Sofia 2024 Call for Papers
On the Kingdom of God and Its Implications
The research group Canonical Approaches focuses on literary devices, subjects, and methodological questions in relation to the canon. The idea of the Kingdom of God is one of the significant connections between various parts of the Bible. In the Old Testament, the Psalms in particular deal with God’s kingship. Also, the Torah, the Prophets, and the other Writings portray him as king or include this presumption. The New Testament refers to God's basileia from Matthew to the Apocalypse of John. Other ideas and motifs play a role, e.g., the throne, enthronement, divine judgment, the Chaoskampf, and the Day of YHWH. They link various parts of the canon and give structure to it. The topic calls for reflection, e.g., on the metaphor of divine kingship, the divine-human relationship, divine council, or its past, present, and future aspects.
In Syracuse 2023, we enjoyed papers on the kingdom of God and its implications. Fruitful discussions indicated various directions that need to be explored further, for example, the connection between the kingdom of God and the house(s) of God or the presence of God. So we continue our research on the kingdom of God and encourage particularly New Testament scholars to contribute to our exploration.