic (500 words) for the Master Class, explaining how their own research relates to the theme. All other researchers are invited to submit a title and abstract (250 words) for a lecture at the Annual Meeting. Proposals must be submitted no later than 1 December 2021 via [email protected].

For the full Call for Papers and further particulars, see our website. Any queries can be addressed to the CRASIS secretary Evelien de Graaf at [email protected].

The registration is now open for the International Psalter Colloquium „Editing the Greek Psalter“, Göttingen, 1–3 December 2021.

The colloquium is organized in a hybrid format, and in order to follow it online, you have to register for free on its website, where you will also find the programme.

 

Following the success of the Categories and Boundaries in Second Temple Jewish Literature conference (event programme link below), we are delighted to be partnering with AABNER (Advances in Ancient Biblical and Near Eastern Research), a Diamond Open Access, forum peer-review journal, to produce a special issue on the topic of Rethinking Categories in the Study of Second Temple Judaism, edited by Joseph Scales and Charles Comerford.


We encourage articles that reflect on current issues relating to how particular theoretical models, methodological approaches, and categorical frameworks continue to shape our understanding of the ancient world, its literature, peoples, and history, with a particular focus on Second Temple Judaism. Suggested fields and topics include, but are not limited to:


• Categorical or genre-related distinctions, similarities, and/or tensions in ancient Biblical and Near Eastern literature
• Understanding vocational roles (e.g., priests, prophets, sages)
• Cross-border cultural interaction (e.g., travel, international trade, migration)


We invite submissions of articles ranging from 4,000 to 10,000 words in length. Completed and anonymised articles should be sent to [email protected] by 1st February 2022. Articles should follow CMS author-date style with footnotes (full citation details).
We will accept submissions in English, German, and French.


All papers will be subject to “forum review.” This is an open peer-review system where anonymised submissions are sent to a group of reviewers whose comments are visible to all other reviewers. This system is intended to create a balanced and discursive environment while minimising the time it takes to review submitted papers. For a full overview of this peer-review system.


Original Conference Programme can be found here.


The opening session of the EABS Annual Conference 2021 is open for all!

Feel free to watch the YouTube premiere stream at 18:00 PM CEST (2nd August) and join us for the get-together afterwards.

Click here to enter the opening session stream.

From Josephus to Josippon and Beyond: A Digital, International Conference 23–26 August, 2021

This conference will take place over Zoom. Registration is required but open to all. Please see the following link for conference info and to register:

www.fromjosephustojosippon.com

Featuring the following speakers:

Martin Goodman (University of Oxford), Steve Mason (University of Groningen), Michael Avioz (Bar-Ilan University), Silvia Castelli (Leiden University), Saskia Dönitz (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), Meir Ben Shahar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Ruth Nisse (Wesleyan University), Jan Willem van Henten (University of Amsterdam), Carson Bay (University of Bern), David Levenson (Florida State University), Yael Feldman (New York University), Steven Bowman (University of Cincinnati), Nadia Zeldes (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), Daniel Stein Kokin (University of Greifswald), Katja Vehlow (Jewish Theological Seminary), Ayub Naser (University of Groningen), Andrea Schatz (King’s College London), Yonatan Binyam (University of California – Los Angeles), Tessa Rajak (University of Reading / University of Oxford)

Also featuring: 2 Masterclasses on 1) Translating Josephus’ Greek into Modern Hebrew and English and 2) Josephus’ Reception in Latin and Hebrew, and a special presentation of the Oxford Josephus Reception archive.

Sponsored by:

European Association of Jewish Studies (EAJS)

University of Bern – Institute for Jewish Studies

Bar-Ilan University – Department of Bible

University of Amsterdam – Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

Attachments

Thursday June 3, 3:30–7:00 pm

The Septuagint in the Hellenistic World. Workshop to mark the publication of The Oxford Handbook of Septuagint Studies, edited by Alison Salvesen and Timothy Michael Law

3:30-4:30 pm:
Hindy Najman (Oriel): opening remarks Robert Parker (New)
Scott Scullion (Worcester)

4:45-5:45 pm:
Andrew Erskine (Edinburgh) Sylvie Honigman (Tel Aviv)

6:00-7:00 pm:
Erich Gruen (Berkeley) Alison Salvesen (Mansfield)
Martin Goodman (Wolfson): closing remarks

Register.

