BNTS 2020 Call for Papers

Proposals for papers are invited for the British New Testament Society meeting 2020 to be held in Durham from Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 September. Paper proposals must include the presenter’s name and institutional affiliation (where appropriate), a title, and an abstract of not more than 300 words, and should be sent directly to the relevant seminar chairs by Monday 9 March 2020. Proposals for the Simultaneous Short Paper session should be sent to the Secretary, Steve Walton (steve.walton@cantab.net), by Monday 27 April 2020. Specific seminar contact details and calls for papers are below.

If you prefer to download this Call for Papers in another format, please select one of the following: .pdf and .docx.

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BNTS Code of Conduct

The BNTS Code of Conduct was adopted by the BNTS committee in November 2019, and is available below or by download here.

British New Testament Society Code of Conduct

The British New Testament Society (BNTS) is committed to making our conferences accessible and productive for everyone, regardless of factors such as religious affiliation or lack of it, age, disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, or relationship/parental status (including pregnancy and maternity). The BNTS will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

  • It is an expectation that all BNTS members will act appropriately for a professional audience which includes people of many different backgrounds. The ethos of the Society is to conduct all conversation, debate, and critical discussion in a respectful manner.
  • Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate, whether in personal interactions or online activity. Harassment includes prolonged and hostile public criticism, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and unwanted photography or recording of an individual. It also includes offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.

Participants asked to desist from any inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately. An attendee who persists in violating these principles may be asked to leave the event at the sole discretion of the BNTS committee and without a refund.

Any participant who wishes to report a potential violation of this policy or to seek support is asked to speak, in confidence, to Michelle Fletcher or to any member of the BNTS committee.

JIBS First Issue Published

The first issue of the Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies has been published: https://jibs.group.shef.ac.uk/current-issue/.

Meredith J C Warren, “Editorial Preface,” 1-5.

Caroline Blyth, “Bringing the Apostle Down to Earth: Emily Dickinson Wrestles with Paul,” 6-25.

Chris Greenough, “‘Queer Eye’ in Theology and Biblical Studies: ‘Do you have to be queer to do this?‘” 26-41.

Matthew R. Anderson, “‘Aware-Settler’ Biblical Studies: Breaking Claims of Textual Ownership,” 42-68.

A. K. M. Adam, “Sensuous Hermeneutics,” 69-94.

Anna Cwikla, “There’s Nothing about Mary: The Insignificance of Mary in the Gospel of Thomas 114,” 95-112.

Katie Edwards, “Rape Myths and Gospels Truths: The Bible and Rape Culture,” PAGES. **COMING SOON**

JIBS is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to publishing cutting edge articles that embody interdisciplinary, social justice-oriented, feminist, queer, and innovative biblical scholarship. The journal welcomes submissions that challenge canonical and/or disciplinary norms and boundaries or that query the field of biblical studies’ relationship to the broader investigation of human religion, culture, and literature. JIBS will publish two issues a year in summer and in winter. ISSN 2633-0695.

Poverty in the Early Church and Today, made freely available online

A new book has been published and made freely available online: Poverty in the Early Church and Today (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018), edited by Prof Steve Walton and Dr Hannah Swithinbank. Prof Walton writes:

I’m very pleased to announce that the wonderful people at Bloomsbury T&T Clark have agreed with the website Knowledge Unlatched to make Poverty in the Early Church and Today: A Conversation, the book which Hannah Swithinbank and I edited available online for free. We’re delighted, as we were keen to make the book freely accessible to people in the developing world—but our publishers have gone one better in making it freely available to anyone. For more about the book, see here and here.
The download is available from here. You may need to register on the Knowledge Unlimited website to access it, but that is free and has no future obligations.

Slides from Prof Candida Moss’s BNTS Presentation

Our first plenary for the 2019 BNTS conference was from Prof Candida Moss on “The Mark of the Nails: Resurrection, Identity, and Bodies in the Doubting Thomas Episode.”

Since technical difficulties prevented her slides from being shown, we include them here as a pdf:


TRS-UK response to the British Academy’s report on ‘Theology and Religious Studies in UK Higher Education’

TRS-UK official response to British Academy report on ‘Theology and Religious Studies Provision in UK Higher Education’:

TRS-UK (the umbrella organisation for all UK Departments of Theology & Religious Studies and the relevant subject associations) is very grateful for the recent British Academy report on ‘Theology and Religious Studies Provision in UK Higher Education‘ [download here], despite its sobering statistics. The study of religion(s) and theology is one of the most intellectually vibrant and socially relevant areas of University study, and is thriving at the level of research and public impact, in both quality and scale. At undergraduate level, recruitment is challenging, but the British Academy report was, for practical reasons, unable to pick up all those studying the subject within other degree programmes. There is, in fact, a notable increase in students studying religion and theology within other (or interdisciplinary) degrees.

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2019 BNTC Seminar Papers (Titles & Abstracts)

The 2019 seminar papers for individual seminar groups have been posted to individual seminar group pages (you may also download this information as a pdf document):