In the Cross Hairs: Biblical Violence in Focus

Proposals are invited for our second annual academic symposium, to be held in London on 14th May 2020.

The Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence is a study centre dedicated to the interpretation of biblical texts of violence. Its academic arm exists to promote and conduct high-quality scholarship in the field. At core, the CSBV is committed to a confessional, faithful reading of scripture, but we are also committed to respectful dialogue with scholars from many faith backgrounds and ideological stances. Papers are therefore warmly invited from scholars of any faith commitment or none, who are working in relevant fields.

The symposium, organized by the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence, Bristol Baptist College, will take place at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, London and especially welcomes junior researchers who are working in the field. It is anticipated that afterward, the presentations will be published in a volume of conference proceedings. The keynote speaker is Professor Paul Copan (Palm Beach Atlantic University).

Participants are invited to send their abstract (no longer than 500 words) to by 1 February 2020.
Selection of the contributions is scheduled for February – early March 2020, with notification in late March.

The program committee consists of Helen Paynter (Director, CSBV), and the Research Associates of the centre: Brandon Hurlbert, Michael Spalione and Trevor Laurence.

Papers submitted by current undergraduate or (research or taught) postgraduate students will be considered for the student paper prize, with a value of £50 in Amazon vouchers.

Papers are invited which address the questions of the interpretation or reception of biblical violence, under the following categories:

  • Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible: narrative and law
  • Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible: wisdom and prophetic traditions
  • New Testament
  • Biblical Theology

Accepted abstracts may be invited for oral presentation or poster display.

Information about previous conferences and events can be found here. The proceedings of the first annual symposium will be published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in 2020.