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Seminars 2011

Seventeen seminars are scheduled to take place at the General Meeting in Annandale-on-Hudson, each with its own topic or focus. The seminars meet in simultaneous sessions on Wednesday (A), Thursday (B), and Friday (C). The culture of SNTS has been that when you sign up for a specific seminar you will attend all three sessions of that seminar.

Any subsequent changes or corrections of the seminar programs will be added to the copy of this newsletter to be placed on the Society website at: www.surfgroepen.nl/site/SNTS.

Seminar 1: Olin 102

Christliche Literatur des späten ersten Jahrhunderts und des zweiten Jahrhunderts / Christian Literature of the late first century and the second century

(Conveners: Prof. F. Prostmeier and Dr. H. van de Sandt). Terminates in 2011.

  1. Karen L. King (Harvard University, USA), « Apocalypse' and 'Apocryphon':  Constructing Authority and Ideologies of Unity in the Revelatory Scriptures of John.
  2. Angela Standhartinger (Marburg, Germany), Ptolemaeus und Justin zur Autorität der Schrift.
  3. Ferdinand R. Prostmeier (Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany): Formen und Funktionen der Rezeption neutestamentlicher und frühchristlicher Literatur bei Theophilos von Antiochia "An Autolykos“

Seminar 2: Olin 310

The Dead Sea Scrolls in Relation to Early Judaism and Early Christianity

(Conveners: Prof. J.J. Collins and Prof. J. Frey). Terminates in 2013.
Theme:  Historiography in Ancient Judaism and the New Testament. In Annandale, this seminar will meet jointly with Seminar 6 (The Jewish World in New Testament Times). Presiding will be Sean Freyne (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) for Seminar 6 and Jörg Frey (University of Zurich, Switzerland) for Seminar 2.

  1. Robert Doran (Guest; Amherst College, USA), "Historiography in Second Maccabees". Respondent: Jan Willem van Henten (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands).
  2. Oda Wischmeyer (University of Erlangen, Germany), "Historiographical elements in the Letter of Aristeas". Respondent: Harold Attridge (Yale University, USA).
  3. John J. Collins (Yale University, USA), "Historiography in the Dead Sea Scrolls". Respondent: Loren Stuckenbruck (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA). 

Seminar 3: Olin 302

The Greek of the New Testament

(Conveners: Profs. C. C. Caragounis and J. W. Voelz). Terminates in 2011.

  1. Eberhard Güting (Wallenhorst, Germany), “Observations on the Language of the Res Gestae divi Augusti”.
  2. Jesús Peláez (Córdoba, Spain; editor of Filologia Neotestamentaria and of the Diccionario Griego-Español del Nuevo Testamento),“Prepositions and Preverbs in the Greek-Spanish New Testament Dictionary”
  3. Jeffrey Kloha (Guest; Concordia Seminary, St Louis, MO), “The Development of the Greek Language and the Manuscripts of Paul’s Letters”.

There will be a respondent for each paper.

Seminar 4: Olin 304

Inhalte und Probleme einer neutestamentlichen Theologie

(Conveners: Prof. C. Landmesser and Prof. M. Seifrid). Terminates in 2014.
Prof. Theo. K. Heckel will also chair a session.

  1. Hans-Ulrich Weidemann (Universität Siegen, Germany), "Der Geisttäufer und der andere Paraklet.  Jesus und der Hl. Geist in den johanneischen Schriften"
  2. Klaus Haacker (Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, Germany), "The Spirit in Luke-Acts: Substitute for or Prelude to the Kingdom?“ ("Die lukanische Pneumatologie: Konkurrenz oder Konsequenz der Eschatologie?“).
  3. William Campbell (University of Wales, UK), "The Spirit and Pauline  Eschatology with Particular Reference to  Romans Chapter 8."

Seminar 5: Olin 202

The Johannine Writings

(Conveners: Professors M.M. Thompson and R. Zimmermann). Terminates in 2012.
Thema/Theme:  Geist und Eschatologie/Spirit and Eschatology

  1. Craig Keener (Palmer Theological Seminary, Wynnewood, PA, USA), "Festivals in John’s Gospel and the Book of Acts".
  2. Mark Matson (Guest; Milligan College, TN, USA), "The Death of Jesus in John and Luke: Theological Convergences".
  3. Paul Anderson, "Authentic Worship in John and Luke/Acts—Influence, Interfluence, and Resonance”.

Seminar 6: Olin 307

The Jewish World in New Testament Times

(Conveners: Profs. S. Freyne, J.W. van Henten, W. Horbury). Terminates in 2013.
Theme:  Historiography in Ancient Judaism and the New Testament. In Annandale, this seminar will meet jointly with Seminar 2 (The Dead Sea Scrolls). Presiding will be Sean Freyne (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) for Seminar 6 and Jörg Frey (University of Zurich, Zwitserland) for Seminar 2.