8th–10th of June

Anxieties: Telling the Stories of How Christianity Came to Be
Adele Reinhartz (uOttawa)
 

June 8th 2:00 to 3:30 pm:

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period: What does the New Testament tell us
about the ‘parting of the ways’?

June 9th 5:00 to 6:30 pm:

Family Dramas: Mothers, Daughters, and Siblings

June 10th 6:00 to 7:30 pm:

David Patterson Lecture & Early Biblical Interpretation: Partings ofthe Ways: Exit Ramps and Divorce Papers

Register.

 

Tuesday, 15 June, 4:00–7:00 pm

Prophets, Priests, and Promises: Reflections on Gary Knoppers’ Posthumously Published Volume

4:00 - 4:10 Hindy Najman: Welcome

4:10 - 4:15 Christl Maier: Opening Remarks

4:15 - 4:35 Steven McKenzie: The Whole Megilla: Gary Knoppers’ Approach to Biblical Scholarship.

4:35 - 4:55 Louis Jonker: Community Leadership, Diaspora, and Ezra-Nehemiah: Continuing the Conversation with Gary
Knoppers

4:55 - 5:00 Break

5:00 - 5:20 Konrad Schmid: Mimesis and Rewritten Bible: From Erich Auerbach to Gary Knoppers

5:20 - 5:40 Hindy Najman: Citation and Composition: The use and reuse of Prophetic and Historiographical Sources in
Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah

5:40 - 5:45 Break

5:45 - 6:05 Sara Japhet: Personal Impressions

6:05 - 6:25 Hugh Williamson: Greece and Jerusalem: The Method behind Gary Knoppers’ use of Hellenistic Sources

6:25 - 6:30 Break

6:30 - 6:50 Discussion, Reflections and Questions with Panelists and Attendees

6:50 - 7:00 Hugh Williamson: Closing Remarks

 

Register.

Recently, scholarship has turned to the connections between material aspects of scrolls production on the one hand, and the production, redaction, and transmission of ancient texts on the other. One example in the field of biblical studies is the article by David Carr entitled "Rethinking the Materiality of Biblical Texts: From Source, Tradition and Redaction to a Scroll Approach" (ZAW 132/2020). This symposium will offer an exploratory conversation on the opportunities (and possible pitfalls) of enriching the study of the Hebrew Bible through more focused attention on ancient practices of creating and using scrolls. The interconnection of relatively recent theoretical movements (e.g., New Philology, sociological study of bibliography and New Materialism) and continuing analysis and collection of material evidence from ancient scrolls (especially from Egypt and the Dead Sea Caves) offers an opportunity to add precision to models for the formation and reception of (what would become) biblical texts by attending to practices surrounding their likely original material form—as parts of scrolls. Though pioneers in pursuing a ‘scroll approach’ were confined to limited descriptions from the Bible and later rabbinic literature, we now have a wealth of information from actual ancient scrolls and scribal practices from Egypt, Levantine sites like Deir ʿAlla, and especially the Judaean Desert (Qumran and other sites).

Wednesday 16 June 2021, 3.30pm-6.30pm (Brussels time zone)

Registration is free of charge but mandatory, deadline is Monday the 14th of June 2021: 
More info and registration

Registration for the "Apocalyptic Thinking" seminar at the Centre for the Study of the Bible, Oriel College (University of Oxford) is now open.

 The event is free and open to the public.

More information can be found from the attached pdf.

International Summer School on Biblical Hebrew Poetry: The Song of Songs and its Reception in Judaism is organized in Leuven in 7-11 September 2020.

More information can be found from their website.

The Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense
The Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense is an annual international conference on Biblical Studies jointly organised by the theological faculties of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Université Catholique de Louvain. The meetings take place in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the KU Leuven and are alternately dedicated to a topic in Old and in New Testament Studies. 

The Colloquium offers a forum and meeting place for research and scholarly discussion in the field of Biblical Studies. As a rule the annual conference focuses on a biblical book or a collection of writings, but it also addresses thematic subjects.

Programme design 10 main papers by invited speakers; languages: French, German or English
4 seminars conducted by invited speakers; languages: Dutch, French, German and English
about 20 short papers, selected from proposals by participants

Topic and Programme of the Conference in 2020

Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXIX

THE BOOKS OF THE MACCABEES

Literary, Historical and Religious Perspectives

President: Jan Willem van Henten

July 22-24, 2020

Call for Short Papers 2020
Participants who would like to read a short paper are requested to contact the president of the Colloquium.
Teilnehmer, die ein Kurzreferat halten möchten, wenden sich bitte an den Präsidenten der Tagung.
Les collègues qui désirent présenter une communication brève sont priés de s’adresser au président des Journées.
Deelnemers die een korte lezing wensen te geven, worden verzocht zich aan te melden bij de president van het Colloquium.

