This conference was created to pursue the question of the future of Biblical studies. How long can Biblical studies remain an independent scholarly discipline while it remains a largely unscientific mixture of history and philology, with no self-aware philosophical underpinning, hence often unable to reflect on its philosophical biases? The conference aims to deepen our methodological understanding of how situating Scripture within tradition deepens our interaction with it. If it cannot survive in its present form, could a sophisticated synthesis of contemporary philosophy of language, theology of culture and traditional resources guide Biblical studies toward a better future?
Olivier-Thomas Venard’s word applies contemporary and Thomistic philosophy of language to the Scriptures, whilst simultaneously situating Scripture within the Catholic tradition as a whole, especially the Biblical exegesis of Thomas Aquinas. Venard’s reading of Scripture is liturgical, performative and contemporary. The conference will use Oliver-Thomas Venard’s work as a luminous exemplar of methodologically reading Scripture in the light of both tradition and metaphysics.
We have invited Biblical scholars in both the Jewish and Christian traditions, philosophers of language and metaphysicians, systematic theologians, and artists to reflect with and through Venard’s work on the future of Biblical studies: is it possible to create a new methodological grounding for Biblical studies which draws equally on Christian liturgical and theological tradition and on ancient and modern philosophies of language?