Saturday, July 24, 2021

Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXX

I had the honor of presenting a paper, "The God Who Communicates: A Study in the Characterization of God in Hebrews" at the 70th session of the Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense (CBL). I want to publicly thank Régis Burnet for the invitation to present at this conference.

"The Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense is an annual international conference on Biblical Studies jointly organised by the theological faculties of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Université Catholique de Louvain. The meetings take place in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the KU Leuven and are alternately dedicated to a topic in Old and in New Testament Studies. 

The Colloquium offers a forum and meeting place for research and scholarly discussion in the field of Biblical Studies. As a rule the annual conference focuses on a biblical book or a collection of writings, but it also addresses thematic subjects."

The CBL met during the dates of July 22–24, 2021. Due to the pandemic, the CBL was held in an online format. This year's CBL was organized by the president, professor Régis Burnet, and the secretary, Reimund Bieringer. Papers and sessions were conducted in four languages. It was truly an international session. The following plenary session papers were presented:

Presidential Address: 
Régis BURNET (Université catholique de Louvain)
Quel but poursuit l’Épître aux Hébreux ? Une histoire des lectures du cadre interprétatif de la théologie d’Hébreux
Gabriella GELARDINI (Bodø, Norway)
Virtues in Hebrews
Jason WHITLARK (Baylor University)
Becoming Ideal Citizens of the Coming City: New-Covenant Naturalization in Early Christianity and Hebrews
Thomas WITULSKI (Universität Bielefeld)
Die Vorstellungen von Zeit und Raum im Hebräerbrief
Harold ATTRIDGE (Yale University) 
The Letter to the Hebrews and the Authority of Scripture
Antoine PARIS (Paris)
 « Car la parole de Dieu est vivante »
La productivité des intertextes dans l'Épître aux Hébreux
David M. MOFFITT (Saint Andrews)
Boldly Approaching While Still Waiting: The Dynamics of Heavenly Access and Jesus’ Awaited Return in Hebrews’ Soteriology
Brian C. SMALL
The God Who Communicates: A Study in the Characterization of God in Hebrews
Gert STEYN (Theologische Hochschule Ewersbach) 
Der "Brief" an die Hebräer und die Apolloshypothese
Albert COETSEE (North-West University)
"Through the eternal Spirit” (Heb 9:14): The Arguments for and Implications of Interpreting the Phrase as a Reference to the Holy Spirit
Martin KARRER (Wuppertal-Bethel) 
Textgeschichte und Theologie des Hebräerbriefs
In addition four parallel seminars were offered:
Joseph VERHEYDEN (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Het vocabulaire van de Hebreeënbrief: Woorden met privatieve α en andere vormen van ontkenning
Madison N. PIERCE (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
The World Spoken through the Son: Divine Speech and Creation in the Epistle to the Hebrews
Steeve BÉLANGER (Université catholique de Louvain)
La figure de Melkisédeq dans l'épître aux Hébreux
Reimund BIERINGER (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Deutungen des Todes Jesu im Hebräerbrief
In addition, three parallel sessions consisting of offered papers were presented:
[Click the link for the abstracts]
Session 1:
Rémi Fatchéoun
Institut Catholique de Paris
Heb 1:1-4: A Prologue to a Discourse on the Son of God as Logos or a Son who is Prophet?
Justin Devassy Puthenpurackal
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
The Realized and the Future Eschatology of τελειωτής in Heb 12:1-2
Armin Kummer and Sarah Whitear
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Undefiled Beds and Unparted Ways: Hebrews 13:4 and Sexual Purity Practices
Session 2:
Martin Pochon
Centre d'Etudes Pédagogiques Ignatien, Toulouse
De l'utilisation du psaume 39/40 dans la lettre aux Hébreux
Kyu Seop Kim
Asia United Theological University, R. of Korea
Ἐπαγγελία in Hebrews in Light of Greco-Egyptian Documentary Papyri
Soeng Yu Li
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Πίστις in Heb 11:1-16: A Reading in Light of Text World Theory
Session 3:
 Jean Valentin
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Hébr. 1,1-4 en arabe dans le Vatican 13 et les manuscrits du Sinaï
Valentina Duca
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
A Syriac Case for the Reception of Hebrews: Isaac of Nineveh's Ascetic-Mystical Corpus
Vadim Wittkowsky
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Der Hebräerbrief als Hintergrund der "Exempla Biblica" aus Ankara (Mitchell-French 2019, Nr. 347, 348)

Friday, July 9, 2021

Distributions of the Holy Spirit - Hebrews 2:4

In this brief podcast Madions Pierce argues that "distributions of the Holy Spirit" in Hebrews 2:4 refers not to spiritual gifts, as is commonly understood, but to the Holy Spirit himself. She does not mention this in the podcast but this means that she is taking πνεύματος ἁγίου as an objective genitive (the Holy Spirit is distributed) rather than as a subjective genitive (the Holy Spirit is distributing). This is certainly grammatically possible.

Distributions of the Holy Spirit: Hebrews 2:4 - with Dr. Madison Pierce