On May 23 and 24, the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary's University College, Twickenham will host a conference on "Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity." For more information and to register, please go to the centre's page here. The conference is open to the public and costs £65 (£40 for students). My colleague, Prof Steve Walton, and I have been working on this for some time and we're quite excited about the lineup of speakers. I'll list these below, but please also note that we have room for a very few short papers. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the WUNT monograph series of Mohr Siebeck press.
The keynote address will come from Prof Dr Loren Stuckenbruck (Munich): "How Much Does the Christ Event Solve? Evil in New Testament Theology and Its Relation to Jewish Theology."
Other confirmed speakers are:
James Crossley (Sheffield): "Release from Satan in the Healings of Jesus"
Nicholas Ellis (North Carolina): "A Theology of Evil in the Epistle of James"
Chris Keith (St Mary's): "Evil and the Book in Early Christianity"
Jonathan Knight: "Evil in the Ascension of Isaiah"
Louise Lawrence (Exeter): "Evil and Disability in Second Temple Judaism and the New Testament"
Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer (Aberdeen): "Evil at Qumran"
Susanne Luther (Mainz): "The Evil of the Tongue: Evil and the Ethics of Speech in the New
Lloyd Pietersen (formerly Gloucestershire): "Artemis, Demons, Mammon and Satan: The Construal of Evil in 1 Timothy"
Christopher Rollston (Tel Aviv): "The Rise of the Satan in Early Second Temple Judaism"
Dieter T. Roth (Mainz): "Evil in Marcion's Conception of the OT God"
Christopher Skinner (Mount Olive): "Evil and the Kosmos in the Gospel of John"
Chris Tilling (St Mellitus): "Evil and the Apostle Paul"
Steve Walton (St Mary's/Cambridge): "Evil and Acts 19"
Tommy Wasserman (Örebro): "Lectio difficilior and Evil in the Text of the NT"
Benjamin Wold (Trinity, Dublin): "Evil and Apotropaic Reversals in the Synoptic Gospels"
We look forward to an exciting two days of discussion featuring cultural, historical, textual, and theological approaches to the issue of evil in Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity. Join us!