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Keynote speaker:
Prof James Crossley
Professor of Bible, Society and Politics
St Mary’s University Twickenham

And a book launch:
God of Violence Yesterday, God of Love Today?
Wrestling Honestly with the Old Testament
Helen Paynter (BRF, 2019)

Cost £20 or £5 for students and unwaged.

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Paper submission deadline 1st April 2019.

Proceedings of the Symposium will be published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in the SIIBS series.

Call For Papers

The Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence is now inviting submissions for its launch symposium (academic arm). For this inaugural meeting, all scholarly research papers on the broad subject of Bible and Violence will be considered.

We particularly welcome papers from undergraduate or MA students, in addition to those from doctoral students and established scholars. We welcome submissions from scholars working within the Christian tradition and those from other traditions.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Hermeneutical issues in relevant biblical texts
  • Biblical-theological themes relating to violence or warfare
  • Reader reception of relevant biblical texts
  • Historical or modern issues of violence in relation to the Bible
  • Black, feminist or intersectional readings of relevant biblical texts
  • Interfaith work, or comparative work with other sacred texts

Papers will be delivered in a 30-minute slot including a brief time for questions. Papers from undergraduates will have a 20-minute slot. Poster submissions are also welcomed.

Submission guidelines

  • Submit your paper of up to 8000 words to
    Papers should be in English, and anonymised.
  • Submissions from students should be marked as such, with the level of study indicated. They may be considerably shorter than the 8000 word limit, and poster submissions are also welcomed.
  • Deadline for submission: 1st April 2019
  • Your paper will undergo peer review within four weeks of submission

Student prize

The best student paper presented at the symposium will win a £50 book token. To enter, students must submit their paper by 1st April, with a covering note indicating their affiliation and level of study. Papers will be shortlisted in advance, and adjudication of the shortlisted papers will be made on the day. Non-shortlisted papers may also be presented, provided they reach a sufficient quality.

Proceedings of the Symposium will be published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in the SIIBS series.


June 17, 2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Centre for the Study of Bible & Violence
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Bristol Baptist College
Bristol Baptist College, The Promenade, Clifton
Bristol, BS8 3NJ United Kingdom
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