Latest submission date for short paper proposals (including name, institutional affiliation, postal address, e-mail address, title and abstract): March 31, 2020.

President

Prof. Dr. Jan Willem van Henten
President CBL 2020
[email protected] More information about participation and registration can be found here.

Online Survey: Forum Exegese und Hochschuldidaktik

At the Seminar for Protestant Theology of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal a study on didactic concepts for the use of tutorials in the Biblical Studies is currently being developed within the framework of a degree dissertation. Since the study has an empirical part, I would like to ask you for your assistance. 

I would be very grateful if you would participate in the online survey if tutorials in the field of Biblical Studies were offered in your institute / seminar / at your chair: https://umfrage.uni-wuppertal.de/index.php/778319?lang=en.

The survey is active until 15.01.2020.

Thomas Wagner

It is a great pleasure to announce that the Call for Papers for the Sixth Annual Meeting on Christian Origins (September 26-28, 2019) sponsored by the CISSR – Italian Centre for Advanced Studies on Religions is officially open.  It is now possible, therefore, to submit a paper proposal.

N.B.: The call for papers closes on April 28, 2019.  Applicants will receive information concerning acceptance or non-acceptance by May 12, 2019.  

As in the past years, the conference will take place in the nice location of Bertinoro (a small and picturesque village near Bologna and Ravenna) and will be hosted by the CEUB - University Residential Centre of Bertinoro. The Centre has its own conference facilities, including a variety of offices and meeting spaces, accommodation and canteen. 

The Annual Meetings on Christian Origins wish to provide a space for scientific debate on the historical Jesus, the history of the early groups of Jesus’ followers, and the interpretation of early Christian writings, as well as other cognate fields of inquiry. The meetings take the form of “Programme Units”, coordinated by specialists and young researchers. Papers are expected from a wide range of perspectives: history, exegesis, archaeology, papyrology, epigraphy, anthropology of religions, comparative studies, social sciences, cultural studies, and so on.  

The online registration form for speakers (and listeners) is the same as previous years and will be available on the CEUB website after the closure of the Call for Papers (i.e., from May 20 to July 25, 2019).

The official languages of the conference are Italian and English. Anyway, the organization invites all speakers to present English papers (in any case, a detailed handout or PowerPoint in English should be provided).

Info & Costs are available on the CISSR website (<https://cissr.net/>). Look especially at following pages:
Call for Papers: https://cissr.net/call-for-papers/
How to participate: https://cissr.net/annual-meetings/how-to-participate/
- Accommodation: https://cissr.net/annual-meetings/accommodation/

If you like to take a look at the programme of the last meetings: https://cissr.net/annual-meetings/

Protestant Bible Scholarship: Antisemitism, Philosemitism, and Anti-Judaism (26-27 May 2019, Oxford)

This conference brings prominent biblical scholars and scholars of Judaism together for a conversation about the foundations of our fields. We want to generate a discussion of how a biased understanding of Judaism became integral to the discipline. This conversation is about understanding, healing and changing that discussion through critical thinking and ethical reading.

The conference will take place on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May in Oriel College, Oxford.

To download the conference programme, please click here

This event is organised by the Centre for the Study of the Bible in the Humanities at Oriel College, Oxford.

All are welcome and participation is free, but places are limited and registration is required. Please register as soon as possible by filling out the online registration form here.

Hindy Najman and Arjen Bakker

Call for Papers

Biblical Poetry: the Legacy of the Psalms in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

Ghent University, April 23-24 2020

The Psalms, in their Greek Septuagint translation, were a fundamental corpus of biblical poetry, and as such were continuously referred to in Christian literature. They played a key role in the daily life and in the development of religious sensitivity of late antique and Byzantine people. The production of Psalm-related literature, notably exegetic, was impressively widespread. The Psalms, however, influenced other genres of religious literature as well, and their poetical nature remained an important feature that later authors were well aware of.

In preparation of a volume on the reception of the Psalms in poetry from Late Antiquity and Byzantium, we invite scholars of all levels of experience to present a paper at a colloquium on this subject.

