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Centre for Catholic Studies

New Song: Biblical Hebrew Poetry as Jewish and Christian Scripture for the 21st Century

Conference organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies and Ushaw College and supported by the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics.

Monday 24 – Tuesday 25 June 2019 at Ushaw College, Durham, UK


Outline

This conference will bring together leading scholars from around the world to discuss the why and how of reading Biblical Hebrew poetry as Scripture for in today's world. The aim of the conference is recontextualization with the goal of moving beyond reconstructive historical work to constructive theological work. To this end, papers will address the following issues:

  • How might we read Hebrew poetry as divine communication? What is the theological significance of this poetry within the context of a given community of faith?
  • How do the biblical poets construct meaning? How do faithful readers of these poems creatively read biblical poetry to find meaning for today?
  • How do/should we read Hebrew poetry within communities of faith today?
  • How might poetry facilitate an encounter with God? How do faithful interpreters participate in their agency vis-a-vis this encounter?
  • What can the genre of poetry do that another genre cannot do? What can the genre of poetry not do that another genre can do?
  • How can we embody a proper responsiveness to what a particular poem is doing/saying?

Featured speakers include:

  • John Goldingay: On Reading Genesis 49
  • Benjamin Sommer: Parallelism and Preaching: Poetic Form and Religious Function
  • Ellen Davis: The Psalms, the Poetry of Healing
  • David Firth: Hannah's Song (1 Samuel 2:1-10): On the Interface of Poetics and Ethics in an Embedded Poem
  • Revd Megan Daffern: How Wise are the Psalms as Prayers?
  • C. T. R. Hayward: Observations on Exodus 15 (Shirat Ha-Yam) in Jewish and Catholic Liturgy
  • Katie Heffelfinger: Truth and Hidden Things: Reading Isaiah 45:9-25 as Scripture
  • Rabbi Shai Held: Can the Psalms of Lament Redeem Us?
  • Yisca Zimran: Title TBC

The conference will include an After-Dinner Poetry Reading and Discussion with award-winning poet and professor, Michael Symmons Roberts.

Conference schedule and speakers' abstracts


Registration

Package A

Standard rate, to include conference fee, refreshments, and lunch on Day 2

£60

Package B

Standard rate, to include conference fee, refreshments, conference dinner on Day 1, and lunch and dinner on Day 2

£125

Package C

Reduced rate package for students, to include conference fee, refreshments, and lunch on Day 2

£45

Package D

Reduced rate for students, to include conference fee, refreshments, conference dinner on Day 1, and lunch and dinner on Day 2

£110

Package E

Durham University students and staff – to include conference registration and refreshments but no meals

FREE

Package F

Durham University students and staff – to include conference registration and refreshments (free) AND conference dinner on Day 1, and lunch and dinner on Day 2

£73.50

Limited accommodation is available at Ushaw College bookable on a first come first served basis. Otherwise delegates can book local hotels with complimentary transport provided between Durham City and Ushaw College as required.

A complimentary coach will be provided between Durham city and Ushaw College as required. This needs to be booked at the time of registration.

Registration deadline: Monday 27 May 2019

Register for this conference