Academic Programme

Daily Programme

Monday, July 24th

14.00-19.00Latin America Caribbean/Eastern European Pre-Conferences (Schenkenstraße)
Dinner for the participants of the pre-conferences
Dinner for the members of the Committee

Tuesday, July 25th

09.00-13.00Latin America Caribbean/Eastern European Pre-Conference (seminar room i 2/3 Schenkenstraße)
09.00-16.00Committee Meeting (KTF convention hall)
12.00-13.00Lunch for the Committee Meeting
17.00-18.00Business Meeting I (AudiMax)
17.00-18.00Accompanying Persons Program Meeting (HS 1 main building)
18.15-21.15Opening Reception and Dinner (arcade courtyard)
20.15-21.15New Members Meeting (Small Ceremonial Hall)

Wednesday, July 26th


Morning Prayer (English) – Schottenkirche/Scots Church

9.00-10.15Presidential Address (AudiMax)
10.15-10.30Conference Photo
10.30-11.15Coffee Break
11.30-13.00Seminars Session I (seminar rooms main building and Schenkenstraße)
13.15-14.15Lunch (Rathauskeller)
14.30-15.45Main Paper I (AudiMax)

Coffee Break
celebrating 100 years BZNW

16.30-17.45Main Paper II (AudiMax)
18.00-18.45Simultaneous Short Papers – Session I (main building)
18.00-18.45Editorial Board Meeting (KTF convention hall)
19.00-22.00Great Dinner (Rathauskeller)

Thursday, July 27th

8.00-8.30Morning Prayer (German) – Schottenkirche/Scots Church
9.00-10.15Main Paper III (AudiMax)
10.15-11.00Coffee Break
11.15-12.45Seminars Session II (Seminarrooms main building and Schenkenstraße)
13.00-14.00Lunch (Rathauskeller)
13.00-14.00Female Delegates Lunch Meeting (Rathauskeller – separate room)
14.15-15.30Main Paper IV (AudiMax)
15.30-16.15Coffee Break
16.15-17.00Simultaneous Short Papers – Session II (main building)
16.15-17.00International Initiatives Meeting
17.15-18.15Concert (AudiMax)

Dinner Heuriger Schübel-Auer (transfer together by tram)

Saturday, July 29th

Friday, July 28th

8.00-8.30Morning Prayer (French) – Schottenkirche/Scots Church
9.00-10.15Main Paper V (AudiMax)
10.15-11.00Coffee Break
11.15-12.45Seminars Session III (Seminarrooms main building and Schenkenstraße)
13.00-14.00Lunch (Rathauskeller)
13.00-15.30Committee Meeting II (KTF convention hall)
14.15-15.00Simultaneous Short Papers – Session III (main building)
15.00-15.45Coffee Break
15.45-17.00Main Paper VI (AudiMax)
17.00-18.00Business Meeting II (AudiMax)
18.15-19.15Dinner (Rathauskeller)

Main Papers & Presidential Address


Presidential Address

Joseph Verheyden (Belgium), Musings on How to Write a History of New Testament Interpretation


Main Paper 1

Shelly Matthews (USA), Reading the Resurrection of the Holy Ones (Mt 27:51b-54) within Judaism, through a Feminist Lens


Main Paper 2

Paul-Hubert Poirier (Canada), D’Édesse à Antioche en passant par Jérusalem et Alexandrie. Où situer l’Évangile selon Thomas? Quelques considérations critiques


Main Paper 3

Korinna Zamfir (Romania), Suing for Peace at Any Cost? Reading the Parable of The Two Kings (Luke 14:31-32) at Times of War


Main Paper 4

Francis Watson (UK), Eusebius and the Biographical Logic of the New Testament Canon


Main Paper 5

Sandra Huebenthal (Germany), Gedächtnis trifft Einleitung: Ein neuer Blick auf alte Fragen


Main Paper 6

Tat siong Benny Liew (USA), Criticism, Crisis, and Krisis: Reading Questions for New Testament Critics Today


1. Constructions of the Histories of Early Christianity
Cilliers Breytenbach and Clare Rothschild – terminates in 2024

Session 1: Matt Calhoun (USA), Metalepsis in Narrative Charms and Miracle Stories’;
Respondent: Bärbel Bosenius (Germany)

