Joint Meeting 2018, 22–24 August 2018, Groningen, The Netherlands
Theme: Violence in the Hebrew Bible: Between Text and Reception
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Court Room
Het Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap in Nederland en België
The Society for Old Testament Study (United Kingdom)
Die Ou-Testamentische Werkgemeenskap van Suid Afrika
The Joint Meeting of the Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap, the Society for Old Testament Study, and the Old Testament Society of South Africa 2018 focuses on texts of violence in the Hebrew Bible, as well as their often problematic reception history. Authoritative texts and traditions can be rewritten and adapted to new circumstances and insights. Texts are subject to a process of change. The study of the way in which these (authoritative) Biblical texts are produced and/or received in varying socio-historical circumstances discloses a range of theological and ideological perspectives. In reflecting on these issues, the central question is how to allow for the plurality of possible and realized meanings of a given text, while retaining the ability to form critical judgments regarding Biblical exegesis.