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Biblical Studies research seminar

The Biblical Studies Research Seminar meets on Wednesday afternoons. Academic staff and graduate students from King's and other London-based colleges are warmly invited to attend. Speakers on Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament and Second Temple themes are drawn from King's, from other universities in the UK and beyond. The usual format is a one hour paper followed by 30 minutes of questions and discussion. All are warmly invited to stay after the seminar for refreshments.

For more information, please email Professor Eddie Adams, Professor of New Testament Studies

All seminars take place on Wednesdays, 5-7pm, Bush House (SE) 2.10 unless otherwise stated.

Semester One Schedule 2019-20

Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Dr Jonathan Norton, King's College London
Echoes of Audience in the Letters of Paul: Clues about early Christian Exegetic Practices

Wednesday 16th October 2019
Dr Jonathan Stokl, King's College London
Skin Diseases, Purity and P

Wednesday 13th November 2019
Dr Stefano Salemi, King's College London
I have made you a sign (Ezekiel 12:6): Ezekiel is a môphêt

Wednesday 11th December 2019
Dr Alinda Damsma, University College London
The Prophet versus the Witches —Ezekiel 13:17–23 in Targum Jonathan

Semester Two Schedule 2019-20

Wednesday 22 January 2020
Dr Michael Lyons, University of St Andrews
The Heritage of the Servants: The Afterlife of a Trito-Isaian Argument

Wednesday 12 February 2020
Justin Hagerman, PhD student, King's College London
The life of Christ in Paul:  Galatians 2:20 and Paul’s interpretation of divine agency

Wednesday 18 March 2020
Professor Laura Quick, Worcester College, Oxford
Absalom and the Poetics of Beauty

Past Seminars 2018-19

Wednesday 17th October 2018
Prof. Carly Crouch, University of Nottingham
Rejection, Resistance and Reconciliation: Exilic-Era Disputes between Israel and Judah

Wednesday 7th November 2018
Dr Alison Gray, Westminster College, Cambridge
Imag(in)ing the Text: Using art to enhance Biblical Teaching and learning

Wednesday 28th November 2018
Rebecca Harrocks, PhD candidate, King’s College London
Neither Circumcision nor Uncircumcision: What does this mean for the female body?

Wednesday 12th December 2018
Grace Emmett, PhD candidate, King's College London & Elisabeth Sawerthal, PhD candidate, King's College London
Updates on doctoral research

Wednesday 13th February 2019
Prof. Todd Still, Baylor University, Truett Seminary
Paul and "the Good"

Wednesday 6th March 2019
Prof. Samuel Lieu, Distinguished Professor (Emeritus), Macquarie University (Sydney)
Jews and Christians at Dura Europos (Roman Syria)
NB. This seminar will take place in 1.34 VWB

Wednesday 20th March 2019
Prof. Paul Joyce, King's College London
On earth as it is in heaven: Critical issues in relation to the Temple of Ezekial 40-48
NB. This seminar will take place in 1.34 VWB

Past Seminars 2017-18
Wednesday 18th October 2017
Prof. Kari Syreeni
'Becoming John: The Making of a Passion Gospel'
Wednesday 15th November 2017
Dr Jonathan Stökl, King's College London
'Becoming a Priest: Reflections on Biblical and other Ancient Near Eastern Ordination Rituals'
Wednesday 29th November 2017
The Revd Dr Andrew Gregory, University College, Oxford
'Jewish-Christian Gospels'? Some matters arising...'
Wednesday 13th December 2017
Dr Hannah Strommen, University of Chichester
'The Goliath Myth: Biblical Imagery in the Contemporary Far Right'
Wednesday 17th January 2018
The Revd Dr Ann Jeffers, Heythrop College
'The Illustrations of Luther's Bible'
Wednesday 31st January 2018
Dr Jonathan Linebaugh, University of Cambridge
'The Grammar of the Gospel: Justification as a Theological Criterion in the Reformation and Galatians'
Wednesday 28th February 2018
Dr Alison Gray, Westminster College, Cambridge
'Teaching the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible through Art'
Wednesday 21st March 2018 - CANCELLED
David Trobisch, Museum of the Bible
'Understanding the New Testament in the Context of the Second Century'
Wednesday 28th March 2018
The Revd Dr Mark Scarlata, St Mellitus College
Past Seminars 2016-17
Wed 5 October 2016
Morna Hooker (Cambridge)
'"The Sanctuary of his Body": Pauline Imagery for the Church'
Wed 19 October 2016
Roger Ryan (London)
'The Rhetoric of the Book of Judges as illustrated in the stories of Jephthah and Samson'
Wed 16 November 2016
Bridget Gilfillan-Upton (Heythrop)
'Repetition as Propaganda in the Fourth Gospel'
Wed 30 November 2016
Casey Strine (Sheffield) & Susannah Ticciati (KCL)
'Migration, Image, and Exegetical Imagination: A Case Study from Gen 25-33'
Wed 9 November 2016 
Anna Sapir Abulafia (Oxford)
Wed 25 January 2017
Sarah Casson (King’s)
‘Reading the Signs in Romans: Relevance Theory, γάρ,and the Direction of Paul's Argument'
Wed 15 February 2017
Ward Blanton (Canterbury)
Wed 8 March 2017
Gordon McGonville (Gloucester)
‘Political Irony in Isaiah’
Wed 15 March 2017
Ian Wilson (Cambridge)

