On January 30., there will be an interesting seminar at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo.
The purpose of the seminar is to introduce and discuss some of the new approaches that have changed New Testament studies in recent years, and at the same time present  them in a way that is accessible to non-specialists. Norwegian scholars have been active in this development, and have participated internationally in many areas. The speakers are Norwegian and international specialists in their areas.

The targeted audience, beyond members of the Academy, are scholars and advanced students in theology and religion at Norwegian universities and colleges.

The format of the seminar is a 30 mins presentation followed by 20 mins discussion.

9:00. Welcome by professor Svein Aage Christoffersen, Chair of the Religion and Theology Group.

Chair Professor Halvor Moxnes
9:15. Professor Karl Olav Sandnes, Norwegian School of Theology: “Eudocia’s Homeric Gospel: The Gethsemane Scene as an Example.”
10:05. Professor Marianne Bjelland Kartzow, University of Oslo: “Acts 16 and Intersectional Dilemmas of Text and Interpretation.

11:00. Break.

11:30:  Dr. Ward Blanton, Reader, University of Kent, UK
(TBA  Paul among modern Philosophers )

12:30: Lunch

Chair Professor Karl Olav Sandnes
13:30. Professor Reidar Hvalvik, Norwegian School of Theology
Caravaggio as interpreter of the New Testament.”
14:30. Dr. Jonathan Birch, Glasgow University
Biblical Miracles and the ‘Critical’ Reader: Radical Proposals in 18th Century Britain and 19th Century Germany.

15:30: Coffee break.

16:00. Comments from Professor Anders Runesson, MacMaster University/University of Oslo, and general discussion.
17:00. End.



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After a long time away from my blogging, partly due to a heavy cold (been barking like a dog for weeks), I’m recovering, and am back at my desk and PC.

As a new year has begun, it’s time to look forward to see what  conferences are coming up in 2015. For us living in the Nordic countries, this is one that should be especially relevant:

Nordic New Testament Conference (May 29-June 2, 2015)

This conference is not an annual one; usually it is held every third or even fourth year in one of the Nordic countries; this time in Århus, Denmark. The Call for Papers are closed, but registration is open untill April 15.

The main speakers will be:

  • Paula Fredriksen, Jerusalem: “Paul, the Apostle of Judaizing
  • Runar M. Thorsteinsson, Reykjavik: “Jesus, the Philosopher”
  • Petri Luomanen, Helsinki: “Judaism and Anti-Judaism in Apocryphal Gospels
  • Ole Davidsen, Aarhus: “The Story and its Emotions: Narrative Genre, Human Passion, and New Testament Religion
  • James Kelhoffer, Uppsala: “The Reception of Biblical Traditions in Second Clement
  • Turid Karlsen Seim, Oslo/Rome: “End without End: Textual and Hermeneutical Reflection on the Gospel Endings as Aborted Closure

and there will be seminars focusing on The Radical New Perspective on PaulJesus and the GospelsNew Testament Traditions in the Context of Early JudaismEmotions in the New TestamentThe Reception of Biblical Traditions, and Ideological Criticism and Hermeneutics in New Testament Studies.