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St Andrews Conference on Scripture and Christian Theology 2009

Genesis and Christian Theology
14-18 July 2009

We are pleased to announce the third St Andrews conference on Scripture and Christian Theology. Since the first conference on the Gospel of John in 2003, the St Andrews conferences have been recognized as one of the most important occasions when biblical scholars and systematic theologians are brought together in conversation about a biblical text. The conferences aim to cut through the megaphone diplomacy or the sheer incomprehension that so often marks attempts to communicate across our disciplines. We invite you then to join us and some of the best theological and biblical minds in careful and often lively interaction about one of the most theologically generative of biblical books: the book of Genesis.

Keynote Speakers

Gary Anderson (Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, University of Notre Dame)
David Fergusson (Professor of Divinity, The University of Edinburgh School of Divinity)
Kathryn Tanner (Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Theology, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Main Papers

  • Knut Backhaus (Chair of New Testament and Biblical Hermeneutics, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
  • Richard J. Bauckham (Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews)
  • William P. Brown (Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary)
  • Stephen Chapman (Associate Professor of Old Testament, Duke Divinity School)
  • Ellen Charry (Margaret W. Harmon Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary)
  • Trevor Hart (Professor of Divinity, University of St Andrews)
  • Christoph Levin (Chair of Old Testament, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
  • Nathan MacDonald (Lecturer in Old Testament, University of St Andrews)
  • John Milbank (Professor in Religion, Politics and Ethics, The University of Nottingham)
  • Walter Moberly (Professor of Theology, Durham University)
  • Michael Northcott (Professor of Ethics, The University of Edinburgh).
  • Manfred Oeming (Professor of Old Testament Theology, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg)
  • Karla F. Pollmann (Professor of Classics, University of St Andrews)
  • Russell Reno (Professor of Theological Ethics, Creighton University)


Nathan MacDonald, Lecturer in Old Testament at St Mary’s College and leader of the Sofja-Kovalevskaja Research Team at the University of Göttingen, author of Not Bread Alone: The Uses of Food in the Old Testament (OUP, 2008)

Mark W. Elliott, Lecturer in Church History at St Mary’s College, author of Isaiah 40-66 in the Ancient Christian Commentary series (IVP, 2007)

Grant Macaskill, Lecturer in New Testament at St Mary’s College, author of Revealed Wisdom and Inaugurated Eschatology in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity (Brill Academic, 2007)

Luke Ben Tallon, Conference Administrator and PhD candidate in Theology at St Mary’s College


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