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Seminar Programme

The Centre's research seminar in biblical studies runs regularly during the Michaelmas and Hilary terms and offers staff, associates, research students and others the opportunity to share, hear and discuss current research in biblical studies being undertaken here in Ireland and beyond.  For more information, see our programme  for the current term.

Previous Programmes:

2016-17

27th Jan, Garrick Allen (DCU) – “Divine Sonship in Early Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic
17th Feb, Martin O’Kane (Trinity St. David) – “The Bible and Orientalism: The Case of King Solomon
3rd Mar, Kevin Cathcart (UCD) – “The Idea of ‘Rest’ in the Hebrew Bible: An Examination of a Neglected Theme in Biblical Studies”
24th Mar, Jan Joosten (Oxford) – “Language, Exegesis, and Creative Writing in Chronicles”
[in conjunction with St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth]
7th Apr, Danny Daley (TCD) – “Inheritance in the Second Temple period”
1st Jun (Thur, 8pm, G6), Ben Witherington (Asbury Seminary) – “The Ethics of Jesus Revisited” [in conjunction with the CITI]

2015-16

October 9th – Luke Macnamara (Glenstal Abbey): “Saul’s Damascus
Experience – A Narrative Reading” [joint session with Maynooth at TCD]
October 23rd – Charlie Hadjiev (BBC, Queen’s University Belfast): “Where did
Vashti Go Wrong? Subverting Royal Power in the Book of Esther”
November 6th – George Brooke (University of Manchester): “The Dead Sea
Scrolls and the Authority of the Bible”
November 27th – Geoff Wharton (TCD): “Paul’s Use of Obduracy and
Concealment Motifs in 2 Corinthians 3-4”
December 11th – Elena Narinskaya (MDI, Dublin City University): “The Life
of the One Chosen by God: The Stories of Moses in Midrash Rabbah, Ephrem
the Syrian, and in the Qur‘an”

January 22nd – Jonathan Burroughs (Dublin): “‘Jesus, again crying out with a loud
voice, released the Spirit’” (Mt 27:50): The Spirit and the Cross in the Gospel of
Matthew”
February 5th – Loren Stuckenbruck (University of Munich): “The Recovery of Text for
Ethiopic Enoch Today”
February 19th – Mika Pajunen (University of Helsinki): “Poetic Compositions in
Narrative Contexts: A Feature of Skillful Second Temple Jewish Literature”
March 9th – David Shepherd (TCD): “‘David’s Anger was Greatly Kindled’:
Melodrama, Silent Cinema and the Books of Samuel” [Joint meeting at Maynooth at
2:00pm]
April 22nd – Jim Watts (Syracuse University): “The Pentateuch’s Enthymeme: YHWH
is King&rdquo

2014-15

October 10th – Prof. Jeremy Corley: “Sirach and Creation”
October 24th – Mrs. Sarah Shier: “Just Like a Man? The Ambiguous
Gender of the One Like a Son of Man in the Book of Revelation”
November 14th – Dr William Ford: “What about the Gibeonites?”
November 28th – Prof. Jan Dochhorn: “The Reception of the
Assumption of Moses in Early Christianity”
December 12th – Dr Lidia Matassa: “Myth-identification of a Synagogue
on Masada”

February 4th – Benjamin Wold (Trinity College Dublin): ‘Spirit’ and ‘Flesh’ in Paul,
Philo, and Qumran Sapiential Literature
**to be held at Maynooth, St. Joseph’s Hall (South [Old] Campus), St. Patrick’s
College, at 3:00pm**
February 13th – Ian Werrett (St Martin’s University): Ritual Purity at Qumran
February 20th – John Barclay (Durham University): Apocalyptic Allegiance and
Disinvestment in the World: A Reading of 1 Corinthians 7.25-35
March 13th – Jonathan Stökl (Kings College London): Tell Me How You Write, and I
Will Tell You Who You Are: Reflections on Hebrew Scripts in the First Millennium
BCE and Modern Scholarship
March 20th – John Harrison (Oklahoma Christian University): Herodian Galilean
Economic Changes and Jesus’ Parable

2013-14

October 4th, Benjamin Wold (TCD): “Yetzer Ra (‘Evil Inclination’) in the Dead Sea Scrolls”
October 18th, David Shepherd (TCD): “Where did Naboth the Jezreelite Die? New Light on an
Old Mystery”
November 1st, Daniele Pevarello (TCD): “Paul and Philosophical Self-Sufficiency in the Epistle to
the Philippians”
November 15th, Sarah Shier (TCD): “A Man, a God or a Beast? The Son of God in the Book of
Revelation”
November 29th, Brad Anderson (Mater Dei): “‘This booke hath bred all the quarrel’: The Bible in
the 1641 Depositions”
December 13th, Michael Morris (TCD): “Apotropaic Traditions in Early Judaism and the Synoptic
Gospels'

January 17th, Margaret Daly-Denton (TCD): “Reading the Fourth Gospel from an
Ecological Perspective”
January 31st, Katie Heffelfinger (Church of Ireland Theological Institute): “Biblical
Poetics in the Ancient Near Eastern Context: Assessing the Conversation”
February 14th, Helen Cashell-Moran (TCD): “The Proverbial Pigeon: The Complexities
of 4QInstruction's Genre”
March 14th, Timothy Sailors (University of Tübingen) “The So-Called Jewish-Christian
Gospel(s) and the Gospel of Matthew”
March 28th, Hanne von Weissenberg (University of Helsinki): “Is Scripture Sacred at
Qumran?”