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Friday, May 11, 2007

Social History of Modern Biblical Scholarship

At ISBL/EABS this summer, there is a session I wanted to mention ages ago, and not simply because I'm in it (thought that's a reason etc and so on and so forth). It is The EABS Social History of Modern Biblical Scholarship and it reflects what seems to me to be a growing movement within biblical studies, namely to see biblical scholarship as a part of broader historical trends.

EABS: Social History of Modern Biblical Scholarship

8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: HS 24 - Hauptgebaude

Burke Long, Bowdoin College, Presiding
Burke Long, Bowdoin College
Trajectories in the Social History of Biblical Scholarship (10 min)

Halvor Moxnes, University of Oslo
Friedrich Schleiermacher: Writing the Biography of Jesus in the Age of Nationalism (25 min)

James Crossley, University of Sheffield
Why Did “Jesus the Jew” Arrive So Late in Modern Scholarship? (25 min)

Bernard Levinson, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Reading the Bible in Nazi Germany: Gerhard von Rad’s Attempt to Reclaim the Old Testament for the Church (25 min)

Break (30 min)

Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College
The Appeal of Racial Theory to New Testament Scholarship in Nazi Germany (25 min)

Erhard Gerstenberger, Philipps Universität-Marburg
Cultural Breaks, Cultural Conformity: The Case of Hermann Gunkel, Innovator of Exegetical Method (25 min)

Ward Blanton, University of Glasgow
On Paul and the Politics of Nothing at All: Toward a Reception History 1 Corinthians 1:27-29. (25 min)

Discussion (20 min)


Anonymous Jim said...

Sounds brilliant!

May 11, 2007

Anonymous Luiz Felipe said...

I think that something in the likes of a Mithology of biblical scholarship (the referece is to Roland Barthes' "Mithologies", which employes an ideological deconstruction of the bourgeois myths, such as the "Flying Saucers", or a Billy Graham evangelistic crusade in Vel' D'Hiv', episodes of the Maccartist propaganda) still has no precedets.

May 15, 2007


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