We welcome 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, the Pauline corpus, the Graeco-Roman world and Second Temple Judaism 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 and we are also open to suggestions of books to review or larger panel sessions.
The Book of Revelation seminar explores a range of issues relating to the New Testament apocalypse, including its composition, reuse of Jewish scriptural traditions, gendered language, violent imagery, literary structure, genre, and other issues. The group has been particularly interested in Revelation’s reception history, exploring the works reception in literature (ancient and modern), visual arts, film, and ritual. The seminar often has themed sessions and regularly reviews new consequential books in the area.
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). We welcome papers relating to New Testament texts and themes so long as these are placed within the broader early Christian environment.
The focus of the Johannine Literature Seminar is on the Fourth Gospel and the Johannine Epistles. Discussions may feature current trends in Johannine scholarship, ancient and modern reception of these texts, the nature of Johannine Christianity, or the possible intertextual relationships between the Johannine literature and other ancient works. Varied approaches from a range of perspectives are welcome, from literary analysis to historical-critical inquiries to theological interpretation.
Later Epistles (repl. Hebrews)
The Later Epistles seminar examines those epistles that are located at the latter end of the New Testament canon (e.g., Hebrews, the catholic epistles) and/or that are often thought to be written at a date later than the undisputed Pauline epistles. As such, the seminar offers a space where New Testament texts, so many of which do not often find a place for discussion in other seminars, can be examined and discussed. The seminar is open to a number of methodological approaches and will consider papers that deal with either one or more of these ‘later epistles.’
This seminar covers all aspects of the early Jewish context of the New Testament. We are therefore concerned with both the extant literature from the Second Temple period (e.g. the Pseudepigrapha, the Qumran Scrolls) and with other kinds of evidence from this era (e.g. archaeological finds, legal papyri) as these relate to the understanding of the New Testament as a whole, or to any specific book/section within it. We welcome papers on any area of New Testament theology, christology or ethics which is illuminated by this early Jewish material, as well as those dealing with particular points of interaction such as the exegesis of Israel’s scriptures, legal interpretation, and literary forms and genres.
The Paul Seminar is a venue for cutting-edge research on the apostle Paul, including his letters, letters attributed to him, and ancient traditions about his life and work. Papers in the seminar have tended to focus on, but are not limited to, the seven undisputed letters. Likewise, papers in the seminar have tended to be broadly historical-critical in outlook, but other theories and methods are very welcome. In short, we welcome any any paper proposals that advance the study of Paul in interesting, worthwhile directions.
This seminar group provides a context for the discussion of the content, contexts, formation, and theology of the Synoptic Gospels. We welcome a variety of hermeneutical and methodological perspectives and are particularly interested in discussions that engage two or more Gospels.
Though not a seminar group, this session includes 20–25 minute papers, typically those that do not easily fit into one of the established seminar groups.
- New Testament: Use and Influence
- Hermeneutics: Theory & Practice
- Social World of the New Testament
- The Catholic Epistles
- The NT and Contemporary Society