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Events archive 2015-2016

Colloquium on Jeremiah: with William Tooman, Konrad Schmidt, Dalit Rom-Schiloni, Georg Fischer and Andrew Teeter. Thursday 1-Friday 2 October 2015.

Tom Noble (Nazarene Theological Seminary, Manchester/Kansas City), 'A Work in Progress: The Structure and Line of Argument in Volume I of a New Systematic Theology.’  Tuesday November 9, 2015, 2.30-4pm.

Jeff Hunt (Baylor University), 'Lessons from the Monastery: What Monastic Book Production Can Teach Us about Antiquity.’  Thursday, December 10, 2015 4-5.30pm.

Oliver O’Donovan (honorary Professor, St Andrews). 'Work and Existence.’ Friday 19 February, 2016 3-4.30pm.

Archive of events, 2014-2015

Tues 21 October 2014, 4.15-6pm in the Senior Common Room.  Panel Discussion with Robert Audi (Notre Dame): Theology and Philosophy: with Sarah Broadie, John Haldane, John Webster.

14 November 2014, Dr Joan O’Donovan (Edinburgh/St Andrews), ‘Calvin’s treatment of the imago dei. ‘ College Hall, 3-4.30. followed by Drinks and ‘Fireside Chat’ at 5-6 in SCR.

26 January 2015, Dr Brian Brock (Aberdeen), 3.30-5, College Hall. “Discipleship: Forgetting or Forming the Self?”

6 February 2015, 2pm SCR.  Antonie Vos (Leuven ETF), ‘The Bible and the Medieval Scholastics, with reference to Duns Scotus’.

4 June 2015, Day conference: Barth and exegesis. Details TBA

19 June 2015,  Time and location TBA:. Prof Jens Schröter, Berlin.  ‘Biblical Theology: A New Testament Approach’.

Also in June: Prof Ulrich Lehner, Marquette University. TBA

Seminar Programme Semester 2, 2013-2014

Each session will last approximately 1.5 hours

Wednesday February 19, 2014, 4.30pm, College Hall. Prof. Walter Moberly (Durham), "What will happen to the serpent? Endless struggle and the interpretation of Genesis 3:15".  Followed by Fireside Chat in the SCR at 7.45pm

Monday March 3, 2014, 3:00 pm, College Hall. Dr. Gisela Kreglinger (Visiting Scholar at St Mary's), "Wine in the Bible"  (with a wine reception [for £5] following the seminar: those interested should sign up by emailing

Friday April 25, 2014, 2.30pm, College Hall. Prof. David Bebbington (Stirling), ‘The King James Bible in Britain since the Late Eighteenth Century.’  

Friday May 9, 2014, 4pm, College Hall. Dr. Bill Hyland (St Andrews), "The Bible & Monastic Vows: the Reformation Debates seen through the work of the Premonstratensian Abbot Jacob Panhausen of Steinfeld." 

Monday 19 May, 2014, 11 am, College Hall. Prof. Gary Anderson (Notre Dame), Topic to be announced. 

Thursday 19 June, 2014, 2 pm-6.30 pm, Senior Commons Room, Afternoon Symposium

‘Around Origen: The Scriptures and their Exegesis'

Prof. Lewis Ayres (Durham), “From Irenaeus to Origen: Rethinking the Path of Hellenization."

Dr. Peter Martens (Saint Louis University), "Origen and the Project of Biblical Scholarship."  (The impetus for the Symposium has come from his book: Origen and Scripture: The Contours of the Exegetical Life [Oxford Early Christian Studies.  2012.  Paberback. May 2014])

Afternoon Tea (at 4pm)

Prof. Christoph Markschies (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), “Observations and Questions arising from Peter Martens’ work.”


Wine Reception (at 6pm)


To further an intra-disciplinary conversation between Biblical Studies and the various fields of Theology, the Institute for Bible, Theology and Hermeneutics sponsored the following Research Seminars and personal "Fireside Chat" in the academic year 2012-2103. 

  • Prof. Bruce Longenecker (Baylor University), 24. September: "The Rotas Inscription from Pompeii: Material Evidence for Early High Christology"
  • Prof. Jan Joosten (Faculté de Théologie Protestante, Université de Strasbourg), 11. October: A "Fireside Chat" about his Life in Scholarship
  • Prof. Richard Bauckham (Ridley Hall, Cambridge), 3. December: "2 Corinthians 4:6: Paul's Vision of the Face of Jesus Christ as the Face of God", followed by a "Fireside Chat" about his Life in Scholarship
  • Dr. Peter J. Williams, (Warden, Tyndale House, Cambridge), 25 February: "On the relationship between textual criticism and theology", followed by a "Fireside Chat" about his Life in Scholarship.
  • Prof. Ben Witherington (Asbury Theological Seminary), 8. April: "The Image of God in Gen 1:26-28 and The Gobeckli Tepe Temple, the Oldest Temple in the World", followed by a "Fireside Chat" about his Life in Scholarship
  • Dr. Mark Elliot (St Mary's College, University of St Andrews), 7. June: "Providence in Historical and Theological Perspective" and "Fireside Chat" about his Life in Scholarship.


Having had a few successful events in 2009/10, such as visits and talks by Prof Bruce McCormack (Princeton Theological Seminary), Prof Jeffrey Bingham (Dallas Theological Seminary), John Franke (Biblical Seminary, PA) Prof Markus Bockmuehl (University of Oxford), the Institute looks ahead to further adventures in integrating the study of Scripture and the tradition of its interpretation with the doing of theology for today. It can be a hard task at times, but the health of the discipline as a whole can be improved by dialogue between Bible, Theology and contemporary (ecclesial) context.

