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We invite you this Tuesday (Nov. 18) to hear Dr. Mika S. Pajunen present on "The Praise of God and His Name as the Core of Second Temple Liturgy." Dr. Pajunen is a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Biblical Studies at the University of Helsinki, and his research focuses on late Second Temple Judaism, especially the Dead Sea Scrolls, psalms, and prayer. His abstract is in the comments. The seminar will be held in in Cody Library (Wycliffe College) from 4:10 - 5:30pm, and an open discussion will follow his presentation. We hope to see you there.

Published on 2014-11-13 18:47:17 GMT

Please join us on Friday (Oct. 31) to hear Jordan Ryan (PhD Candidate, McMaster University, SMC Alumnus) speak on "Second-Temple Period Public Synagogues of the Land of Israel and the Function of the Synagogue at Magdala." Jordan is an associate of the Magdala excavations in Galilee, and he will share some of the findings from this site as they relate to biblical texts. His abstract is in the comments. The seminar is in Cody Library (Wycliffe) from 4:10-5:30pm this Friday. Hope to see you there.

Published on 2014-10-28 14:20:58 GMT

The current Fall 2014 schedule for the Biblical Department Seminar is as follows: (Thurs) September 25: Dr. Marion Taylor (Professor of OT, Wycliffe), "Reading the Book of Ruth in Light of the Story of God." Respondent: Marina Hofman (PhD, OT, Wycliffe). This will be an interactive seminar. Participants are encouraged to read the short book of Ruth in advance and bring a bible. (Fri) October 31: Jordan Ryan (PhD Candidate, McMaster University [SMC alumnus, MA]), "Second-Temple Period Public Synagogues of the Land of Israel and the Function of the Synagogue at Magdala." Jordan is an associate of the excavations at Magdala in Galilee (2009-). (Tues) November 18: Mika Pajunen (ThD, postdoctoral researcher, Department of Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki). Topic and respondent: TBA (Thurs) December 4: Dr. Rodney Werline (Marie and Leman Barnhill Endowed Chair in Religious Studies and Professor of Religion at Barton College, Wilson, NC), " 'Deliver them from Evil': Intercessory Prayers for Protection from Demonic Powers and Community Formation.' " Please note that the seminars on Sept. 25 and Dec. 4 will be held in the Reading Room in Wycliffe College. The Oct. 31 and Nov. 18 seminars will be held in Cody Library, Wycliffe College. All seminars still run from 4:10 - 5:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Published on 2014-09-20 02:41:39 GMT

With the new 2014-2015 academic year under way, there are two announcements. First, BDS co-chair Jin Hwan Lee is stepping down in order to take on new teaching duties and continue with his doctoral work. We wish him all the best and express our gratitude for his help last year. Please welcome Andy Witt, a fifth-year OT doctoral student at Wycliffe, who is the new co-chair of the seminar. Second, the fall schedule will be posted soon, but there is still room to present at the first meeting on September 25. If anyone should like to do so, please contact us at tst.biblical.department.seminar@gmail.com. Best wishes for the new term!

Published on 2014-09-09 00:13:12 GMT

There are 4 presentations scheduled for Winter 2014. We will continue to meet in Cody Library (Wycliffe College) from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Hope to see everyone! January 30: Emily Lafleche (MA Student, Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity, Department for the Study of Religion, Centre for Jewish Studies), "Disciple Portrayals in the Synoptic and Apocryphal Gospels and How This Contributes to Source-Critical Theories." Respondent: Ian Brown (PhD Student, Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity, Department for the Study of Religion). February 27: Marina Hofman (PhD, Old Testament, Wycliffe College), "Dreams and Dream Interpretation in the ANE." Respondent: Igal German (PhD Candidate, Old Testament, Wycliffe College). March 27: Manhee Yoon (ThD Candidate, Biblical Studies [OT], Wycliffe College), "Symbolic Actions in 1 Kings 13." Respondent: TBA April 3: Frank Z. Kovacs (Visiting Scholar, Department for the Study of Religion). Paper and respondent: TBA.

Published on 2014-01-15 21:52:20 GMT

We invite anyone interested in presenting at the Biblical Department Seminar this winter 2014 to contact us. Presenting can be a helpful step in the process toward publication or presentation at a conference. If you have a paper or simply a topic at this point that you are developing into a paper for presentation, please email us at tst.biblical.department.seminar@gmail.com, christina.enekes@mail.utoronto.ca, or jinhwan.lee@mail.utoronto.ca. We look forward to hearing from you.

