Thursday, 21 April 2016

Schedule and Final Call for Registration

We're glad to announce the schedule for the Divine Sonship Symposium scheduled for 6-8 June 2016. Note that 1 May is the final day to register, so be sure to complete here if you plan on joining us.



10:00 – Registration Open (Parliament Hall)

12:00 – Welcome Message (Parliament Hall)

12:10 – Plenary 1: Richard Bauckham, Jesus' Use of "Father" and Disuse of "Lord" (Parliament Hall)

13:00 – Refreshments (Parliament Hall)

13:15 – Parallel Sessions 1 (see below)

15:30 – Plenary 2: Madhavi Nevader, Ancient Near Eastern Background to Divine Sonship    (Parliament Hall)

16:20 – Break

16:45 – Plenary 3: Menahem Kister, Son(s) of God: Israel and Jesus (Parliament Hall)

18:00 – Dinner* (Parliament Hall)

19:30 – Plenary 4: George Brooke, Son of God, Sons of God, and the Elect in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Parliament Hall)

20:30 – Pub


9:00 – Plenary 5: Michael Peppard, Son of God in Gentile Contexts (i.e., Almost Everywhere) (Parliament Hall)

9:50 – Refreshments (Parliament Hall)

10:30 – Parallel Sessions 2 (see below)

12:00 –Lunch* (Parliament Hall)

13:30 – Plenary 6: Matthew Novenson, Whose Son is the Messiah?  (Parliament Hall)

14:20 – Parallel Sessions 3 (see below)

17:15 – String Quartet Concert (St Salvator’s Chapel)

18:30 – Dinner* (St Andrews Brewing Co.)


9:00 – Plenary 7: Reinhard Kratz, Son of God and Son of Man: Reflections on 4Q246 in the Light of Daniel 7 and Psalm 2 (Parliament Hall)

9:50 – Refreshments (Parliament Hall)

10:20 – Plenary 8: Jan Joosten, He Boasts that God is His father. Wisd 2:16-17 between Ps 22:9 and Matt 27:43 (Parliament Hall)

11:10 – Break

11:20 – Plenary 9: N.T. Wright, Son of God and Christian Origins (Parliament Hall)

12:15 – Closing Statements (Parliament Hall) 

Parallel Sessions: (30 minutes)

 Session 1:
   A.     Hebrew Bible and LXX (Lecture Room 1)
Madhavi Nevader – TBA

W. Edward Glenny – “Messianism in LXX-Amos?”

Benjamin Johnson – “Son of Jesse and Son of God: The Significance of Sonship Language in the Story of David’s Rise”

Zohar Hadromi-Allouche – “‘Who Do You Love More, Mom or Dad?’: Cain, the Heavenly Chthonic Divine Son”

   B.     Synoptic Gospels 1: Gospel of Matthew (Lecture Room 2)
Heiko Wojtkowiak – “Peacemaking and Divine Son-hood. On the Religio-Historical Background of the Seventh Beatitude (Mat 5:9)

Tommi Karjalainen – “The Son of God on the Mountains: Visual Development of Worship in Matthew’s Gospel”

Beth Mulvey – “‘The Son of Man’ in Matthew’s Gospel. An Investigation of whether Matthew Understands This Term to Have Cryptic Overtones, with More than One Possible Interpretation”

R. Jarrett Van Tine – “Matthew’s Redefinition of Purity and Priesthood: Isaiah 56, the Royal Son of God, and the Rebuilding of the Temple”

   C.     Romans & Galatians (College Hall)
Brett Miller – “Romans 9:5 and More Manuscript Punctuation”

Esau McCaulley – “The Son’s Inheritance, the New Age, and Paul’s Gentile Mission: Sonship and Davidic Messianism in Galatians 1:4 and 1:15–16”

Steven Muir – “’We are Sons’ -- Ritual Experiments in Paul’s Assemblies and the Apostle’s Response”

Sarah Whittle – “‘Appointed Son of God in Power by his Resurrection from the Dead’: Paul, Apotheosis and the Visual Culture of the Empire”

   D.    Image, Ascent, and Glory (Senior Common Room)
Joshua O. Carroll – “Philo of Alexandria and Experiencing Wisdom in the Mystical Ascent”

Crispin Fletcher-Louis – “King Solomon: Bearer of the Image of God, Bearer of God’s People”

