(by Helen Bond) The NT team are all off tomorrow (Thurs) to Bangor in Wales for the British NT Conference, an annual gathering of pretty much everyone in the UK involved in teaching and/or researching matters to do with the NT. Its a conference that has a particular link for all of us: Paul Foster was on the committee for some years; I was on the committee and am presently co-chair of the Synoptics Seminar; and Larry Hurtado is about to start on a three year stint as President of the Society. Larry also tells me that its the 30th anniversary of the Society, so we’ll have to make sure that we celebrate in an appropriate manner . . .
This year the Synoptics Seminar is joining up with the Social World Seminar for a special session on the social world of Mark’s gospel. Its actually the second of a three year programme. We have some papers approaching things from a sociological perspective and others delving into social history and Mark’s gospel. My own paper is an attempt to read the Markan Jewish trial narrative as inspired by synagogue gerousiai (possibly in Rome) rather than a recollection of a trial before a (non-existent) Judaean Sanhedrin. We’ll have to see how it goes down. If anyone is interested in contributing a paper next year, I’d be interested to hear from you.