Graduate Colloquium in Biblical & Early Christian Studies, 2018-2019

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This collaborative seminar meets in the Gibbs Room at Keble College on alternate Wednesdays 8.15-9.45 beginning with breakfast, to discuss topics and texts in the development of biblical and early Christian faith and practice. The subject focus may include Jewish or early Christian primary sources, classic or important recent publications, or alternatively research in progress by members of the group.  Suggestions for future work are always welcome; please contact Prof. Bockmuehl for further information or to be added to the mailing list.

Plans for 2018-2019 include for the Michaelmas Term a critical engagement with two widely noted recent books that interpret Paul through a consistently Jewish analysis – sometimes described as the “Paul within Judaism” approach or “the Radical New Perspective”: Paula Fredriksen, Paul, the Pagans’ Apostle (Yale UP 2017) and Matthew Thiessen, Paul and the Gentile Problem (OUP 2016).

Week Date Topic
2 17 October General Introduction; Fredriksen Chs 1-2
5 7 November (NB) Fredriksen (ctd)
6 14 November Thiessen Introduction; Part I
8 28 November Thiessen Part II; Conclusion

Free online access to both books is available via the links above from any Oxford IP address or VPN.

In the Hilary Term we will read some of the early Christian sources leading up to the formulation of the so-called Old Roman Creed, the precursor of the Apostles’ Creed. The primary source book will be vol. 1 of Wolfram Kinzig’s Faith in Formulae (OUP 2017). Specific readings TBC.

The Trinity Term remains to be confirmed but may involve additional creedal texts or potentially selections from Philo or else the Dead Sea Scrolls (to accompany the New Testament Seminar’s programme around the New Testament and the Scrolls).

Further information about each term’s programme will be circulated by email normally not later than 0th week.


M.B. rev 16.10.18