With the suspension of the MLitt in Theological Interpretation of Scripture, pending its reconstitution in 2011-12, the Institute has missed its twice-weekly backbone of discussion of issues biblical-theological and hermeneutical. By way of compensation we have sought (to some degree in response to those who have said ‘what about the Scripture and Theology seminar?’) to organize four events with contributors near and far, together illustrating the diverse aims of the Institute. One should add that involvement with the Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies Seminars is part of the Institute’s mission. The Director is due to give a paper at the former on Dec 1, 2010.

We are also giving consideration to the next (2012) Scripture and Theology conference. This is likely to take place in St Andrews in July of that year and likely be on Galatians.

Events organized by the Institute for the Academic Year, 2010-2011

Friday December 10, 2010.  Sacred and Secular Scriptures: a workshop. With presentations on the theme by Prof Robert Crawford (English) Prof Don Paterson (English), Dr Oliver Smith (Russian) and Dr. Alison Jack (Divinity). An ensuing discussion will be chaired by Dr Mark Elliott (Divinity). It will probe the relationship between the Bible and Literature and how far each overlap with the other or replace each other. Mulled wine, etc will be served at the end. Location: Senior Common Room, St Mary’s College.  4pm-6.15pm. A conference report (PDF, 76 KB) is now available.

Friday February 3, 2011. Reformed Theology forum. This provides an opportunity to invited contributors, mostly Systematic Theologians from Scottish universities, to speak about what Reformed Theology means for their theological practice and vision. Postgraduates and colleagues are welcome to attend, and should notify Mark Elliott (mwe1) in advance. Location: Senior Common Room, St Mary’s College. Time: 11am-4pm.

Tuesday 8 March, 2011. ‘What on earth is biblical theology in heaven’s name?’ A discussion on this thorniest yet most fruitful of subjects with short papers from Dr Mark Elliott, Prof N.T. Wright (Divinity, St Andrews) and (possibly—TBC) Prof Kendall Soulen (Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC). Location: Senior Common Room, St Mary’s College, 2pm-4pm.

Friday June 17, 2011.  Symposium to honour Professor James Cameron.  This will be a celebration of Prof Cameron’s career, with talks relating to some aspect of Prof Cameron’s work and scholarly interests (Reformation church, theology and humanism) will be addressed by Prof Euan Cameron (Union Theological Seminary, New York), Prof Bruce Gordon (Yale Divinity School), Prof Ian Hazlett (University of Glasgow) and others. Location: Senior Common Room, St Mary’s College.  Time: 4pm-6.15pm. Downloadable flyer (PDF, 1,339 KB).

MWE 3rd November 2010

Previous Workshops

'Late Summer Long Weekend of Theology' -
28 and 31 August, 2009

The School of Divinity and The Institute for Bible, Theology and Hermeneutics welcomed three guest visitors:

Friday 28 August, 2-4pm:

Prof Bruce McCormack, Princeton Theological Seminary
'Election and the Trinity: Theses in Response to George Hunsinger'

Monday 31 August, 9.30-12.30:
Workshop on Biblical Hermeneutics: Ancient and (Post-)Modern

Prof Jeffrey Bingham, Dallas Theological Seminary
'Reading Rome in Lyons'

Prof John Franke, Biblical Seminary, Philadelphia
'The Freedom of the Word: Reading the Bible in Community'

Update and Director's Notes 2013


Day-Symposium, November 7, 2013 'Authority, Revelation, Scripture, and Canon in Ancient Israel and Early Judaism' - at St Mary's College. Download flyer (PDF, 148 KB).

 Report on Galatians Conference 2012 (PDF, 46 KB)  

Director's Notes

Prof N.T. Wright, who has quickly settled in to a significant role which supports inter alia the purpose of the Institute, has recently written the following, to indicate how his major research interest overlaps with what has already been going on here:

"I am continuing my work on Pauline theology for my major project, Volume IV of Christian Origins and the Question of God. The underlying thesis of this book -- which offers a full and fresh account of the origin, shape and cultural interaction of Paul's thinking -- is to propose that with Paul we see the birth of something quite new, 'theology' in a new register from anything known before in either Judaism or the Greco-Roman world of late antiquity.

'Theology', our term for Paul's reality, is the fresh biblically resourced reflection on God, God's people and God's purposes which functions within the larger reality of Paul's work as the mainstay of what was, for him, the central symbolic reality, namely the single renewed and united people of God in the Messiah.

This work thus engages precisely with Bible, Theology and Hermeneutics -- Paul's use of his Bible, the development of his theology, and his own hermeneutical strategies. It also points to tomorrow's use of the Christian Bible, Paul included, the development of appropriate biblical theology for tomorrow's world, and -- since Paul is both stimulus and model for this task -- the hermeneutical engagement with contemporary realities, especially in the worlds of philosophy and theology which, arguably, are more relevant to Paul than what today is called 'religion'."

MWE 22 August 2011

The text of Prof. Wright's Inaugural Lecture, delivered at the University of St Andrews on 26th October 2011 is now available for download N T Wright Inaugural Lecture text (PDF, 131 KB)

Contact Details

Institute for Bible, Theology & Hermeneutics

St. Mary's College
University of St. Andrews
St. Andrews, Fife
KY16 9JU
Scotland, UK


Director of Institute for Bible, Theology and Hermeneutics

Prof. Mark Elliott
Room H104
+44 (0)1334 46 2825

Dr William Tooman
Dr T.J. Lang

Honorary Fellow 
Dr Scott Hafemann