Confirmed speakers are Andrew Faulkner, Antonia Giannouli, Christian Høgel and Maria Ypsilanti.

We welcome contributions on the following topics especially:

·         the appreciation of the Psalter’s poetical nature in exegesis and in the biblical manuscript tradition (e.g. recognition, by patristic and Byzantine exegetes, of the presence or

·         absence of poetical features);

·         rhetorical aspects of the Psalms as highlighted in late antique and Byzantine treatises;

·         the influence of the Psalms on Byzantine poetry (e.g. what was their role in the composition of

·         eis heauton poems? How does self-expression in Christian poetry

·          relate to the Psalms?);

·         the reception of the Psalms in hymnographic poetry;

·         the reception of the Psalter in specific genres of poetry, such as Byzantine catanyctic poetry;

·         the metrical metaphrases by ps-Apollinaris and Manuel Philes;

·         metrical paratexts on the Psalms.

These examples are not exclusive and papers on other related topics are welcome.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. Each paper will be followed by a reaction from a respondent, who will open the discussion with the audience. Contributors whose abstract is accepted will be asked to submit prior to the colloquium a rough draft of their full text. After the conference, they are expected to offer their re-worked paper for inclusion (upon acceptance after peer-review) in a volume on the reception of the Psalms in Byzantine poetry.

Please send a title and a short abstract (max. 300 words) of your paper to [email protected] no later than May 31, 2019. Accepted speakers will be notified by the end of June 2019.

For more information, please visit our website: http://www.psalms2020.ugent.be

Organisers: Floris Bernard, Reinhart Ceulemans, Cristina Cocola, Kristoffel Demoen, Anna Gioffreda, Andreas Rhoby, Rachele Ricceri.

This colloquium is organised within the framework of the projects David, our Orpheus. Reception, Rewritings and Adaptations of the Psalms in Byzantine Poetry (funded by the FWO - Flemish Research Foundation) and The Legacy of the Psalms in Byzantine Poetry: Book Epigrams and Metrical Paraphrases (funded by the FWO - Flemish Research Foundation and the FWF - Austrian Science Fund), which are being carried out at Ghent University, KU Leuven and the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Centre for Classical Studies at the Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic invites you to take part in the conference "HELLENISM, EARLY JUDAISM AND EARLY CHRISTIANITY: Transmission and Transformation of Ideas", taking place 12–13 September 2019 (Prague, CR).

The aim of our conference is to explore the evolution of thought while focusing on the relations between Judaism and early Christianity in the context of Hellenistic period and the period immediately influenced by Hellenism. We will pay special attention to the intercultural distribution of decisive and long-standing questions, ideas, concepts and methods of Hellenistic and Hellenism-influenced thought.

Please send a registration form in the MS Word format to the e-mail address [email protected] (deadline: May 1, 2019). For more information and details, see the pdf attachment.



Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXVIII 

Leuven, 24-26 July 2019 

President: Judith Lieu, University of Cambridge

Topic: Peter in the Early Church: Apostle – Missionary – Church Leader

Whereas in the past interest in Peter has largely focussed on the ecclesiastical or institutional dynamics of the Petrine traditions, or on Peter as a shadowy foil for Paul, mediating between him and James as the representative of ‘Jewish Christianity’, recent study has offered fresh insights into both the canonical letters that bear his name, but also into the range of non-canonical ‘Petrine’ texts as well as into the development of the traditions regarding his death and burial. It is therefore a very apposite time to hold a Colloquium which will bring together both established and more early career scholars who have been at the centre of these diverse new developments, and stimulate dialogue and deeper analysis. The Proceedings of the Colloquium are expected to make a significant contribution to the role and representation of Peter and associated writings in the Early Church and to their reception. 

 

CALL FOR SHORT PAPERS: Short paper proposals (including name, institutional affiliation, postal address, e-mail address, title and abstract of ca. 200 words) should be sent to: 

Judith Lieu, President CBL 2019, [email protected] 

no later than 31 March 2019.

More Information

- See: https://theo.kuleuven.be/en/research/centres/centr_collbibl

The Institute of Biblical Studies at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, welcomes paper proposals for an international biblical conference dealing with the theme of miracles in the Bible and extra-biblical traditions of the ancient Mediterranean world. 

