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Amsterdam Summer School on Syriac Christianity

The Course Programmes of the Amsterdam Summer School on Syriac Christianity are now available online. They can be found at:

The Bible in the Syriac Tradition (18-22 July 2016):

Syriac Christianity in Context 25-29 July 2016):

As can be seen in the programme, lecturers include His Eminence Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin (Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Netherlands of the Syriac Orthodox Church), Alessandro Mengozzi (Università degli Studi di Torino), Heleen Murre-van den Berg (Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Nijmegen), as well as experts from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: Bas ter Haar Romeny, Jan van Ginkel, Dirk Bakker, Maya Goldberg, Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman, Faustina Doufikar-Aerts and Peter-Ben Smit.

We are honoured by their willingness to contribute to our course and look forward to a fascinating, instructive and inspiring programme. Registration is still possible!

Contact: Wido van Peursen

Iscal 3: Third International Summer School on Christian Apocryphal Literature (5th-8th July 2016, Strasbourg)

RTEmagicC_Capt_iscal3_01.JPGThe Apocrypha in the Age of Cathedrals
The Role and Function of Apocryphal Narratives of the Early Life of Mary in Medieval Art and Literature

The Protevangelium of James (2nd Century), the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew (6th Century) and the Nativity of Mary (9th Century) form the so-called “Nativity of Mary” narratives. They relate the birth and early life of Mary, her marriage with Joseph, her pregnancy and the virginal birth
of Jesus with the visit of the midwives. Later incorporated into the Golden Legend and preaching manuals, these narratives exerted considerable influence upon medieval art and literature, especially nourishing Marian cult.

The Iscal 2016 provides a precious opportunity to enhance your knowledge on the transmission paths and mechanisms behind the reception of one of the most widespread apocryphal motifs in medieval art and literature. Medieval historians and specialists in medieval art history will conduct the different sessions, allowing students to appreciate the complexity and the richness of the reception of apocryphal narratives in the Middle Ages.

More information in the leaflet.

CFP for St Andrews Symposium of Biblical and Early Christian Studies 2016

The St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies is pleased to announce its conference for the summer of 2016: Son of God: Divine Sonship in Jewish and Christian Antiquity. The conference will be held 6-8 June 2016 at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.  The conference is organized as an exploration of diverse aspects of divine sonship within the following corpora: Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls, Pseudepigrapha, New Testament, Rabbinic Judaism, and early Christianity. In June 2016, biblical scholars and theologians from around the world will gather to consider Divine Sonship, engaging with ancient texts to bring history, exegesis, and theology into conversation. The School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews is delighted to invite you to join the conversation.

Invited speakers at this conference will be: Menahem Kister (Hebrew University); Reinhard Kratz (Göttingen); Jan Joosten (University of Oxford); Philip Alexander (University of Manchester); George Brooke (University of Manchester); Richard Bauckham (University of Cambridge); Michael Peppard (Fordham University); Matthew Novenson (University of Edinburgh); N.T. Wright (University of St Andrews); William Tooman (University of St Andrews); Madhavi Nevader (University of St Andrews); David Moffitt (University of St Andrews)

Call for Papers is now open. We invite proposals (from postgraduates and faculty) for short papers that engage notions of Son of God/Divine Sonship in the following areas:

  • Ancient Israelite religion
  • Angelology and heavenly mediators
  • Kingship and royal ideologies
  • Political ideologies in the Second Temple period
  • Corporate sonship and the people of God
  • Messianism
  • Christian origins/Christology
  • Son of God and ancient scriptural exegesis/interpretation
  • Early mystical traditions
  • Other related topics

Abstracts of ca. 250 words should be sent to (Paul Sloan) by 15 February 2016, midnight GMT, for consideration. See for more information and occasional updates.

Registration for the symposium will open 1 December 2015 and close 1 May 2016. Registration will be available at that time here: Early-bird registration fee of £50 will be available until 1 March 2016 (£75 thereafter). Conference poster attached.

