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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Conference on The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity

This on-line description of an 'International Colloquium' on The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 11-13 October 2006 includes a list of papers and a rationale for the meeting.

"This colloquium explores the reception and interpretation of the Bible in Christianity and Judaism of the late antique period (circa the second to seventh centuries). Three panels of papers are devoted to Patristic texts, and one panel each to the early Rabbinic literature, the Gnostic texts, and the post-biblical Jewish and Christian apocrypha"

Robert L. Wilken (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA) The Novelty and Inescapability of the Bible in Late Antiquity
Charles Kannengiesser (Concordia University, Montreal) Scripture as a Legacy of the Fathers Invited Participants and Papers

Pablo Argárate (University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto), Penitential Biblical Texts in Maximus Confessor’s Logos Asketikos
Herbert W. Basser (Queen's University, Kingston, Ont.), What Makes Exegesis either Christian or Jewish?
D. Jeffrey Bingham (Dallas Theological Seminary, TX), The Bible and Hellenism in Early Christian Polemic
Pamela Bright (Concordia University, Montreal), The Word Made Flesh: The Christological Frame of Hermeneutics in Augustine
Tony Chartrand-Burke (York University), Completing the Gospel: The Infancy Gospel of Thomas as an Addition to the Gospel of Luke
J. Kevin Coyle (St. Paul University, Ottawa, Ont.), Good Tree, Bad Tree: The Treatment of a Biblical Theme in Manichaeism and Its Adversaries
Lorenzo DiTommaso (Concordia University, Montreal), Biblical Form and Function in the Post-Biblical Historical Apocalypses
David G. Hunter (Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa), Priestly Virgins and Virginal Priests: Ambrose’s Figuration of the Ancient Levitical Priesthood
Shawn W.J. Keough (Univ of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto), The Eternal Gospel: Origen’s Eschatological Exegesis
Richard A. Layton (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL), When Literal Does Not Mean Historical: Origen’s Literal Interpretation of the Song of Songs
B. Barry Levy (McGill University, Montreal), What Did the Ancient Rabbis Mean When They Said Someone ‘Wrote’ a Biblical Book?
Jack N. Lightstone (Brock University, St. Catharines, Ont.), The Early Rabbinic Refashioning of Biblical Heilsgeschichte, the Fashioning of the Rabbinic Canon of the Scriptures, and the Formation of the Early Rabbinic Movement
Anne Pasquier (Université Laval, Quebec City, Que), Présupposés herméneutiques de la lecture de la Bible juive chez les gnostiques et procédés exégétiques
Lorenzo Perrone (Università di Bologna, Italy), Scripture for a Life of Perfection: The Reception of the Bible within Late Antique Monasticism
Timothy Pettipiece (Université Laval, Quebec City, Que), Separating Light from Darkness: Biblical Traditions in Manichaean Exegesis
Pierluigi Piovanelli (University of Ottawa), The Reception of Hebrew and Christian Scriptures in Late-Antique Apocryphal Texts
Paul-Hubert Poirier, Thomas Schmidt et Jean-Michel Lavoie (Université Laval, Quebec City, Que) Les scholies sur l’Evangile de Luc de Titus de Bostra
Gary Porton (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL), Methods of Early Rabbinic Biblical Exegesis
Annette Yoshiko Reed (McMaster University, Ont.), Pseudepigraphy, Authority, and Biblical Interpretation
Lucian Turcescu (Concordia University, Montreal), Gregory of Nyssa and Biblical Hermeneutics

The rationale is as follows.

"The idea of the proposed colloquium grew out of the publication of the magisterial, two-volume Handbook of Patristic Exegesis: The Bible in Ancient Christianity (Brill, 2004), by our distinguished colleague, Professor Dr. Charles Kannengiesser, and his collaborators. Specialists worldwide have already proclaimed that the Handbook will stand as the new benchmark in the field for decades to come. Professor Kannengiesser was the successor to Cardinal Jean Daniélou at the Institut Catholique in Paris, Catherine Huisking Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Notre Dame, and a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He is the author of an impressive number of other books and articles whose subject matter is highly relevant to this colloquium."


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