Thursday, 5 February 2015

The 2015 Scripture and Theology Conference at St Andrews: The Book of Jeremiah

Later this year, from 6–9 July, St Mary’s College at the University of St Andrews will be hosting its fifth Scripture and Theology conference – this time on Jeremiah, the paranoid android of biblical prophets. Here’s some basic blurb:

The triennial St Andrews Scripture and Theology conferences bring together theologians, church historians, and biblical scholars of the highest calibre to build bridges between these diverse disciplines while focusing on a specific text from the Christian Bible.

In July 2015, biblical scholars and theologians from around the world will gather to consider the Book of Jeremiah, using this ancient text to bring exegesis and theology into conversation. The conference organisers and the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews are delighted to invite you to join the conversation.

Speakers include Walter Moberly, Ephraim Radner, John Webster, and a promising up-‘n’-coming scholar who goes by the name N. T. Wright.

The full residential cost of the conference is £475, though students can get in for the lower price of £375. There’s also a call for papers; email your proposal to Penelope Barter.

Of course, none of this may be news to you; apparently, the details have been available since October last year. But I’ve only just found out about it. Other than on the St Mary’s website itself, which I happened to be browsing this morning, I’ve not seen any publicity for this conference. Could it be that Jeremiah just isn’t as popular a biblical text as Galatians or Hebrews?

Update: It looks like this conference has been cancelled. Was this a logistics thing, I wonder, or is Jeremiah just not as popular as John, Hebrews, Genesis, or Galatians?

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