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The 33rd Annual British New Testament Conference

29 - 31 August, 2013

As one of its 600th Anniversary events, the University of St Andrews has the honour of hosting the British New Testament Conference (BNTC) 2013. This annual conference brings together scholars from across the United Kingdom to explore various areas of research pertaining to the New Testament. The conference is divided into seminar groups and plenary sessions.

Main plenary sessions

These will be delivered by the following keynote speakers:

  • James R. Davila
  • Louise Lawrence
  • Larry Hurtado
  • Kathy Ehrensperger


  • Jesus (David Bryan and James Crossley)
  • Johannine Literature (Susan Miller and David Lamb)
  • Social World of the New Testament (Lloyd Pietersen)
  • New Testament: Use and Influence (John Lyons)
  • Paul (Peter Oakes and Sarah Whittle)
  • Book of Acts (Matthew Sleeman and Steve Walton)
  • Synoptic Gospels (Andy Angel and Bridget Gilfillan Upton)
  • Book of Revelation (Ian Paul and Simon Woodman)
  • NT and Second Temple Judaism (James Davila and Darrell Hannah)
  • Early Christianity (Loveday Alexander)

Conference Details

The conference schedule and a map of the venues can be downloaded here:  BNTC2013info (PDF, 1,167 KB).  The full conference booklet and list of members will be available in printed form at the event.

Those travelling by train need to stop at the Leuchars rail station.  A taxi from there to University Hall costs roughly £13-15.  The #99 bus to St Andrews (£2-3) will take you to the St Andrews Bus Station.  (Be sure to take a #99 labelled "St Andrews."  The ones labelled "Dundee" will take you to Dundee!)  University Hall is a ten minute walk from the Bus Station or a £2-3 taxi ride.

For those driving, you may use this map to get directions to St Andrews and University Hall.  University Hall has limited parking spaces within the grounds and you may use those if they are available.  There is also on-street parking in the streets around the Hall (Kennedy Gardens, Donaldson Gardens, St Leonards Road).  There is no charge for parking in these areas, but parking in the centre of town does require you to purchase metered parking permits from the machines on the street.

Tours of historic St Andrews will be available to those interested during the free time on Friday afternoon.  First places go to those who have signed up, but we do have some room if others wish to join.  The first tour leaves from the Arts Building Lobby at 13:30.  If there is sufficient interest, another tour will commence at 14:30 at the same venue.  The tours take 45 minutes to one hour.

The weather in St Andrews is unpredictable. In late August it may be mild, but it is often cold and wet.  Bring a jumper and an umbrella just in case.


Attendance at the conference is open to all who:

  • Teach New Testament (or a cognate discipline) at a recognized HEI;
  • Hold a doctorate in the area of New Testament;
  • Those involved in postgraduate research in New Testament at doctoral or masters level;
  • Have previously been in attendance at the Society's annual conference;
  • By special permission of the committee, for one year only in the first instance, to someone who has made a recognized published contribution to New Testament studies.


Invitations may be extended to PhD students with a specialist interest in NT studies. They are advised to contact the conference organisers at 


Spaces may be booked online at the University of St Andrews online shop beginning 4th March.  Booking is now closed for the 2013 meeting of the BNTC.

Accommodation is in single rooms with shared facilities at University Hall.   (A very few Twin Standard and Twin Ensuite rooms are available as well.  Contact the conference organisers regarding these.)

Conference Correspondence Address


Mr John Dunne
St Mary's College
University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9JU

Seminar-hopping is strongly discouraged at the BNTC.

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