Seminars 1–18


1. ‘Constructions of the Histories of Early Christianity’ (Cilliers Breytenbach and Clare Rothschild) – terminates in 2020

  • Joseph Verheyden (Belgium) – respondent: Henk Jan de Jonge (Netherlands)
  • Johan Thom (South Africa) – respondent: Paul Foster (UK)
  • Lee McDonald (USA) – respondent: Cilliers Breytenbach (Germany)

2. ‘The Greek of the New Testament’ (Paul Danove, Jesús Peláez and James Voelz) – terminates in 2019

  • James Voelz (USA), ‘Standard/Classical Greek Grammatical Features in the Gospel according to Mark and their Importance for Interpretation’
  • Stanley Porter (Canada), ‘Linguistic Stylistics and the Possibilities of New Testament Interpretation’
  • Adelbert Denaux (Belgium), ‘Semitisms in the Gospel of Luke’

3. ‘Inhalte und Probleme einer neutestamentlichen Theologie’ (Christof Landmesser and Mark Seifrid) – terminates in 2019

  • Thomas Söding (Germany), ‘Kerygma ohne Jesus? Bultmanns Paulusbild als Provokation’
  • Andreas Lindemann (Germany), ‘“Die Geschichte der synoptischen Tradition” und die hermeneutische Theologie Rudolf Bultmanns’
  • Stephen Hultgren (Australia), ‘Event, Word, Faith: (Critically) Engaging Bultmann in Johannine Theology’

4. ‘The Johannine Writings’ (Jörg Frey, Christina Hoegen-Rohls and Catrin Williams) – terminates in 2020

  • Jörg Frey (Switzerland), ‘The Farewell Discourses in Scholarly Discussion’ – respondent: Christina Hoegen-Rohls (Germany)
  • Martin Winter (Germany), ‘Die Gattungsfrage in Johannes 13–17 im neueren Diskurs’ – respondent: Craig Koester (USA)
  • Klaus Scholtissek (guest, Germany), ‘Jesu Abschied? Liebe, Einwohnung und Geist in Johannes 14’ – respondent: Olivia Rahmsdorf (guest, Germany)

5. ‘The Development of Early Christian Ethics within its Jewish and Greco-Roman Contexts’ (Matthias Konradt and William Loader) – terminates in 2020

  • Stefan Schreiber (Germany), ‘Der politische Lukas. Zur kulturellen Interaktion des lukanischen Doppelwerks mit dem Imperium Romanum’ – respondent: Christfried Böttrich (Germany)
  • Kathy Ehrensperger (Germany), ‘“Every Tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord’ (Philippians 2:11) and Subordination to the Ruling Powers – Struggling with Paul in the Shadow of the Empire’ – respondent: Ann Jervis (Canada)
  • Stephan Witetschek (Germany), ‘Distanz und Teilhabe: Positionierungen gegenüber römischer Herrschaft und hellenistischer Normalität in der Johannesapokalypyse’ – respondent: Fabian Santiago (guest, Mexico)

6. ‘The Mission and Expansion of Earliest Christianity’ (Eugene Eung-Chun Park, Paul Trebilco and Gosnell Yorke) – terminates in 2021

  • Eugene Eung-Chun Park (USA), ‘Katallagē as a new paradigm of Paul’s understanding of his apostolic mission in Second Corinthians’ – respondent: Gosnell Yorke (Zambia)
  • Manabu Tsuji (Japan), ‘“Suffering as a Christian’ (1 Peter 4:16): Christian identity in the early Christian mission’ – respondent: Paul Trebilco (New Zealand)
  • Rachael Tan (guest, Taiwan), ‘The Carmen Christi in Early Christianity and an Alternative Reading of Philippians 2:5-11 with Emphasis on Phroneō and Paul’s Perspective on Humiliation and Exaltation’ – respondent: TBA

