BNTS Meeting 2021
at Durham University
Registration is now closed
Booking for the 2021 British New Testament Conference hosted by Durham University is now open. The Conference will begin on Thursday 19 August (registration from 2pm) and end with lunch on Saturday 21 August.
Registration will close on Thursday 29 July.
A message from our local organisers:
Registration is now open for the 2021 BNTS meeting, to be held at St John’s College, Durham, and online, 19-21 August, and the local organising team looks forward to welcoming you.
We’re especially grateful to those who participated in the recent poll, which indicated strong support for a return to a ‘normal’ in-person event although with an additional online component.
For those wishing and able to attend in person, we advise early booking as we will have to cap numbers at a much lower figure than our pre-pandemic norm of up to 200. This is to ensure the safety and well-being of participants, and for that reason accommodation at St John’s and nearby Hatfield College will be en suite only.
If individuals registered for the in-person event later find themselves unable to attend, the conference fee will be refunded (minus a £15 registration fee). All fees will be refunded on the same basis in the (unlikely but not impossible) event that we are unable to proceed with the conference at all.
Finally, we encourage all who are able to do so to contribute generously to the fund providing financial assistance to postgraduates attending the conference; there is an option for this on the registration website.
Francis Watson, Kim Fowler, Nick Moore (local conference organisers)
You can register for the Conference via Durham’s online store here. Booking closes Thursday 29 July.
Three options are available:
1) In-person with en-suite accommodation £210.00
2) In-person no accommodation provided £120.00
3) Online Only £35.00
Please note, there is very limited parking available at the conference venue. Priority will be given to those who require parking for accessibility reasons, so please do state during booking if this is the case.
You will need to choose your 1st and 2nd choice seminar when you register, so please review the seminar information (available here) before booking.
In addition, the following will be asked:
a) The British New Testament Society seeks to promote research of the New Testament and related writings. Attendance at the conference is open to those who fall into one of the following categories (you will be asked to tick the criteria you meet):
- teach New Testament (or a cognate discipline) at a recognized HEI
- hold a doctorate in the area of New Testament (or a cognate discipline)
- a postgraduate researcher in New Testament at doctoral level
Individuals who do not meet any of the above criteria may be given special permission to attend on application to the Secretary and with the approval of the Committee.
b) if you are willing for the organisers to share your name, institution, email address, seminar choice, and research interests with other delegates. This request is to enable us to produce a list of delegates which will enable you to find others working in the same area as you and to contact them easily. We need your permission to share this information because of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR);
c) that you agree to the BNTS Code of Conduct, available here.
If you have questions about the conference or registration, please do not hesitate to contact Michelle Fletcher (email@example.com).
Hybrid Meeting to be held at Durham University
The BNTS Committee are organising a hybrid conference, with the aim of maximising participation for members during this difficult time.
However, in order to offer an in-person option, a change of venue has become necessary.
Therefore, the 2021 BNTS Conference will now take place at Durham University, 19-21 August.
More details and registration pages will be added as soon as they become available but can inform you that for those attending in person, ensuite accommodation will be available at St John’s and Hatfield colleges.
The BNTS Committee continues to hope that the Society will be able to meet for its scheduled residential conference in St Andrews on 19-21 August 2021. However, as members of the Society will be aware, this is dependent on the necessary ending of lockdown restrictions and also on the University’s policy regarding hosting such an event. So, at this stage we are still uncertain about the format of this year’s conference.
If the Society is able to meet in person, we recognize that some members may feel unable to attend due to health or other personal concerns, and we would therefore make every attempt to arrange for virtual participation in plenary sessions. We would also arrange for virtual participation in seminars at the discretion of Seminar Chairs.
If restrictions remain in place/the University is unable to host us in person, we will revert to last year’s fully virtual format. The Committee very much hopes that this will not be the case and will endeavour to make further announcements regarding registration by the end of April.
Given this uncertainty, we understand this might affect people’s submissions for papers and so are extending the CfP until Monday 26 April.
