Conference papers on Mark

As I mentioned last post, the Edinburgh conference on “Peter in Earliest Christianity” and the SBL International Meeting are quickly approaching.  Given the theme of the blog, here are all the Mark-related papers to check out (in the next post I will give further details about my own SBL paper that is also, surprise, on Mark):

On the “Peter in Earliest Christianity” Conference Program:

  • Thursday, July 4 1:15 pm – Sean Freyne (Trinity College, Dublin), ‘”For they were fishermen” (Mk 1,16). Fish and Fishing on the Sea of Galilee in the first century.’
  • Friday, July 5 9:30 am -Helen Bond (University of Edinburgh), ‘Mark as Peter’s Interpreter?’
  • 10.00 am – Holly Carey (Point University), ‘Criticizing Peter: The Gospel Portrait of a Faltering Peter in its Historical Context’
  • 10.30 am – John Markley, ‘Was Peter Remembered Negatively in the Synoptic Tradition? A Re-evaluation of the Significance of Peter’s Imperception’

At the SBL Meeting in St Andrews:


Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: Theatre D – Maths (14)

Theme: Digital Humanities and Greek Literature

Sara Schulthess, Université de Lausanne
When “Humanities” Goes beyond History and Sociology in Digital Biblical Studies: The Case of Mark 1:1 (35 min)


Synoptic Gospels
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: Theatre C – Maths (14)

Theme: Issues of Poverty

Sakari Hakkinen, Presiding

Dennis E. Smith, Phillips Theological Seminary
The House Church and the Poor According to the Gospel of Mark (20 min)


Bible and the Moving Image
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: Theatre A – Maths (14)George Aichele, Presiding

Lloyd Baugh, Pontificia Università Gregoriana
“Where the Gospels Fear to Tread”: The Representation of the Resurrection in Recent Films (25 min)


Gospel of Mark
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: Theatre D – Maths (14)

Theme: Communication, Pedagogy, and the Gospel of Mark
Scholars have been invited from a range of perspectives to apply their approach specifically to the teaching of Mark. Key questions are: How do we evaluate traditional pedagogical models in light of recent approaches to the Gospel of Mark? What kind of educational and communicative practices should Markan studies develop in a pluralistic world? What differences, if any, do context (e.g., secular or confessional) and audience expectations make in our approach?

Geert Van Oyen, Université Catholique de Louvain, Presiding
Elizabeth Shively, University of St. Andrews, Presiding
Thomas E. Boomershine, United Theological Seminary
Teaching Mark as Performance Literature: Early Literate and Post-Literate Pedagogies (25 min)
Eve-Marie Becker, Aarhus Universitet
Mark in the Frame of Ancient History-Writing: The Quest for Heuristics (25 min)
Jeremy Punt, Universiteit van Stellenbosch – University of Stellenbosch
Teaching Mark through a Postcolonial Optic (25 min)
Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Teaching Mark’s Narrative in a Markan Narrative Way (25 min)
Mark Goodacre, Duke University
Blogs, Pods, Websites and Mark: How the Internet Affects the Teaching of Mark’s Gospel (25 min)


Johannine Literature
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: Seminar 1 – MBS (17)

Theme: Methods and Approaches

David Svärd, Lunds Universitet, Presiding
Paul N. Anderson, George Fox University
A Bi-Optic Hypothesis: An Overall Theory of Johannine-Synoptic Interfluentiality (20 min)

Methods in New Testament Studies
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: Seminar Room 6 – Gateway (18)

Theme: Gospel Issues

Markus Lang, Universität Wien, Presiding
George Aichele, Independent Scholar
The Discourse on Chaos and Apocalypse of the Posthuman (Mark 13) (25 min)
Robert M. Rowland, Claremont Graduate University
Mark 15:38: The Tearing of the Veil: A Literary Understanding (25 min)
Richard Walsh, Methodist University
The Ends of Mark(s) (25 min)
Olugbenga Olagunju, Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary
Exegesis of Mark 1:14-15: Its Implication for Church in Africa (25 min)
Vadim Wittkowsky, Theological Seminary Russian Methodist Church
Gospels as a “Centripetal Supertext”: An Application of the Russian Literary Theory to the Biblical Studies (25 min)


Synoptic Gospels
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: Theatre C – Maths (14)

Theme: Theological Themes

Glenna Jackson, Otterbein University, Presiding
Johanna Brankaer, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Sclerocardia: Hardness of Heart (20 min)
Mitchell Alexander Esswein, Princeton Theological Seminary
The Hodos to Jerusalem: An Examination of the Christology Leading Up to the Son of Man’s Enthronement on the Cross in the Gospel of Mark (20 min)
Gerry Wheaton, Seminario ESEPA, Costa Rica
To Be Human Among Humans: Morality and Poverty in Markan Perspective (20 min)


Synoptic Gospels
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: Lecture 4 – Gateway (18)

Theme: Text and Intercontextuality among the Gospels

Robert Cousland, University of British Columbia, Presiding
Delbert Burkett, Louisiana State University
A New Test of the Minor Agreements (20 min)
Vadim Wittkowsky, Theological Seminary Russian Methodist Church
Displaced Minor Agreements between Luke and Matthew (20 min)
Bartosz Adamczewski, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
Galatians 1:1-20 as the Structure-Giving Hypotext for Mark 1–3 (20 min)
Chris Keith, Saint Mary’s University College (Twickenham)
Prolegomena on the Textualization of the Gospel of Mark (20 min)
Yil Song, Claremont Graduate University
Less Awkward, More Spotlighted, and More Divinely Powerful Jesus of Matthew than of Mark (20 min)


Biblical Interpretation in Early Christianity
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: Seminar Room 3 – Gateway (18)

Theme: Text, Citation, and Interpretation in Early Christianity
Michael Kok, University of Sheffield
The Ambivalent Patristic Reception of Mark (25 min)


Bible and Empire
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: Meeting Room 1 – MBS (17)

Theme: New Testament

Christopher Hays, University of Oxford, Presiding
Allan Georgia, Fordham University
Translating the Triumph: Reading Mark’s Crucifixion Narrative against a Roman Ritual of Power (20 min)
Benjamin Laugelli, University of Virginia
Mark’s Monstrous Beasts: Reading Allusion to Daniel 7 in Mark 1:13 (20 min)
Keith Dyer, Whitley College
Women’s Ministry in Post-Apocalyptic Mark (20 min)


Pastoral and Catholic Epistles
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: Seminar Room 3 – Gateway (18)  Felix Cortez, Universidad de Montemorelos, Presiding
Viktor Roudkovski, LeTourneau University
“Sojourners” “On the Way”: Theological Correlation between 1 Peter and Mark 8:27-10:45 (25 min)

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