Kai Akagi (PhD Candidate, University of St Andrews)

Paul Sloan (PhD Candidate, University of St Andrews)

Garrick Allen (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Wuppertal)

St Mary’s College, University of St AndrewsCFP Son of God

Arabica sunt, non leguntur… The Bible in Arabic: The Evidence of the Manuscripts

Meeting 2015

Arabica sunt, non leguntur…
The Bible in Arabic: The Evidence of the Manuscripts

Conference in Leuven – 22-24 April 2015

Org. Claire Clivaz (Lausanne), Herman Teule (Nijmegen),
Sara Schulthess (Lausanne) and Joseph Verheyden (Leuven)

University of Leuven, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies,
St-Michielsstraat 4/3101, Romerozaal (02.10)


Programme (pdf)

Day 1 – 22 April 2015

  • 13h00-13h15 Welcome / Introduction
  • 13h15-14h30 Herman Teule (Radboud University Nijmegen)
    Muslim Terminology in the Arabic Translations of the Bible
  • 14h30-15h45 Ute Pietruschka (Universität Halle)
    Strategies of Transformation of Biblical Material in Muslim Collections of Sayings
  • 15h45-16h00 Break
  • 16h-17h15 David Thomas (University of Birmingham)
    Making Sense of the Bible in Early Muslim Kalam
  • 17h15-18h30 Arik Sadan (University of Tel Aviv / Hebrew University of Jerusalem / Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
    Differences and Similarities between Christian and Karaite Translations of the Bible into Arabic: the Case of the Book of Job
  • 18h30-18h50 Plenary discussion
  • 19h30 Dinner

Day 2 – 23 avril 2015 

  • 8h45-10h Camilla Adang (University of Tel Aviv)
    The Quotations from the Books of Exodus and Leviticus in the Polemic against the Pentateuch by ‘Ala’ al-Din al-Baji (d. 714/1314)
  • 10h-11h15 Sabine Schmidtke (IAS, Princeton)
    Biblical Materials in Quṭb al-Dīn al-Rāwandī’s K. al-Khawārij wa-l-jawāriḥ
  • 11h15-11h30 Break
  • 11h30-12h45 Ronny Vollandt (FU Berlin)
    MS Paris, BNF, Ar. 1 and Its Place in the Study of the Arabic Bible
  • Lunch
  •  14h30-15h45 Juan Pedro Monferrer Sala (Universidad de Córdoba)
    Bible translations in Andalus
  • 15h45-17h Samir Arbache (Université de Lille)
    Lexical Features of a Arabic Version of the Gospels
  • 17h-17h15 Break
  • 17h15-17h45 Plenary discussion
  • 19h15 Dinner

Day 3 – 24 avril 2015

  • 8h30-9h45 Sara Schulthess (Université de Lausanne)
    An Arabic Manuscript of Pauline Letters: Vaticanus Arabicus 13
  • 9h45-11h Elie Dannaoui (Université de Balamand)
    Digital Corpus of Arabic Gospel Lectionary: A Work in Progress
  • 11h-11h15 Break
  • 11h15-12h30 Timothy B. Sailors 
(Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen)
    Tatian’s Diatessaron as ‘The Gospel’: The Manuscripts and Translation of the Arabic Gospel Harmony and the Gospels in Arabic and Their Relation to the Second-Century Text
  • 12h30-13h Plenary discussion / Conclusion
  • Lunch


For any information, please contact:


From the 8th and 9th centuries CE, the communities living in the Islamic rule began to translate their sacred texts, the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Samaritan Pentateuch, into Arabic. Various Christian groups – such as Melkites, Copts and Syriacs –, Jews or Samaritans translated from their respective languages (Greek, Syriac, Coptic, Hebrew, etc.) parts of the Bible, which have survived in a large number of manuscripts, widespread in the Middle East and around the world. These manuscripts are for great importance for the history of these communities and of their texts, as well as of their relations to the Islamic world. But in his last book, Sydney Griffith deplores: “The study of the Bible in Arabic is in its infancy. There are hundreds of extant manuscripts containing portions of the Bible in Arabic translations produced by Jews and Christians in early Islamic times and well into the Middle Ages. But until now, with some notable exceptions, they have been of little interest to either biblical scholars or even to historians of Judaism, Christianity or Islam.” This is particularly true regarding to the Arabic manuscripts of the New Testament, who were too often considered as useless by New Testament scholars. Since the reference book of Georg Graf Geschichte der christlichen arabischen Literatur in 1944, the publications are very few. This lack of interest also applies to the Hebrew Bible despite the importance of the Arabic translations for the history of the text. For any text from any tradition, we are missing the basic research tools, from critical editions to the necessary inventories of manuscripts.

