CALL FOR PAPERS
The British New Testament Society Annual Conference
St Patrick’s College, Maynooth 31st August – 2nd September 2017
Proposals for papers are invited for the British New Testament Conference 2017 to be held in Maynooth, Ireland from Thursday 31st August – Saturday 2nd September. Paper proposals of not more than 300 words should be sent directly to the relevant Seminar chairs by Friday 21st April 2017. Proposals for the Simultaneous Short Paper session should be sent to the Secretary, Dr Paul Middleton (email@example.com). Specific Seminar Calls for Papers are below.
Book of Acts
Sean Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Matthew Sleeman (email@example.com)
We welcome seminar papers approaching Acts from a variety of angles and using a variety of methods: historical, literary, textual-critical, theological, archaeological, the social world, possible links/parallels with other biblical and ancient writings, and so on. We also include topics for discussion which relate Acts to the wider contexts of Luke-Acts and the Pauline corpus, where they are relevant and helpful to the study of Acts. Offers of papers are welcome both from research students (this is a great opportunity to ‘try out’ your ideas) and from more established scholars.
The Acts and Paul seminar groups are happy to announce that they will be having a joint session as one of our three sessions scheduled for the 2017 Conference. In light of this collaboration, we are particularly interested in receiving paper proposals that engage with the theology, genre, structure and/or themes of Paul, Paul’s letters, and Acts.
Papers may require a full seminar session for discussion (90 minutes) or take half a session (45 minutes). We make papers available on the British New Testament Society web site a few weeks before the conference so that seminar members can read them in advance. At the seminar, the paper’s author presents a 10-15 minute summary before discussion, in order to maximise discussion time in the seminar.
David Moffitt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Whilst papers on any topic relating to Hebrews will be considered, the Hebrews Group particularly invites proposals relating to the much debated question of the cosmological assumptions underlying this early Christian text.
Helen Bond (email@example.com)
Justin Meggitt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This year we will share two sessions with the “NT: Use and Influence” and the “Synoptic Gospels” seminar groups. One of these will be a panel discussion of the Irish writer Colm Toíbín’s novel, The Testament of Mary, with invited participants. Offers of papers for the second shared session are invited on the theme of ”Jesus and Contemporary Media”. Offers of papers are also invited for our third session, on any topic of interest to the “Jesus” seminar group.
Paper proposals for the shared session on “Jesus and Contemporary Media” should be sent to Justin Meggitt, the co-chair of the Jesus seminar group (email@example.com). Paper proposals for the Jesus open session should be sent to Helen Bond (H.Bond@ed.ac.uk) or Justin Meggitt (firstname.lastname@example.org), co-chairs of the Jesus group.
Cornelis Bennema (email@example.com)
Janet Unsworth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Johannine Literature seminar receives papers on the Gospel of John and/or the Johannine Epistles. Offers of papers are welcome both from established scholars and from research students and the Seminar provides an excellent opportunity for feedback from experts in the field.
This year, one session will be dedicated to the discussion of Troels Engberg-Pedersen’s new book John and Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2017). There will be a panel consisting of Prof. Engberg-Pedersen (University of Copenhagen) who will present his new book, and two respondents. This will be followed by an extended open discussion. In the remaining two sessions, there is scope for four to five papers. Papers are normally 30 minutes, allowing time for questions and discussion, but shorter papers of 20 minutes are also welcome.
The Book of Revelation
Michelle Fletcher (email@example.com)
Simon Woodman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
New Testament and Early Christianity
Loveday Alexander [email@example.com]
Dominika Kurek-Chomycz [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Francis Watson [email@example.com]
The Early Christianity seminar is issuing an open call for papers for the 2017 BNTS Conference, and welcomes offers of papers on any aspect of the New Testament and early Christianity, especially where these are not covered by other seminar groups. In addition to the open session and an invited paper session, the third session will focus on “Early Christian Eschatology”, and we invite offers of papers on this theme. Priority may be given to papers that engage both canonical and non-canonical texts, or that relate the eschatology of a particular text to a wider context.
New Testament and Second Temple Judaism
Susan Docherty (S.E.Docherty@newman.ac.uk)
Matthew Novenson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The NT and Second Temple Judaism Seminar will have three sessions in 2017, two invited and one open-call. There will be a session on current research in Qumran studies, with papers from Timothy Lim, Joan Taylor, and Benjamin Wold. We will also have a book review session on Matthew Novenson’s The Grammar of Messianism (OUP, 2017) with panelists including Philip Alexander and Grant Macaskill. For the open-call session, we invite papers on any aspect of the study of NT and ancient Judaism, including but not limited to social history, material remains, apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, Qumran, Philo, Josephus, and the rabbis. Interested parties should email paper proposals to both co-chairs.
New Testament: Use and Influence
Chair: Alison Jack (email@example.com)
Chair: John Lyons (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This year we will share two sessions with the “Jesus” and the “Synoptic Gospels” Seminar Groups. One of these will be a panel discussion of Colm Toibin’s novel, The Testament of Mary, with invited participants. Offers of papers for the second shared session are invited on the theme of ”Jesus and Contemporary Media”. Offers of papers are also invited for our third session, on any topic of interest to the NT: Use and Influence Seminar Group.
Peter Oakes (email@example.com)
Sarah Whittle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Papers are invited on any aspect of Pauline literature.
Social World of the New Testament
Louise Lawrence (L.J.Lawrence@exeter.ac.uk)
Minna Shkul (email@example.com)
In 2017 we are planning to address embodiment of religion and bodies in the NT, more generally. We welcome proposals that examine gender, sex, sexuality, embodied rituals and religious experience in the New Testament and early Christianity, or contemporary lived religion as it arises from or relates to these themes in the NT writings.
Andy Angel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Elizabeth Shively (email@example.com)
This year we will have two joint sessions with the “Jesus” and the “NT: Use and Influence” Seminar Groups. The first will be a panel discussion of Irish writer Colm Toíbín’s novel, The Testament of Mary, with invited presenters. The second will be on the theme “Jesus and Contemporary Media,” for which we welcome paper proposals. The third will be an open session on any topic in the Synoptic Gospels, for which we also welcome paper proposals.
Paper proposals for the joint session on “Jesus and Contemporary Media” should be sent to Justin Meggitt, co-chair of the “Jesus” Seminar Group. Paper proposals for the Synoptic Gospels open session should be sent to Andy Angel or Elizabeth Shively, co-chairs of the “Synoptic Gospels” Seminar Group.
Simultaneous Short Papers
Proposals for 20-25 minute papers are invited for the simultaneous short papers session. Preference will be given to papers that do not easily fit into one of the established seminar groups. Proposing the same paper for this section and one of the seminar groups is not permitted.