Israel as Hermeneutical Challenge

Academic conference (two days), organized by the research group ‘Biblical Exegesis and Systematic Theology’ from the Theological University Apeldoorn and the Theological University Kampen

Israel challenges the way Christians read their Bibles, their times and their lives. A conversation with the living Israel is both necessary and enriching for reading and living. The very fact that Israel exists — whether we mean the people, the nation, and/or the land — challenges the way Christian theologians read the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

Examples of the hermeneutical questions involved include:

  • How do the living voices of Israel and Christian theology relate to each other?
  •  What are the consequences for our readings of Scripture when we listen to the living voices of Israel?
  • How do Christians define themselves as people of God in relation to Israel?

These, and other, questions will be discussed from a broad variety of perspectives. Keynote speakers are Faydra Shapiro and Mark Kinzer. Besides, theologians from the BEST research group will present plenary papers. More than fifteen biblical exegetes, historians, and systematic theologians will present short papers in the breakout sessions.

The conference will be held in English.

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