CBS during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the unprecedented circumstances of the global pandemic become somewhat more precedented, the Centre for Biblical Studies (CBS) has settled into some new routines.

Despite the pandemic, a lot is still happening at the CBS. For example, in the spirit of physical distancing not necessitating social distance, the PhD students and recent ECR graduates are regularly meeting informally.

Additionally, Professor Peter Oakes continues to cohost a fortnightly virtual coffee morning with Siobhán Jolley, which is attended by most PhD students. As well as sustaining the network of support that characterises the research community of the centre, this also provides an opportunity for more academic discussion on a wide range of topics from the primary texts required for serious New Testament study to the modes of publication in our field.

Professor Oakes is also in the process of establishing a New Testament reading group, which will be open to students in the centre of all levels with Greek, as well as other members of the centre. This will provide an opportunity to practice language skills but also offers another setting for members of our community to come together (virtually).

The Ehrhardt Seminar continues to meet weekly. An unexpected benefit of moving the sessions online has been the ability to welcome members and friends of the Centre from as far afield as Turkey and the USA. The schedule of papers and presenters for this semester has proved popular and includes current and recent students alongside established scholars across a number of fields. The sessions are well attended and have provoked lively discussion!

Ehrhardt seminars list

The Ehrhardt seminars take place on Thursdays at 2pm. 

  • 8 October 2020 - Siobhán Jolley (University of Manchester) ‘Asking for it? Lessons from Mary Magdalene in a Culture of Sexual Violence’
  • 15 October 2020 - James Sedlacek (Nazarene Theological College) ‘Is the Perfect Tense in the Pauline Corpus a ‘Front-grounding’ Tense or a ‘Backgrounding’ Tense? Interaction with Stanley Porter, Steven Runge, and Stephen Levinsohn’
  • 22 October 2020 - George Brooke (University of Manchester, University of Chester) ‘Esoteric Wisdom in the Dead Sea Scrolls’
  • 29 October 2020 - Elizabeth Shively (University of St Andrews) ‘The Benefit of Applying a Multidimensional Cognitive Model to Gospel Genre Studies’
  • 5 November 2020 - Charlotte Hempel (University of Birmingham) ‘The Community Rules: Florilegia from a Forthcoming Commentary’
  • 12 November 2020 - Richard Burridge (King’s College, London) ‘Is “NT Ethics” A Genre Mistake? Methodological Reflections in debate with Gustafson and Hays’
  • 26 November 2020 - Walter Houston (University of Manchester) ‘One God, One People: Reflections on a Reconciled and Reconciling Pentateuch’
  • 3 December 2020 - Helen Jacobus (University of Manchester) ‘A Response to the Alleged "Fallacy of Jaubert's Hypothesis" and the Flood Calendar in the Dead Sea Scrolls’
  • 10 December 2020 - Nicholas Kay (King’s College, London) ‘The Concept of עיר in 11Q19: Spatiality’
  • 17 December 2020 - Samuel Rogers (Independent Scholar) - ‘Black Lives Matter and the Bible: Use of the Bible in Discourse Surrounding the BLM Movement’

For more information on upcoming events in the Centre for Biblical Studies, please check the departmental events page or search for #CBSManchester on Twitter.

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