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 1 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 (Erika Weinzierl Saal)

Wednesday, July 26th


Morning Prayers (German) – 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 in main building and Schenkenstraße)
13.15-14.15Lunch (Rathauskeller)
14.30-15.45Main Paper I (AudiMax)
15.45-16.30Coffee Break
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 Prayers (French) – 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 Prayers (English) – Schottenkirche/Scots Church
9.00-10.15Main Paper V (AudiMax)
10.15-11.00Coffee Break
11.15-12.45Seminars Session III (Seminarrooms Hauptgebäude 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 Logic of Pseudepigraphy"


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: James A. Kelhoffer (Sweden)

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: Uta Poplutz (Germany), ‘Beobachtungen zur Zeit- und Raumsemantik in den johanneischen Abschiedsreden’;
Respondent: Julia Lindenlaub (UK, 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), ‘Hermeneutics of Studying God in the New 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: Guido Baltes (Germany), ‘Das paulinische Freiheitsverständnis im Galaterbrief’

Session 2: Peter Arzt-Grabner (Austria): ‘Galatians as a Letter’; (meeting jointly with ‘Papyrology, Epigraphy, and the New Testament’ Seminar)

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: Anders Runesson (Norway), ‘Divine Wrath and Social Death: The Impact of Post-Mortem Voices on Those Still Alive’;
Respondent: Sarah E. Rollens (USA)

Session 3: Hermut Löhr (Germany), ‘Death and Prayer in Early Christianity’;
Respondent: Marianne Bjelland Kartzow (Norway)

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), ‘Der paulinische Universalismus im Kontext des zeitgenössischen Judentums: Ein Kapitel jüdisch-judenchristlicher Theozentrik’

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 Revisited"
  • 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?"
  • 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 πίστις 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 τὰ ἔθνη 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"