We just received news of a highly interesting one-day conference, titled “Power, Authority & Canon“, that will be held at the University of Edinburgh on May 6, 2015. The conference is organized by Prof. Timothy Lim who recently published a book closely related to the topic of this conference (‘The Formation of the Jewish Canon‘).
For those interested, here is a short description of what the conference is about (as found on the conference website):
The process by which some authoritative scriptures came to be included in the canons of Judaism and Christianity has received much attention. While light has been shed on the importance of scribalism, citation, rewriting, and community understanding, little attention has been placed on the implications in making some scriptures, and not others, authoritative.
The scope of this conference will revolve around the issues of historical, theological and ethical ramifications of canonization. What are the effects in elevating certain writings to the status of “Holy Scriptures”? Some texts have the power to define identity and orthodoxy, to inspire noble actions, and also to justify violence and prejudice. Is the belief in the holiness of certain texts a warrant for their use and misuse?
And here is the entire conference programme:
|0915-1000||John Collins||(Yale University)||“Uses of Torah in the Second Temple Period”|
|1000-1045||Michael Satlow||(Brown University)||“Bad Prophecies”|
|1100-1145||Manfred Oeming||(Universität Heidelberg)||“The Way of God: Ethics and Ritual as Birthplaces of Canonicity”|
|1145-1230||Timothy Lim||(University of Edinburgh)||“The Insufficiency of Divine Inspiration”|
|1400-1445||John Barton||(University of Oxford)||“How far does the content of canonical texts matter?|
|1445-1530||Walter Moberly||(University of Durham)||“Canonicity and religious truth: What role, if any, should a traditional canon play today?”|
|1530-1615||Craig Evans||(Acadia Divinity School)||“Jesus and the Beginnings of the Christian Canon of Scripture”|
|1700-1745||Shaye Cohen||(Harvard University)||“Some Reflections on the Canon”|
For more information, including registration, please visit the conference website.