My excellent co-chair Matthew Sleeman and I warmly invite offers of papers for the Book of Acts seminar at the British New Testament Conference in Edinburgh, 3-5 September 2015. Below is the call for papers; here’s a link to the A4 poster version as a pdf file which you can download—if you have access to the notice board in a Department of Theology, please do put it up. Please get in touch if you are interested—or tell others who you think might be interested.
We welcome seminar papers approaching Acts from a variety of angles and using a variety of methods: historical, literary, textual-critical, theological, archaeological, the social world, possible links/parallels with other biblical and ancient writings, and so on. We also include topics for discussion which relate Acts to the wider contexts of Luke-Acts and the Pauline corpus, where they are relevant and helpful to the study of Acts. Offers of papers are welcome both from research students (this is a great opportunity to ‘try out’ your ideas) and from more established scholars.
If you (or someone you know) is interested in offering a paper, please email Steve Walton or Matthew Sleeman, the seminar co-chairs, as soon as possible and by Friday 17 April 2015 at the latest. Please provide a title and 300-word abstract. Papers may require a full seminar session for discussion (90 minutes) or take half a session (45 minutes).
We make papers available on the British New Testament Society web site a few weeks before the conference so that seminar members can read them in advance. At the seminar, the paper’s author presents a 10-15 minute summary before discussion, in order to maximise discussion time in the seminar.