8–11 Aug 2017


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Wednesday 9 August, 2017

09h00-10h00 Presidential Address: Prof Michael Wolter (Germany), 'Ein exegetischer Blick auf Rom 11,25-32' 

11h15-12h45 Seminar Groups I

1. Apostolic Fathers, Apologists, and the History of Early Christianity (Prof. C. Breytenbach and Dr C. Rothschild). Terminates in 2017.
Wed: Jonathan Draper (South Africa), ‘Prophecy and “Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” in Didache 11:7-8—from Q and the Synoptic Gospels to the Apostolic Fathers and Beyond’ – respondent: TBA; Thu: Clayton Jefford (USA), ‘Prolegomena to Establishing the Vorlage of the Didache’ – respondent: Adela Yarbro Collins (USA); Fri: Clare Rothschild (USA), 'Down the Rabbit Hole with Epistle of Barnabas' – respondent: TBA

2. Inhalte und Probleme einer neutestamentlichen Theologie (Profs C. Landmesser and M. Seifrid). Terminates in 2019.
Wed: Florian Wilk (Germany), ‘“Aus Gott, vor Gott und zu Gott hin.” Charakteristika der Rede von Gott in den Korintherbriefen des Paulus’ – ‘“From God, before God, and unto God.” Characteristics of Language about God in the Corinthian Letters of Paul’; Thu: Johannes Beutler (Germany), ‘Vom Gott Israels zum Vater Jesu: Zur johanneischen Gotteslehre’ – ‘From the God of Israel to the Father of Jesus: On the Johannine Teaching about God’; Fri: Karl-Heinz Ostmeyer (Germany), ‘Die Alte Rede von Gott in der neuen: Biblische Theologie heute?’ – ‘The Old Language about God within the New: Biblical Theology Today?’

3. The Johannine Writings (Profs J. Frey, M. Gruber and Ch. Karakolis). Terminates in 2020.
Wed: Ansgar Wucherpfennig SJ (Germany), ‘Johannes 6 für Leser des Markus: “Begreift ihr denn noch nicht?”’; Thu: Kobus Kok (guest: Belgium), ‘Restoration of Spiritual Sight: Perspectives on the Conceptual World of John (9) and the Odes of Solomon’; Fri: Christina Hoegen-Rohls (Germany), ‘“Nicht eine Krankheit zum Tode” - Zum Lebensbegriff in Joh 11’.

4. The Development of Early Christian Ethics within its Jewish and Greco-Roman Contexts (Profs Matthias Konradt and William Loader). Terminates in 2020.
Wed: David Instone-Brewer (UK), 'Aristotle's Three-fold Submission in the Household codes of Paul, Peter, Philo and Josephus' – respondent: Christine Gerber (Germany); Thu: Todd Still (USA), ‘“Paul”, “Peter” and Slaves: Texts and Contexts’ – respondent: Fika Van Rensburg (guest: South Africa); Fri: Margaret MacDonald (Canada), ‘Reading Ethical Injunctions involving Parents and Children in light of the Flexible, Shifting, and often Precarious Realities of Family life in the Roman World’ – respondent: Peter Müller (Germany). 
5. The Mission and Expansion of Earliest Christianity (Profs Eugene Eung-Chun Park, Paul Trebilco, and Gosnell Yorke). Terminates in 2018. 
Wed: Christopher Stanley (USA), ‘Paul and Asklepios: The Greco-Roman Quest for Healing and the Mission of Paul’ – respondent: Paul Trebilco (New Zealand); Thu: Eric Wong (Hong Kong), ‘A Discussion of Mission in Paul and Mark’ – respondent: Nathanael Wang (guest: Republic of China); Fri: Gosnell L. Yorke (Zambia), ‘Translation and the Early Christian Mission: A Linguistic Move from Jesus, the Speaker, to the Gospel Writer’ – respondent: Eugene Eung-Chun Park (USA).

