St Andrews Son of God Symposium – Summary Day 3

The third day of the symposium was only a half day, and revolved around three plenary sessions.

Reinhard Kratz opened the morning with an in depth paper looking at the parallels between 4Q246 and the Old Testament backgrounds that it presumes and envelops. This paper expanded and explored aspects of metalepsis in the DSS that George Brooke set out the framework and groundwork for in the fourth plenary on the first day.

Jan Joosten then continued with the New Testament side of the pivot, looking at how Wisdom 2:16-18 may be seen as a sort of mediator in parallels between Ps 22:9 and Matthew 27:43. These two papers together helpfully explored the Hellenisation of Jewish thought, and how scripture was used and engaged with in this context.

The final paper for the conference was a sort of ‘State of the Union’ address from N.T. Wright that sought to place the conference topic within the broader history of research, and offer some suggestions of where research should continue. Notable points here include the note of challenge in observing that ‘Early Christology is Confrontation not Derivation’ and his continued emphasis on Temple shaped Christology (as is present in the Christian Origins works). In some ways this paper could have been split into book ends that introduced and closed out the conference, but coming at the end provided a good ‘where to from here’ engagement for the symposium.

All in all a great conference, and very well organised by the research students at St Andrews. Well done.

After the conference I had a bit of time to catch up with Ken Mavor (a previous tutor/teacher at ANU) and Stephen Reicher to talk Social Identity Theory for a while. One of the great things about St Andrews is that the Schools of Psychology and Divinity share the same quad, and so there is space to foster the overlap of disciplines. Here is a rare selfie (on this blog anyway) of the gate to that quad, Psychology on the left, Divinity on the right.

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Now onwards to London and the St Mary’s Conference.

Chris

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