Adrian Mihai – “The Journey of the Soul Through the Heavenly Spheres in the Hermetic Writings and its Relation to the Doctrine of Divine Sonship”

Tyson L. Putthoff – “Divinity Is a Matter of Space: The Divine Self in Early Judaism”

Session 2:
   A.     Epistle to the Hebrews (Senior Common Room)
David Moffitt – "Disambiguating Sonship Christology in Hebrews 1-2"

Mateusz Kusio – “To Become Like His Brothers – Divine Sonship and Brotherhood in Hebrews”

Madison Pierce – “Divine Speech among the Family of God in Hebrews”

Ekkardt A. Sonntag – “The Sonship Argument in Hebrews: Jesus, the Supreme Mediator; Insights from Middle Eastern Sociology”

   B.     New Testament: Jesus, Messiah and Son of God (Lecture Room 2)
Joseph Hyung S. Lee – “The Nameless Scriptures and the Name Above All Names: Early Jewish and Christian Scribal Praxis with the Nomina Divina and Paul’s ONOMA-Christology in His Letters”

James T. Mace – “Messianic Reunification in Luke-Acts: The Royal Son of God Rebuilding David’s Dominion Fulfilling Pan-Israelite Ideology Prior to Gentile Incorporation”

David Ritsema – “The Divine Messiah: Does John’s Portrait of a Son of God, Messiah in John 20:30-31 Draw on a Jewish Messianic Expectation of a Supernatural Figure?”

Benedict Kent – “Fathers and Sons, Patrons and Clients: The Familial Language of Patronage and its Significance for Pauline Christology”

   C.     Pseudepigrapha & Qumran Literature (College Hall)
Benjamin Wold – First-born Son (בן בכור) in 4Q369 ("Prayer of Enosh") and 4QInstruction

E. Macarena García– “Messianism and Resurrection in Jewish Apocalyptic Literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Dariusz Iwański – “Angels as Intercessors for Humans in 1 Enoch”

Tavis Bohlinger – “Considering the Evidence for a Messianic Figure in Pseudo-Philo’s Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum

Session 3:
   A.     Early Christology: Jesus, His Nature(s), and Christological Diversity (College Hall)
Stefan Mulder – “Early Christian Christology Contextualised: Christian ‘Docetism’ as Part of a Broader Graeco-Roman Discourse about Epiphanies”

Mina Monier – “The Dwelling Son: A First Century Alexandrian Christology?”

Chris Porter – “Christological Salience in Diversity - An Interdisciplinary Social Identity Approach to Christological Assertions at the Turn of the Second Century”

Daniel O. McClellan – “Divine Agency Christology: Cognitive Perspectives on Christ as Divine Agent”

   B.      Family of God (Senior Common Room)
Michael A. Lyons – “What Does God Get Out of It? Reciprocity and Divine Sonship”

Eric Covington – “Predestined for Sonship: The Family of God, The Hope of Inheritance, and Christian Ethics in Ephesians”

Eliska Havelkova – “Ethics vs. Ontology: Who Are the True Children of God?”

Isaac Blois – “The Honorable Obedience of a Son: Jesus’ Obedience to God in Phil. 2:8 as Model for the Philippians’ Obedience to Paul in Phil. 2:12”

   C.     Synoptic Gospels 2: Mark & Luke (Lecture Room 1)
Max Botner – “Whoever Does the Will of God’ (Mark 3:35): Mark’s Jesus as the Model Son”

J. P. Davies – “The Revelation of the Long-Expected King: The ‘Open Heaven’ and the 'Son of God' in Markan Apocalyptic Epistemology”

Hallur Mortenson – “Divine Sonship and Revelation in Mark's Gospel”

Daniel Gustafsson – “Jesus as ‘Son of God’ and the Role of the Holy Spirit in Luke”

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Registration Open for Son of God: Divine Sonship in Jewish and Christian Antiquity

We're happy to announce that registration has opened early for The St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies due to the volume of abstracts we've already received and interest in the event.

Registration can be found here, in the "events" tab of the University online shop.

The Early Bird price is £50 (until 29 February).

Additionally, you have the option of booking accommodation (single room with breakfast) for two nights (£80). There are only 50 units available.

If you choose to locate your own accommodation, please visit Visit St Andrews.