7. ‘Hebrews’ (Christian Eberhart and Wolfgang Kraus) – terminates in 2020

  • Hermut Löhr (Germany), ‘Der Hebräerbrief und die “Zweite Sophistik”: Zu Einleitungsfragen des Hebräerbriefs / Hebrews and the “Second Sophistic”: On Introductory Matters of Hebrews’– respondent: Gabriella Gelardini (Switzerland)
  • Mary Ann Beavis (Canada), ‘Intention and Purpose of Hebrews / Absicht und Zielsetzung des Hebräerbriefs’ – respondent: Wolfgang Kraus (Germany)
  • Christian Grappe (France), ‘Absicht und Zielsetzung des Hebräerbriefs / Intention and Purpose of Hebrews’ – respondent: James Thompson (USA)

8. ‘Social History and the New Testament’ (Hermut Löhr, Markus Öhler and Anders Runesson) – terminates in 2022

  • Alexander Weiss (guest, Germany): ‘Jesus, Paul and the Augustan Marriage Laws’ – respondent: Margaret MacDonald (Canada)
  • Lutz Doering (Germany), ‘Jewish Law in Antiquity: Between Norm and Praxis’ – respondent: Karin Hedner Zetterholm (Sweden)
  • Albert Harrill (USA), ‘Laying Down the Law for All: Hellenistic Circular Edicts (ἐντολαί) and the Epistolary Form of Ephesians’ – respondent: TBA

9. ‘The Phenomenon of Pseudepigraphy’ (Christine Gerber and Adela Yarbro Collins) – terminates in 2021

  • Olivia Stewart Lester (guest, USA), ‘Second Temple Jewish literature’ – respondent: John Collins (USA)
  • Martina Janßen (Germany), ‘Greek Literature’ – respondent: Annette Merz (Netherlands)
  • Adela Yarbro Collins (USA), ‘Roman Religion in Latin’ – respondent: Stefan Krauter (Germany)

10. ‘Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: Reassessment and Roads Forward’ (Simon Butticaz, Jens Schröter and Janet Spittler) – terminates in 2023

  • Bart Ehrman (USA), ‘Katabasis in the Acts of Thomas’
  • Janet Spittler (USA), ‘Resurrection in the Acts of John’ – respondent: Silke Petersen (Germany). Joint session with seminar 17 Resurrection: New Methods and Approaches 
  • Rémi Gounelle (guest, France), ‘Les Actes Apocryphes des Apôtres: des textes énigmatique’

11. ‘Papyrology, Epigraphy and the New Testament’ (Peter Arzt-Grabner and James Harrison) – terminates in 2023

  • James Harrison (Australia) ‘The Ephesian Citizenship Decrees and the New Testament Understanding of an Alternative Citizenship’
  • Peter Malik (guest, Germany), ‘P.Beatty III (P47) and Company: Reinvestigating the Papyri of the Johannine Apocalypse’ – respondent: Tommy Wasserman (Sweden). Joint session with seminar 13 New Testament Textual Criticism
  • Philip Esler (UK), ‘Joseph’s Marital Problem (Matthew 1:18-25) in Light of Judean Legal Papyri’

12. ‘Reading Paul’s Letters in Context: Theological and Social-Scientific Approaches’ (William Campbell and Judith Gundry) – terminates in 2021

  • John Barclay (UK), ‘Koinonia and the Theological Basis of Sociality in Paul’ – respondent: Korinna Zamfir (Romania)
  • Thomas Blanton (USA), ‘Was Paul a Skēnopoios: A Critical Assessment of the Linguistic and Literary Evidence’ – respondent: Todd Still (USA)
  • Daniel Boyarin (USA), ‘Mark and Paul: A Surprising Convergence’ – respondent: Robert Brawley (USA)

13. ‘New Testament Textual Criticism’ (Claire Clivaz, Hugh Houghton and Tommy Wasserman) – terminates in 2023