However, a regain of interest can be noticed since the start of the 21st century, with an increasing number of new publications in recent years. We can mention a large study on the Arabic manuscripts of the Gospels and some editions of manuscripts of the Gospels, a new book of Sydney Griffith on the Arabic Bible, or a study on the versions of the Pentateuch in print. If this is very encouraging, we can still deplore that some subjects are less covered than others. In the case of the New Testament, researchers focus the Gospels and we know very little about the other books in Arabic. Furthermore, there are for example very little interactions between research on the New Testament and research on the Hebrew Bible, when a global approach would also be necessary.
The first objective is the exchange between specialists of the field on the current research and the highlighting the different ongoing projects. We are glad to have representatives of many projects as the international project Biblia Arabica between Tel Aviv University and Freie Universität Berlin. The project has the aim to study and edit manuscripts and also “to investigate translation as an act and a process, and the manner in which translators from different faiths influenced each other in an inter-religious and inter-cultural context.” This global approach will be complete by smaller research project, as the project The Arabic Manuscripts of the Letters of Paul of Tarsus (University of Lausanne, in collaboration with the Institute of Eastern Christian Studies Nijmegen), which focus on the Pauline letters and try to integrate the digital component to the reflection. This is also the case of the Digital Corpus of Arabic Gospel Lectionary of the University of Balamand, which builds an online database for the Gospels in Arabic. The meeting between the actors in the current research will allow to map the need and emergencies for the research: comprehensive bibliographies; critical editions; manuscripts inventories, etc. In the case of the Arabic Bible, very basic tools are missing and cooperation between researchers and projects is necessary to fill the gap.
The meeting has two main lines: the study of particular manuscripts and their texts; the study of the context of the translations. The first focus on particular manuscripts will be an interesting opportunity to discuss notably the question of the standards in the research, notably for the edition, regarding for example Middle Arabic and Judeo-Arabic, but also relating to the new technologies and the new ways to do research. The second focus on the translations as a result of evolutions and interactions of the Christian, Jewish and Muslims milieus will illustrate the necessity of dialog between disciplines for this multifaceted object.
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The Bible in the Iberian World: Fundaments of a Religious Melting Pot

Córdoba (España) : 12-15 juillet

Call for papers
deadline: 15 mars 2015

Cordoba, the next city to host the Annual Meeting of the European Association of Biblical Studies, represents par excellence the history of religious co-existence. Over the centuries, the city, similarly to what happened in the broader Iberian world, was a space where inter-religious exchanges between Christians, Muslims, and Jews were possible. These people, albeit the natural religious differences, shared the same space, and similar imageries and expectations. Therefore, this year, this group wants to explore some of the different perspectives regarding religious encounters and moments/episodes of confrontation within the Iberian World. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the manuscript transmission of religious ideas and beliefs and its literary tradition, and the material and intellectual legacy of the different religious groups that led to determining Iberian politics and historical events.

Although we are open to all papers regarding religion in the Iberian World, we would particularly invite you to submit to the following units:

Iberian Religious Manuscripts: production, reception, and transmission

The production of manuscripts of religious nature is a very important characteristic of Christian, Muslim and Jews tradition, playing a decisive role in the definition of each groups’ canon. This session aims to discuss the canonical and heterodox facets of the religious literature produced within the Iberian world, and to analyze, the circulation and reception in different environments of the produced manuscripts. Papers exploring the production, reception, and transmission of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religious texts (bibles, religious literature, Kabbalah, liturgy books, religious instructions, hagiography, iconography, exegesis, etc.) within the Iberian world are welcomed.

Cultural and Intellectual legacy of Iberian Religious Minorities

This session focuses on the “legacies” of religious minorities found in the Iberian Peninsula, and how they transformed themselves, and were transformed, when later dispersed into the Mediterranean and the Atlantic during Iberian early modern Expansion. Papers should explore the cultural and intellectual production resulting from interreligious contacts and found still today in, for example, archaeology, literature, philosophy, medicine, philology, music, and popular culture. Furthermore, we welcome papers underlining the acculturation processes between Christian, Muslim (mozarabes, mudéjar and moriscos), and Jewish (conversos and New Christians).

