Horizons in Textual Criticism Conference

How can textual criticism be translated to speak to other disciplines in biblical studies? In what other ways can textual criticism transcend its traditional borders? And how might the concept of translation and translations themselves further the goal of transcending textual criticism? On 14–15 May, 2019, the University of Oxford will host a colloquium devoted to new approaches to textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible and related texts—focusing on translation’s role in textual criticism and textual criticism’s role in biblical studies and Jewish studies.

How to Register for Horizons Conference

All are welcome. We ask that you register to let us know in advance that you are coming.

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Critical Panel

Hindy Najman (University of Oxford)

Andrés Piquer Otero (Complutense University of Madrid)

John Screnock (University of Oxford)

Hugh Williamson (University of Oxford)

Conference Schedule

14th May

14:30 - 14:45 (Lecture Theatre)

Introductory Remarks 

Jan Joosten (University of Oxford)

14:45 - 15:45 (Lecture Theatre) 

"Less is Less: The Diminished Place of Biblical History in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Beyond" 

Charlotte Hempel (University of Birmingham)                                            

15:45 - 16:15 (Common Room)   

Tea Break 

16:15 - 17:15 (Room 207)                         

"Abel and Dan (2 Sam 20:18-19) in Source Criticism and Archaeology" 

Tuukka Kauhanen (University of Helsinki) 

18:15 - 19:30 (Lecture Theatre)

Public Forum: The Origins of Biblical Texts 

With Jan Joosten, Stefan Schorch, and John Screnock

15th May

9:15 - 10:15 (Room 207)       

"The Translator's Tell: Translation Technique, Verbal Syntax, and the Myth of OG Daniel 4-6's Semitic Vorlage" 

Andrew Daniel (University of Oxford)

10:15 - 10:30 (Common Room)

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:30 (Room 207)

"Symmachus: An Anomaly among Ancient Translators of Scripture?" 

Alison Salvesen (University of Oxford)

11:30 - 11:45 (Common Room)

Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:45 (Room 207)

"The Role and the Value of the Samaritan Versions for the Textual History of the Samaritan Pentateuch" 

Stefan Schorch (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

13:00 - 14:00 (Common Room)


14:30 - 15:30 (Room 207)

"Textual Criticism and Its Impact on the History of Religion and Language: Some Examples in Kings" 

Pablo Torijano (Complutense University of Madrid)

15:45 - 16:45 (Room 207)

"Textual Turbulence in the Story of David's Succession (1 Kgs 1-2)" 

Jan Joosten (University of Oxford)

16:45 - 17:00 (Room 207)

Response and Closing Remarks 

John Screnock (University of Oxford)