Eight International East-West Symposium of New Testament Scholars

Eight International East-West Symposium of New Testament Scholars May 26, 2019

Tonight will mark the beginning of a conference in Romania focused on New Testament anthropology, at which I have the opportunity to present on work related to my project about John the Baptist. It has been really exciting to find things that I think are genuinely new insights emerging out of my efforts to bring the Mandaean sources into the picture, and approaching it via the question of John’s assumptions about human nature really helped. I will say more about this on a future occasion. In the meantime, below is the program for the conference. You can learn more about the East-West Symposia on the SNTS website, since this is an Eastern European endeavor by that organization.

 

DAILY PROGRAM

of the Eight International East-West Symposium of New Testament Scholars

Caraiman Monastery

26th-31st of Mai, 2019

 

 

Monday, 27th of Mai

07:30 – Morning Prayer (Orthodox): Marian Vild (Bucharest, Romania)

08:00 – Breakfast

09:00 – Opening of the Symposium by Stelian Tofană (Cluj-Napoca, Romania). Official messages from His Holiness Daniel, Patriarch of

the Romanian Orthodox Church, from The State Department for Religious Affairs in Romania, and from Prof. Dr. Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr, President of EELC

10:00Main Papers I and II: Anthropology in Old Testament / Hellenistic Judaism

Carl Holladay (Atlanta, USA), Some Hellenistic Jewish Perspectives on Moral Agency: Ben Sira, Philo, and Josephus

Alexandru Mihăilă (Bucharest, Romania), A Circumcised Heart: The Anthropological Function of the Heart as the Inner Man

11:30 – Coffee break

12:00 – Discussion of the Main Paper I and II

12:45 Main Paper III: Anthropology in the Synoptic Gospels

Daniel Ayuch (Balamand, Lebanon), From Homo Sedentarius to Homo Peregrinator. The Nomadic Nature of Man in Luke [and Acts]

13:30 – Lunch

15:30Main Paper IV: Anthropology in the Synoptic Gospels

Joel Marcus (Durham, USA), The Anthropology of the Synoptic Gospels

16:15 – Coffee break

16:45 – Discussion of the Main Papers III and IV

17:30 – Break

17:45 Seminar Session I

Seminar “Anthropology and Ethics”

Volker Rabens (Jena, Germany), The Dilemma of Human Agency in John’s Gospel

Teodor Brasoveanu (Leuven, Belgium), The Ethical Significance of the Pauline Discourse in 1 Corinthians 9,24-27

Seminar “Anthropology and Creation”

Georg Schimanowski (Tübingen, Germany), The Creation of the ‘mortal human being’ (Gen 2:7) in Philo’s Treatises – with a

Short View on Paul

Nenad Bozovic (Belgrade, Serbia), The Image of Adam as Adolescent in Eden in Patristic Reception of Gen 2-3

Seminar “Anthropology and Eschatology”

Mikhail Seleznev (Moscow, Russia), Anthropology and Eschatology in the NT and LXX – with special Reference to the Treatment of Gen 1-3 in the LXX and the NT

Halyna Teslyuk (Lviv, Ukraine), From Biological Barrenness to Spiritual Fertility in Eschaton: An Exegesis of Wis 3:13

19:15 – Evening Prayer (Catholic): Bartosz Adamczewski (Warsaw, Poland)

19:30 – Dinner

 

Tuesday, 28th of Mai

07:30 – Morning Prayer (Protestant): Virgil Laszlo (Budapest, Hungary)

08:00 – Breakfast

09:00 Main Papers V and VI: Anthropology in the Gospel of John

Nadine Ueberschaer (Greifswald, Germany), “Lazarus, come out.” (John 11, 43). Anthropology in the Gospel of John

Predrag Dragutinović (Belgrade, Serbia), Reading the Gospel of John as a Story of Life and Death. Some Insights from the Storytelling Anthropology

10:30 – Coffee break

11:00 – Discussion of the Main Papers V and VI

11:45 Main Papers VII and VIII: The Spiritual Human Being in 1 Corinthians

Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr (Jena, Germany), The Spiritual Human Being in Paul: 1 Cor 2:15 from a “Western” Perspective

Christos Karakolis (Athens, Greece), The Apostle Paul as a Paragon of a Spiritual Human Being: Applied Anthropology in Paul’s Biography

13:30 – Lunch

15:30 – Discussion of the Main Papers VII and VIII

16:15 – Coffee break

16:45 – Break

17:45 Seminar Session II

Seminar “Anthropology and Ethics”

Artur Malina (Katowice, Poland): Hospitality in Transformation (Mk 9:5-6 and par.). Interpretations of a Human Response to

the Transfiguration

Ain Riistan (Tartu, Estonia), Honour and Shame in the Pastoral Ethics of 2 Timothy

Seminar “Anthropology and Creation”

James McGrath (Indianapolis, USA), Anthropological Assumptions of John’s Baptism

Randar Tasmuth (Tartu, Estonia), Temple and Torah turned to Body and Spirit

Seminar “Anthropology and Eschatology”

James (Bru) Wallace (Memphis, USA), A Dwelling Not Made With Hands: Anthropology, Eschatology, and Theosis in 2 Corinthians 3-5

