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Chancellor’s Fellowship in New Testament and/or Christian Origins at Edinburgh


(Matthew Novenson) I see where Prof Hurtado has posted about the recently advertised Professorship in New Testament at Groningen and the Senior Lectureship in New Testament at Durham. For our part, we are very happy to announce a search for a Chancellor’s Fellow in New Testament and/or Christian Origins at Edinburgh. (From this page, click through to the “School of Divinity” link for the job advert.) Building on our recent appointment of Dr Anja Klein as Chancellor’s Fellow in Hebrew Bible, we are hoping to add to our staff resources in first- and second-century Christianity with this Chancellor’s Fellowship. Early career scholars, take note: The deadline for applications is 7 February.

This week at Edinburgh: Peter Altmann on economy and theology in ancient Israel


(Matthew Novenson) This Friday is the last Biblical Studies Research Seminar meeting for this teaching term (but there are a number of CSCO events still to come over the Spring and Summer months). Our speaker for this week is Dr. Peter Altmann, Assistent Altes Testament at the University of Zurich. Altmann is the author of Festive Meals in Ancient Israel (De Gruyter, 2011), and his current research concerns the relation between the ancient Israelite economy and the theologies of the biblical writers. His paper title for Friday is “The Effects of Economic Changes on Theology in Biblical Texts.” The seminar meets on Friday at 11:15 in the Martin Hall, New College. As ever, visitors are very welcome.

Chancellor’s Fellowship in Biblical Studies at Edinburgh


Image(Matthew Novenson) Breaking news for early-career scholars: The University of Edinburgh is welcoming applications for Chancellor’s Fellows in the fields of Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible); World Christianity; and Theology, Ethics, and Media. The Chancellor’s Fellowship is a generous three-year research fellowship with a provision for continuing on to a full academic staff post. Applications must be submitted by 18 April. Follow the link above for further particulars. Of course, we at CSCO have an interest in finding an excellent colleague in Biblical Studies, so please pass on the word to suitable candidates.

Annual MTh dissertation proposal presentations


(Matthew Novenson) Yesterday we had our annual roundup of MTh dissertation proposal presentations, in which each Biblical Studies MTh student gives a brief oral presentation of her intended dissertation research and fields questions from an audience of staff and postgraduate students. MTh dissertations this year include such topics as: word order in the Hebrew of Amos, ancient Jewish perspectives on foreign rule and justified violence, religious themes in Roman imperial hymns, the parable of the unjust steward from in light of joke theory, and Puritan reception history of the farewell discourse in John. The Edinburgh MTh in Biblical Studies is a one-year program geared toward preparing students for PhD research in the field. It involves intensive study in biblical and modern research languages, as well as a slate of elective courses in biblical and cognate literature. Any CSCO readers who might be interested in applying to the program will find information on the School of Divinity web site and may also contact me in my capacity as program director in case of further questions.

This week at Edinburgh: Barclay on ancient gift-giving and Paul’s theology of grace



(Matthew Novenson) Our Biblical Studies Research Seminar speaker for this week is Prof. John M. G. Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham. Prof. Barclay is very well known for his research on the Pauline epistles, Flavius Josephus, and ancient Diaspora Judaism. He is presently undertaking a major research project on ancient perspectives on gift-giving and the apostle Paul’s theology of grace (Greek charis, or “gift”). The first volume of this study, Paul and the Gift, is due out from Eerdmans in 2013. Fittingly, his paper title for Friday’s seminar is “Paul and the Gift: Gift-Theory, Grace, and Critical Moments in the Interpretation of Paul.” The seminar meets on Friday at 11:15 in the Martin Hall, New College. As ever, visitors are very welcome.