Word and Wisdom Conference

Exploring the Future of Biblical Studies

April 1-3, 2019 at the Notre Dame Conference Center, University of Notre Dame

The conference honors the 2019 publication of Olivier-Thomas Venard's A Poetic Christ: Thomist Reflections on Scripture, Language and Reality, translated by Francesca Murphy and Kenneth Oakes. The imminent publication of this text has inspired us to reflect on the project of the future of biblical studies. Venard has given us an example of what it might mean to reclaim learned study of the Word of God, of inspired Scripture, as such. If we follow Venard’s lead, recovering the learned study of the Word as Word would mean recovering the study of the Word as Wisdom. It would mean recovering biblical studies as a sapiential discipline intimately connected to history and philology yet not constitutively so. It would mean a recovery of other connections: to literature and literary theory, for example, and above all to philosophy and theology. What are the philosophical preconditions or presuppositions for a project ordered toward understanding of God's Word? Especially where God’s Word is understood as Dei Verbum presents it, as truly having God as its author as well as, in each case, a true human author. An approach from the liberal arts, especially history and literature, suffices if biblical studies brackets our consideration of the divine author. But then it is no longer study of the Word as such. How can we unlock the mostly untapped potential of Dei Verbum for the study of Scripture? How can we reconnect Word and Wisdom? If biblical studies cannot survive in its present form, could a sophisticated synthesis of history, contemporary philosophy of language, theology of culture, and traditional exegetical resources guide Biblical studies toward a better future?

 

April 2, Concert at Eck Visitors Center

 

As part of the conference celebrating the work of Fr. Olivier-Thomas Venard, the French-Armenian composer Michel Petrossian will introduce the première performance of his newly written musical composition for voices and instruments on Tuesday April 2, 2019 at the Eck Visitor Center. Beginning at 7:00pm, the concert will be preceded by a talk given by Fr. Venard.

Agenda

(All sessions will take place in McKenna Hall auditorium unless otherwise specified)
Schedule for download

Monday, April 1

1:30 – 2:30 pm            Fr. Anthony Giambrone, O.P.
                                    Another Johannine Thunderbolt: The Legatio Baptistae and “The Poetic Christ”
                                  
2:30 – 3:30 pm            
Very Rev. Dr. John Behr
                                    The Paschal Christ in the Gospel of John

3:45 – 4:45 pm            John C. Cavadini
                                   
Word and Wisdom in Origen of Alexandria

                                                                                                                

Tuesday, April 2

                                               

9:00 – 10:00 am           Gary Anderson
                                     
The Tabernacle and the Incarnation

 

10:15 – 11:15 am         Cyril O’Regan
                                     
Thomism in Ecstasy: Theology Sourced in the Word and Resourcing Poetry

                                   
11:30 – 12:30 pm         Francesca A. Murphy
                                     
Scripture and the Transgenreing of Literature
 

2:00 – 3:00 pm             Edward Greenstein
                                     
The Story of the Story as the Focus of Engagement

 

3:15 – 4:15 pm             Matthew Levering
                                     
Israel's Scriptures and the Doctrine of Creation

7:00 pm                       *Fr. Olivier-Thomas Venard, O.P.
                                     A response to the conference Word and Wisdom              *Eck Visitors Center
 

7:40 pm                       *Concert - Latens Deitas, an original composition by French-Armenian composer

                                     Michel Petrossian, commissioned to mark the occasion of the 

                                     Word and Wisdom conference at the University of Notre Dame

 

8:00 pm                       *Reception

                                               

Wednesday, April 3  
         

9:00 – 10:00 am          John Fitzgerald
                                   
The Love and Quest of Wisdom and Wise Living in the World of the Early Christians

                                   
10:15 – 11:15 am        William Wright
                                   
Reconciling Tensions in Dei Verbum and Charting a Course for Catholic

                                    Biblical Interpretation.                                                

11:30 – 12:30 pm         Peter Casarella
                                    Theopoetic in Decline and the New Thomist Alternative

Conference Details

Travel

All events will be held in the Notre Dame Conference Center's McKenna Hall on the University of Notre Dame campus. The campus is about a ten minute ride from the South Bend Regional Airport, and taxis are generally waiting outside the airport to transport passengers.

South Bend is accessible by air, the South Shore train from Chicago, and buses from both O'Hare and Midway airports in Chicago.

A campus map is available at: http://map.nd.edu/.  Please check the website for available parking.

Lodging

Attendees are responsible for booking their own lodging for the conference.

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Morris Inn (located directly across from the conference center) at the rate of $159 + tax per night. Rooms are available for the nights of March 31, April 1, 2 and 3. Please call 574.631.2000 and let the booking agent know that you are attending the "Word and Wisdom" conference. Rooms must be reserved by March 1 to get the conference rate. 

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Inn at Saint Mary's (located at 53993 SR 933, South Bend, IN 46637, just off the Indiana Toll Road at Exit 77) at the rate of $110 + tax per night. Rooms are available for the nights of March 31, April 1, 2 and 3 2018. Please call 574.232-4000 and request the group rate for the "Word and Wisdom" conference. Rooms must be reserved by March 1 to get the conference rate.  

A block of rooms has been reserved at Hilton Garden Inn (located at 53995 SR 933, South Bend, IN 46637, just off the Indiana Toll Road at Exit 77) at the rate of $119 + tax per night. Rooms are available for the nights of March 31, April 1, 2 and 3 2018. Please call 574.232-7700 and request the group rate for the "Word and Wisdom" conference. Rooms must be reserved by March 1 to get the conference rate. 

Other local hotels near the University include (but are not limited to):

·    Embassy Suites by Hilton South Bend at Notre Dame

·    Fairfield Inn and Suites

·    Ivy Court Inn & Suites

Dining

Please see here for places to eat on campus.