CFP: Becoming a Sacred Text

4th University of Birmingham Biblical Studies PG Day Conference – 2nd July 2014

Download the full CFP here

Paper proposals are invited from postgraduates on the conference theme, ‘Becoming a Sacred Text’,

Suggested topics include:

  • The text and transmission of the Old and New Testaments and related texts, in all relevant languages and traditions.
  • Authority, canon and tradition.
  • Manuscript and liturgical traditions, and their role in the reception and interpretation of Scriptures.
  • ‘Rewritten scriptures’, catenae and commentaries.
  • What is sacred text? social, political and theological issues.
  • The reception-history of Biblical works in cultures past and present.
  • The role of Christian and Jewish traditions in shaping attitudes to texts.
  • Relationship between Tanakh, Old Testament and Hebrew Bible.

The keynote speakers will be Prof. James Crossley (University of Sheffield) and Dr. Timothy Michael Law (Georg-August-Universität Gottingen). The conference will conclude with a round-table discussion.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be e-mailed to Samuel Gibson ( by 15 April 2014; various perspectives (including text-critical, sociological, theological) on the theme are welcome.

Further enquiries: Samuel Gibson (


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