The Bible as the Explanation Behind Iberian Imperialism and Expansion

This is a joint session with SBL’s groups Bible and its Influence: History and Impact and Bible and Empire. As the title suggests, our aim is to analyze the reasoning based on biblical texts and the pope’s authority used by Portuguese and Spanish to justify their overseas enterprise, and in particular, their colonization of new territories. In the Cordoba meeting, we welcome papers that explore the biblical arguments used by both parties (crusade, Treaty of Tordesillas and mare clausum, evangelization and reaching of a universal religion that would allow the end of the world to take place, etc.) to justify their overseas presence, conquest, and colonization.

Contact :
Ana T. Valdez, Yale University –
Ricardo Muñoz, University of Salamanca –

Source : EABS

Gregory Crane: June 1914 and Philology for the 21st Century

Gregory Crane: June 1914 and Philology for the 21st Century

Gregory CraneOn the sidelines of the workshop about text-reuse (see held from June 2 to 4,
Gregory Crane, head of the Perseus Project at Tufts University, holder of The Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig which launched the Open Philology Project, gave a public lecture on Tuesday, 3rd June 2014 at the Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée in Lyon.

See the slideshow
Download the poster

June 1914 and Philology for the 21st Century

We are approaching the one hundred year anniversary of the First World War. Philology was never more prestigious than it was a century ago but what what, if anything, did it do to counteract the threads of nationalism that led to the disasters of the twentieth century? Far as Europe has come a hundred years later, the vast majority of those who engage with historical languages such as Greek and Latin are secondary school students – at least 3 million of them across Europe – who experience these languages in their national languages and in isolation from their counterparts across linguistic, if not national, boundaries. We are, however, now poised to develop a new philology, one optimized for a global society, with editions designed to serve many linguistic and cultural communities. Digital technologies provide enabling mechanisms for this new philology but a global philology requires as well a new conception of the relationship between professionalized scholarship and human society, both within Europe and beyond. We have many technological opportunities but the major task before us to assess what sort of scholarly community we wish to support. We have a chance to develop a global republic of letters, one that fosters a true dialogue across civilizations but we must make decisions in the present if we are to pursue changes in the future. This talk goes over possibilities and challenges involved.


The Czech Patristic Society and the Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, are organizing an international colloquium on Clement of Alexandria, focused on Clement´s Biblical Exegesis.

 The colloquium will take place in Prague/Olomouc, Czech Republic (will be specified soon), on May 29-31, 2014.
Working languages will be English, French, German and Italian.

Conference home‐page: 

The home‐page will be updated continuously.


 Four main lectures will introduce the conference:

·         Alain Le Boulluec: L’interprétation de la Bible et le genre symbolique selon Clément

·         Annewies van den Hoek: Relationship between OT and NT in Clement

·         Judith Kovacs: Clement´s interpretation of Paul´s letters.

·         Marco Rizzi: Patterns of Biblical exegesis in Clement

 The programme has five main themes:

  1. Theoretic basis of the interpretation of Scripture; comparison between Clement and Philo; Clement and Origen; relations between rational demonstration and use of the Bible in search of the truth;
  2. relation between OT and NT in Clement;
  3. Clement and OT (Clement´s Greek Bible; interpretation of individual books of OT);
  4. Clement and NT (Clement´s text of NT; interpretation of individual books of NT);
  5. different ways of use of Scripture in individual Clement´s works.

 You are cordially invited to submit a proposal for a presentation (of approximately 30 minutes) or short communication (15 minutes). In order to maintain the thematic coherence of the conference it would be appreciated if suggested themes for contributions related to the above mentioned themes.

 The dead-line for submissions is January 20, 2014.

The submission should include a title and a summary of your presentation and should be sent to the following e-mail address: We will answer your suggestions continuously and not later than by February 15, 2014.

 Kindly extend this invitation to other scholars who might be interested to participate.

Doctoral students working on a topic relevant to the theme of the colloquium are also welcome.


The normal conference fee will be 200 Euro. This fee will cover participation in all sessions of the conference, all meals (except breakfast), welcome reception, social programme and other events connected to the conference.

The organisers are constantly applying for more funding for the conference. We are almost sure that this will enable us to reduce the fee at least for students and younger scholars, and hopefully also the general fee. We will provide more information about this at the home‐page.




The Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts is a research centre attached to St. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacký University Olomouc. You may learn about the Centre, its projects, activities and publications at the following address:

The Czech Patristic Society is a local branch of the International Association of Patristic Studies (IAPS/AIEP). The President of the Czech Patristic Society is Professor Lenka Karfíková (Prague). You may learn about the society and its activities at the following address:


The conference is organized by Veronika Cernuskova, Jana Platova and Vit Husek.