Session 2: Ferdinand Prostmeier (Germany), Das Christentum in der Weltgeschichte des Theophilos von Antiochia;
Respondent: Clare Rothschild (USA)

Session 3: Cavin Concannon (USA), Networks and Early Christian Memory: Notes on Social Network Analysis and the Historiography of Early Christianity;
Respondent: Mark Grundeken (Germany)

2. Mapping “New Testament Studies”: History, Status and Prospects
Eve-Marie Becker, Michael Cover, and Francis Watson – terminates in 2024

Session 1: Oda Wischmeyer (Germany), Aufgaben und Herausforderungen des Fachs Neues Testament

Session 2: Régis Burnet (Belgium), La Bible grandit-elle avec ses lecteurs? Entre lecture infinie et Sache der Texte, quelle herméneutique choisir?/Does the Bible Grow with its Readers? Between Infinite Reading and Sache der Texte, which Hermeneutic to Choose?

Session 3: Michael B. Cover (USA), Surveying the “Immediately Outlying Buildings”: The Place of the Apostolic Fathers in New Testament Studies, with a Focus on the Letters of Ignatius

3. Inhalte und Probleme einer neutestamentlichen Theologie
Christof Landmesser and Mark Seifrid – terminates in 2023 

Session 1: Christof Landmesser (Germany) and Mark Seifrid (USA): Aufgabe und Ziele Neutestamentlicher Theologie’/’The Task and Aims of New Testament Theology

Session 2: Markus Bockmuehl (UK), The New Testament on the Presence of the Exalted Jesus

Session 3: Reinhard Feldmeier (Germany), Historie und Mysterienspiel: Biblische Theologie am Beispiel des lukanischen Doppelwerks

4. The Johannine Writings
Jörg Frey, Christina Hoegen-Rohls, and Catrin Williams – terminates in 2026

Session 1: Anni Hentschel (Germany), Der Anonymus in Joh 13 und seine Bedeutung für die Nachfolgegemeinschaft;
Respondent: Zacharias Shoukry (Germany, guest)

Session 2: Kasper Bro Larsen (Denmark), The Meaning of Death: Tradition and Innovation in the Johannine Farewell Discourse;
Respondent: Nadine Ueberschaer (Germany, guest)  

Session 3: David Pastorelli (France), Contribution à l'histoire du texte de Jn 13-17;
Respondent: Ulrich Schmid (Germany)

5. God in the New Testament
Steve Walton and Christiane Zimmerman – terminates in 2026

Session 1: Madison Pierce (USA, guest), God in Hebrews;
Respondent: Martin Karrer (Germany)

Session 2: Konrad Huber (Germany), Suchbewegungen im Feld von Hermeneutik und Methodologie im Zusammenhang mit der Frage nach Gott im Neuen Testament;
Respondent: Karl-Heinz Ostmeyer (Germany)

Session 3: Sydney Tooth (UK, guest), God in 1 and 2 Thessalonians;
Respondent: Todd D. Still (USA); meeting jointly with Reading Paul’s Letters in Context Seminar


6. Reading Galatians in New Perspectives: Methods and Approaches
Martin Meiser, Dieter Sänger, and Korinna Zamfir – terminates in 2024

Session 1: Dieter Sänger (Germany), Bleibt, was ihr seid! Zur anamnetischen Funktion der beiden Rahmenstücke (1,1-5; 6,11-18) des Galaterbriefs

Session 2: Peter Arzt-Grabner (Austria), Galatians as a Letter (Joint session with seminar 11)

Session 3: Thomas Schumacher (Switzerland, guest), Die Fremdmissionare. Probleme einer religionsgeschichtlich plausiblen Rekonstruktion

7. Hebrews
Christian Eberhart and Wolfgang Kraus – terminates in 2025

Meeting jointly this year with Seminar 13: New Testament Textual Criticism

8. Social History and the New Testament

Hermut Löhr, Markus Öhler, and Anders Runesson – terminates in 2023 

Session 1: Markus Öhler (Austria), “The end is now”: Burial in Ancient Associations and 
Early Christianity
Respondent: Harry O. Maier (Canada)