Published on 2013-12-02 15:39:33 GMT

The fall schedule of meetings is in place. We hope you can join us in Cody Library (Wycliffe College) from 4:00pm to 5:30pm to hear the following presentations: October 3: Dr. Judith Newman (Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, Emmanuel College/Department and Centre for the Study of Religion/Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations), "Paul and the Maskil as Inspired Interpreters of Scripture." Open discussion will follow this presentation. November 7: Jin Hwan Lee (Wycliffe College, PhD Student, New Testament), "The Synoptic Tradition: A Developing Prophet-Killing Motif Shared in the Early Christian Communities." Respondent: Christopher B. Zeichman (Emmanuel College, ThD Candidate, New Testament). December 5: Dr. Bradley McLean (Professor of New Testament, Knox College), "The Rationality of Early Christian Discourse." Respondent: Luiz Felipe Ribeiro (PhD in Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity [ABD], Religion, U of Toronto).

Published on 2013-09-24 13:31:39 GMT

Our final Biblical Department Seminar of the Winter 2015 term will be held tomorrow, March 26, in Cody Library at Wycliffe College at 4pm. Our presenter will be Andy Witt, a doctoral candidate at Wycliffe College, and responding to his paper is Dr. Mark Boda, of McMaster Divinity School and University. The title of the paper is: 'In the Person of': An Exploration of the Speaking Persona in the Book of Psalms. We look forward to seeing you there! The abstract: When we read a psalm, whose voice do we hear speaking? The history of interpretation offers us many different ways of answering this question. Pre-critical interpreters most often read the Psalms as authored by prophets, who were able to speak both with their own voice and with the voice of later biblical figures, from Hezekiah to Jesus Christ. Critical interpreters are prone to distance themselves from divine prophecy, instead focusing on the historical situations which could either provide a context for a psalm's composition or its original use, often yielding a corporate personality or an "everyman" as the speaker in a psalm. Using a canonical approach, this paper will explore how the book of Psalms itself pressures its readers into several different interpretive directions. It will argue that Psalms 1 and 2 identify a Davidic figure as the main prism through which to read the Psalms, and then, through a brief analysis of Psalms 3-14, will attempt to offer an approach for determining the speaking persona within a psalm.

Published on 2015-03-25 14:43:53 GMT

The Biblical Department Seminar will be hosting Nadav Sharon (Post-Doc; CJS & DSR) in presenting the paper "Contrasting Graeco-Roman and Jewish Views of the Future of the Roman Empire." The paper will be presented in the Cody Library at Wycliffe this Thursday (March 12) at 4pm. The abstract is included in the comments.

Published on 2015-03-10 00:29:54 GMT

The Biblical Department Seminar has the following further announcements: There is an additional presentation scheduled for March 12 by Nadav Sharon (Postdoctoral Fellow, Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies and Department for the Study of Religion, UofT) on "Contrasting Graeco-Roman and Jewish Views of the Future of the Roman Empire." We look forward to you joining us then. Chris Zeichman will act as interim co-chair this term as I step down to focus on my work. Chris acted as co-chair in the past, and his willingness to do so again is greatly appreciated. Please join me in welcoming him back to this role. If anyone is interested in acting as co-chair, especially in the 2015-2016 academic year, please send an email to tst.biblical.department.seminar@gmail.com.

Published on 2015-02-24 15:27:32 GMT

This Thursday (Feb. 26) Andrew Knight-Messenger (McMaster University, PhD Candidate, Early Judaism) will present on "The Status of the Modern Study of the Ancient Jewish Court Tale: Analysis, Issues and Prospects." His abstract can be found in the comments. The respondent will be Dr. Judith Newman (OT/Hebrew Bible, Emmanuel College/Department and Centre for the Study of Religion/Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilization). The seminar will be in Cody Library, Wycliffe College from 4:10-5:30, and we hope you can join us.

Published on 2015-02-24 15:25:16 GMT

Mari Leesment (Wycliffe College, ThD Student, New Testament) will be presenting this Thurs., Jan. 29 on "Instructions for Becoming a Stoic Sage: The Epistle of James in Light of Stoic Cosmology" in Cody Library from 4:10 - 5:30pm. Her abstract is found in the comments. Patrick Stange (DSR, UofT) will be the respondent. Please join us.

Published on 2015-01-26 23:09:26 GMT

You are invited to the following presentations scheduled from 4:00-5:30pm in Cody Library, Wycliffe College for the Winter 2015 term: January 29: Mari Leesment (Wycliffe College, ThD Student, New Testament), "Instructions for Becoming a Stoic Sage: The Epistle of James in Light of Stoic Cosmology." Respondent: TBA February 26: Andrew Knight-Messenger (McMaster University, PhD Candidate, Early Judaism), "The Status of the Modern Study of the Ancient Jewish Court Tale: Analysis, Issues and Prospects." Respondent: Judith Newman (OT/Hebrew Bible, Emmanuel College/Department and Centre for the Study of Religion/Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilization). March 26: Andrew Witt (Wcyliffe College, PhD Candidate in Old Testament), " 'In the Person of': An Exploration of the Speaking Persona in the Book of Psalms." Respondent: Dr. Mark Boda (McMaster Divinity College, Professor of Old Testament).