All communication may be addressed to Vit Husek and sent to

 Veronika Cernuskova

Jana Platova

Vit Husek

Vit Husek, Th.D.

secretary of the Czech Patristic Society
Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts
Czech Republic

New texts of Origen : Lorenzo Perrone’s letter about the rediscovery of Origen’s Homilies on the Psalms

Bologna, the 10th of June 2012

 Dear Colleagues and Friends,

 On the 21st of May, a day after the first severe earthquake since centuries began to shake my region, I was asked an expertise on a Greek manuscript of Munich.

Prof. Anna Meschini Pontani, from Padua University, informed me that Dr. Marina Molin Pradel, who is preparing the new catalogue of the Greek manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, wished to submit to my attention a discovery she had made on Holy Thursday. While examining the content of Codex Monacensis Graecus 314 (11th-12th century), an anonymous collection of 29 homilies on the Psalms, she discovered that the manuscript included the Greek text of four of the five homilies of Origen on Psalm 36  (H36Ps I-IV). Moreover, she noticed that the list of the other homilies corresponded to a large extent to that presented by Jerome in his Letter 33 to Paula, the most important group being the series of nine homilies on Psalm 77.

I worked hastily in the following weeks to go through the considerable manuscript (371 folios) and check its content. More and more, albeit still provisionally, I have come to the conclusion that we have to do with a lot of lost homilies of Origen. My conviction is supported, among other things, by the exegetical treatment presented by the homilies, the doctrinal elements they preserve, the stylistic features which are typical of the great Alexandrian. In addition, some excerpts of these homilies were already known to us under his name in some catenae fragments edited in PG 17 and the Analecta Sacra of Pitra, especially with regard to Psalm 77.

Only a thorough examination of the texts transmitted by the Codex Monacensis Graecus 314 will permit to extend with reasonable certainty the attribution to Origen of all the remaining homilies or of part of them, besides the Homilies I-IV on Psalm 36.

I have already begun with the transcription of the manuscript and hope to complete it before the end of the summer, in order to make the texts accessible to scholars. Together with my colleagues Chiara Barilli, Antonio Cacciari and Emanuela Prinzivalli I plan to prepare without delay a critical edition of the homilies.

Marina Molin Pradel will present her discovery and offer some samples of the manuscript in the next issue of Adamantius, due to be published before the autumn.

A series of initiatives are planned to announce the discovery of the new texts to the scholarly world and to promote their knowledge and study.

On monday the 11th of June the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek will release a public statement about the discovery.

A seminar will take place at Padua University the 25th of June and a day-conference is planned for the 5th of December in Munich at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

Together with the colleagues of the Italian Research Group on Origen and the Alexandrian Tradition we plan a conference in Bologna next February, exactly one year after the one devoted to the prospect of a new edition of Origen’s commentaries on the Psalms, in cooperation with the colleagues of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaft.

At the time we were submerged by the snow no less than by the uncomfortable impression of the heavy task still waiting the editors of the catenae fragments. Now, in the middle of renewed quakes, we have been given an unexpected gift that we would like to share with all those who love Origen.

 Lorenzo Perrone       

The photographic reproduction of the entire codex is available HERE.

Digital Humanities Congress 2012, University of Sheffield, 6th – 8th September 2012

Call for Papers
Deadline : 30th april 2012

The University of Sheffield’s Humanities Research Institute with the support of the Network of Expert Centres and Centernet is delighted to announce its Call for Papers for a three-day conference to be held in Sheffield during 6th – 8th September 2012.

The Digital Humanities Congress is a new conference which will be held in Sheffield every two years. Its purpose is to promote the sharing of knowledge, ideas and techniques within the digital humanities.

Digital humanities is understood by Sheffield to mean the use of technology within arts, heritage and humanities research as both a method of inquiry and a means of dissemination. As such, proposals related to all disciplines within the arts, humanities and heritage domains are welcome.