Session 2: Hermut Löhr (Germany), Death and Prayer in Early Christianity;
Respondent: Marianne Bjelland Kartzow (Norway)

Session 3: Anders Runesson (Norway), Resurrecting the Historical Jesus: The Importance of a Body to Locate a Soul;
Respondent: Sarah E. Rollens (USA)

9. The Historical Jesus: Methodology and Historiography
David du Toit and Helen Bond – terminates in 2028 

Session 1: David du Toit (Germany), Historical Axioms, Religious Imagination and Memory: Rethinking Method in Determining the Date of Jesus’ Crucifixion

Session 2: James Crossley (Norway), The Next Quest for the Historical Jesus?;
Respondents: Sarah Rollens (USA) and Helen K. Bond (UK) 

Session 3: James McGrath (USA), “The Son of Man Who Is to Come”: The Shared Expectations of John and Jesus 

10. Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: Reassessment and Roads Forward
Simon Butticaz, Jens Schröter, and Janet Spittler – terminates in 2024 

Session 1: Outi Lehtipuu (Finland), “You, Too, Must Wake up and Open Your Soul!” The Physical and the Spiritual Resurrection in the Acts of John and Other Apocryphal Acts

Session 2: Rémi Gounelle (France, guest), A propos de quelques questions scientifiques soulevées par l'étude actuelle des Actes apocryphes des Apôtres

Session 3: Annette Merz (Germany), The Acts of Paul and Thecla in Intertextual Perspective: Methodological Considerations and Case Studies

11. Papyrology, Epigraphy, and the New Testament

Peter Arzt-Grabner and James Harrison – terminates in 2024 

Session 1: Christina M. Kreinecker (Belgium) and John S. Kloppenborg (Canada): Introducing the New Series “Papyri and the New Testament”

Session 2: Peter Arzt-Grabner (Austria): Galatians as a Letter; (meeting jointly with Reading Galatians in New Perspectives Seminar)

Session 3: Alan Cadwallader (Charles Sturt University, Canberra): Romanization at Colossae

12. Reading Paul’s Letters in Context: Theological and Social-Scientific Approaches
William Campbell and Judith Gundry – terminates in 2025 

Session 1: Matthew Novenson (UK), God, Cosmos, and Creation in the Letters of Paul

Session 2: Gudrun Holtz (Germany), The Early Jewish Abraham Tradition as Main Source of Paul’s Theocentric Universalism in Romans;

Session 3: Sydney Tooth (UK, guest), God in 1 and 2 Thessalonians;
Respondent: Todd D. Still (USA); (meeting jointly with ‘God in the New Testament’ Seminar)

13. New Testament Textual Criticism
Claire Clivaz, Hugh Houghton, and Tommy Wasserman – terminates in 2024

Session 1: Claire Clivaz (Switizerland), Heb 2:9 with Mk 15:34 and Ps 22 LXX;
Respondent: Harold Attridge (USA)

Session 2: Martin Karrer (Germany) and Darius Müller (Germany, guest), Text, Interpunktion, Paratexte – Perspektiven für eine künftige Edition des Hebräerbriefs;
Respondent: Ekaterini Tsalampouni (Greece, guest)

Session 3: Gert Steyn (South Africa), The Assumed Vorlage of Scriptural Citations in Hebrews
Respondent: Annette Hüffmeier (Germany, guest)

14. Philo and Early Christianity

Per Jarle Bekken and Gregory E. Sterling – terminates in 2023 

Session 1: Katell Berthelot (France, guest), Abraham, War, and Peace: The Roman Background of Philo’s Rewriting of Genesis 14 in De Abrahamo

Session 2: Maren Niehoff (Israel), “God is my ruler, but no mortal” (Sophocles, frag. 755): Philo of Alexandria, Paul, and Seneca on the Paradox of Freedom

Session 3: Gregory E. Sterling (USA), Natural Law and Civic Codes: Cicero and Philo on the Law of Nature

15. Acta Politica: The Book of Acts and the Political Culture of the Roman Empire
Knut Backhaus, Carl Holladay and Daniel Marguerat – terminates in 2023

