Word and Wisdom Conference

Exploring the Future of Biblical Studies

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

The conference honors the 2019 publication of Olivier-Thomas Venard's A Poetic Christ: Thomistic 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, Eck Visitors Center

 

As part of the conference celebrating the work of Fr. Olivier-Thomas Venard, the Armenian composer Michel Petrossian will orchestrate the inaugural performance of his newly written choral anthem on Tuesday April 2, 2019 at the Eck Visitor Center. The concert will be preceded by a talk given by Fr. Venard.

Registration

The conference is free but registration is required. Questions can be emailed to icl@nd.edu.

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Agenda

Confirmed speakers include (Schedule coming soon):

Fr. Olivier Thomas Venard, O.P. || Vice-Director of the École Biblique and director of The Bible in Its Traditions program; consultant for the Congregation for Divine Worship

Michel Petrossian || Renowned French Composer who will perform an original piece to commemorate the conference and the work of Fr. Venard

Gary Anderson || University of Notre Dame

Very Rev. Dr. John Behr || St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary

John C. Cavadini || University of Notre Dame

John Fitzgerald || University of Notre Dame

Anthony Giambrone, O.P. || École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem

Edward Greenstein || Professor Emeritus of Bible at Bar-Ilan University

Matthew Levering || University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein

Jean Luc Marion ||  University of Chicago

Francesca Murphy || University of Notre Dame

Cyril O'Regan || University of Notre Dame

 

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.  

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.  

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.  

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.