St Andrews Symposium on the Son of God — Day 1

The St Andrews sym­po­sium on ‘Son of God: Divine Sonship in Jewish and Christian Antiquity’ kicked off today with a busy after­noon includ­ing four ple­nary ses­sions and a par­al­lel ses­sion with four papers.

Richard Bauckham start­ed the day with a paper on the use of Lord  (κυριος) as a replace­ment for the divine name/tetragrammaton with­in the extant sec­ond tem­ple lit­er­a­ture and late Hebrew Bible. In con­trast the Gospels por­tray Jesus as nev­er using the tit­u­lar κυριος for address­ing God, but rather uses Father (abba) instead—except in Old Testament quotes and twice in Mark.

There were a bevy of inter­est­ing papers in the par­al­lel ses­sions includ­ing Crispin Fletcher-Louis advanc­ing the the­sis that Solomon’s pre­sen­ta­tion in 1 Kings 3–4 pro­vides a par­tial typo­log­i­cal ful­fil­ment of the Adamic inten­tions, and there­fore a resource for the par­a­digm of ear­li­est Christology. Steven Muir high­light­ed the abba cry in Romans 8 and linked it to the ὐιοσθεσια metaphor there­in; and Jarrett Van Tine pro­vid­ed an inter­est­ing read­ing of the celiba­cy nar­ra­tive in Matthew 19 and relat­ed it to the ful­fil­ment of the promis­es to eunuchs in Isaiah 56.

Finally we round­ed out the day with three ple­nar­ies on cul­tur­al and tex­tu­al back­grounds to the Son of God theme. Menahem Kister looked at Son(s) of God in the Hebrew Bible, Madhavi Nevader inves­ti­gat­ed the Ancient Near Eastern con­text and George Brooke pre­sent­ed the evi­dence in the Dead Sea Scrolls draw­ing upon 4Q246.

The day drew to a close with a few hours of con­ver­sa­tion over a cou­ple of pints and a dram in the local pub. Great day.

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