Sunday, 10 February 2008

BNTS The Book of Acts Seminar: Call for Papers

The following announcement came through the British New Testament Society.


The Book of Acts seminar at the British New Testament Conference
University of Durham,
4-6 September 2008

I am writing to invite papers for the Book of Acts seminar group at this year's British New Testament Conference. The conference takes place at the University of Durham, 4 to 6 September 2008.

This seminar aims to be a forum for considering Acts from various angles:

historical, literary, textual-critical, theological, archaeological, the social world, possible links/parallels with other ancient writings, and so on.
We are very happy to include discussion of topics which relate Acts to the wider contexts of Luke-Acts and the Paulinecorpus, where they are relevant and helpful to the study of Acts, although the focus of the seminar is studying Acts. Papers are welcome from both research students and more established scholars.

If you (or someone you know) is interested in offering a paper, please make contact with me as soon as possible (ideally by the end of April, and by the end of May at the latest), so that I can make plans. It would be helpful to have a working title and brief sketch of the topic(s) which the paper would cover. Papers could be longer, requiring a whole seminar session for discussion (90 minutes) or shorter, filling half a session (45 minutes). Responses by post, fax or email are all fine, although email is preferred.

Our practice in the Acts seminar is that papers are available on the British New Testament Society web site a few weeks before the conference, so that seminar members can read them in advance. We then ask the paper's author to give a 10-15 minute summary before we discuss the paper. This approach maximises discussion time, which is a major reason we meet together.

Please pass the word around about the Acts seminar, and encourage others who may wish to offer a paper to contact me soon. Do forward this email to others who may be interested. A copy of this notice is in PDF format in the 'Files' section of the BNTS google group section; please will you display it on your departmental/college notice boards?

If you have any questions about the seminar, please do get in touch with me.

With warm regards,
Steve Walton

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