Published on 2015-01-17 22:13:27 GMT

This Thursday (Dec. 4) Dr. R. Werline (Marie and Leman Barnhill Endowed Chair in Religious Studies and Professor of Religion at Barton College, Wilson, NC) will present his paper on “‘Deliver them from Evil’: Intercessory Prayers for Protection from Demonic Powers and Community Formation” in the Reading Room of Wycliffe College from 4:10 - 5:30pm. His abstract is in the comments. This is the final seminar of the term. Thank you to those who participated.

Published on 2014-12-01 22:05:08 GMT

Dr. Marion Taylor (Professor of OT, Wycliffe) will present on "Reading the Book of Ruth in Light of the Story of God" at the opening BDS meeting this year. She has dedicated a recent sabbatical to writing a commentary on the book of Ruth for a new Zondervan series (The Story of God). During this seminar, Dr. Taylor will highlight some of the key challenges she faced in interpreting the text and conforming to the expectations of the series. This will be an interactive seminar rather than a formal paper, so participants are encouraged to read the short book of Ruth in advance and bring a bible. Marina Hofman (PhD, OT, Wycliffe) will be the respondent. Just a reminder that this seminar will be held from 4:15 - 5:30pm in the Reading Room in Wycliffe College, not the usual location of Cody Library. The Reading Room is on the main floor, just past the front desk, near the main doors. Looking forward to seeing new and returning BDS participants there!

Published on 2014-09-24 14:02:14 GMT

Anyone interested in presenting at the Biblical Department Seminar during the 2014-2015 academic year is invited to contact Jin or me at tst.biblical.department.seminar@gmail.com, christina.enekes@mail.utoronto.ca, or jinhwan.lee@mail.utoronto.ca as we will be putting together the schedule over the summer break. This brings us to the end of our meetings for 2013-2014. Thank you to all who were able to participate. Have a great summer, everyone!

Published on 2014-04-08 21:13:30 GMT

The Biblical Department Seminar resumes this Thursday (Jan. 30) with a paper presented by Emily Lafleche (MA Student, Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity, DSR, CJS) on "Disciple Portrayals in the Synoptic and Apocryphal Gospels and How This Contributes to Source-Critical Theories." Ian Brown (PhD Student, Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity, DSR) will be the respondent. Emily's abstract is in the comments. Please join us in Cody Library (Wycliffe College) from 4:00pm to 5:30pm for this presentation.

Published on 2014-01-27 16:06:25 GMT

This Thursday (Dec. 5) Dr. Bradley McLean (NT, Knox College) will present on "The Rationality of Early Christian Discourse" in Cody Library (Wycliffe College) from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Dr. McLean's paper will provide some interdisciplinary content for this week's meeting, bridging contemporary philosophy and Christian texts. His abstract is in the comments. Luiz Felipe Ribeiro (PhD in Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity [ABD], Religion, U of Toronto will respond. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Published on 2013-12-02 15:22:07 GMT

The second meeting of the semester will be this Thursday (Oct 25) at Wycliffe's Cody Library. Nathalie LaCoste (CSR) will present her paper '"There Shall Be Blood Throughout the Land of Egypt": The First Plague in Jewish Hellenistic Literature from the Second Temple Period.' Sherry Coman (Regis) will respond. Abstract is in the comments.

Published on 2012-10-22 15:13:21 GMT

The first meeting of the semester will be this Thursday (Sept 27) at Cody Library. L. Ann Jervis (Wycliffe) will present "Time in Romans 5-8: From Life to Life" and Colleen Shantz (SMC) will respond. Abstract is in the comments.

Published on 2012-09-24 15:00:22 GMT

Here is the schedule for the Fall BDS meetings, so mark your calenders now! Sept. 27 - L. Ann Jervis (Wycliffe) Time in Romans 5-8: From Life to Life Respondent: Colleen Shantz (SMC) Oct. 25 - Nathalie LaCoste (CSR) "There Shall Be Blood Throughout the Land of Egypt": The First Plague in Jewish Hellenistic Literature from the Second Temple Period Respondent: Sherry Coman (Regis) Dec. 5 - Lelia Fry (Emmanuel) New Oracle, Same Exile? A Re-Reading of Daniel 9 Respondent: Mark Boda (McMaster)

Published on 2012-09-14 13:27:37 GMT

This Thursday, December 6, Lelia Fry (Emmanuel) will be presenting her paper, "New Oracle, Same Exile? A Re-Reading of Daniel 9" and Mark Boda (McMaster) will respond. The meeting is at 4pm and will be in Wycliffe's Cody Library. Abstract is in the comments.

