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Sacred Texts in Their Social-Political Contexts

The 3rd St Andrews Graduate Conference for Biblical and Early Christian Studies

7-11 July 2013

This year’s conference is included as part of the Society of Biblical Literature’s International Meeting being held at the University of St Andrews 7-11 July, 2013.

Sessions of this Graduate Conference for Biblical and Early Christian Studies will explore the (theo)political visions of authoritative/sacred texts in their historical contexts. It is aimed at graduate students and early career scholars, welcoming contributors from the following fields of research: Old Testament / Hebrew Bible, Pseudepigrapha & Dead Sea Scrolls, New Testament, and Early Christianity.

We are glad to have with us the following plenary speakers, leading the four sections respectively:

  • Nathan MacDonald (Cambridge)
  • Loren Stuckenbruck (München)
  • Matthew Novenson (Edinburgh)
  • Candida Moss (Notre Dame)

Topics will include (but will not be limited to), sacred texts and:

  • Resistance to hegemony/imperial ideology
  • Negotiating power relations
  • The theopolitical imagination
  • The formation of political communities
  • 'Apocalyptic' texts and political theology.

Programme now available here.

It is intended that selected papers will be published in a proceedings volume.

Download conference flyer: StAnGCBECS_2013 (PDF, 970 KB).

Because we understand that some graduates are not members of SBL we have obtained an SBLI membership and conference registration fee waiver. You must, however, register for the entire SBLI conference in order to attend the Graduate Conference.

Instructions for registration:

1. E-mail Dan Batovici ( and give him your name, institution or affiliation and e-mail address. He will obtain a waiver for you and confirm your registration with you directly. Registration for the Graduate Conference for Biblical and Early Christian Studies closes 17 May 2013. After 17 May you must go to the SBL web site and register as a member and at full price.

2. If you need accommodation during the conference go to the University’s holiday accommodation web page and book your B&B. NOTE: You must put in the promo code SBL2013 to receive the conference discount price. Also – there are limited numbers of room available so book early. The University’s accommodation page is here.

For more information please contact Graduate Conference organizers: Dan Batovici (, Jamie Davies (, or John A. Dunne (

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