Proposals for papers are invited for the British New Testament Society Meeting 2021 to be hosted by the University of St Andrews from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 August. Paper proposals must include the presenter’s name and institutional affiliation (where appropriate), a title, and an abstract of 150-175 words (max). Proposals should be sent directly to the relevant seminar chairs by
Monday 29 March 2021. Now extended until Monday 26 April 2021. Proposals for the Simultaneous Short Paper session should be sent by Monday 26 April 2021.
Note: the BNTS Code of Conduct can be downloaded here: PDF.
The Acts seminar welcomes seminar papers approaching Acts from a variety of angles and using a variety of methods: historical, literary, textual-critical, theological, archaeological, the social world, possible links/parallels with other biblical and ancient writings, and so on. We also include topics for discussion which relate Acts to the wider contexts of Luke-Acts and the Pauline corpus, where they are relevant and helpful to the study of Acts. Offers of papers are welcome both from research students (this is a great opportunity to ‘try out’ your ideas) and from more established scholars.
We will have a joint session with the Later Epistles seminar that will examine cultic motifs (e.g., temple, priesthood, sacrifice, atonement, sacrilege, etc.) in Acts and Hebrews. Proposals focusing on some cultic matter from the perspective of both Hebrews and Acts are especially encouraged and will be considered first.
We make papers available on the British New Testament Society web site a few weeks before the conference so that seminar members can read them in advance. At the seminar, the paper’s author presents a 10-15 minute summary before discussion, in order to maximise discussion time in the seminar.
The Revelation seminar is accepting papers for two open sessions and one session on “Revelation and Other Apocalypse.” For the open sessions, papers on any exegetical, textual, thematic, and reception-historical issues are invited, as are papers on other issues relating to the Book of Revelation, its broader textual culture, and historical content. The themed session invites presentations on Revelation’s literary and generic connections to other early Jewish and Christian apocalypse, studies specific to other apocalyptic traditions, and the development of apocalyptic traditions.
The New Testament texts exist within the broader phenomenon of Early Christianity as a whole, and this seminar is concerned especially with aspects of that total phenomenon that go beyond the New Testament. These include non-canonical texts (e.g. the so-called Apostolic Fathers, New Testament Apocrypha, Old Testament Pseudepigrapha in Christian usage, Nag Hammadi and associated literature, early patristic texts); and wider historical themes (e.g. orthodoxy and heresy, canon formation, gender, ritual, identity, martyrdom, social setting, material culture).
This year we plan to host one invited paper session, one open session, and one session devoted to the theme of ‘the female body’, whether in texts, ritual, and/or iconography. Offers of short (25-30 min.) papers are invited relating either to the latter theme or to any other aspect of our area.
The Johannine Literature seminar invites papers on the Gospel of John and/or the Johannine Epistles. Offers of papers are welcome both from established scholars and from research students and the seminar provides an excellent opportunity for feedback from experts in the field. Papers are normally 30 minutes, allowing time for questions and discussion, but shorter papers of 20 minutes are also welcome.
- One session dedicated to the Petrine Epistles. While any topic on these texts will be considered, the session aims to focus particularly on the question of Petrine authorship. Proposals that address the issue of Petrine attribution in terms of the larger concept of authorship as a form of exemplarity in early Judaism and early Christianity are especially encouraged.
- One open session addressing topics on any later epistle(s), including the wider Catholic Epistles collection and the deutero-Paulines.
- One joint session with the Acts seminar that will examine cultic motifs (e.g., temple, priesthood, sacrifice, atonement, sacrilege, etc.) in Acts and Hebrews. Proposals focusing on some cultic matter from the perspective of both Hebrews and Acts are especially encouraged and will be considered first.
The 2021 seminar will include one open-call session (3 x 30 minute slots), for which papers on any topic relating to the New Testament in its early Jewish context are warmly welcomed from both established scholars and research students. Another session will be devoted to consideration of a paper by Prof Philip Alexander on “The Apocalyptic Revival in Judaism Post-70 and its Reflection in Early Christian Writings”, and a response to it given by Prof Richard Bauckham. For the third session, there will be a review (held jointly with the Synoptic Gospels seminar) of Matthew Thiessen’s recently published and already well-received book Jesus and the Forces of Death: The Gospels’ Portrayal of Ritual Impurity Within First Century Judaism (Baylor University Press, 2020). The review will led by an invited panel, with Dr Thiessen in attendance.
