I had the privilege of giving a paper at the "Oberseminar" in Regensburg on Wednesday. A special thank you to Prof. Tobias Nicklaus and Prof. Jan van der Watt for what was the first of a series of "Oberseminars" between Nijmegen and Regensburg. I had a particularly good time talking to Dr. Thomas Kraus and Prof. Tobias at the dinner afterwards, held in a traditional German restaurant. I also found out interesting stuff like: Prof. Tobias and Thomas' football team is NOT Bayern Munich but TSW 1860 Munich, and Prof. Tobias coaches his boy's football team.
The papers delivered:
Michael Sommer (Regensburg): The Reception of the Egyptian Plagues in the Book of Revelation
Frederik Mulder (Nijmegen): The Interplay between bodily resurrection and moral behaviour in 1 Corinthians 6 and 15 and its possible reception in 1 Clement 24-30
Lauren Zelyck (Cambridge): The Reception of the Fourth Gospel in the Gospel of Mary
Reka Valentin (Nijmegen): A Cognitive Linguistic Reading of the Concept of Immortality in the Book of Wisdom
Thomas Kraus (Regensburg): Miniature Books, Codices, or Formats? Categories, Contexts, and Conclusions
Dr. Thomas Kraus explaining the development of miniature books to Lauren Zelyck during his fascinating powerpoint presentation. Among many interesting things, Thomas said we have 30 Old Testament and 15 New Testament miniature book fragments. I found the "Unidentified Gospel" (P.Oxy V 840) very interesting. Its content is unique and not found in the canonical gospels. Thomas also said there is no textual variants in the 15 NT fragments that is really significant for Textual Criticism.
Prof. Tobias offering advice to Michael Sommer. Michael's masters dissertation won a prize in Germany and was recently published. He is working on intertextuality between the Egyptian plagues and the book of Revelation. I found it quite interesting that afterwards Michael indicated that anyone wanting to do serious research on Revelation must deal with Richard Bauckham's influential work on it. He also has respect for Richard Hays' work on intertextuality.
Lauren Zelyck (studying under Prof. Tobias while Dr. Simon Gathercole is on sabbatical) explaining the Gospel of Mary to us. One of Lauren's main points was that the Gospel of Mary does not represent an independent tradition going back to Jesus of Nazareth. More likely, it is a reworking of and dependent on the Gospel of John and also Mark 16:9.
From left to right: Tobias Nicklaus, Michael Sommer, Lauren Zelyck, Frederik Mulder, Erik Eynikel, Reka Valentin, Jan van der Watt (Thomas Kraus joined us a bit later).