The conference will take place at the University’s new residential conference facility, The Edge.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Andrew Prescott (Head of Department, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London)
Professor Lorna Hughes (University of Wales Chair in Digital Collections at the National Library of Wales)
Professor Philip Ethington (Professor of History and Political Science, University of Southern California and Co-Director of the USC Center for Transformative Scholarship)

Submitting a Proposal

We welcome proposals on all aspects of the digital humanities. For example, proposals might wish to focus on:

– New knowledge and insights within areas of humanities research which have arisen from the use of digital applications, techniques or methodologies. These proposals might focus on how specific research questions were solved.
– Case studies, best practice and evolving trends concerning the development of research resources, tools, frameworks and environments within the humanities, such as digital editions, mobile applications, virtual worlds, surface computing, web services and GIS.
– Technologies and techniques which bring value to humanities research, such as data mining, crowd-sourcing, linked data, text encoding, digitisation, ontology building, sentiment analysis, augmented reality, 3D visualisation and virtual worlds.
– Standards, best practice and case studies for data creation, data collection, development methodologies, usability testing, preservation, sustainability and accessibility.
– Issues and emerging trends within the technology and the information environment which do or might impact on humanities research. This might concern new technology, social trends, infrastructure, policy, funding, assessing value or pedagogy.

Proposals are welcome from academics, researchers, postgraduate students, professionals from within the cultural, heritage and information sectors, technologists and SMEs. Proposals are welcome from UK and international contributors.

Contributors can propose individual papers or sessions of three or more papers on a related theme.

Proposals for Individual Papers

Proposals for individual papers should include:

– The name of the speaker
– The speaker’s institution
– The title of the paper
– An abstract of approximately 300 words

Individual papers will be to a maximum of 20 minutes duration. Each paper will then be allotted a further 10 minutes for questions.

Proposals for Sessions

Proposals for sessions should include:

– The name of the session organiser and his/her institution
– The names of the individual speakers and their institutions
– The title of the session
– An abstract of approximately 200 words which describes the theme that unifies the session
– The titles of the session papers
– Abstracts for each paper within the session of approximately 300 words

Sessions will consist of three or more papers on a related theme to a maximum of 60 minutes. Each session will then be allotted a further 30 minutes for questions.

Submission Process and Deadline

Proposals should be submitted in Microsoft Word or plain text format to the following email address: adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir.

The deadline for submissions is 30th April 2012. All proposers will be notified by 11th May 2012.

Discounted Registration

All successful proposers will be eligible for the early bird registration packages. Early bird registration will end on 31st May 2012.

Discounted full residential package incl. registration and ensuite bed and breakfast accommodation: £230 (full price: £280)
Discounted non-residential package: £119 (full price: £169)
Student full residential package incl. registration and ensuite bed and breakfast accommodation: £200
Student non-residential package: £100


All speakers will be invited to submit their paper for publication in the Humanities Research Institute’s new online journal, Studies in the Digital Humanities.

Further Information

The conference website will provide access to delegate registration as well as further information about the programme and facilities:

For enquiries about submitting a proposal, please contact Michael Pidd: adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir.

The Humanities Research Institute is one of the UK’s leading centres for the digital humanities:

The Network of Expert Centres is a collaboration of centres with expertise in digital arts and humanities research and scholarship, including practice-led research:

Centernet is an international network of digital humanities centres:

 Source : Site de l’université.

First Summer School on Christian Apocryphal Literature Strasbourg, France, 24-27 June 2012

The Latin Collection of the Acts of the Apostles (pseudo-Abdias)

The Summer School on Christian Apocryphal Literature, Strasbourg 24-27 June 2012, gives a valuable opportunity to become acquainted with the advances and current directions in research on the Latin Collection of the Acts of Apostles (Virtues Apostolorum) and its reception in artistic production. It will allow students and scholars to interact with the foremost specialists in the field and to work on some unedited materials under their direction in a series of instructional workshops.

Pre-registration can be accessed at: Cost of registration: €100 (including meals). Cost of travel/accommodation is assumed by the participant.

For further details please contact Gabriella Aragione, Faculté de théologie protestante
BP 90020,
9, Place de l’Université,
F-67084 Strasbourg Cedex

More information on the FMRSI blog.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniensis 2012

The Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense

The Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense is an annual international conference on Biblical Studies jointly organised by the theological faculties of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Université Catholique de Louvain. The meetings take place in the Faculty of Theology at the K.U.Leuven and are alternately dedicated to a topic in Old and in New Testament Studies.