‘Where Angels Fear to Tread: Divine Presence inSolomon's Prayer’

Wed 17 May 2017
Ethel M. Wood Lecture of the University of London: Thomas Römer (Paris/Lausanne)
Wed 24 May 2017
Robert Miller (Catholic University of America)
‘Yahweh comes from the SouthRevisited’
David Ruderman (UPenn)
‘Missionaries, Converts, and Maskilim: The Revival of the Jewish-Christian Debate in the Nineteenth Century’
Past Seminars 2015-16

Wed 21 October 2015

Dr James Aitken (University of Cambridge)
'Scribal Culture and the Making of the Septuagint'

Wed 4 November 2015

Dr James Carleton Paget (University of Cambridge)
'Are the Jewish Revolts a red herring in any explanation of Jewish-Christian separation?'

Wed 11 November 2015

Professor Jan Joosten (University of Oxford)
'Biblical Rhetoric as illustrated by Judah's Speech in Genesis 44:18-34'

Wed 2 December 2015

Professor Steve Walton (St Mary's Twickenham)
'Leadership, Lifestyle and the Book of Acts' 

20 January 2016
Dr Hindy Najman (Oxford)
‘Rethinking Hokhmah in its Hellenistic Context’
Wed 10 February 2016
Prof. Judith Lieu (Cambridge)
‘Early Christian Letters and their World’
Wed 2 March 2016
Prof. Philip Esler (Gloucester)
‘New Light on Babatha and Her Final Days’
Mon 14 March 2016
ETHEL M. WOOD, Jorunn Økland (Oslo)
‘Paul Translated: A Seismograph of Changes in 20th Century Understandings of Gender’
Wed 16 March 2016
Dr Christopher Meredith (Winchester)
‘The Bible and Political Militarism: Hilary Bennand Tony Stark Meet Paul Ricoeur on the Road to Jericho’
Wed 30 March 2016
Prof. Dalit Rom-Shiloni (Tel Aviv / Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies)
‘Priestly Traces in Jeremiah: Data and Challenges’ (joint Seminar with Jewish Studies)
Past Seminars 2014-15
Wed 8 October 2014

Dr Meg Warner (King’s College London)
'Re-Imagining Abraham: Abraham as Past Foundation and Future Hope in Genesis'

Wed 15 October 2014
Dr Alan Garrow (Sheffield Interdisciplinary Institute for Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield)
‘Streeter's 'Other' Synoptic Solution’

Wed 5 November 2014
Prof. Reinhard Kratz (University of Göttingen)
'Qumran and Pentateuchal Theory' 

Wed 19 November 2014
Dr Crispin Fletcher-Louis (Whymanity)
‘The meaning and purpose of the Christ Hymn in Phil 2:6–11’

Wed 3 December 2014
Prof. James Crossley (University of Sheffield)
‘Jesus and the Chaos of History’

28 January 2015
Dr Simon Gathercole, University of Cambridge 
'Sins in Paul'

11th February 2015
Prof. Yoram Hazony, The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem 
'God’s Five Plans for the World in Genesis-Kings: Implications for Biblical Philosophy and Theology'

25th February 2015
Dr Claude Matlofsky, Institut Universitaire d'Études Juives (IUEJ) Élie Wiesel
'Resurrection from the Hebrew Bible to the rock cut tombs: an inscribed concept'

4th March 2015
Tsaurayi Mapfeka, PhD student, King's College London
'The Book of Esther: Interpretive Frameworks and Methodological Strategies'

18th March 2015
Michelle Fletcher, PhD student, King's College London
'Apocalypse Noir: Reading the Book of Revelation & Genre'

25th March 2015
Patrick Amissa, PhD student, King's College London 
'The Grazing Sheep & the Screaming Fowl: The Relevance of Protest against Social Injustice in the Prophecy of Amos to Issues of Contemporary Social Justice in Ghana'

Past Seminars 2013-14

02 October 2013
Dr Nathan MacDonald, University of Cambridge
The History of the Shema

09 October 2013
Dr Brian Capper, Canterbury Christ Church University
Community of Goods in the Rule of the Community and Comparative Analysis of the Advanced Probationer's Renunciation of Administration of His Property in Other Fully Property-Sharing Communities