6. Hebrews (Profs C.A. Eberhart and W. Kraus). Terminates in 2020.
Wed: Edwin Broadhead (USA), ‘Alternatives to Temple and Cult in Hebraic and Early Christian Traditions – Alternativen zu Tempel und Kult in hebräischen und frühchristlichen Traditionen’ – respondent: Michael Tilly (Germany); Thu: William Loader (Australia), ‘The Conception of Jesus as High Priest in Hebrews – Die Vorstellung von Jesus als Hohepriester im Hebräerbrief’ – respondent: Christian Eberhart (USA); Fri: Georg Gäbel (guest: Germany), ’Bedeutung des Todes Jesu im Hebräerbrief – The Meaning of the Death of Jesus in Hebrews’ – respondent: Wolfgang Kraus (Germany).

7. Social History and the New Testament (Profs. H. Löhr, M. Öhler, and A. Runesson). Terminates in 2017.
Wed: J. Albert Harrill (USA): ‘Imperial Aesthetics of “Narrative Architecture”: The Representation of Buildings and Monumentality in literature’ – respondent: TBA; Thu: Gerhard A. van den Heever (guest: South Africa), ‘Hybrid Identities: An Early Christian Cult Group Taking Shape in the Context of Roman Imperial Cult’ – respondent: Stephen Hultgren (Australia); Fri: Thomas Witulski (Germany), ‘Die kultisch-religiöse Kaiserverehrung im Imperium Romanum am Beispiel der Provinz Asia’ – respondent TBA.

8. Papyrology, Epigraphy and the New Testament (Profs P. Arzt-Grabner and J.S. Kloppenborg). Terminates in 2018.
Wed: James Harrison (Australia), ‘The Second Sophistic Oracular Mentality in Asia and its Relevance for Early Christian Prophecy: Ionian, Lydian, Phrygian and Anatolian Perspectives’ – respondent John Kloppenborg (Canada); Thu: Peter Arzt-Grabner (Austria), ‘How Magical Are “Amulets” with Biblical Texts: Criteria and Catalogue’ – respondent: Richard Ascough (Canada); Fri: Erastus Jonker (guest: South Africa), ‘An Evaluation of P.Oxy. 840 as a Jewish-Christian Document’ – respondent: Christina Kreinecker (Austria).

9. Reading Paul’s Letters in Context: Theological and Social-Scientific Approaches (Drs W. Campbell and J. Gundry). Terminates in 2021.
Wed: Pieter Botha (South Africa), ‘The Politics of Christian Identity: Researching Paul, Contexts and Readers’; Thu: Judith Gundry (USA), ‘Grace, Ethnicity and Gender: Paul’s Denuding of Difference without Masking the Gift’; Fri: Steven Kraftchik (guest: USA), ‘To Please God: Theological Ethics in 1 Thessalonians’.

10. New Testament Textual Criticism (Dr C. Clivaz, Profs U. Schmid, and T. Wasserman). Terminates in 2018.
Wed: Sara Schulthess (guest: Switzerland), ‘Marciana Gr. Z. 11 (379) and the Project HumaReC: An Innovative Research Model for an Unique New Testament Manuscript’ – respondent: Hugh Houghton (UK); Thu: Hugh Houghton (UK), ‘Electronic Transcriptions of New Testament Manuscripts: The State of the Question’ – respondent: Klaus Wachtel (Germany); Fri: Klaus Wachtel (Germany), ‘The Digital Present and Future of the Editio Critica Maior (ECM) of the New Testament’ – respondent: Ulrich Schmid (Germany).

11. Memory, Narrative, and Christology in the Synoptic Gospels (Profs S. Byrskog and J. Schröter, and Dr S. Hultgren). Terminates in 2018.
Wed: Michal Beth Dinkler (guest: USA), ‘New Formalism and Narrative Christology: Returning to the Structure of the Synoptic Gospels’; Thu: Tobias Nicklas (Germany), ‘The Gospel of Peter between the Synoptic Gospels and “Apostolic Memoirs” of Late Antiquity’; Fri: Jens Schröter (Germany), ‘The Contribution of Apocryphal Gospels to the “Memory of Jesus”: Beyond the Canonical / Non-Canonical Divide’.