Remember, we're still accepting abstracts until 15 February 2016

Please send short abstracts (250 words) engaging Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, Targumim, Dead Sea Scrolls, Pseudepigrapha, New Testament, Rabbinic Literature, or Early Christian Literature to Paul Sloan ( addressing the following questions

  • Ancient Israelite Religion
  • Angelology and heavenly mediums
  • 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
  • Textual variation and divine sonship
  • Other related topics 

Friday, 11 September 2015

Call for Papers: Son of God: Divine Sonship in Jewish and Christian Antiquity

The organisers of the St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies are happy to announce the theme of the next installation of this series taking place at the University of St Andrews 6-8 June 2016 (registration here)

Son of God: Divine Sonship in Jewish and Christian Antiquity.

Invited addresses will be given by Menahem Kister (Hebrew University), Reinhard Kratz (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen), Jan Joosten (University of Oxford), Richard Bauckham (University of Cambridge), George Brooke (University of Manchester), N.T. Wright (University of St Andrews), Philip Alexander (University of Manchester), Madhavi Nevader (University of St Andrews), Michael Peppard (Fordham University), David Moffitt (University of St Andrews), William Tooman (University of St Andrews), and Matthew Novenson (University of Edinburgh)

Cost: Early bird (1 December 2015-29 February 2016) £50; Standard (1 March-1 May 2016) £75.

Please send short abstracts (250 words) engaging Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, Targumim, Dead Sea Scrolls, Pseudepigrapha, New Testament, Rabbinic Literature, or Early Christian Literature to Paul Sloan ( by 15 February 2016 addressing the following questions

  • Ancient Israelite Religion
  • Angelology and heavenly mediums
  • 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
  • Textual variation and divine sonship
  • Other related topics 

Registration will be available from 1 December 2015. Please address all questions either to Garrick Allen ( or Paul Sloan ( Follow this blog for further updates. 

Monday, 3 March 2014

Schedule and Continuing Registration

The St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies: Ancient Readers and their Scriptures, 2-3 June 2014 (University of St Andrews)

Registration is still open and there is room for more delegates! Follow the link for more information. For accommodation options visit Visit St Andrews. The number and quality of submissions that we received far surpassed our expectations and we have assembled an excellent collection of international papers that touch on numerous topics related to our theme. Please consider joining the conversation this summer.


2 June 2014

Registration: 8:00am–1:00pm

Postgraduate Session: 8:30am–10:40pm
Kai Akagi, University of St Andrews, "An Overlooked Allusion?: Isaiah 57:15 in Luke 1:49 and the Versions of the Hebrew Bible behind Luke-Acts"(20 min)

Joseph Lear, University of Aberdeen, "The Use of Isaiah in Luke 4:18-19" (20 min)

Paul Sloan, University of St Andrews, "John's Interpretive Reading of Isaiah 58" (20 min)

Break (10 min)

Isaac Blois, University of St Andrews, "The Glory of God and the Praise of Men: Textual Variants in Phil. 1:11 and Their Reception in the Early Church" (20 min)

Janghoon Park, University of St Andrews, "Created to be Mortal? An Investigation into Paul's Use of Gen 2:7b in 1 Cor 15:45" (20 min)

Tavis Bohlinger, University of Durham, "Isaac's Blood: Pseudo-Philo and the Akedah" (20 min)

Break: 10:30pm–12:00pm

Hebrew Bible Session: 12:00pm-2:50pm
Keynote: William Tooman, University of St Andrews, "Inner-biblical Quotations: Form, Function, and Conventions of Text Production in Jewish Antiquity" (45 min)

Break (15 min)

Penny Barter, University of St Andrews, "Exodus Reads Ezekiel? Reuse and Compositional Techniques in Exodus 31:12–17" (25 min)

William L. Kelly, University of Edinburgh, "The Semantics of Lying and Deceiving in the Prophets" (25 min)

Break (10 min)

Alma Brodersen, Oxford University, "The End of the Psalter: Text Forms and Intertextuality" (25 min)

Geert Lorein, ETF Leuven, "The Relationship of the Believer to Society: Different Approaches in the Earliest Interpretations of the Old Testament" (25 min)

Coffee and Tea Break: 2:50pm–3:15pm

Dead Sea Scrolls and 2TJ Session: 3:15pm-6:30pm
Keynote: Jonathan D. H. Norton, Heythrop College, "Tying up Lose Ends, Picking at Threads and Treading the Fine Line" (45 min)