Session 1: Knut Backhaus (Germany), Elitising the Margins: The Ennoblement of “Christianity” in the Book of Acts
Respondent: Dennis R. MacDonald (USA)

Session 2: Torsten Jantsch (Germany): Jerusalem bei Lukas und bei zeitgenössischen römischen Autoren im Vergleich;
Respondent: Carolin Ziethe (Germany, guest)

Session 3: Simon Butticaz (Switzerland), Le rapport de l'Église à Israël : un enjeu politique pour Luc?;
Respondent: Bart J. Koet (Netherlands)

Short Papers


Wednesday, July 26th, 18:00-18:45

  • David G. Horrell (UK), Decolonising New Testament Studies
  • Clare K. Rothschild (USA), De Stella Magorum: The Night of the Comet and the Births of John and Jesus Revisite
  • J. Enrique Aguilar (USA), The Kingdom of God in the Gospel of Mark
  • Bernardo Estrada (Columbia), Luke and Ancient History: The Beginning of the Gospel
  • Paul N. Anderson (USA), The Christ-Hymn of John 1: From Confessional Response to Transformative Prologue
  • Juan Chapa (Spain), A New 'Dialogue Gospel' Fragment
  • Eyal Regev (Israel), Paul’s Heavenly Jerusalem and Earthly Jerusalem Politics
  • Justin Strong and Ruben Zimmermann (Germany), On Puffed-up Toads and Corinthians: Insights into a Pauline Metaphor from the Animal World (Babrius, Fab. 28, Phaedrus, Fab. 1.24)
  • J. Albert Harrill (USA), To Play the Solider: Self-Apostrophe and Self-Command in Ephesians


Thursday, July 27th, 16:15-17:00

  • Bradley H. McLean (Canada), Human Bodies and the Power of Nonsense in the Greek Magical Papyri
  • Robert E. Moses (USA), Made of Money: Currency in Matthew’s Gospel and the Community’s Socio-Economic Status
  • Charles A. Bobertz (USA), Who Is ‘I’? Christology on the Sea in Mark’s Gospel
  • Albert Hogeterp (South Africa), Jesus as Poet and Prophet: Prophetic Poetry and Jesus' Sayings about War and Peace in Luke 12:49-53
  • Athanasios Despotis (Germany), Fresh Perspectives on Jesus’s Speech to the Greeks in John 12:23-36
  • James H. Charlesworth (USA), Where Did Jesus Meet Mary Magdalene? A power-point lecture showing where Jesus conceivably sat (now unearthed)
  • Teresa Morgan (USA), The Complexity of Sin and Suffering in the Undisputed Letters of Paul and How Christ’s Death Addresses Both
  • Florian Wilk (Germany), Ja und Nein? Ja und Amen! Zur Wahrnehmung des paulinischen Apostolats nach 2Kor 1,15-2,2
  • Sigurd Grindheim (Norway), Faithfulness or Trust: The Meaning of pistis in Hebrews


Friday, July 28th, 14:15-15:00

  • Peter Gräbe (USA), The Lasting Significance of the Hermeneutical Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer for the Interpretation of the New Testament
  • J.R.C. "Robert" Cousland (Canada), The Chimerical 'Jerusalem' in the Gospel of Matthew
  • Llewellyn Howes (South Africa), The Historical Jesus and the Harvest Logion in Matthew 9:37-38 and Luke (Q) 10:2
  • Bartosz Adamczewski (Poland), Sequentially Organized Allusions to Paul’s Letters in Acts
  • Alexey B. Somov (Russia), An Allusion to John 19:33-36 in the Apocryphal Stories about the Resurrected Calf
  • Ilaria L.E. Ramelli (USA), Jesus, Tiberius, Tertullian, Porphyry, and the Acts of Apollonius: Scholarly Controversies on a Senatusconsultum
  • Ruben A. Bühner (Switzerland), With Whom Is Peter Eating in Antioch? How Widespread Prejudice Shapes Our Understanding of Peter's Commensality with ethnē in Gal 2:12
  • Roger David Aus (Germany), Political and Theological Implications of Paul’s Fivefold Flogging in 2 Cor 11:24
  • Cornelis Bennema (UK), The Concept of Moral Responsibility in the Johannine Writings: An Aristotelian Reading