  • Hugh Houghton (UK), ‘Codex Zacynthius: New Light on the Oldest New Testament Catena Manuscript’ – respondent: Claire Clivaz (Switzerland)
  • Peter Malik (guest, Germany), ‘P.Beatty III (P47) and Company: Reinvestigating the Papyri of the Johannine Apocalypse’ – respondent: Tommy Wasserman (Sweden). Joint session with seminar 11 Papyrology, Epigraphy and the New Testament
  • Ulrich Schmid (Germany), ‘The oldest edition of a (Latin) New Testament – Codex Fuldensis (Fulda, Bonifatiushandschrift 1)’ – respondent: Annette Hüffmeier (guest, Germany)

14. ‘Memory, Narrative and Christology in the Synoptic Gospels’ (Samuel Byrskog, David du Toit and Stephen Hultgren) – terminates in 2021

  • Simon Butticaz (Switzerland), ‘Israel, Jesus and the Apostles: the Lukan Memory of Christian Origins / Israël, Jésus et les apôtres: la mémoire des origines selon Luc’
  • David du Toit (Germany), ‘From Rudolf Bultmann to Memory Theory: Reflections on the Problem of the Modalities of Transmission in the Synoptic Tradition’
  • Risto Uro (Finland), ‘Ritual, Memory and Early Christian Tradition’

15. ‘Philo and Early Christianity’ (Per Jarle Bekken and Greg Sterling) – terminates in 2022

  • Florian Wilk (Germany), ‘Einflüsse von oder Parallelen zu philonischem Denken im ersten Korintherbrief des Paulus?’
  • Athanasios Despotis (Germany), ‘Aspects of Cultural Hybridity in Philo’s Anthropology and a Short Comparison with the Human Condition in John’
  • Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr (Germany), ‘Der Philosoph Hans Leisegang als Philon-Forscher’

16. ‘Acta Politica: The Book of Acts and the Political Culture of the Roman Empire’ (Knut Backhaus, Carl Holladay and Daniel Marguerat) – terminates in 2021

  • David Balch (USA), ‘Luke-Acts as Political Biography/History: A Conversation with Prof. Hubert Cancik’ – respondent: Carl Holladay (USA)
  • Sabine Müller (guest, Germany), ‘Jerusalem und der Alexanderroman (Jerusalem and the Alexander Romance)’ – respondent: Knut Backhaus (Germany)
  • Michal Beth Dinkler (USA), ‘The Politics of Stephen’s Storytelling: Narrative Rhetoric and Reflexivity in the Context of Empire’ – respondent: Michael Wolter (Germany)

 17. ‘Resurrection: New Methods and Approaches’ (Shelly Matthews and Daniel Smith) – terminates in 2020

  • Deborah Prince (guest, USA), ‘Do Appearances Matter? Navigating the Complexities of Seeing the Risen Jesus’ – respondent: Daniel Smith (Canada)
  • Janet Spittler (USA), ‘Resurrection in the Acts of John’ – respondent: Silke Petersen (Germany). Joint session with seminar 10 Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles
  • Fred Tappenden (guest, Canada), ‘“In my Flesh I am Filling up what is Lacking …”: Cognitive and Mnemonic Aspects of Resurrection and the Pauline Body’ – respondent: Alexey Somov (Russia)

18. ‘Reading Galatians in New Perspectives. Methods and Approaches’ (Martin Meiser, Dieter Sänger and Korinna Zamfir) – terminates in 2021

  • Michael Bachmann (Germany), ‘Die Opponenten des Paulus. Alte und neue Zugänge’
  • Felix John (guest, Germany), ‘Kontextualisierung der paulinischen Gemeinden in der Galatia’   
  • Martin Meiser (Germany), ‘Self-authorization and self-stylization. A feature of Paul’s literal strategy in the Galatian Conflict’

Will not take place in 2019: ‘Early Jewish Theologies and the New Testament’ (Jens Herzer and Gerbern Oegema).