The tile of the conference is: "Signs, Wonders and Mighty Works. God’s Activity in the History of Salvation." 

The conference will be held in Lublin, Poland, 23-24 October 2019.

This conference will bring together leading scholars from around the world to discuss the why and how of reading Biblical Hebrew poetry as Scripture in today's world. The aim of the conference is recontextualization with the goal of moving beyond reconstructive historical work to constructive theological work.

Featured speakers include:

·         John Goldingay: On Reading Genesis 49

·         Benjamin Sommer: Parallelism and Preaching: Poetic Form and Religious Function

·         Ellen Davis: The Psalms, the Poetry of Healing

·         David Firth: Hannah's Song (1 Samuel 2:1-10): On the Interface of Poetics and Ethics in an Embedded Poem

·         Revd Megan Daffern: How Wise are the Psalms as Prayers?

·         Katie Heffelfinger: Truth and Hidden Things: Reading Isaiah 45:9-25 as Scripture

·         Rabbi Shai Held: Can the Psalms of Lament Redeem Us?

·         Yisca ZimranThe Dynamic Relationship between God and Man in the Book of Hosea: A Synchronic Reading

·         The conference will include an After-Dinner Poetry Reading and Discussion with award-winning poet and professor, Michael Symmons Roberts.

An outline programme, paper abstracts, and the online booking site are available at:

www.newsongconference.com or www.centreforcatholicstudies.co.uk

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. See the links and attachment for more information.



The Call for Papers for this year’s European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference is now open! The Conference will be taking place at the University of Warsaw, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Warsaw, Poland, from Sunday, 11th August, afternoon, to Wednesday, 14th August, 2019, evening, followed by two days of post-conference tours. 

Paper proposals will be accepted until 28th February, and individual EABS units’ Calls can be seen on their webpages. To browse the list of EABS research units, click here.

The call for papers and submission page can be found here.

The EABS is excited to announce the eleventh Graduate Symposium, which will take place at the Lammi Biological Station (LBS) of the University of Helsinki, in Lammi, Finland, from 12th-14th April 2019. The LBS is a world class research station situated 90 minutes north of Helsinki [Click here to find out more about the venue]. The symposium, which seeks to engender a supportive atmosphere for dialogue across a variety of biblical studies fields and subfields (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, its reception/interpretation history, the ancient Near East, and any relevant cognate areas, New Testament, its reception/interpretation history, early Christianity, Rabbinics, Patristics and any relevant cognate areas, also, areas such as Qumran studies, Alexandrian Judaism, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, etc.), welcomes PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers to present on a topic related to their research area(s). Participants may format their presentations according to their preference: paper, seminar discussion, poster or another form.

Every abstract will be anonymously reviewed by a team of scholars who will give feedback and suggestions for improvement, if necessary. Our goal is to assist in developing the abstracts to the best possible form and to encourage authors to submit them to research seminars of the 2019 EABS Annual Conference. We also encourage authors to enter the EABS Student Prize by submitting their papers for evaluation after the symposium. Only papers presented at the EABS Annual Conference are eligible for the Student Prize which is typically awarded at the opening ceremony of the Annual Conference. Also, only doctoral students are eligible for the Student Prize. Next year’s conference will be held in Warsaw, Poland from 11th-14th August 2019. Please click here for more information.

Each participant will be given 20-25 minutes to present their paper which will be followed by an extended discussion. We look forward to welcoming Professor Juha Pakkala (HB), Professor Jutta Jokiranta (HB, STJ, DSS), Professor Petri Luomanen (NT and Early Christianity), and Professor Outi Lehtipuu (NT and Early Christianity), all affiliated to the University of Helsinki. These scholars will offer feedback and share from their experiences in their respective fields. In addition, the symposium looks forward to continuing its tradition of holding a joint trans-Atlantic session with graduate students from the University of Emory.

Candidates should submit their abstracts and/or posters of no more than 300 words to [email protected] by 11:59 pm (CET) on March 3 rd, 2019. Please do not forget to mention the preferred format in the abstract (i.e. paper, workshop, pre-circulated paper, discussion, poster, etc.). Participants have to be members of the EABS. The one-year student membership for 2019 is €10. Please note that this fee does not apply to postdoctoral researchers whose membership fee for 2019 is €30.

