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Friday, February 29, 2008

Bible and Justice conference: more details

More details are now available for Matthew Coomber's Bible and Justice conference (University of Sheffield, 29 May - 1 June, 2008). There are plenty more papers to come and details of those will be available soon. Conference fees: before Friday 7th April, 2008: £50 (£27 student/non-wage rate); after Friday 7th April, 2008: £65 (£42 student/non-wage rate).

Although the full program details will not be published until March, here is a sample of papers to be presented by our keynote and invited speakers.

Keynote Speakers:
* Stanley Hauerwas - Justice in the Hebrew Bible
* Timothy Gorringe - Idolatry and Redemption: Biblical Perspectives on Economics (1 Kgs. 18-20, Lev. 25)
* John Rogerson - The Hebrew Bible and the Environment

A Short Sample of Papers to Be Presented:
* Paula Clifford - Fueling Our Carbon Habit: Climate Change and Justice For the Poor
* James Crossley - Caesar’s Willing Theologians: "Just War" Theory and the Art of Justifying the Unjustifiable
* Matthew Coomber – Globalization Then and Now: A Window Into the Prophetic Message
* Philip Davies - Socrates at Sodom
* David Horrell - Ecojustice in the Bible? Towards an Ecological Hermeneutic
* Walter Houston - “Rule” in a Non-Violent World: Cosmic Utopia and Environmental Justice
* Louise Lawrence - The Sound of Silence: Approaching a Deaf Hermeneutic
* Mary Mills - The Other City in the Book of Jonah
* Leo Perdue - Two Visions, Two Tomorrows, Two Worlds: Neocolonialism and the Fourth Paradigm
* Hugh Pyper - Rough Justice: God in an Unjust World
* Christopher Rowland - Blake and Justice
* Yvonne Sherwood - On the Genesis of the Alliance Between the Bible and Rights
* John Vincent - Scripture and Justice in the Inner City: The Sheffield Experience
* Gerald West - From a Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) for the Economy to the RDP of the Soul: Public Realm Biblical Appropriation in Postcolonial South Africa


Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

I would be interested to know who you think Caesar's willing theologians might have been. In those days there was probably little difference between a theologian and a historian - they were both expert liars.

March 04, 2008

Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

So James Crossley, how far are you prepared to go in re-writing Flavian history? Eisenman comes the closest, but all the others chicken out, after telling us how bad Flavian historians were.

March 04, 2008

Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

For example, you might like to consider the revised sequence of events, if Agrippa II was made king immediately on the death of his father Agrippa I.

March 06, 2008

Blogger James Crossley said...

Hello Geoff. As it happens these aren't the questions I'll be addressing. The paper will be on contemporary just war theory with reference to the 'war on terror' and contemporary theological uses of the Bible. So no ancient stuff I'm afraid.

March 08, 2008

Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

I now assume you meant George having Tony as his high priest to justify invasion, all according to biblical principles of course. Times were when the rest of the world simply sold the Arabs arms or tools and sat back while the various parties fought it out among themselves. May be an occasional Tomahawk would have been more effective than an invasion.

And here I was thinking you were serious about Caesar (that is a Flavian one) having willing theologians creating acceptable versions of Judaism and Christianity. Even Caesar (and you could ask which one?) didn't like those messianic priests always being at the throats of the prophets. And what did happen to Agrippa I? Was he bumped off by the priests in the aqueduct where Ananias was supposed to have been killed, according to the Flavian historians? Caesar had to intervene to restore order and suppress the priests. And did Caesar leave the prophet's santuary of the temple standing? So, Titus could ransack it later while Jerusalem was already garrissoned by Roman forces?

March 10, 2008


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