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SSEC Annual Conference: Sat 3 May 2014

Thanks for a Successful SSEC Conference  - "Christ or Caesar: Render Unto Caesar?"

Tiberius Caesar Augustus

Tiberius Caesar Augustus, (photo by BJ Eyland)


Last updated 4 May 2014 by SSEC webmaster BJ Eyland

Two Dates - very successful

  • Our "Conference Curtain Raiser" was held on the Thursday night, 1 May 2014
    • Venue: Museum of Ancient Cultures X5B 321 
    • Time: 7:05 pm
    • Costs: $5 members /$8 non-members
    • We were very happy to hear the 2014 SSEC visiting speaker Professor Brigitte Kahl (Columbia University NY)  with Topic: If the image speaks - what then is Caesar's?  An iconographic investigation of the tribute question in Mk 12:16
    • and a response session chaired by Professor James R. Harrison (Sydney College of Divinity), the noted Australian expert in this area.  
  • Our day conference was held on the Saturday  3 May 2014.  
    • Venue: Robert Menzies College, 136 Herring Road, Macquarie Park, just near the Macquarie Uni Railway Station.
    • Time:   Registrations at 8:45am for a 9:15 am start, and finish approximately 5:00pm
    • Costs: 
      • SSEC Financial Members = $130
      • Non-members = $140
      • Pensioner (age, disability or carers) = $95
      • Student = $55
      • Part day at $25 (or $20 Concession) per lecture.
    • Receipts:
      • Note: if a valid email address was provided then an email confirmation was sent from the SSEC office to assure you that we have received your registration form with payment.
      • Note: If you require a paper receipt  (and you have ticked the box on the form),  then these were available for you to collect on the morning of the conference.

Revised Program of Day Conference

8.45-9.15am Registration Tea and Coffee available upon arrival
9.15-9.50am Chris Forbes Christ or Caesar:  Friends, Foes, or a False Antithesis?  An Outline of the Issues
Five minute Break: Technical set up for computers/slideshow etc
9.55-10.30am Norman Young The Man born to be King - John 18:28-19:22
10.30-11.10am Morning Tea Tea and Coffee available
11.10-12.05pm Brigitte Kahl Reclaiming what is not Caesar's  Paul's theology of cross & justification through the lens of Roman trophies
Five minute Break: Technical set up for computers/slideshow etc
12.10-12.20pm Colin Pitchfork Coins from NT Times
12.25-1.40pm Lunch Break Book Display
1.00pm-1.40pm Lunch Break continued - SSEC AGM SSEC AGM (as part of lunch break)
1.40-2.20pm Tom Hillard The Roman Emperors, Messianic Hopes and Apocalyptic Anxieties:  Another Side of the Imperial Ruler Cult
2.20-2.55pm * Paul Yeates Blaspheming Heaven: Revelation 13:4-8 and the Competition for Heaven in Roman Imperial Ideology and the Theology of John.
2.55-3.15pm Afternoon Tea Tea and Coffee available
3.15-3.30pm John Dickson

Two Book Launches:  

  • New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity Volume 10
  • & All Things To All Cultures
3.30-4.00pm James Harrison Provincial Galatia and August's "Res Gestae" :  Paul's Response to the Caesar Cult
Five minute Break: Technical set up for computers/slideshow etc
4.05-4.45pm Laurence Welborn The Political Paul
4.45-5.00pm Panel Questions and Answers

 

(* )  Dr Bruce Winter (Queensland Theological College QTC) was regrettably prevented from giving his talk due to ill health.  His topic would have been: You must render to Caesar "divine honours".

 

    • List of Speakers
      • 2014 SSEC visiting speaker Professor Brigitte Kahl (Columbia University NY), Topic: Reclaiming what is not Caesar's:  Paul's theology of cross and justification through the lens of Roman trophies.
      • Professor James R. Harrison(Sydney College of Divinity), Topic: Provincial Galatia and Augustus's "Res Gestae" :Paul's Response to the Caesar Cult in the Epistle to the Galatians.
      • Professor Laurence Welborn (Fordham/ Macquarie),Topic: The Political Paul.
      • Associate Professor Tom Hillard (Macqaurie), Topic:The Roman Emperors, Messianic Hopes and Apocalyptic Anxieties: Another Side of the Imperial Ruler Cult.
      • Dr Chris Forbes (Macquarie), Topic: Christ and Caesar:  Friends, Foes, or a False Antithesis?  An Outline of the Issues
      • Dr Norman Young, Topic: The Man Born to be King, John 18:28 to 19:22
      • Colin E. Pitchfork Topic: Coins from New Testament Times
      • (* ) Paul Yeates: Blaspheming Heaven: Revelation 13:4-8 and the Competition for Heaven in Roman Imperial Ideology and the Theology of John.
      • (* ) Due to Ill Health, Dr Bruce Winter is regrettably prevented from giving his talk You Must Render to Caesar the Things that are God's?
      • Dr John Dickson - Two Book Launches :  
        • New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity Volume 10  
        • & All Things To All Cultures
      • Q&A session
      • Read More about our Speakers in the Conference 2014 Procceedings website
    • RSVP: please return registrations form with your payment details to The Secretary, Dr Don Barker, SSEC Office / Ancient History, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, NSW 2109.
    • Parking: very limited at the venue.    However, we suggest you travel by public transport.: namely by government bus or by train - alight at the closest railway station which is called "Macquarie University" and then a very short walk.
    • The Society for the Study of Early Christianity wishes to thank the Co-op Bookshop most warmly for their support of the Conference.