30 October 2013
Anna Davina Grojnowski, PhD candidate, King’s College London
Josephus the Builder: a new approach to the relationship between Josephus and Nehemiah

13 November 2013
Dr Madhavi Nevader, University of Oxford
Reading Politics and the Politics of Reading: Deuteronomy as Test Case

11 December 2013(joint Biblical Studies and Patristics seminar)
Professor Francis Watson, University of Durham
In Quest of the True Gospel: Marcion, Tertullian

15 January 2014
Dr Andris Abakuks, Birkbeck College, University of London
The Synoptic Problem and the statistics of verbal agreements

22 January 2014
Professor Sarah Pearce, University of Southampton
Philo and Intermarriage

29 January 2014
Professor Chris Keith, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham
The Oddity of the Reference to Jesus in Acts 4:13b

12 March  2014
Steffan Mathias, PhD candidate, King’s College London
Absent Fathers: Gender, Perpetuation and Levitate Marriage in the Hebrew Bible
Other King's Biblical Studies Events 2013-14

03 December 2013
Inaugural Lecture by Professor Paul Joyce
Samuel Davidson, King's College, and the Scope of Biblical Studies

13 December 2013
The Gospels’ connection to Jesus of Nazareth
Day conference examining the work of The Revd Prof. Richard Burridge in the light of his award of the Joseph Ratzinger Prize for 2013. Participants include: Dr Paula Gooder, Professor David Horrell, Professor Andrew Lincoln, Professor Jan van der Watt, and Professor Francis Watson

23 January 2014
Book launch for Professor Tom Wright 
Free lecture and signing session by Professor Wright marking the publication of "Christian Origins & the Question of God".

26 February 2014
The Ethel M. Wood Lecture
Professor John M.G.Barclay, University of Durham

21 March 2014
Study day with Professor Yvonne Sherwood, University of Kent
Paper 1: The Persistence of Blasphemy: the Bible as public edifice in the ‘secular’ state
Paper 2: Prophetic ‘Postcolonialism’: Performing the Disaster of the Spanish Conquest on the Stage of Jeremiah

01 May 2014
Inaugural Lecture by Professor Joan Taylor: ‘Mary Magdalene and the Case of Missing Magdala’

20 – 22 June 2014
Conference on Life of Brian with invited academics and special guests
There will be speakers and topics on the schedule of the Jewish Studies Research Seminar (in preparation) that will be of interest to Biblical Studies graduate students.

Past Seminars 2012-13

October 10 
Professor Paul Joyce, Samuel Davidson Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, King’s College London
‘The Book of Lamentations in Jewish and Christian Reception’

October 24 
Professor Sidnie White Crawford, Willa Cather Professor of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
‘The Qumran Collection as a Scribal Archive’

November 14 
The Revd Dr Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski, Tutor in Theology, University of Chichester, Vicar, St John the Divine, Richmond
‘What did Paul hear in the third heaven (2 Cor 12.1-4)? The second century Christian debate on Paul’s mystical vision and its consequences’

December 12    
The Revd Prof. Richard Burridge, Dean of King’s College London  and Professor of Biblical Interpretation
‘New Testament Ethics: A Genre Mistake?  Some methodological reflections building upon Gustafson and Hays’  

January 23
Dr Jonathan Stökl, Leiden
‘Schoolboy Ezekiel.’

February 6
Dr John Jarick, Oxford
‘Cross-examining Chronicles: Adventures in the Story-world of
a Notionally Historical Narrative’

March 6
Professor Bruce Longenecker, Baylor
‘The Cross in the House of the Bicentenary: Jesus-Devotion in
Pre-Eruption Herculaneum?’

March 20
Professor Markus Bockmuehl, Oxford
‘St Paul on the Presence of Jesus’

Other King's Biblical Studies Events 2012-13

February 14 2013
The Ethel M. Wood Lecture
Professor George Brooke, Manchester; ‘The Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Study of the Bible’

February 26-28 2013
The F.D. Maurice Lectures
Professor Philip Davies, Sheffield; ‘Ethics and the Bible’

May 2 2013
Professor Steve Mason, Aberdeen: Study Day: ‘Josephus and The Judaean War'

May 22 2013
The Prayer Hall at Megiddo: The World's Oldest Church Building?
Dr Edward Adams (public talk for the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society)

June 21 2013
James Dunn Study Day
'The Earliest Interpreters of the Jesus Tradition: John and Thomas' and 

'A New Perspective on the New Perspective on Paul'

London Beyond King's

15 October 2013
Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Keith, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, ‘Social Memory Theory and the Gospels: Assessing the First Decade’, Strawberry Hill Campus, Waldegrave Drawing Room

23 May-24 May 2014
St Mary's University College: Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible 'Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity: Cultural, Historical and Textual Approaches'.











The Ethel M Wood LectureAnnual biblical studies public lecture


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