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Authoritative Texts and Reception History: Aspects and Approaches

15-16 June 2011

The 1st St Andrews Graduate Conference for Biblical and Early Christian Studies

With an emphasis on textual reception history, the first St Andrews Graduate Conference for Biblical and Early Christian Studies is aimed at graduate students and early career scholars. Contributors are welcomed from the following fields of research: Old Testament / Hebrew Bible, Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, New Testament and Early Christianity.

We have four invited plenary speakers:

Prof. Kristin De Troyer

Prof. James R. Davila

Prof. N. T. Wright

Dr. Mark W. Elliott

Draft programme

Wednesday 15th June

9.00 am: Kristin de Troyer, On Reconstructing the History of the Biblical Text (St Mary's College Hall)

Session 1 (all session are held in the Senior Common Room)

10.00: Steven Harvey (Durham), Who is (are) ‘your teacher(s)’?   Hearing the voice of the prophet in Isaiah 30:18-26

10.30: Mark Stirling (St Andrews), The Davidic Temple Builder: Zechariah 6:13-15 as neglected background to Ephesians 2:11-22

11.00: Ben Johnson (Durham), Reading Septuagintal Narrative Texts as Translated Narratives: 1 Reigns 16 as an Example

11.30: coffee/tea

12.00: Michael J. Thate (Durham), The Effusive Presence Memory, Performance and the People of God

12.00: Kerry Lee (Edinburgh), The Not Not Inglorious Death of Samson

1.00 pm: Lunch

2.00: N. T. Wright, Scripture and God's Authority: Case Studies and Further Questions (St Mary's College Hall)

Session 2 (SCR)

3.00: Martin G. Ruf (Utrecht), Elective affinities? Second Peter’s reception of Paul

3.30: Frederik Mulder (Radboud), The reception of Paul’s understanding of resurrection and eschatology in the Epistle to Rheginos: Faithful Paulinism, or further development?

4.00: Rebekah M. Devine (St Andrews), Made With Hands: The Gods of the Nations in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

4.30: coffee/tea

5.00: Moshe Blidstein (Oxford), Between Ritual and Moral Purity: Early Christian Views on Dietary Laws

5.30: Andrew Talbert (Nottingham), Poiesis, Aesthesis, and Catharsis: The Aesthetic Experience of Reading ‘the Day of the Lord’ with the Fathers

6.00: Michael A. Clark (Birmingham), The Catena of the Gospel of John by Nicetas of Heraclea 

6.30: Academic Drinks reception (St Mary's College Hall)


Thursday 16th June

9:00 am: James Davila, Quotations from the Lost Books in the Hebrew Bible (St Mary's College Hall)

Session 3 (SCR)

10.00:   David J. Larsen (St Andrews), After the Order of Melchizedek: Royal Themes and Melchizedek Traditions Applied to Jesus by the Author of Hebrews

10.30: Beniamin Pascut (Cambridge), Jesus and the Jewish Diviner: The Use and Misuse of 4QPrNbr

11.00: Albertina Oegema (Gröningen), The Reception of Isa 40:15 in 4 Ezra, 2 Baruch and Pseudo-Philo

11.30: coffee/tea

12.00: Nicholas Ellis (Oxford), The Jobraham Narratives - A Synthetic Tradition of Trial and Faithfulness

12.30:   Fiona Kao (Cambridge), ‘Fear not this tormentor’: Maccabean Predecessors and Eusebian Martyrs

1.00 pm: lunch break

2.00: Mark W. Elliott, The promise and threat of “Reception”, with reference to patristic interpretation of texts in Hebrews and Ephesians (St Mary's College Hall)

2.45: coffee/tea

Session 4 (SCR)

3.00: Dan Batovici (St Andrews), Irenaeus’ Hermas

3.30: David L. Cann (KCL), The Holy Spirit in the Early Church: A search for the roots of the Trinitarian theology of the Holy Spirit

4.00: Marijana Vukovic (CEU), Anonymous Late Antique Martyrdom Narratives: The Issues of Genre, Imitation, Narratological Patterns

4.30: coffee/tea

5.00: Justin A. Mihoc (Durham), The Reception and Interpretation of the Lucan Ascension of Christ in the Pre-Nicene Period

5.30: Kevin J. Haley (Notre Dame), Augustine’s Enarrationes and the Final Form of the Psalter

6.00: Academic Drinks reception (St Mary's College Hall)


We are charging a registration fee of £15 which includes conference attendance and the academic reception on the evening of 15 June.  Meals and accommodations are not included in the fee. However, coffee and tea will be available during the conference.

You can register online here.

Directions on how to get here and options for accommodation are available:information (PDF, 3,724 KB) 

The call for papers poster is also available: Authoritative Texts Conf Flyer (PDF, 443 KB) .

For any administrative queries, please contact Beth Tracy

For other matters related to the conference, you can contact Dan Batovici, or David Larsen.

Contact details

St Mary's College
The School of Divinity
University of St Andrews
South Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9JU
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462850
Fax: +44 (0)1334 462852