Break (15 min)

Lindsey Askin, University of Cambridge, "What did Ben Sira's Bible and Desk Look Like?" (25 min)

Jessi Orpana, University of Helsinki, "Transmission and Reinterpretation of Creation Traditions and Imagery in the Wisdom of Ben Sira" (25 min)

Break (10 min)

Mika S. Pajunen, University of Helsinki, "Creation as the Liturgical Nexus of 4QBerakhot" (25 min)

Matthew Collins, University of Chester, "Scriptural Typology and Sectarian Terminology: Judah, Ephraim, and Conceptual Identity in the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls" (25 min)

Atar Livneh, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, "Jewish Traditions and Roman Values: Notes on Abr. 245–254" (25 min)

Dinner—St Andrews Brewing Company: 6:30-8:00pm

Plenary Session 1: 8:15-9:30pm
Martin Karrer, Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, Quotations in the New Testament. Textual History and Theology (45 min)
Discussion (30 min)

3 June 2014

New Testament Session: 9:00am-11:50am
Keynote: Susan Docherty, Newman University, Birmingham, "Interpreting the scriptures in the New Testament and in the so-called 'Rewritten Bible' Texts: A Study in Exegetical Method" (45 min)

Break (15 min)

Ronald van der Bergh, University of Pretoria, "The Textual Tradition of Explicit Quotations of Isaiah in the Gospels of Codex Bezae" (25 min)

Seth Ehorn, University of Edinburgh, "Ephesians 4:8, Targum Psalms, and Sandmel's 'Parallelomania'" (25 min)

Break (10 min)

Gert Steyn, University of Pretoria, "The Vorlage of the Deuteronomy Quotations Common to the Corpus Philonicum and Paul's Letter to the Romans" (25 min)

Beate Kowalski, TU Dortmund, "'Let My People Go, That They May Serve Me' (Ex 10:3): Exodus Motifs in the Revelation of John" (25 min)

Lunch: 11:50pm-1:00pm

Early Judaism and Early Christianity Session: 1:00pm-4:15pm
Keynote: Willem Smelik, University College London, "Retold, Rewritten and Reread: Adam in the Talmud, Again and Again" (45 min)

Break (15 min)

Dagmar Boerner-Klein, Heinrich Heine University, "The Variant Reading ולא / ולו of Ps 139:16 in Rabbinic Literature" (25 min)

Abraham Berkovitz, Princeton University, "Jewish and Christian Exegetical Controversy in Late Antiquity: The Case of Psalm 22" (25 min)

Break (10 min)

Dan Batovici, KU Leuven, "Clement's Use of Scripture: A Test Case for the Authority of the Hebrew Bible in Early Christianity" (25 min)

Madalina Toca, KU Leuven, "The Sibyl and her Scriptures in Depicting Father-Son Relationship: The Theological Reuse of the Hebrew Bible in the 8th Sibylline Oracle" (25 min)

Kaspar Dalgaard, University of Copenhagen, "Multiple Melchizideks in the Books of Jeu and Pistis Sophia" (25 min)

Coffee and Tea: 4:15-4:45pm

Plenary Session 2: 4:45-6:15pm
Philip Alexander, University of Manchester, "The Importance of Patristics for the Study of Rabbinic Midrash -- and Vice Versa!" (45 min)
Discussion (30 min)
Conclusion (15 min)


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Early-Bird Registration Extended Until 15 February

Ancient Readers & Their Scriptures: The Texts, Reading Strategies, and the Versions of the Hebrew Bible in Second Temple and Early Judaism

You can now register at the "early bird" price for the St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies by following the link here: Registration. Even if you have not submitted an abstract, please consider taking part in the symposium as a dialogue partner. Only those who have registered are eligible for student travel scholarships which are available upon request. 

Also, many thanks to all those who submitted abstracts. We hope to have a schedule out shortly. 

Dates to Remember 

  • "Early bird" registration (£30) ends 15 February 2014
  • The Symposium commences 2-3 June. 


Please see "Visit St Andrews" for information on getting to St Andrews and accommodation. We recommend booking accommodation early. 

If any questions arise, please contact John ( or Garrick ( We are looking forward to a fruitful dialogue with you this June!