Q Conference

Q Conference November 4, 2014

Mark Goodacre mentioned a conference in Denmark in June 2015, “Gospel Interpretation and the Q‐Hypothesis.” I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to make it, but it certainly looks like it is likely to be fantastic, and will at least want to read the papers from the conference when they are published.

Call for papers

“Gospel Interpretation and the Q‐Hypothesis”

International Conference, 21 to 24 June 2015, Roskilde (Denmark)

Organizers: Mogens Müller, Stefan Nordgaard, Heike Omerzu

This year, in June, a group of colleagues from Copenhagen held a conference on the topic of ‘Luke’s Literary Creativity’. The conference, which was headed by Prof. Mogens Müller, gave rise to a lively discussion about the Q‐hypothesis and other possible ways of explaining the similarities between Luke and Matthew, including, above all, the Farrer, a.k.a. the L/M, hypothesis. The debate was so energetic and inspiring that we, the team of organizers, decided that we quite simply had to follow up on it with another conference exclusively devoted to the topic of Luke and the synoptic problem and with the participation of both Q‐believers, Q‐sceptics and scholars who as yet remain undecided on the issue. 

We have now started organizing the conference and a number of the world’s leading scholars on the topic — Stefan Alkier, Eve‐Marie Becker, Mark Goodacre, Christoph Heil, Werner Kahl, John Kloppenborg, Shelly Matthews, Clare Rothschild, Hildegard Scherer, Christopher Tuckett, and Francis Watson — have agreed to participate. We feel confident that the conference will be able to significantly further the debate between Q‐believers and Q‐sceptics, and we wish to invite anyone with an interest in the issue of the synoptic problem to submit a paper proposal for the conference. In order to allow enough time for discussion we will select up to six papers.

Paper Proposals (not exceeding one page) are to be submitted to Prof. Mogens Müller (mm@teol.ku.dk) or Prof. Heike Omerzu (ho@teol.ku.dk) no later than 1 February 2015.  

Applicants will be informed by 20 February 2015 whether or not their papers have been accepted. Papers accepted for the conference will be distributed in advance among all participants and will be discussed rather than read at the conference. We intend to select respondents for each paper who will introduce the discussion by a critical examination of its argument. In order for us to be able to distribute the papers in advance, accepted papers (not exceeding 20 pages) should be submitted by 23 May 2015. After the conference, contributors may be invited to submit their papers for publication in a collected volume edited by the organizers.

The conference is free of charge. It will be held at Comwell Hotel in Roskilde (Denmark) (www.comwellroskilde.dk). All expenses for food and accommodation (though not travel) will be paid for by the organizers.



The conference call (PDF) is also available here.

The call for papers for the International Society of Biblical Literature conference, to be held in Buenos Aires, has also been posted online.

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  • Dan

    The Q picture is wrong! He only told Matthew and Luke those parts of their gospels that they agree with each other and not with Mark. Mostly they just plagiarize Mark and the L and M sources.

    I see Goodacre is still working hard on defeating the Q hypothesis. I wish him luck though it seems that the anti-Q crowd has petered out and we’re returning to much saner views. (Long Live Streeter!)

    • Alan Garrow

      Having just returned from this conference in Roskilde it seems to me that the anti-Q crowd is very far from petering out. Of the 22 participants more than half sought to challenge the conventional 2DH in one way or another. With Rob MacEwen’s new book on Matthean Posteriority another line of attack on the 2DH is being opened up – see also alangarrow.com/mch.html