Call for papers: 4th University of Birmingham Biblical Studies Postgraduate Conference

The 4th University of Birmingham Biblical Studies Postgraduate Conference will be hosted by the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, on 2 July 2014.

Paper proposals are invited from postgraduates on the conference theme, 'Becoming a Sacred Text'. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be e-mailed to Samuel Gibson ( by 15 April 2014; various perspectives (including text-critical, sociological, theological) on the theme are welcome.

Suggested topics include:

  •  The text and transmission of the Old and New Testaments and related texts, in all relevant languages and traditions.
  • Authority, canon and tradition.
  • Manuscript and liturgical traditions, and their role in the reception and interpretation of Scriptures.
  • 'Rewritten scriptures', catenae and commentaries.
  • What is sacred text? social, political and theological issues.
  • The reception-history of Biblical works in cultures past and present.
  • The role of Christian and Jewish traditions in shaping attitudes to texts.
  • Relationship between Tanakh, Old Testament and Hebrew Bible.

The keynote speakers will be Prof. James Crossley (University of Sheffield) and Dr. Timothy Michael Law (Georg-August-Universität Gottingen). The conference will conclude with a round-table discussion.

Further enquiries: Samuel Gibson (