The Colloquium offers a forum and meeting place for research and scholarly discussion in the field of Biblical Studies. As a rule the annual conference focuses on a biblical book or a collection of writings, but it also addresses thematic subjects.

Programme design

10 main papers by invited speakers; languages: French, German or English
4 seminars conducted by invited speakers; languages: Dutch, French, German and English
about 20 short papers, selected from proposals by participants
Topic and programme of the conference in 2012

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the Scriptures
President: Eibert Tigchelaar
July 26 – 28, 2012

It is possible to register

online: Online Registration
by e-mail (to Prof. Dr. Reimund Bieringer, and
by using the paper registration form in the printed invitation (which can also be printed by clicking here)

History and survey of previous meetings
More information

Prof. Dr. Reimund Bieringer

Workshop at the 16th International Conference on Patristic Studies (Oxford): Biblical quotations in Patristic Texts

FRIDAY AUGUST 12, East School, Room 6, 4.00 – 6.30.

This workshop aims to enable research teams from different countries, whose work involves the identification and analysis of biblical quotations in Patristic texts, to share experiences and allow the audience to have an open discussion about methodological problems. Both patristic and biblical scholars will take part in this workshop, to consider how common tools could be developed to serve different purposes, such as the history of exegesis or a critical edition of biblical texts.

Laurence Mellerin (Sources Chrétiennes, Lyon): “Biblindex, Online Index of Biblical quotations in
Early Christian literature”

Numerous methodological issues have to be solved during the Biblindex project development, so that an effective XML-TEI schema for both biblical and patristic texts can be built: e.g., how to define the difference between allusion and quotation? How to distinguish and typify the Church Fathers’ ways of introducing and changing the biblical texts? How to decide where a quotation begins and where it ends? Through a few case studies, we’ll present Biblindex solutions and submit them to discussion.

Hugh Houghton (ITSEE, Birmingham): “Patristic Evidence in the New Edition of the Vetus
Latina Iohannes”
The paper is structured into two main parts:

a) the procedures followed
b) questions and textual insights arising from the patristic material for John

Bas ter Haar Romeny (Peshitta Institute, Leiden): “Biblical Quotations in Syriac commentaries”

This paper will first discuss the evidence for various versions of the Old Testament in Syriac exegetical works. In addition to quotations from the Peshitta, which is a second-century translation based on a Hebrew text, one finds references to the recentiores and to “the Greek” and “the Hebrew”. A complicating issue is the fact that references to “the Greek” may refer either to the Syro-Hexapla or to ad hoc renderings of the Greek biblical text of Greek commentaries that have been translated or excerpted.

Second, the significance of the material will be discussed. Quotations from the Fathers should play a role in the constitution of the critical text of the Peshitta, Syro-Hexapla, and Hexapla. This might seem to be self evident, but practical problems have often prevented editors from using the evidence. There are also more reasons why the quotations are important. For instance, they may help us to assign a place and date to a certain text form. In exegetical collections which do not state their sources, they may help to find out the provenance of the material. And last but not least, the role given to the quotations is a major aspect of the exegetical method that needs to be analysed.

The third issue that will be brought up has to do with the practical problems mentioned before: the Peshitta Institute will cooperate with the Biblindex Project and the Hexapla Institute in order to make at least a selection of the material available.

Claudia Wick (Thesaurus linguae latinae, München): “The Language of the Bible in the Thesaurus Linguae

The paper will discuss the procedures followed in ThLL to identify sources and establish the relevance of “VET.LAT” label for a biblical quotation, in a lexicographical way of thinking.

Another short paper:

Dominique Gonnet – The use of the Bible within Athanasius of Alexandria’s Letters to Serapion

My short communication has to be seen as a following of James D. Ernest’s The Bible in Athanasius of Alexandria (Boston-Leiden 2004). In fact, Athanasius of Alexandria’s Letters to Serapion did not belong to the corpus studied in that book. I collaborate to the Biblindex Project  HYPERLINK “” http :// ?lang=en which will be presented as workshop on “Biblical quotations in Patristic Texts” at this Conference. In my communication, I will summarize some conclusions about the use of the Bible in Letters to Serapion : how far do Athanasius knowledge of the Bible go? Does he use τρόποι, following the example of his adversaries? With how many verses did Athanasius answer the few verses quoted by Athanasius adversaries? How does he balance Old and New Testaments? Which place does he give to St. Paul’s writings?