Good news from Jason Maston. On March 2-4, 2017 the Department of Theology at HBU, in conjunction with Lanier Theological Library, is hosting the conference How the Bible Came into Being. The conference will consider the formation of the biblical canon, the literature included and excluded, and its theological significance. Our keynote speakers are James Charlesworth (Princeton Theological Seminary) and Lee McDonald (formerly of Acadia Divinity College). The plenary talks are free and open to the public.
We also invite proposals for short papers from scholars and graduate students from a wide array of topics related to how the Bible came into being, for example:
- The formation of the canon (including its establishment and later discussions)
- The canonical process of individual texts
- Comparisons of canonical traditions
- The theology of the canon
- Canonical criticism
Anyone who is interested should submit a 300 word abstract on any relevant topic by December 8, 2016. Papers should be 25 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions. Decisions will be announced in late December. Send proposals to Daniel Streett.
We will be publishing some of the conference papers. If you would like your paper considered for inclusion, please indicate this on your proposal. You must also provide a full version of the paper at the time of the conference.
You can find out more details and register for the conference at the Theology Conference webpage.
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