Thanks to the Co-op Bookshop

 

Disclaimer. SSEC Newsletter Editors' Note: "The Society takes no position on the intellectual content of papers and articles."
"The unique emphasis of our Society is one of history. The study of Early Christianity in its Jewish and Graeco Roman Setting." Prof Alanna Nobbs has asked for this disclaimer to be added to all SSEC correspondence eg SSEC eNewsletters, SSEC website & SSEC facebook etc.

2014 Visiting Speaker 

The 2014 SSEC Visiting Speaker was  Professor Brigitte Kahl (Columbia University NY).  She is also the Professor of New Testament at the Union Theological Seminary in New York.   Brigitte Kahl is an innovative New Testament scholar whose work has been groundbreaking in Pauline studies. She brings a new perspective to Biblical scholarship by analysing the dynamic relationship between the New Testament and the Roman Empire.   

Professor Brigitte Kahl

Professor Brigitte Kahl

2015 Visiting Speaker 2015 - Professor Paul Trebilco

Prof Paul Trebilco 

Paul Trebilco is Professor of New Testament. He studied Chemistry at the University of Canterbury, and then did a Bachelor of Divinity at Otago before completing his PhD in the New Testament in 1987 at the University of Durham.

He has published work on the Jewish and Greco-Roman backgrounds to the New Testament, the Acts of the Apostles, the apostle Paul, early Christians in Ephesus, the relationship of Scripture and Church tradition, and the Self-designations used by the earliest Christians in the New Testament.

He is currently the General Editor of the Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, published by Cambridge University Press.

The Society for the Study of Early Christianity holds an annual conference in May each year. Join us at next year's special annual event : Sat 2 May 2015.

 


SSEC 2014 Conference Program Enquiries

SSEC Office  - (02) 9850 7512  (please leave message on SSEC office answering machine).

Dr Don Barker    (02) 9850 9962

Professor Alanna Nobbs   (02) 9850 8844

Ancient History Office   (02) 9850 8833

SSEC office email: SSEC@mq.edu.au     Lyn Kidson or Karyn Young.

SSEC Speakers in previous years

Prof James McLaren   Keynote Speaker for 2013 was Professor James McLaren, Professor of Ancient History and Biblical Studies in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Australian Catholic University. He is also currently the Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty and is a member of the Centre for Early Christian Studies.

Dr Konstantinos D. PolitisDr Konstantinos D. Politis, who is currently Director of the Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies in Greece.   Speaker for 2012.

 

 

SSEC - Lawrence WelbornProf Laurence WELBORN is Professor of New Testament Studies at Fordham University New York & Macquarie Uni. Speaker at the 2006, 2010,  2011  & 2012 SSEC Conferences. 

SSEC - John FitzgeraldProf John T. FITZGERALD is the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Miami. Speaker at the 2011 SSEC Conference.

 

 

SSEC - Beverly GaventaProfessor Beverly GAVENTA is the Helen HP Manson Professor of New Testament Interpretation & Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary. Speaker at the 2009 SSEC Conference.

 

 

Kim HainesAssociate Professor Kim HAINES-EITZEN, Cornell University. Speaker at 2008 SSEC Conference

 

 

SSEC - Felicity Harley-McGowanDr Felicity HARLEY-MCGOWAN lectures in Medieval Art History at the Uni of Melbourne, School of Culture & Communication at Trinity College Theological School. Speaker at the 2010 SSEC Conference.

 

 

SSEC - Lucy Anne HuntProfessor Lucy-Anne HUNT of Manchester Metropolitan University is an expert in Byzantine, Coptic and Christian-Muslim art & culture in the Middle Ages. Speaker at the 2010 SSEC Conference.

 

 

SSEC - Judith LieuProfessor Judith LIEU is the Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity and Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge University. Speaker at the 2009 SSEC Conference.

 

 

 

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SSEC Conference Program/Registration form   (PDF 256Kb) is now available.  This form combines full program, list of speakers, topics, timetable and registration form.

Note: Full conference brochure in colour - with list of speakers, program/ timetable and all conference details including costs, venue etc will be forward to SSEC members with our March 2014 eNewsletter # 78.    (or via snail mail  with our March 2014 paper Newsletter #78).

SSEC 2014 Conference Proceedings

Website is now available:  SSEC 2014 Conference Proceedings   Some details of our Seven Conference speakers is available now.  Details & photos of speakers, Bios, abstracts will be added as they become available, before the conference.

It is hoped that speakers will supply a copy of their papers, or handouts, or slide shows or images after the conference.     Alternatively some papers may be made available in future SSEC newsletters.

Past SSEC Conference Proceedings

Dura-Europa Synagogue Mosaic May 2013 SSEC Conference :   Church and Synagogue: the Interaction between Jews and Christians in Antiquity.   Go to the  Conference Proceedings 2013 web page. 

SSEC - StoneSmall May 2012 SSEC Conference : Desert Sands - Desert Secrets: Archaeology, the Bible & Early Christianity.   Go to the Conference Proceedings 2012 web page.

 

SSEC - MayConference11 May 2011 SSEC Conference Corinth: Paul, People and Politics.  Go to the SSEC 2011 Conference Proceedings web page.