  1. Robert Doran (Guest; Amherst College, USA), "Historiography in Second Maccabees". Respondent: Jan Willem van Henten (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands).
  2. Oda Wischmeyer (University of Erlangen, Germany), "Historiographical elements in the Letter of Aristeas". Respondent: Harold Attridge (Yale University, USA).
  3. John J. Collins (Yale University, USA), "Historiography in the Dead Sea Scrolls". Respondent: Loren Stuckenbruck (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA). 

Seminar 7

The Reception of Paul.

This seminar will not meet in Annandale.

Seminar 8: Olin 107

History and Theology of Mission in the New Testament: Global Challenges and Opportunities

(Conveners: Profs. J. Ǻdna, J. Kanagaraj, S. Tofana). Terminates in 2011.

  1. Eugene Eung-Chun Park (San Francisco, USA), “From Covenantal Nomism to Universal Mission: Transformation of Conventional Jewish Soteriology in the Gospel of Matthew”. Respondent: Jostein Ådna (Stavanger, Norway).
  2. Trevor Burke (Guest; Chicago, USA), “The Holy Spirit as the Controlling Dynamic in Paul’s Role as Missionary to the Thessalonians”.  Respondent: Stelian Tofana (Cluj-Napoca, Romania).
  3. Chris U. Manus (Ile-Ife, Nigeria), “Diaspora African Christian Missions in Europe and North America: Paul as the Exemplar”. Respondent: Gosnell Yorke (Mandeville, Jamaica).

Seminar 9: Olin 203

Pauline Theology in Galatians and Romans

(Conveners: Profs. B. Gaventa, J.M.G. Barclay, and M.C. de Boer). Terminates in 2012.

  1. Beverly Gaventa (Princeton, USA), "The Rhetoric of Violence and the God of Peace in Romans and Galatians.".
  2. Udo Schnelle (Halle, Germany), "Gibt es eine Entwicklung in der Rechtfertigungslehre vom Galater- zum Römerbrief?“
  3. John Barclay (Durham, UK), “The Christ-gift, Israel and Time: from Galatians to Romans”.

Seminar 10: Olin 308

The Acts of the Apostles and Ancient Historiography

(Conveners: Profs. K. Backhaus, J. Schröter, and G. Sterling). Terminates in 2012.

  1. Kenneth Sacks (Guest; Brown University, Providence, RI, USA), “Diodorus and the Hellenistic Mind”.
  2. Knut Backhaus (München, Germany) "Acta Politica. Die lukanische Geschichtsschreibung zwischen Subversion und Apologie".
  3. Richard Pervo (Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, USA), "Providence in Acts and in the Acts of Paul".

Seminar 11: Olin 306

Christian Apocryphal Literature

(Conveners: Profs. T. Nicklas, C.M. Tuckett, and J. Verheyden). Terminates in 2012.

  1. Tobias Nicklas (Regensburg, Germany), "Das Petrusevangelium - Offene Fragen und Entwicklungen“.
  2. Juan Chapa (Pamplona, Spain), “A New Fragment from Oxyrhynchus: An Unknown Gospel?”
  3. Joseph Verheyden (Leuven, Belgium), “A Quick Look at Some Short Texts: The Agrapha Cited by Epiphanius of Salamis”.

Seminar 12: Olin 309

New Testament Ethics

(Conveners: Profs. F.W. Horn, D. Horrell, E. Baasland). Terminates in 2012.
Profs. Horn and Horrell will not be attending the conference; Prof. Baasland will chair the sessions together with Prof. Michael Wolter.

  1. Jan Van der Watt, (Netherlands), “The Ethics of the Sermon on the Mount”. Respondent: TBA.
  2. Michael Wolter (Bonn, Germany), "Die paulinische Ethik“. Respondent: Volker Rabens (Guest; Bochum, Germany).
  3. L. Ann Jervis (Toronto, Canada), “Virtue Ethics and Paul”. Respondent: Todd Still (Waco, Texas, USA).

Seminar 13: Olin 204

Social History and the New Testament

(Conveners: Profs. H. Löhr, M. Öhler, and A. Runessen). Terminates in 2014. 
Topic: Voluntary Associations. In Annandale, this seminar will meet jointly with Seminar 17 (Papyrology)

  1. Andreas Bendlin (Toronto): "Voluntary associations in the Roman world: networks, lobby groups, political conformists?" Response: Peter Arzt-Grabner (Salzburg)
  2. John Kloppenborg (Toronto): "Membership in Greek Associations, Pagan and Pauline".
  3. Markus Öhler (Vienna): "Associations in Galilee: The Gospel of Matthew and the Didache reconsidered"; John Kloppenborg, Presentation of "Greco-Roman Associations: Texts, Translations, and Commentary”. (Papyrology).