This year the Paul Seminar will hold a book panel on two new books on the “in Christ” motif in Paul: Teresa Morgan, Being ‘in Christ’ in the Letters of Paul, and J. Thomas Hewitt, Messiah and Scripture. For our two open-call sessions, we welcome paper proposals on any and all topics in Pauline studies, and in particular ones on the “in Christ” motif or participation in Christ more generally.
We plan to run the following sessions for 2021:
- An open session of papers (2 or 3 depending on submissions)
- A joint session with the Second Temple Judaism Group which we will be reviewing Matthew Thiessen’s Jesus and the Forces of Death: The Gospels’ Portrayal of Ritual Impurity within First-Century Judaism, with a response from the author.
- A session with Richard Burridge on translation and performance of one-half of Mark.
For our open session, we welcome proposals from PhD students as well as more seasoned scholars. We are more than willing to consider papers that:
- relate to the issues surrounding Thiessen’s work, that is, purity-impurity, or other related topics
- connect with the work of Burridge on translation and oral performance
- any other topic that emerges out of research in the three synoptic gospels
We are launching this new seminar at BNTS 2021 with a focus on the topic of ‘The New Testament and the Doctrine of Scripture.’ There will be one session with invited panelists and two open-call short paper sessions. Papers are invited on any aspect of the topic, but we are particularly interested to receive proposals for papers that engage Christian theologians in dialogue with the NT, or readings of particular NT texts in conversation with the doctrine of Scripture. In addition to close exegetical discussions, we particularly welcome papers from those who would not ordinarily present at a New Testament conference, especially those working in systematic theology or at the intersection of New Testament and doctrine.
Though not a seminar group, this session includes 20–25 minute papers which showcase research that does not easily fit into one of the established seminar groups. We especially welcome papers that explore novel methodologies, are interdisciplinary, or focus on reception and use of the New Testament.
The committee is delighted to grant awards to the following people after our last call for small grants:
Bibliographical Resources (Max £200).
Zachary Skarka (PhD candidate, University of Birmingham) for The History of the Pauline Corpus in Texts, Transmissions and Trajectories by Chris S. Stevens.
Siobhan Jolley (PhD candidate, University of Manchester) for Elisabetta Sirani “Virtuosa”: women’s cultural production in early modern Bologna by A Modesti.
Adesola Akala (Fellow, St John’s College Durham) for books (tbc) for an in-progress publication.
Small Grants (Max £500)
Matthew Novenson for ‘Lost in Translation: A Panel Event for International Women’s Day 2021’, Centre for the Study of Christian Origins, University of Edinburgh.
Susan Docherty on behalf of Crispin Fletcher-Louis, Tim Carter, and Kent Brower, for travel costs for Matthew Thiessen of McMaster University to respond to a panel reviewing his recent book Jesus and the Forces of Death convened for a joint session of the Synoptic Gospels and NT & Second Temple Judaism seminars at the BNTS Conference 2021.
We are saddened to learn of the death of Prof. Judith Kovacs, Associate Professor Emerita of the University of Virginia. She published widely in New Testament and Patristics, including books on Clement’s Exegesis, and Revelation in the Wiley Blackwell Reception series. She will be missed.
We are saddened to hear news of the death of one of our long-standing members, Dr John Muddiman, aged 73. Dr Muddiman was formerly G.B. Caird Fellow of New Testament at Mansfield College, Oxford. Among his many publications was his commentary on Ephesians. He will be missed.
We have announced a new round of grants from the Society’s reserves to projects which advance “education through study of and research into the New Testament and related writings” in the UK (from our Constitution).
This round, given the current library access issues, we are welcoming applications for essential bibliographical resources from members not in full time academic posts.
As in previous rounds, we also welcome applications for travel and conference costs for a BNTS seminar presenter from abroad (covid dependent); public engagement events highlighting the work of NT scholarship; support for the ongoing research of independent scholars; any activity undertaken for the benefit of the Society.
Deadlines: Applications should be submitted no later than Monday 14th December 2020Continue reading “More BNTS Small Grants”