Conferences and conference papers

Conference presentation, June 10th 2020

A text beyond redemption? Towards a reparative reading for Judges 19. Helen Paynter. Keynote address, Bristol Baptist College (virtual) Research Conference. Listen to or download the audio recording here. Download the accompanying PowerPoint here.


Conference, May 14th 2020

Sadly our conference was a casualty of covid-19, but we are hoping to publish the papers from it… watch this space!


Inaugural Symposium, June 2019

Papers from the CSBV Inaugural Symposium held on 17th June 2019 will be published by Sheffield Phoenix in September 2020. Audio recordings can be found here


Selected Publications

Helen Paynter

Telling Terror in Judges 19: Rape and Reparation for the Levite’s wife . (Routledge, 2020)

The Strange World of Elijah and Elisha. Grove (2019)

God of violence yesterday, God of love today? Honestly wrestling with the Old Testament. BRF (2019)

The Gadarene swine and the conquest of Jericho: an intertextual reading. Pacific Journal of Theological Research, 2019 vol. 14(2): 13-17.

Dead and Buried: Attending to the voice of the victim in the Old Testament and today: Towards an ethical reading of the Old Testament texts of violence. Oxford: Regents Park College, Whitley Publications, 2018

‘Revenge for my Two Eyes’: Talion and Mimesis in the Samson narrative. Biblical Interpretation, 2018 vol. 26: 133-157.

‘Make yourself at home’: Tensions and Paradoxes of hospitality in dialogue with the Bible. Bible and Critical Theory, 2018 vol 14(1):42-61.

‘Hope, Despair and the Prophetic Imagination’ in J. Andrews (ed) The Church in Disorientating Times – Leading Prophetically Through Adversity: Proceedings of the Middle East Consultation 2017 Carlisle: Langham (2018).

Immigration and the Church: Reflecting faithfully in our generation. Cambridge: Grove books, 2017 

Ahab: Heedless Father, Sullen Son: Humour and Intertextuality in 1 Kings 21. JSOT 2017 vol. 41(4): 451-474.

Reduced Laughter: Seriocomic Features and their Functions in the Book of Kings Leiden: Brill, 2016


Stephen Finamore

2017: ‘Wright, Wrong and Wrath; Apocalypse in Paul and Girard’, in Michael Kirwan and Sheelah T. Hidden, Mimesis and Atonement; René Girard and the Doctrine of Salvation, London: Bloomsbury

2016: ‘Hope: Prophetic Vision and the Lie of the Land’, in Paul Cloke and Mike Pears (editors), Mission in Marginal Places; The Theory, Milton Keynes: Paternoster

2011: ‘A Kinder, Gentler Apocalypse? René Girard, the Book of Revelation and the “Bottomless Abyss of the Unforgettable Victim”’, in Michael Hardin (editor), Compassionate Eschatology, Eugene OR: Wipf and Stock

2009: God, Order and Chaos; René Girard and the Apocalypse, Milton Keynes: Paternoster

2004: ‘Violence and Covetousness’ in Clarke, A. (editor), Expecting Justice, but Seeing Bloodshed; Some Baptist Contributions to Following Jesus in a Violent World, Oxford: Whitley

2000: Violence, the Bible and the End of the World, Oxford: Whitley

1998: ‘The Gospel and the Wrath of God in Romans 1’ in Rowland, C. and Fletcher-Louis, C., (editors), Understanding, Studying and Reading; New Testament Essays in Honour of John Ashton, Sheffield


Peter Hatton

Contradiction in the Book of Proverbs: The Deep Waters of Counsel SOTS Monograph Series (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2008)

‘Weighed and Found Wanting’: The Old Testament’s Sage Consideration of Empire (due for publication by Wipf and Stock September 2021)

‘Wisdom’s Feast: Proverbs as a Resource for Theological Education’ Theology and Ministry,  4 (2016):

“Old Testament and Empire” in Soma: An International Journal of Discourses and Counter-Discourses

 “A Cautionary Tale: The Acts Consequence Construct” in Journal For The Study of the Old Testament, March 2011


Michael Spalione

“People, Power, and Place: Ecclesiology and the Ethics of Land.”Canadian-AmericanTheological Review 8.2 (2019): 1-18