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              SNTS - the international Society for New Testament Studies

February-March 2010


                   The 65th General Meeting of SNTS in Berlin, Germany
                                     27-31 July 2010

Note: Changes or corrections of the information contained in this newsletter will be made in red letters on the copy to
be placed on the Society website:

                                   THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM
The Presidential Address will be given by Prof. Adela Yarbro Collins (Yale).

Invited Main Papers in plenary sessions will be given by Dr L.C.A. Alexander (United Kingdom), Prof. dr P. Arzt-
Grabner (Austria), Dr A. Dettwiler (Switzerland), and Prof. E. Struthers Malbon (USA).

We still have some slots for offered short papers. New proposals should be submitted to the Secretary
( before 15 May at the latest. Proposals should include your name, a title, and a summary (an
outline, or an abstract) of your offered short paper in either English, French or German. Participants are reminded that
it was decided in Aberdeen that members may as a rule present only one paper at a general meeting, whether that be a
main paper, a seminar paper, or an offered short paper.

There will be 16 seminars at the General Meeting in Berlin, each with its own topic or focus. The seminars meet in
simultaneous sessions on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Seminars scheduled to terminate this year may apply for
continuation in Berlin; new seminars may also be proposed (“Seminar Guidelines” with procedure and deadlines are
available on the website). The culture of SNTS has been that when you sign up for a seminar you sign up for all three

1. Christliche Literatur des späten ersten Jahrhunderts und des zweiten Jahrhunderts / Christian
   Literature of the late first century and the second century (Prof. F. Prostmeier and Dr. H. van de
   Sandt). Terminates in 2011. Theme: "Konstruktionen des Judentums / Judaism constructed".
   a. Stefan Beyerle (Greifswald), “Die Anfänge jüdischer Identität am Beispiel von „Propaganda‟ und
   b. Judith Lieu (Cambridge), “Constructing Judaism / Constructing Heresy in the Second Century.”

   c. Markus Lang (Vienna), “Zwischen Synkretismus und Polemik. Das Judentum in der Darstellung
   des Kerygma Petri.”

2. The Dead Sea Scrolls in Relation to Early Judaism and Early Christianity (Prof. J.J. Collins and
   Prof. J. Frey). Terminates in 2013.
   a. Jörg Frey (Zurich): “Flesh in the DSS and Spirit in the DSS: Is there really a connection
   prefiguring the antithesis in the NT?”. Respondent: Prof. Loren Stuckenbruck (Princeton)
   b. Thomas Tobin, S.J. (Loyola University Chicago): “Flesh and Spirit in
   the Pauline Literature in light of the DSS”. Respondent: John R. Levison (Seattle)
   c. Harold Attridge (Yale): "Flesh and Spirit in the Johannine literature in light of the Dead Sea
   Respondent: John J. Collins (Yale)

3. The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament: Language, Culture, Ideas (Profs. S. E. Porter and
   P. Arzt-Grabner; advisory co-chair, Dozent Dr L Rydbeck). Terminates in 2010.
   a. Armin Baum (Gießen): "Dedication and First Person Narrative in Luke-Acts in the Context of
   Contemporary Roman Historiography".
   b. Anne Lykke (Guest): "Where Did the Jewish Coins Come from? The Beginning of Jewish Coinage
   in Its Ancient Context".
   c. Michał Wojciechowski (Olsztyn): "Vision of God in the Olympic Oration of Dio Chrysostom and
   in the New Testament", and Runar M. Thorsteinsson (Guest): "Roman Christianity and Roman
   Stoicism: A Comparative Study of Ancient Morality".
4. The Greek of the New Testament (Profs. C. C. Caragounis and J. W. Voelz). Terminates in 2011.
   a. Albert Hogeterp (Guest, Nijmegen), “New Testament Greek as Popular Speech: Adolf Deissmann
   in Retrospect”. Respondent: David de Toit (München).
   b. James W. Voelz (St Louis), “The Greek of the New Testament and its Place within the Context of
   Hellenistic Greek”. Respondents: Rollin Kearns (Tübingen) and Jan van der Watt (Nijmegen).
   c. Chrys C. Caragounis (Lund), “Perfect for Aorist. Subtle Nicety or Indescrimination?”. Respondent:
   Jarl Ulrichsen (Trondheim).

