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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.

Biblical Studies Post-graduate Research Seminar 2023–2024 Academic Year will be delievered as a hybrid seminar for Hilary Term on Mondays 3:00 - 4:30. Please contact Prof. Benjamin Wold to Register and for more details:

Michaelmas Term 2023 - 24

September 27th – David Shepherd (Trinity College Dublin): Panel Discussion on new monograph King David, Innocent Blood, and Blood Guilt (Oxford University Press, 2023) in the Trinity Long Room Hub (7:00 pm RSVP by Eventbrite)

October 2nd – William Tooman (St Andrews University): Genesis 34 and the Law (online only)

October 16th – Katie Heffelfinger (Church of Ireland Theological Institute): Poetics and Isaian Scholarship.

November 6th – Brad Anderson (Dublin City University): Isaac‘s Death and Resurrection in the Jewish Reception of the Aqedah

November 27thPOSTPONED Seamus O‘Connell (University of Maynooth): More than Agent or Advocate: The Holy Spirit in Mark


Michaelmas Term 2022

October 3rd – Introductory Meeting: post-graduate project introductions.

October 17th – Gary Anderson (University of Notre Dame) “No Mercy without Justice, No Justice without Mercy: A Re-consideration of Jonah’s Understanding of the Divine Attributes”

November 14th – Matthias Konradt (University of Heidelberg) “Torah Ethics and the Imitation of Jesus as the Two Main Pillars of Matthean Ethics”

November 28th – Anja Klein (University of Edinburgh) “Resilience in the Three Major Prophets – A New Approach to a Hebrew Scripture Theology?”

December 5th – Benjamin Wold (TCD) “The Qumran Self-glorification Hymn and John’s Gospel”


Hilary Term 2023

January 30th – Lutz Doering (University of Munster) “You have heard that is was said to those of ancient times’ : On the Form and Function of Matthew’s Antitheses” (virtual)

February 17th to 18th – Irish Biblical Association, Annual General Meetings Theme: The Acts of the Apostles (hosted in the Trinity Long Room Hub)

March 20th – Martin Worthington (TCD) “Culture, symbols and worldly logic through the lens of cuneiform” (in-person)

March 27th – Post-graduate Presentations (hybrid)


Hilary Term 2022

February 7th - David Shepherd (TCD) “What is David hoping to be saved from in Psalm 51?”

February 21st Christine Joynes (University of Oxford) “Optical Allusions: Exploiting the Ambiguity of Billical Texts in Modern and Contemorary Art”

March 14th - Angela Kim Harkins (Boston College) “The Experience of Reading the Shepherd of Hermas”

March 28th - Michael Morris (University of Mary) “The Role of Gender in the Demonologies of Qumran”

April 4th - Ph.D. Seminar Presentations (Jesse Sykes, Benedict Andersen, Rachael Wilkowski)

April 11th - Ph.D. Seminar Presentations (Kyle Young, Stephen Huws, Leszek Lech)

Michaelmas Term 2021

October 18th – Carol A. Newsom (Emory University) “Teacher Hodayot”

November 1st – Neil Morrison (TCD) “Hope for the Nations within the Oracles Against the Nations: What’s Going On”

November 15th – Saul M. Olyan (Brown University) “Pain Imposed: The Psychological Torture of Enemies through Ritual Acts in Biblical and Cuneiform Sources”

December 6th – Catrin William (University of Wales, Trinity Saint David) “Intertextual Perspectives on John's Sea-Crossing Account”


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.

October 16th – Ahuvia Kahane (TCD) “The Piety of Transgression: Biblical Injunctions and the Dis-continuity of Faith”

October 30th – Zohar Hadromi-Allouche (TCD) “The Earth Worshipper: Cain, Earth, and Myth in Genesis 4”

November 13th – Crawford Gribben (Queens University Belfast) “Early Evangelicalism and Millennial Theory: Andrew Fuller’s Commentary on the Book of Revelation”

November 27th – Francis Watson (Durham University) will present an overview of his new monograph, Cambridge University Press, SNTS Series, An Apostolic Gospel: the Epistula Apostolorum in Literary Context.

December 11th – Tyson Putthoff (University of Oklahoma) will present an overview of his new monograph, Cambridge University Press, Gods and Humans in the Ancient Near East.

February 8th– Darryl G. Hart (Hillsdale College, MI) “ A Virus the U.S. Can’t Contain: Christianity and American Politics”

February 22nd– Jill Unkel (Chester Beatty Library) “The Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri on Display”

March 15th– Andrew Mein (University of St Andrews) “Gog, Magog, and Christian Apocalyptic Politics: Soundings in the History of Interpretation”

March 29th – Robert Miller (Catholic University of American) “Orality and Biblical Law&rdquo

April 19th – – Stephen Huws & Kyle Young (TCD) Ph.D. Seminar Presentations


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.

