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2023 Oxbridge Biblical Studies Conference


10:00-10:20 Arrival and Registration, Coffee/Tea (Harris Seminar Room)

10:20-10:30 Welcome by Professor Hindy Najman (Harris Lecture Theatre)

Session 1 (Harris Lecture Theatre) – Chaired by Professor Nathan MacDonald (Cambridge)

10:30-11:00 Simone Landman (Oxford) – Ambiguity and Multiple Theologies in the Song of Moses

11:00-11:30 Christie Gilfeather (Cambridge) – ‘Those within your gates’: Deuteronomy and the Limits of Inclusion

11:30-11:40 Short Break

Session 2 (Harris Lecture Theatre) – Chaired by Professor David Downs (Oxford)

11:40-12:10 Filip Sylwestrowicz (Oxford) – Curse-Shaped Love: The Anathema in 1 Cor 16:22 as Paul’s Pastoral Tool

12:10-12:40 Jason Wendel (Cambridge) – A Good Offense is a Good Defense: The Rhetoric of Characterization in the Gospel of Luke in Reference to the Law of Moses

12:45-13:30 Lunch (Harris Seminar Room)

13:30-13:40 Split into groups for Afternoon Activity

13:40-13:55 Leave Oriel College and Walk to the Afternoon Activity at the Weston Library

14:00-14:45 HB Group 1 and NT Group 1 afternoon activity
[Group 2 returns to Weston at 14:40]
14:45-15:30 HB Group 2 and NT Group 2 afternoon activity

15:35-15:45 Welcome back to Oriel College (Harris Seminar Room)

Session 3 (Harris Lecture Theatre) – Chaired by Professor Alison Salveson (Oxford)

15:45-16:15 Jiani Sun (Oxford) – Catalogue and Culture: A Reading of the List of Knowledge in Wisdom of Solomon 7:15–22

16:15-16:45 Yanjing (Tara) Qu (Cambridge): When a Girl Becomes a Woman: The Construal of Song 8:8–10

Poster Session

16:45-16:50 Christine Rosa De Freitas (Oxford) – A Matter of Time: Semantic Development and the Language of Qohelet

16:50-16:55 Ryan Comins (Cambridge) – Translation Technique in Old Greek Joshua: Implications for its use in Biblical Research

16:55-17:00 Elizabeth Clayton (Oxford) – Silencing the Syrophoenician Woman: Early Receptions of Mark 7:24–30

17:00-17:05 Tara Jackson-Rigchung (Cambridge) – “The Lord… had saved his servant from defilement”: The Raptus Marriage in the Coptic Act of Peter

17:05-17:15 Short Break

Session 4 (Harris Lecture Theatre) – Chaired by Dr Jonathan Soyars (Cambridge)

17:15-17:45 Karl Berg (Oxford) – The Baptism of Jesus, the Descending Dove, and Aquiline Apotheosis: A Response to Michael Peppard

17:45-18:15 Judson Greene (Cambridge) – Matter, Earth, and Eschaton in Hebrews

18:15-18:20 Closing Remarks from Oxbridge Day Organisers

18:30-20:00 Dinner (Champney’s Room)

Consult at the Oriel College porter’s lodge for the 4-digit passcode to enter. For inquiries, please contact Stefania Beitia, PA to Prof. Hindy Najman (

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