5. Inhalte und Probleme einer neutestamentlichen Theologie (Prof. C. Landmesser and Prof. M.
   Seifrid). Terminates in 2014.
   a. Mogens Müller (Copenhagen), "Bundesideologie im Matthäusevangelium. Die Vorstellung vom
   neuen Bund als Grundlage des matthäischen Gesetzesverkündigung."
   b. Andrew Das (Elmhurst, USA), "Covenant in Paul."
   c. Knut Backhaus (München), “Covenant and Christ. The Christological Redefinition of a Biblical
   Motif in Hebrews and Early Christianity.”

6. The Johannine Writings (Professors M.M. Thompson and R. Zimmermann). Terminates in 2012.
   a. James D. G. Dunn (Durham, UK), "Paul, John and the Spirit".
   b. Thomas Söding (Münster), "Heiligung bei Johannes und Paulus".
   c. Mary Coloe (Victoria, Australia), "Temple and Body. Johannine and Pauline cultic images of
   incorporation into Christ".

7. New Challenges for New Testament Hermeneutics in the 21st Century (Prof. B. McLean and O.
   Wischmeyer). Terminates in 2010.
   a. Bernard C. Lategan (Stellenbosch), “Recent tendencies in Anglo-Saxon New Testament
   b. B.T. Viviano, OP (Fribourg): “The situation in applied New Testament hermeneutics in the United

   c. Mark Elliott (Guest), “New tendencies for spiritual exegesis of the New Testament in British

8. The Jewish World in New Testament Times (Profs. S. Freyne, J.W. van Henten, W. Horbury).
   Terminates in 2013.
   a. Helen Bond (Edinburgh): “Josephus and Gender Rhetoric: The Depiction of Herod in the Jewish
   b. James McLaren (Australian Catholic University, Melbourne): “Josephus as a critic of Rome”
   c. Jan Willem van Henten: “Josephus from a Narratological Perspective: Time and Place.”

9. The Reception of Paul (Dr. Clare Rothschild and Prof. C. Gerber). Terminates in 2011.
   a. Christine Gerber (Hamburg), “The Reception of Paul in Ephesians”.
   b. Richard I. Pervo (Evanston), “The Reception of Paul in „The Acts of Paul‟”.
   c. Ismo Dunderberg (Helsinki), “The Reception of Paul in Valentinianism”.

10. History and Theology of Mission in the New Testament: Global Challenges and Opportunities
    (Profs. J. Ǻdna, J. Kanagaraj, S. Tofana). Terminates in 2011.
    a. Göran Lennartsson (Uppsala): “Identity and Unity Expressed through the Jerusalem Collection”.
    Respondent: Eugene Eung-Chun Park (San Francisco, USA).
    b. David Sim (Melbourne): “Competing Missions in the Early Church”. Respondent: Paul Trebilco
    (Dunedin, New Zealand).
    c. The seminar coordinators, “The Missionary Speeches in the Acts of the Apostles”. Report and
    discussion of results from the consultation at the School of Mission and Theology in Stavanger,
    Norway, 19–20 May, 2010.

11. Pauline Theology in Galatians and Romans (Profs. B. R. Gaventa, J.M.G. Barclay, and M.C. de
    Boer). Terminates in 2012.
    a. Martin Rese (Münster), "Abrahambund und/oder Abrahamverheißung im Galater- und
    b. Beverly Roberts Gaventa (Princeton), “"The Role of Humanity in the Cosmic Battleground:
     Galatians and Romans“.
    c. Troels Engberg-Pedersen (Copenhagen), “'How Important is „Anthropology‟ in Paul's
    Interventions in Galatians and Romans?”

12. The Acts of the Apostles and Ancient Historiography (Profs. K. Backhaus, J. Schröter, and G.
    Sterling). Terminates in 2012.
    a. Hubert Cancik (Tübingen), “Hairesis, Diatribe, Ekklesia. Griechische Schulgeschichten und das
    Lukanische Geschichtswerk“.
    b. Steve Mason (York University), “Being earnest, being playful: speeches in Josephus and Acts”.
    c. David Moessner (Dubuque), “'Witness' Trumping 'Eyewitness': Paul as Guarantee of the Apostolic
    Gospel in Luke's Hellenistic History Writing”.