Michaelmas Term 2019

September 20th – Jonathan Jacobs (Bar Ilan University) Ramban’s Addenda to his Commentary Upon Reaching the Land of Israel

September 30th –BOOK LAUNCH, John R. Bartlett, Burchard of Mount Sion, O.P.: Descriptio Terrae Sanctae (Oxford University Press) 4:30-6:00 in the Trinity Long Room Hub

October 4th – Esther Eshel (Bar Ilan University) The Genesis Apocryphon and Related Texts

October 18th – Zohar Hadromi-Allouche (TCD) The Story of Abraham and Sarah in the Qur’an as an Interpretation of Genesis 18

November 15th – David Shepherd (TCD) The Fruitless Toil of Painters: Rediscovering Samuel in Stained Glass

December 3rd and 4th – International Symposium: Jewish Wisdom from the Judean Wilderness to Diaspora. Invited Speakers: George J. Brooke (Manchester), William Horbury (Cambridge), Cana Werman (Ben Gurion U.), Elisa Uusimäki (Helsinki), Jonathan Ben-Dov (Haifa), Asaf Gayer (Haifa), Jeremy Corley (Maynooth), Daniele Pevarello (TCD), Benjamin Wold (TCD)


Sept. 21st - Craig Blomberg (Denver, CO) 'Looking for the Historical Jesus (Again)?' (public lecture in conjunction with IBI; venue: G16 at 7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 5th - David Miller (Caronport/Cambridge) '1-2 Maccabees and Reverse Polemic in Acts' Tenyia Miller (Caronport/Cambridge) 'Seventeenth-century Reading of the Man of God out of Judah (1 Kings 13)'
Oct. 19th - Carly Crouch (Pasadena, CA) 'Israel and Judah: Conflict and Reconciliation'
Nov. 2nd - Jonathan Norton (London) 'Echoes of Audience in Paul's Letter to the Romans' (joint meeting with DCU)
Dec. 7th - Daniele Pevarello (Dublin) 'Heracles, the New Testament and Early Christianity: Looking for a 'Christian Heracles'?' (joint meeting with St Patrick's Maynooth)
January 11th – James D. Moore (Berlin) 'The New Aramaic Texts: Elephantine Aramaic Papyri in the State Museum of Berlin'
January 29th –BOOK LAUNCH (by Garrick Allen, DCU): Benjamin Wold, 4QInstruction: Divisions & Hierarchies, Studies in the Texts of the Desert of Judah (Leiden: Brill, 2018). 6:30-7:30 in the Trinity Long Room Hub
February 8th – Zachery J. Cole (Belfast) 'The Public Reading of Scripture in Early Christianity: More Clues from the Papyri'
March 1st – Anja Klein (Edinburgh) 'The Word ה לג and Sexual Violence as an Image of Exile in Ezekiel 16 and 23'
March 15th – Rodney Werline (Wilson, NC) 'Uses for Blessings in Biblical and Second Temple Jewish Literature'
April 5th – Jordash Kiffiak (Vancouver, B.C.) 'The Violent Messiah: 2 Baruch and the Eschatological Sword'


October 6th - Benjamin Wold (Dublin): 'Poverty in Jewish and Christian Wisdom Traditions: Reassessing Armenfrommigkeit'October 20th - Gordon Campbell (Belfast): 'New Moves that Renewed Luther's New Testament (1530)'
November 3rd - Holly Morse (Manchester): 'Biblical Bathing Beauties: Ways of Seeing Bathsheba and Susanna in 16th and 17th Century Painting'
November 24th - Katie Heffelfinger (Dublin): 'Excerpts from a Commentary on Isaiah 40-66: Reflections on a Work in Progress' December 6th (Wednesday) - Brigid Frein (Scranton): 'Speaking of God: What does the Lukan Jesus Teach about God?' [Joint meeting at St. Patrick's Maynooth, 13:45-15:00]
February 2nd - Andrew Mayes (Dublin) - 'Interpretations of the Joseph Story'
February 16th -Tobias Nicklas (Regensburg) - 'Authority & Canon according to Some Ancient 'Christian' Apocalypses: 5 Ezra & the Tiburtine Sibyl' [joint meeting with DCU, Purcell House, All Hallows Campus (Grace Park Rd.) in PG01, from 11-12:30]
March 9th -Kate Oxsen (TCD-PhD) 'Royal Women of the Hebrew Bible'; Lynn Mills (TCD-PhD) 'Holy Spirit in the Dead Sea Scrolls'
March 23rd - Wenhua Shi (Dublin) 'Paul's Message of the Cross & Social Inversion'
April 4th - Gerard Norton (Dublin) 'Unicorns and other strange Beasts that lurk in Ancient Texts of the Psalter [joint meeting in Maynooth - 1:45-3:00 pm]
April 16th – Michael Theophilos (Melbourne) 'The Sacred Background of βίβλος in Matthew 1:1 in light of
Recently Published Documentary Papyri.' [11:00am to 12.30am; followed by an afternoon workshop on
papyrology and visit to Chester Beatty Library, details to be announced]
April 27th - Adele Reinhartz (Ottawa) 'Jesus: Good Jew or Bad Jew?' [7:30pm in the Trinity Long Room Hub]


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]


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
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
April 22nd – Jim Watts (Syracuse University): “The Pentateuch’s Enthymeme: YHWH
is King&rdquo


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


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
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

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