The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages: Where are we now?

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Call for Papers: The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages: Where are we now?


A one day colloquium on medieval biblical commentary, exegesis, and the legacy of Beryl Smalley

St Hilda’s College, Oxford, 18th February 2017

In association with Oxford Medieval Studies, sponsored by the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

This colloquium hopes to stimulate a discussion about the legacy of Beryl Smalley and the continuing relevance of her work for medievalists. The theme of the colloquium is how historians have utilised, expanded upon, and challenged the insights and arguments she sketched out over the course of her career.

Proposals for 20 minute papers are sought from scholars working on any aspect of medieval biblical commentary, biblical interpretation, or biblical exegesis between c.1000 and c.1400. Proposals from graduate students, Early Career Researchers, or those working on medieval theology outside western Europe, are particularly welcome.

The title, 'The Study of the Bible', is to be interpreted broadly. Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to:

 Research on particular theologians or particular texts or manuscripts

 The study of the Bible beyond Paris

 Re-thinking the old issue of the relationship between 'monastic' and 'scholastic' theology and biblical commentary

 The connection between biblical exegesis and political thought and action

 The relationship between the glossa ordinaria and other biblical commentaries

 How current historians are using the insights of Beryl Smalley in their own work

 Pedagogy: how (and why) to teach medieval theology to students


Proposals of c.250 words should be sent to by 15th October 2016, who can also be contacted with queries or expressions of interest.

Further information can be found at the colloquium website: 


Oxford Medieval Studies