13. Christian Apocryphal Literature (Profs. T. Nicklas, C.M. Tuckett, and J. Verheyden). Terminates in
    a. Gesine Robinson (Claremont), “An Update on the Gospel of Judas”.
    b. C. Markschies (Guest) & J. Schröter (Berlin), “The new Antike christliche Apokryphen“.
    c. Judith Hartenstein (Leun, Germany), “Apokryphe Evangelien und die Entwicklung frühchristlicher
    Theologie und Christologie am Beispiel der Sophia Jesu Christi“.

14. New Testament Ethics (Profs. F.W. Horn, D. Horrell, E. Baasland). Terminates in 2012.

    Issues concerning ethics have, unsurprisingly, been central to both scholarly and public debate.
    Moreover, it has become increasingly clear that ethics is not some minor or separable aspect of (or
    appendix to) theology. Rather, ethics in the broad sense – questions about why and how we (should)
    act – are bound up with key questions about Christian identity, beliefs, communities, practices, and
    so on. This seminar aims to explore new approaches to the study of New Testament ethics, both by
    setting the New Testament material in its ancient hellenistic context and also by considering the
    modern contexts and implications of its interpretation. Major research projects at a number of
    universities are focusing on such questions, and on issues such as the need to move beyond the
    indicative-imperative distinction, the value of the category of identity, the relation between ethos and
    ethics, and so on, and our seminar aims to provide a forum for discussion and interaction. In the first
    year of the seminar, three presentations will outline some aspects of the NT ethics research projects
    currently in progress.
    a. Friedrich Wilhelm Horn and Ruben Zimmermann (Mainz): ,Begründungszusammenhänge
    neutestamentlicher Ethik‟. Respondent: Jan van der Watt (Nijmegen).
    b. Richard Burridge (London): „Using the New Testament to address ethical dilemmas today:
    Methodological reflections building upon Gustafson and Hays‟. Respondent: David Horrell (Exeter).
    c. Matthias Konradt (Heidelberg), „Reception and Transformation of Ancient Ethical Traditions in
    Early Christianity‟. Repondent: Richard Hays (Duke).

15. Social History and the New Testament (Profs. H. Löhr, M. Öhler, and A. Runessen). Terminates in
    Theme: Slavery. See the seminar website:
    a. Werner Eck (Guest),“Sklaven und Freigelassene von Römern in Iudaea und den angrenzenden
    b. Albert Harrill (Indiana University, Bloomington), “The Psychology of Slaves in the Gospel
    Parables: A Case Study in Social History”.
    c. Hermut Löhr (Münster), “ The Status of Slaves in Christian Communities at the End of the First
    and the Beginning of the Second Century C.E.”.

16. Jewish Theologies and the New Testament (Profs. J. Herzer and G. Oegema). Terminates in 2014.
    This seminar will not take place in Berlin.

                                PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin. All plenary sessions, the book
display, lunches, coffee/tea breaks and the evening meals on Tuesday and Friday will take place at the
main building of the University. Seminars will be held in the seminar building, Dorotheenstraße 24,
directly at the back of the main building adjacent to Hegelplatz. Prayers will be offered at the Berliner
Dom, which is located on Spree Island close to the University. Clear directions will be provided, and
stewards in yellow shirts will be available to assist guests.

The conference starts on Tuesday evening, July 27th 2010 (evening meal, followed by the first Business
Meeting) and ends on Friday evening, July 30 th 2010 (evening meal, followed by the second Business
Meeting). On Saturday, July 31 st 2010, there will be three optional full day excursions (09h00-21h00) to
choose from. For the pre-conference day trip on the 26th, see 12 below.

The local organising committee, including Prof. Dr. Jens Schröter, Prof. Dr. Hans-Gebhard Bethge and
PD Dr. Christiane Zimmermann, is chaired by Prof. Dr. Cilliers Breytenbach, Theologische Fakultät,
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin, Germany, phone: +49 30 2093
5970; Fax: +49 30 2093 5969; e-mail:

Questions regarding practical arrangements may be addressed to the conference office, Ms. Antje Meier:; phone: +49 30 2093 5961 (08h00–12h00); Fax +49 30 2093 5903.