12. The Book of Revelation (Profs D. Aune and D. Hellholm, and Dr Th. Witulski). Terminates in 2017.
Wed: Thomas Witulski (Germany), ‘Die literarische Einheitlichkeit der Sendschreiben, diskutiert am Beispiel von Apk 2,1–7’; Thu: Nils Neumann (Germany), ‘Affective Responses to the Divine Plagues in Revelation’; Fri: Joint Session with the seminar: Social History and the New Testament.

13. Acta Politica: The Book of Acts and the Political Culture of the Roman Empire (Profs K. Backhaus, C. Holladay, D. Marguerat). Terminates in 2021.
Wed: Carl Holladay (USA), ‘Acts 25:16 and Luke’s Knowledge of Roman Law’; Thu: Stephan Witetschek (Germany), ‘Anti-Who? On the Discovery, Construction and Suspicion of Anti-Imperial Polemics in Luke-Acts and Elsewhere’; Fri: Simon Butticaz (guest: Switzerland), ‘Entre Jérusalem et Rome: Les Actes de Luc, récit fondateur d’un peuple’.
14h15-15h45 Main Paper I: Prof Josef Verheyden (Belgium), 'The Luke-Acts Conundrum: Method and Reason in Reflecting on the Composition of a Two-Volume Work'
16h15-17h45 Quaestiones Disputatae: ‘What was distinctive about early Christian “faith”?’; Prof. Michael Wolter (President and Chair); panelists: Profs                    Teresa Morgan (guest: UK), Mark Seifrid (USA) and Francis Watson (UK) 

Thursday 10 August, 2017

09h00-10h30 Main Paper II: Prof. Clare Rothschild (USA), 'The Muratorian Fragment as Fraud'

11h15-12h45 Seminar Groups II

14h15-15h45 Main Paper III: Prof. Matthias Konradt (Germany), '"Nehmt auf euch mein Joch und lernt von mir!" (Mt 11,29): Mt 11,28-30 und die christologische Dimension der matthäischen Ethik'

16h30-17h15 Simultaneous Short Papers I

1. Troy Martin (USA), 'Christ's Healing Sore: A Medical Reading of 1 Peter 2:24'

2. Gabriella Gelardini (Switzerland), ""Glaube" im Hebräerbrief und sein Verhältnis zur Soteriologie'

3. Kathy Ehrensperger (UK), 'Join in Imitating me (Phil. 3:17) - Embodying Christ in the Face of "the Enemies of the Cross"'

4. Jeffrey Weima (USA), 'The Political Charges against Paul and Silas in Acts 17:6-7. Roman Benefaction in Thessalonica'

5. Emmanuel Nlenanya Chinwokwu (Nigeria), 'The Lord's Supper as History and Challenge in the Thoughts of John and Paul'

Friday 11 August, 2017

09h00-10h30 Main Paper IV: Prof. Jean-Claude Loba Mkole (South Africa) 'Exégèse et traduction interculturelles du nouveau testament'

11h15-12h45 Seminar Groups III

14h15-15h45 Simultaneous Short Papers II

16h15-17h00 Simultaneous Short Papers III

1. Stephen Hultgren (Australia), '"A Vision for the End of Days": The End of Mark as Apocalyptic Deferral'

2. Petr Mareček (Czech Republic), ‘Die enigmatischen Worte in Lk 2,35a und ihre Deutung im lukanischen Doppelwerk’

3. Paul Anderson (USA), 'A Bi-optic Hypothesis - An Inclusive Theory of Gospel Relations'

4. Peter-Ben Smit (Netherlands), 'Affect and Suspense in the Prologue of the Gospel of John'

5. Christos Karakolis (Greece), '"Of Those Falling Asleep" - "of Times and Seasons": Parallelism, Metaphorical Language, and the Meaning of γρηγορεῖν and καθεύδειν in 1 Thessalonians 4:13–5:11’

16h15-17h00 Presentation, Holger Strutwolf (Germany), Klaus Wachtel (Germany) and Georg Gäbel (guest: Germany), 'The new Acts Volume of the Edition Critica Maior - A Presentation'