Thursday, April 20, 2006

London School of Theology New Testament Conference

The last two days I have attended the London School of Theology New Testament Conference.
The papers were, as usual, a mixed bag. One of the better ones touched upon the Secret Gospel of Mark; another provided incisive critique of Wright’s take on Mk 13; while another drew heavily again on Wright, in relation to 2 Cor 5:21. Volker’s paper, I’m glad to say, was a real success, but his take on 2 Cor 3:18 brought me into disagreement with my Supervisor (I’m right).

Interesting also was the discussion on Marianne Thompson’s recent commentary on Colossians and Philemon in the new Two Horizons Commentary series. My first impressions is that this book is a first-rate read - highly recommended. Max, my supervisor, is co-editing this series, which was introduced by this utterly superb book, a collection of essay on the plan to bridge the gap, in a commentary series, between biblical exegesis and systematic theology. Do keep in touch with the development of this commentary series - it’s an important moment in the biblical/theological dialogue.

All in all, an OK conference, but it isn’t as much fun unless you are giving a paper, which, this time, I wasn’t. And worse still, I didn’t manage to bring a single person presenting a paper, through harsh critique, to tears. A real disappointment. I live for the moment when they break.

It hasn’t been too convenient finding a computer to use these last few days, and the one I’m presently using is not what I’m used to, but needless to say, I’ll have a little more computer access when this weekend is over.


At 4/21/2006 7:39 AM, Anonymous Sean said...

Yeah, I'm using Thompson at the moment, as I work my way through Colossians. It is rather helpful, but you need a Dunn or O'Brien to even things out a bit. Reason being, Thompson will skip parts of the verse because of a theological train of thought that she is on. But it's still a great read and thought gym.

At 4/21/2006 2:41 PM, Anonymous Jim said...

That sound you heard was the clunking of my envy hitting the floor.

At 4/21/2006 6:40 PM, Anonymous Dan Morehead said...

Just passing through. Like the blog. Oh, and I spent last summer just down the road in Freiburg.

At 4/23/2006 11:10 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Hi Sean, I know exactly what you mean. For the Greek, I highly recommend Harris.

And Jim, the only problem in being here, however, is that I get to miss the Pannenberg lecture :-(

Dan, thanks for the visit. Nice area, where you stayed. My first ever view of Germany was Schwarzwald - Freiburg. Lovely.

At 4/24/2006 10:03 PM, Anonymous Volker said...

Hi Chris,
greetings to you from Tübingen!
Thanks for the comments on my paper, very much appreciated!
On the Review of Biblical Literature Homepage are a couple of new reviews of Richard N. Longenecker, ed., Contours of Christology in the New Testament. Perhaps that's of interest for you.
When will you return to the city of books?
All the best,


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