Thursday, April 07, 2005

BNTS 2005 Acts Seminar Call for Papers

In addition to my previous post about the British New Testament Conference 2005, I post the following on behalf of Dr Steve Walton:

The Book of Acts seminar at the British New Testament Conference
Liverpool Hope University, 1-3 September 2005

I am writing to you as someone with an interest in Acts, or as someone who may know others with such an interest (e.g. research students), to invite papers for the Book of Acts seminar group at next year's British New Testament Conference. The conference takes place at Liverpool Hope University, 1-3 September 2005. The brochure for the conference will be circulated by email. If you don't regularly hear about the conference, please let me know, and I will ensure you receive the brochure - or you can find details on the Web at:

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 Pauline corpus, 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), 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.

Our usual 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. A copy of this notice as a PDF file is available for you to place on your departmental notice boards.

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

With warm regards

Dr Steve Walton
Senior Lecturer in Greek and NT Studies, and Academic Secretary
London School of Theology, Green Lane, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2UW
tel: 01923 456326; fax: 01923 456327;

This call for papers is also available as a Notice in PDF here:

Acts Seminar 2005 Call for Papers

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