Candidates are advised to budget for board and lodging for the weekend. The estimated cost for a single room with meals is 70 per day. For a double room with meals, the cost is estimated at 90 per day. We will meet in Helsinki where transport will be arranged for the onward trip to Lammi. Participants are advised to budget for this connection. Details about this leg will be given in due course. 

Batanayi I. Manyika
Graduate Student Representative
[email protected]

Interest in ancient Jewish and Christian beliefs about demons has grown significantly
in recent decades. Particular consideration has been given to the influence of other
cultures (e.g. Zoroastrian traditions), the transmission of traditions across time and
between communities (e.g. the myth of rebellious angels), and to the origins of
demons and methods for dealing with them (e.g. exorcism rituals, magic, etc.). Less
attention has been paid to the nature and characteristics of demonic beings
(broadly conceived).

Dr Hector M Patmore and Prof. Josef Lössl (Cardiff University) therefore invite
proposals for papers that consider this theme in Jewish and / or Christian sources
from the Biblical period to Late Antiquity. Papers may have any relevant focus,
including:
• The ontology of demonic beings.
• The place of demonic beings in spiritual hierarchies.
• The role of gender in the depiction of demonic beings.
• The connection between demons and particular locations.
• The personification / hypostasizing of abstract concepts.

Papers exploring cultural exchange between Jews and Christians would be
particularly welcome. More information in the attachment below.

The EABS Annual Conference / SBL International Meeting 2018 took place at the University of Helsinki on 30th July - 3rd August. The following pictures, taken by Lauri Laine, take you back to our great moments in Helsinki.

Outi Lehtipuu opening the conference.
Outi Lehtipuu, the chair of the local organizing committee, welcoming people at the opening session.


EABS Executive officer Dominika Kurek-Chomycz giving greetings from the EABS to the joint meeting.


The opening session ended with a panel discussion "What I would like to see happen in biblical studied?" The panel was chaired by Martti Nissinen and the other participants were Jutta Jokiranta, Ismo Dunderberg, Siiri Toiviainen and Rick Bonnie.


The plenary sessions took place at the Think Corner of the University. In the picture, Raija Sollamo and Antti Marjanen reflect on their career. Interview conducted by Cecilia Wassén, with an introduction by Marianne Bjelland Kartzow.


A magnificent cultural event, concert at the famous rock church, took place on Thursday evening.

The International Philological Forum is organized every two years and its aim is to enable young
philologists (students, PhD students and postdocs) from different countries and universities to
present their own papers or translations. This year for the first time we will have a special section for Biblical studies.

Please use the link below to offer your contributions to one of the following thematic areas:
➢ The Bible – problems of translation
➢ The Bible as literature
➢ Anthropology and the Bible

https://philol-forum.uni-sofia.bg/forum/third-international-philological-forum-en/

More information in the attachment.
The ERC Advanced Grant MAP project (Mapping Ancient Polytheisms. Cult Epithets as an Interface between Religious Systems and Human Agency; 741182; http://map-polytheisms.huma-num.fr) works on the naming systems for the divine in the Greek and Western Semitic worlds, from 1000 BCE to 400 CE and views them as testimonies to the way in which divine powers are constructed, arranged and involved within ritual. The analysis deals both with the structural aspects of the religious systems and with their contextual appropriation by social participants. Considered to be elements of a complex language, the onomastic channels are related to the gods, therefore providing access to a mapping process of the divine, to its ways of representation and to the communication strategies between men and gods. Within this framework, the MAP Team proposes a Summer School in collaboration with the French Research Centre in Jerusalem

There are 15 places available, which you can apply for until October 31st. More information on the pdf-attachment.

The 14th International Biblical Conference, 23-24 October 2018

“For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to her dead” (Isa. 26:19): Resurrection in the Bible and Ancient Mediterranean World

The Catholic University of John Paul II, Lublin, Poland


This year’s symposium will focus on the resurrection in the Bible and extra-biblical traditions of the ancient Mediterranean World. The topics covered by conference papers can include: the shape and character of the idea of resurrection in the Bible and extra-biblical literature; the historical, anthropologico-cultural and theological analysis of the ancient texts and traditions on resurrection in relation to the Bible; the genesis and development of the idea of resurrection in the Hebrew Bible; the historical, socio-cultural and theological analysis of the idea of resurrection in New Testament texts together with their moral and ecclesiological implications; resurrection in Early Christian writings and traditions.

Please submit paper proposals by 15th August 2018. For more information and to submit your abstract, see: ocs.academicon.pl