Durham University’s Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics and the Centre for Catholic Studies, in collaboration with Ushaw College, are pleased to announce the forthcoming conference:
NEW SONG: Biblical Hebrew Poetry as Jewish and Christian Scripture for the 21st Century
Ushaw College, Durham
24 – 25 June 2019
This conference will bring together leading scholars from around the world to discuss the why and how of reading biblical Hebrew poetry as Scripture in today’s world. The aim of the conference is recontextualization with the goal of moving beyond reconstructive historical work to constructive theological work.
Featured speakers include:
· John Goldingay: On Reading Genesis 49
· Benjamin Sommer: Parallelism and Preaching: Poetic Form and Religious Function
· Ellen Davis: The Psalms, the Poetry of Healing
· David Firth: Hannah’s Song (1 Samuel 2:1-10): On the Interface of Poetics and Ethics in an Embedded Poem
· Revd Megan Daffern: How Wise are the Psalms as Prayers?
· Katie Heffelfinger: Truth and Hidden Things: Reading Isaiah 45:9-25 as Scripture
· Rabbi Shai Held: Can the Psalms of Lament Redeem Us?
· Yisca Zimran: The Dynamic Relationship between God and Man in the Book of Hosea: A Synchronic Reading
· The conference will include an After-Dinner Poetry Reading and Discussion with award-winning poet and professor, Michael Symmons Roberts.
An outline programme, paper abstracts, and the online booking site are available at:
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Conference packages start at £45 (for students).
Limited accommodation is available at Ushaw College bookable on a first come first served basis. Delegates can also book local hotels with a complimentary conference coach provided between Durham City and Ushaw College as required. (This needs to be booked at the time of registration.)
Booking deadline: 27 May 2019.
The John Goldingay Collection is currently on sale for the month of January. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to engage with this wonderfully erudite and profound OT scholar, especially in the run-up to the NEW SONG conference in Durham this Summer.