Understanding the Old Testament as Christian Scripture

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Understanding the Old Testament as Christian Scripture

June 17 - June 20

Understanding the Old Testament

as Christian Scripture

An International Symposium with a call for papers

17-20 June 2024

Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas


The field of modern biblical studies has given rise to a great deal of insight and a plethora of information about distinct, ancient writings that we traditionally call the Old Testament. Today, expert specialisation in regard to distinct books of the Bible and their composition is prevalent. However, it is also the case that ancient, medieval, and modern Christian theologians have understood the Old Testament to be a united source, consisting of different authors, styles and genres, and composed in different languages, yet all speaking in one symphonic way as the living Word of God.

How today, in a post-historical critical context can a Christian theology, informed by modern Biblical studies, recover a sense of the Old Testament in the Church and for the Church as the living Word of God fulfilled in Christ?  How can it do so while acknowledging not only the human authorship of the Bible but also the way Christians engage in the Bible in conversation with the Jewish people,  the secular world, and other non-Christian religious traditions? What does it mean to think about Israel, canon, and Christ?

This conference brings together a wide array of experts in biblical, patristic, and contemporary theology to reflect on Scripture as the root and source of Christian theology in an ecumenical context.


This conference is part of the Project for the Theological Reception of Scripture.

Main Session Speakers

Monday, 17 June

Markus Bockmuehl (Oxford University): The Old Testament as Christian Scripture – An Impossibility?

Gary A. Anderson (University of Notre Dame): Sacrifice and Atonement in the Tabernacle Narrative

Jennie Grillo (University of Notre Dame): Is Jesus Present in Israel and Her Scriptures?

Angela Kim Harkins (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry): Jesus as the Son of David: A Solomonic Messiah?

Tuesday, 18 June

Dale C. Allison (Princeton Theological Seminary): Jesus and the Scriptures: Skepticism versus Patterns

Nathan Eubank (University of Notre Dame): Does the Old Testament Testify to the Gospel?

Anthony Giambrone, OP (Ecole biblique de Jérusalem): The Christian Canon as Post-Temple Literature

Ignacio Carbajosa (Universidad Eclesiástica San Dámaso, Madrid): Israel, Bride of the Lord; Jesus Christ, Bridegroom of the Church

Wednesday, 19 June

Lewis Ayres (Durham University): Towards a Scriptural Canon: On the Necessity of Unveiling

Sylvain Detoc, OP (l’Institut catholique de Toulouse): The Word in Gestation? Variations on a Metaphor of the Scriptures in Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

Andrew Summerson (Sheptytsky Institute, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto): To Hymn the Trinity: Isaiah 6:3 in Patristic Interpretation

Serge-Thomas Bonino, OP (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas): The Authority of the Old Testament in Aquinas’ Theology

Christopher Seitz (Toronto School of Theology – Wycliffe College): The Canon of Scripture at the Time of the Reformation

Antoine Levy, OP (University of Helsinki/University of Eastern Finland): “Cessatio” and “Promissio”

Thursday, 20 June

Thomas Joseph White, OP (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas): The Divine Senses of Humanity: Living Prophetic Inspiration and Apostolic Testimony in the Church

Michael Sherwin, OP (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas): Tzedakah: Right Relationship with God, Prefigured and Fulfilled in the Scriptures

Hans Boersma (Nashotah House Theological Seminary): Christ, Recapitulation, and Interpretation

Amaury Begasse de Dhaem, SJ (Pontifical Gregorian University): The Unity of Two Testaments, the Trinitarian Taxis and the Theology of History: A Contemporary Theological Hermeneutics

Conference Booklet

Click here to access the Conference Booklet electronically

Conference Registration

There is no cost to attend.

Advance registration is now closed. Registration in person at the conference will be available on Monday morning.

Call for Papers

The call for papers is now closed.

For more information, please write to [email protected]

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Poster image: “Resurrection” – Ivanka Demchuk


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