Published on 2012-12-04 20:45:22 GMT

For our final seminar of the 2013-2014 academic year, Dr. Frank Kovacs (Visiting Scholar, DSR) will present on "Indications of Hellenistic religious praxis in James 4." Please come out to welcome him this Thursday (Apr. 3), as usual, in Cody Library (Wycliffe College) from 4:00pm - 5:30pm. His paper abstract is in the comments.

Published on 2014-03-31 20:41:25 GMT

Our presenter this Thursday (Mar 27) is Manhee Yoon (ThD Candidate, OT Biblical Studies, Wycliffe), "Symbolic Actions in 1 Kings 13." Dr. Glen Taylor (Professor of OT/Hebrew Bible) will be the respondent. Manhee's abstract can be found in the comments. Please join us, as usual, in Cody Library (Wycliffe College) from 4:00pm - 5:30pm.

Published on 2014-03-24 20:21:05 GMT

The presentation scheduled for this Thursday (February 27) has been cancelled. Please keep the well-being of the presenter and her family in your prayers.

Published on 2014-02-21 22:30:07 GMT

BDS co-chair Jin Hwan Lee (Wycliffe College) will be presenting his paper, "The Synoptic Tradition: A Developing Prophet-Killing Motif Shared in the Early Christian Communities," this Thursday (Nov. 7) in Cody Library (Wycliffe College) from 4:00pm - 5:30pm. He will also present this paper at the SBL Annual Meeting this month. His abstract is in the comments. Christopher B. Zeichman (Emmanuel College) will respond. We hope you can join us.

Published on 2013-11-04 23:48:05 GMT

This Thursday Dr. Judith Newman (TST/UofT) will be presenting her paper, "Spirit and Speech: Paul and the Maskil as Inspired Teachers of Scripture," in Cody Library (Wycliffe College) from 4:00pm - 5:30pm. Open discussion will follow her presentation. This is a great opportunity to hear her latest research and provide her with feedback. Her abstract is in the comments. We hope to see you there!

Published on 2013-09-30 21:31:21 GMT

Chris Zeichmann and Manhee Yoon are both stepping down from their position as co-chairs of the Biblical Department Seminar. Christina Enekes and Jin Hwan Lee are filling their positions. Be sure to give a hearty welcome to the new co-chairs!

Published on 2013-08-27 02:43:59 GMT

Marion Taylor and Heather Weir will lead a group reading and discussion of 19th century women’s readings of the Gospels. The readings will be selected from a forthcoming book from Drs. Taylor and Weir. This should be an exciting meeting and an excellent opportunity to see the work in progress from TST faculty. The meeting will be held in the Cody Library of Wycliffe College on Thursday, February 28, 4-5:30 pm. I hope to see everyone there!

Published on 2013-02-25 23:29:29 GMT

This Thursday, January 31, Marina Hofman Willard will present her paper, "Biblical Dream Type-scene: Structure and Significance." Dr. Michael Kolarcik will respond. The abstract is in the comments.

Published on 2013-01-28 19:54:14 GMT

Mark your calenders! Here is the schedule for the semester: Jan 31: Marina Hofman Willard, "Theological Significance and Structure of the Biblical Dream Type-Scene" Feb 28: Marion Taylor and Heather Weir will present on 19th century women's readings of the Gospels. March 21: Won Chan Hwang will present on table fellowship in Galatians If you are interested in presenting on April 25 email me at tst.biblical.department.seminar@gmail.com

Published on 2013-01-18 21:59:45 GMT

It is time to start thinking about papers for next semester! The meetings are scheduled to be on Jan 31, Feb 28, March 21, and April 25 (all meetings are 4-6 pm in Wycliffe's Cody Library). Fellow students, if you are interested in submitting a proposal, do not worry: you do not need to have the full paper completed now, you just need to be able to provide an abstract some time over the holiday break. Papers usually run 40 minutes and have a respondent specializing with the area of the paper presented. If you have a paper idea you would like to present at the Biblical Department Seminar, you can either respond to the official email address (tst.biblical.department.seminar@gmail.com), to Chris Zeichmann (christopher.zeichman@mail.utoronto.ca) or to Manhee Yoon (m.yoon@utoronto.ca).