Maria Karyakina (St. Petersburg, Russia), Eschatological realization of one’s identity in Christ according to the Letter to the Philippians

19:15 – Evening Prayer (Orthodox): Theodor Stoitchev (Shumen, Bulgaria)

19:30 – Dinner

 

Wednesday, 29th of Mai

07:30 – Morning Prayer (Catholic): Artur Malina (Katowice, Poland)

08:00 – Breakfast

09:00 Main Papers IX and X: Marriage and Related Issues in the New Testament

Bill Loader (Perth, Australia), Sex and Gender as Anthropological Categories in the New Testament

Korinna Zamfir (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Discourses on Motherhood in the Corpus Paulinum

10:30 – Coffee break

11:00 – Discussion of the Main Papers IX and X

11:45 Individual Paper and Discussion:

Cyril Hovorun (Los Angeles, USA), New Testament Church: Between Discipleship and Fellowship

13:30 – Lunch

15:30 – Final plenary

17:00 – Coffee break

17:30Seminar Session III

Seminar “Anthropology and Ethics”

Athanasios Despotis (Bonn, Germany), The Relation Between Anthropology and Ethics in John’s Gospel with Regard to the

Hellenistic-Philosophical Milieu and Some Early Patristic Approaches

Bartosz Adamczewski (Warsaw, Poland), Moral Aspects of the Relational Nature of the Human Body in the Theology of Paul

Seminar “Anthropology and Creation”

Darko Anev, The Shepherd Imagery and the Shepherding as Reflection of Anthropology through the Metaphorical Elaboration in the Gospel of John

Vladan Tatalovic, Antropology of Johanine Epistles

Seminar “Anthropology and Eschatology”

Marian Vild (Bucharest, Romania), Being in Christ – the Pauline Concept in the Understanding of the Church Fathers

Alexey Somov (Moscow, Russia), Ancient Views on the Human Upright Posture as a Mark of Immortality in the New Testament Imagery of Resurrection

19:15 – Evening Prayer (Protestant): Maria Karyakina (St. Petersburg, Russia)

19:30 – Dinner

20:30 Individual Paper and Discussion:

Stelian Tofană (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Biblical Scholarship in Romania. Past and Present

 

Thursday, 30th of Mai

07:30 – Morning Prayer (Protestant): Randar Tasmuth (Tartu, Estonia)

08:00 – Breakfast

09:00 Section “Translations of the Holy Scripture in Romanian”

09:00 – Vasile Mihoc (Sibiu, Romania), The 1858 Bible from Sibiu

09:30 – Stelian Tofană (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), The Bartholomeus’ Bible – a New Translation?

10:00 – Petre Semen (Iași, Romania), The Bible of Patriarch Nicodim Munteanu related to other Synodal Bibles. Similarities and Differences

10:30 – Coffee break

11:00Section “Translations of the Holy Scripture in Romanian”

11:00 – Cătălin Vatamanu (Iași, Romania), Patriarch Nicodim Munteanu – translator of The Holy Scripture in time of war. The Synodal Bible from 1944, in context

11:30 – Cosmin Pricop (Bucharest, Romania), The Importance of the Bucharest Bible (1688) for the Orthodox Biblical Canon

12:00 – Alexandru Mihăilă (Bucharest, Romania), Ancient Bible Versions and the Text of the Bucharest Bible

12:30 – Lunch

14:00 – Depart to Peleș Castle

19:15 – Evening Prayer (Catholic): Petr Mareček (Olomouc, Czech Republic)

19:30 – Festive dinner

 

Friday, 31st of Mai

07:30 – Morning Prayer (Orthodox): James (Bru) Wallace (Memphis, USA)

08:00 – Breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Mark

    Was the ‘baptism of John’ similar to the Mandaean practice? (I’m assuming this is how you connect back to John’s anthropology) . Once the Christians are up and running they discount “the baptism of John” as inadequate, as is clear in Acts. But their own baptism seems modeled on it, in the sense that it is once-only, and sort of initiatory. (Like the proselyte baptism that surfaces in Jewish tradition.) . By contrast Mandaean masbuta keeps going. In this it is like some Jewish immersions . and ablutions, but it doesn’t seem to have the ‘purificatory’ aspect quite, making one ‘clean’ in a way required by other sacred acts, which are the real point.

    It seems like some periodic direct participation in the light world, so to speak, more like what ‘orthodox’ Christians understand themselves to experience with eucharist.

    Something like this is stated by J J Buckley http://sci-hub.tw/10.1086/463169 but perhaps this out of date by your lights?

    • i do think the Mandaean practice of repeated baptisms probably reflects what John did. Just very briefly, I think that John’s baptism for forgiveness of sins was a substitute for sacrifice, and not just about ritual purity the way other groups’ baptisms tended to be. I think he may have envisaged baptism cleansing the body-as-temple the way the Yom Kippur ritual purified the temple in Jerusalem, making it possible for God to dwell there. When Christianity connected it with Jesus’ sacrifice and made it once for all, they then had to struggle with the conundrum posed by forgiveness for post-baptismal sins.