Seminar 14: Olin 301

Early Jewish Theologies and the New Testament

(Conveners: Profs. J. Herzer and G. Oegema). Terminates in 2014.

  1. Gerbern Oegema (McGill University, Montreal, Canada), “Introduction: Early Jewish Theologies and the New Testament”; Jacob Neusner (Guest) and Bruce Chilton (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA), "Early Rabbinic Theology and the New Testament".
  2. Gregory Sterling (University of Notre Dame, USA), “From Human to Divine: Moses and Jesus in Transition"; Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr (University of Jena, Germany), "Anastasis als Thema und Begriff im hellenistischen Frühjudentum“.
  3. Hermann Lichtenberger (University of Tübingen, Germany), “Early Jewish Theologies in the Pseudepigrapha and in Qumran and the New Testament”.

Seminar 15: Olin 303

Reconsidering Literarkritik of the Pauline Letters and its Impact on their Interpretation

(Conveners: Profs E-M. Becker and R. Bieringer). Terminates in 2015.

  1. Eve-Marie Becker (Aarhus, Denmark), “The Motif of ‘Tears’ in Paul and Cicero - New Insights in Literarkritik?”; and Reimund Bieringer (Leuven, Belgium), “Does it Really Make a Difference? The Concrete Consequences of Literary-Critical Assumptions for the Actual Interpretation of 2 Corinthians”.
  2. Andreas Lindemann (Bielefeld, Germany), "Zum historischen Kontext der Entstehung von Teilungshypothesen in der neutestamentlichen Forschung“.
  3. Jennifer Ebbeler (Guest; University of Texas, Austin, USA), “Literarkritik and Ancient Epistolography”.

Seminar 16: Olin 201

Matthew in Context: an Exploration of Matthew in Relation to the Judaism and Christianity of its Time

(Conveners: Profs M. Konradt, W. Kraus and W. Loader). Terminates in 2015.

  1. Matthias Konradt (Heidelberg, Germany) “Matthäus im Kontext: Eine Bestandsaufnahme“. Respondent: Ulrich Luz (Bern, Switzerland).
  2. David Sim (Melbourne, Australia), “Matthew’s Theological Location“. Respondent: Martin Vahrenhorst (Jerusalem, Israel).
  3. Paul Foster (Edinburgh, UK), "Q, Jewish Christianity, and Matthew's Gospel". Respondent: Wolfgang Kraus.

Each presenter will speak briefly to his previously circulated paper followed by a respondent and extended discussion.

Seminar 17: Olin 205

Papyrology, Epigraphy and the New Testament

(Conveners: Profs P. Arzt-Grabner and J.S. Kloppenborg). Terminates in 2013. 
Topic: Voluntary Associations. In Annandale, this seminar will meet joinly with Seminar 13 (Social History).

  1. Andreas Bendlin (Toronto): "Voluntary associations in the Roman world: networks, lobby groups, political conformists?" Response: Peter Arzt-Grabner (Salzburg).
  2. John Kloppenborg (Toronto): "Membership in Greek Associations, Pagan and Pauline".
  3. Markus Öhler (Vienna): "Associations in Galilee: The Gospel of Matthew and the Didache reconsidered"; John Kloppenborg, Presentation of "Greco-Roman Associations: Texts, Translations, and Commentary”.

Seminar 18: Olin 101

Reading Paul’s Letters in Context: Theological and Social-Scientific Approaches

(conveners: Dr William Campbell and Prof. Michael Bachmann). Terminates in 2013.
The focus of the seminar will be on the interface between theological and social-scientific approaches. The aim is to provide a forum for exploring the potential of the interaction of diverse approaches both for the enhancement of methodological clarity and interpretive diversity. Theme for 2011 meeting: 'Being in Christ': Identity Formation in Pauline Communities.

  1. Kathy Ehrensperger (Lampeter, UK), "All Things Are Lawful but not All Things Are Helpful, All Things Are Lawful but not All Things Build up"(1 Cor 10.23): Identity Formation in the Space Between." Respondent J Brian Tucker (Guest; Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, USA ).
  2. Michael Bachmann (Siegen, Germany),  "Identität ohne (jüdische) 'Boundary Markers‘: Zu Kennzeichen der Gemeinde beim Paulus" Respondent: Hans-Ulrich Weidemann (Guest; Siegen, Germany).
Robert Brawley (Durham, North Carolina, USA), "Roles for Shaping Identity in Galatians". Respondent William S Campbell (Lampeter, UK).
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