Wycliffe Centre for Scripture and Theology: Colloquium

"The Identity of Israel:
Jews, Christians, and the Bible"

Thursday May 9, 1019

(Morning refreshments and Thursday lunch provided.)

Presenters:

Adam GregermanConstruced Boundaries: Jewish Views of Jewish Converts to Other Religions -- St. Joseph's University
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Co-Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations. With training in classical Jewish and Christian sources, he studies the complex relationship between these two traditions from antiquity to the present. He focuses on biblical interpretation and religious polemics, especially about theologies of the land of Israel and experiences of suffering and loss. He is a member of the Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Vice-Chair of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, and reviews editor of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations. He is a frequent consultant to national Jewish groups on interreligious affairs. Dr. Gregerman is the author of Building on the Ruins of the Temple: Apologetics and Polemics in Early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism.
 
Christopher SeitzIdentifying Israel: Covenant, Calling on the Name, and the Oracles of God Entrusted to the Jews -- Wycliffe College
Senior Research Professor, an ordained Episcopal priest, who has served parishes in Texas, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Germany, France and Scotland, and is the President of The Anglican Communion Institute and is Canon Theologian in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. He is the editor of Studies in Theological Interpretation and has published articles in The Journal of Biblical Literature, Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Vetus Testamentum, Theologishe Zeitschrift, Pro Ecclesia, Calvin Theological Journal, The Anchor Bible Dictionary, Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Scottish Journal of Theology, Anglican Theological Review, and others. He has been a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Luce Foundation, and the Center for Theological Inquiry. He has published over a dozen books on the interpretation of the Old and New Testaments, and in the area of theological hermeneutics.
 
Terry DonaldsonThe Church and the Nations: Reading Israel’s Scriptures as Gentiles -- Wycliffe College
Lord and Lady Coggan Professor Emeritus of New Testament. His publications include four books, one edited volume and forty (or so) journal articles and other chapters. His current research project has to do with identity construction within early Gentile Christianity (“from Cornelius to Constantine”), in the dual context of the “parting of the ways” with Judaism and the Christianization of the Roman empire. As a scholar, he is fascinated with the process by which the early church, from its beginnings as an eschatological renewal movement entirely within the Jewish environment, developed within a century or so into a largely Gentile religion, separate and distinct from the synagogue. As a Christian educator and layperson, he is concerned to lead students (and others) to a richer appreciation of the gospel that stands at the heart and centre both of the Bible and of the grand and richly diverse tradition of the church.
 
Mark S. Kinzer: Witness to God's Eternal Faithfulness: Israel according to Jakob Jocz -- Messianic Jewish Theological Institute
Senior Scholar and President Emeritus of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute, co-chair of the Helsinki Consultation on Jewish Continuity in the Body of Christ, and one of the founders of the Society for Post-Supersessionist Theology. He is author of Jerusalem Crucified, Jerusalem Risen: The Resurrected Messiah, the Jewish People, and the Land of Promise (Cascade, 2018), Postmissionary Messianic Judaism: Redefining Christian Engagement with the Jewish People (Brazos, 2005), Israel’s Messiah and the People of God: A Vision for Messianic Jewish Covenant Fidelity (Cascade, 2011), and Searching Her Own Mystery: Nostra Aetate, the Jewish People, and the Identity of the Church (Cascade, 2015).

Mark W. Elliott: Respondent -- Wycliffe College
Dr. Mark Elliott is the part-time Professorial Fellow at Wycliffe College, Professor of Divinity at Glasgow University, and is a Member of the Working Group, La Bible et ses traditions, L’Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem, and serves on the editorial board of Renaissance and Reformation Review. For the last decade Professor Elliott has been the Chair of the History of Interpretation Section of the Society for Biblical Literature and has also served as Director of the Institute for Bible, Theology and Hermeneutics at St. Andrews. He is collaborating with Professor David Fergusson on a project on the History of Scottish Theology. He is in demand as a speaker internationally and has lectured in Canada, the US, Australia, and across Europe (in both French and German).

Wycliffe College is a vital institution of Christian teaching and learning, engaging scholars, seminarians, masters, and doctoral students across the theological disciplines. Among its special commitments is the intellectual renewal of Scriptural and Theological study as a mutually informing discipline in the service of the Christian Church. The Wycliffe Centre for Scripture and Theology serves this purpose by:

  1. Offering regular for-credit seminars on the theological study of Scripture, which will include exegesis, hermeneutics, history of interpretation, and Scriptural theology.
  2. Organizing regular colloquia at Wycliffe – one per semester – that will bring more established and younger scholars together with faculty and Advanced Degree students for discussion of current work being done in these areas.
  3. Foster an atmosphere among interested faculty and students at Wycliffe and the Toronto School of Theology that strengthens scholarly collegiality and mission.