This collaborative seminar meets in the Dining Hall at Keble College on alternate Wednesdays 8.15-9.45 a.m., 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. Note that due to Prof. Bockmuehl’s sabbatical leave the Colloquium will not meet in the Trinity Term 2020.
In the Hilary Term 2020 we are reading a new (and mercifully short!) book on the persecution of Christians in antiquity by Wolfram Kinzig:
Kinzig, Wolfram. 2019. Christenverfolgung in der Antike. Munich: Beck.
This title is very affordable and quick to acquire here in paperback or electronic form.
We will encourage both engagement with the book in German and also discussion of the important and relevant critical issues it raises. To help facilitate access, a draft translation is being prepared and relevant sections will be circulated by email in advance of each meeting to those who have signed up to take part.
Our first meeting is at 8:15 on Wednesday 29 January. Prof. Bockmuehl will provide an Introduction and we will try to cover Chapters 1-3. A brief reference bibliography on persecution in early Christianity is available here.
M.B. rev. 01/2020