Revised Programme

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07:30-07:50 Meeting room open; virtual come-together

07:50-08:00 Welcome address (Tomas Bokedal, Michael Borowski, Ludger Jansen)

Scripture in Social and Political Settings

Chair: Thomas Söding (Ruhr University Bochum)

08:00-9:30 (Central European Summer Time)

  • Beatrice Ang, University of Edinburgh:
    Power Dynamics in the Preached Word: A Case Study from the Fourth Century
  • Eric Nenkia Bien, Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLPS), Leuven:
    Post-Truth and Contemporary Scriptural Exegesis: Proposing a Renewed Interaction between Scholarship and Devotional Life
  • Corneliu Constantineanu, Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Romania:
    Justice and Reconciliation: The Use of Scripture in Public Theology

Patristic and Mediaeval Perspectives on Scripture

Chair: Nikolaos Asproulis (Volos Academy for Theological Studies)

10:00-11:00 (Central European Summer Time)

  • Tomas Bokedal, NLA Bergen & University of Aberdeen: Why is the New Testament Called ‚New Testament‘?
  • Chungman Lee, Theologische Universiteit Kampen:
    Transformative progress in interpreting the Scriptures: Scripture – Theologia – Oikonomia
  • Ludger Jansen, University of Rostock & University of Passau:
    The Role of Philosophy in Thomas Aquinas’ Exegetical Works

Are there Multiple Senses in Scripture?

Chair: Mark Elliott (University of Glasgow)

11:00-12:00 (Central European Summer Time)

  • Hans Burger, Theologische Universiteit Kampen:
    Quadriga without Neoplatonism? In search of the usefulness of the fourfold sense of Scripture in dialogue with Hans Boersma
  • Arnold Huijgen, Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn:
    Reinventing the Quadriga? Multiple senses of Scripture from a Reformed Perspective


Scripture and Interreligious Dialogue

Chair: Hans Burger (Theologische Universiteit Kampen)

13:30-15:30 (Central European Summer Time)

  • Szilvia Finta, Saint Paul Academy, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary:
    The Paradise (Pardes). The foundation of right theology: the four main types of rabbinic exegesis
  • Mohammad Mahdi Fallah, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Iran:
    The Rhetorical Interpretation of Qur’an and its Theological Implications
  • Enrico Beltramini, Notre Dame de Namur University, USA:
    Theology of Religions and Biblical Studies after Qumran. The Case of „The Unknown Christ Of Hinduism“
  • Hanoch Ben Pazi, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan:
    Rethinking of Scripture following Buber and Levinas: A Contemporary Theological Perspective of Revelation and Interreligious Dialogue


Scripture in Twentieth-Century Theology and Beyond (1)

Chair: Arnold Huijgen (Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn)

8:30-10:00 (Central European Summer Time)

  • Georg Fischer, University of Innsbruck:
    Karl Rahner’s Use of the Bible
  • Mark Elliott, University of Glasgow:
    The theological art of Scriptural interpretation: lessons from von Balthasar
  • Roger Revell, University of Cambridge:
    Reading for Revelation: Karl Barth on Reading the Old Testament as a Christian
  • Brandon Watson, University of Heidelberg: 
    Karl Barth’s Theological Exegesis from the Depths: Reframing Faith, Hope, and Love

Scripture in Twentieth-Century Theology and Beyond (2)

Chair: Mark Elliott (University of Glasgow)

10:30-12:30 (Central European Summer Time)

  • Ida Heikkilä, University of Helsinki:
    The Holy Scriptures as a Recognition- and Witnessing-Authority in the German Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue Communio Sanctorum: The Church as the Communion of Saints
  • Michael Borowski, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam:
    Power in Religion and Religion of Power: A “Mere Evangelical” Account for the Development of Doctrine
  • Elisabeth Maikranz, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg:
    The relation of Scripture and tradition in the light of the question of God’s revelation
  • Geert Van Oyen, Université catholique de Louvain:
    Scripture and Theology in 2020? Don’t forget Albert Schweitzer!


Scripture and (Human) Nature

Chair: Ludger Jansen (University of Rostock & University of Passau)

13:30-15:30 (Central European Summer Time)

  • Alison Milbank, University of Nottingham:
    Let the floods clap their hands’: Deriving an eco-theology of participation from the Old Testament in seventeenth and eighteenth century natural philosophy and poetry
  • Willibald Sandler, University of Innsbruck:
    Dramatic Kairology: The relationship between grace and freedom in the Gospels and in the Augustinian Pelagian controversy on external and internal grace
  • Jeanine Mukaminega, FTPB, Brussels:
    The theology/anthropology of Ezekiel 13, 17-21
  • Michael Borowski, Tomas Bokedal, Ludger Jansen:
    Moving on – Making Plans for S&T 2021

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