Reflections on Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence Conference 2021

For the past couple years, I have interacted with about a dozen papers and presentations hosted by the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence (CSBV). The Centre has produced and engaged with an impressive number of scholars, focusing deeply on problematic biblical texts as well as contemporary violence that has been justified by…

Final Session of Centre for the Study of Bible & Violence Conference Spring 2021

Dr. Lissa Wray Beal, Professor of Old Testament, Providence Seminary, opened this final session with her paper on “Servants of Grace and Horror in Jeremiah 25:1-14.” She read the passage in Jeremiah from a perspective of horror. The particular focus of the paper was on viewing Nebuchadnezzar as God’s servant. She makes a case for…

Centre for the Study of Bible & Violence Session 5—Student Research Prize

The session 5 keynote address was delivered by Revd. Dr. Helen Paynter, Director: Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence. Her paper entitled, “I Believe in the Afterlife (of the word)” offered a reminder about the need for humility when working academically to translate and interpret passages of scripture. She appeals to academics to…

Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence Session 4

This mid-week session of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence. The session comes with a trigger warning about intense and personal content that includes sexual and physical violence as well as dealing with uncomfortable relationship aggression. This session’s Keynote Speaker, Dr. Johanna Stiebert, Professor of Hebrew Bible, University of Leeds, presented “Virginity,…

Spring 2021 Conference—Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence (CSBV)

The Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence (CSBV) celebrates just over two years of activity with a conference called “From the Rising to the Setting Sun: Global Perspectives on the Bible and Violence.” CSBV has been very active, even during the global pandemic lockdown, providing an outlet for academics and encouraging stimulating conversations…

SBLAAR20 Academic Conference Highlights

Early in the conference, an Institute of Biblical Research (IBR) section focused on how scripture is used in the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible. Gary Schnittjer presented on how Hebrew Scriptures are used by the Old Testament in such a way that may provide a resource for how the New Testament uses…

Final day of SBLAAR20

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom—Tenth Day of a 10-day online academic conference Two years ago, at SBLAAR18 in Denver, CO, I gave a presentation on the final morning of the conference. It is not a popular time slot, and usually filled with visitors on their way to the airport, luggage in hand. The virtual conference last day…

Day 9 of SBLAAR20

Fatigue in a Virtual Conference—Ninth Day of an Academic Conference in 2020 My first two sessions have been assigned to me as SBLAAR20 Tech Assist. I am pleased to say that participating in an assortment of sessions that I might not otherwise have been aware of has been an excellent experience. I have so far…

Day 8 of SBLAAR20

Hermeneutics & the Hebrew Bible—Eighth Day of an Academic Conference in 2020 This morning’s session at SBLAAR20 focused in a specific area of biblical studies that intersects directly with my biblical research, Biblical Hebrew Poetry. The presentations sought to explore substantial evidence of blessing and curses within Hebrew Poetry. Johanna Rönnlund, Beth Elness-Hanson gave an…