The conference website, maintained by the local organisers, is to be found at A link to the local website can also be found on the Society‟s website at

a) Registration
Please register online at the conference website (see above). The registration will be handled by con
gressa GmbH (see below). Registration commences on March 1st 2010. An Early Bird tariff will apply
until April 30th 2010. Registration deadline: May 31 st 2010. For all questions regarding registration
please contact Ms. Delia Lemke, con gressa GmbH, Hannoversche Str. 18, D-10115 Berlin, Germany,
phone: +49 30 2849 3843, e-mail: Members who are not able to register online
may contact con gressa for a registration form to register via postal mail.

b) Conference Fee
The Early Bird fee that applies until April 30th 2010 is € 240,-. The regular fee from 1–31 May 2010 is €
260,-. The conference fee includes academic and evening social program, conference pack and
documentation, coffee/tea, all meals from Tuesday evening to Friday evening, entrance to the Staatliche
Museen Berlin, and a ticket for Berlin‟s public transport during the conference week which will be valid
in combination with your name badge (urban railway S-Bahn, subway U-Bahn, tram and bus service).
Tours for accompanying persons are charged separately. The conference fee does NOT cover the costs for
the optional pre-conference-excursion and Saturday excursions.

c) Payment
You may choose between the recommended credit card payment via Master Card and VISA, or bank
transfer. In case of bank transfer the fee has to be transferred within one week after registration (details on
the conference website). Please contact Ms. Delia Lemke of con gressa GmbH (see above) in those rare
cases where payment via bank transfer or credit card is impossible because of currency control
infringements on credit card, SWIFT or IBAN facilities.

d) Cancellation
For cancellations until June 4th 2010 the registration fee will be reimbursed minus a € 50,- administration
fee. The full registration fee is due in case of cancellations made after June 4 th 2010. Cancellations have
to be done in writing (by e-mail or normal post).

e) Welcome Desk
You will get the conference material at the Welcome Desk, which will open on Tuesday, July 27 th 2010,
from 09h30 to 17h00 in the Senatssaal (Senate Hall) of the main building of Humboldt-Universität zu
Berlin. The main building is approximately an 8–10 minute walk from the nearest S-Bahn Station,
Friedrichstraße. The busses TXL (from Tegel Airport), 100 and 200 (from Alexanderplatz) stop almost in
front of the University (bus stop Staatsoper). Stewards will be available to give assistance. The
conference material includes name badges which give access to dinner and to the reception at the
Pergamon Museum (see below) later on Tuesday evening. Please wear your name badge at all times.

The social program will include: a reception at the Pergamon Museum (Tuesday, after the Business
Meeting); a reception in Berlin‟s City Hall followed by a concert in the St. Marienkirche (Wednesday);
and a reception during a boat trip on the Wannsee, hosted by the Roman Catholic and Protestant
Churches of Germany (Thursday).

Three half-day excursions for accompanying persons are charged separately. Please book the tours of your
choice online together with the conference-registration, thus before May 31 st 2010. Please indicate your
preferred language. Prices include VAT.

Tour 1: Wednesday, July 28 th 2010 (14h00–15h30): Berlin by Boat. An exclusive 90 minute boat tour
on the Spree River through the heart of Berlin. The purpose of this tour is to give guests an orientation to
the city, and to present the heart of Berlin from a different and interesting vantage point. This will also be
the ideal time to take up old friendships in a relaxed atmosphere. The boat departs from Weidendammer
Brücke pier (Bahnhof Friedrichstraße), in close proximity to the main building of Humboldt-Universität.
The price (€ 33,-) includes a professional English-speaking guide and a single drink (wine, beer, soft
drink, coffee, tea) per person. (Maximum participants: 70)

Tour 2: Thursday, July 29 th 2010 (09h00–12h30): Historical Tour – Places and Spaces Reflecting
Berlin’s Contemporary History. The tour combines travelling by bus as well as walking. We will
concentrate on the contemporary history of Berlin, focusing on important sites such as Brandenburg gate,
the Holocaust memorial, Checkpoint Charlie and the remains of the Berlin wall. The tour will also
include a visit to the basement of the Jewish Museum. The starting point is in front of the main building
of Humboldt-Universität. The tour will end at 12h30 in front of Humboldt-Universität. The price (€ 33,-)
includes bus ride, professional German-speaking and English-speaking guides, entrance fee to the Jewish
Museum, and a 500ml bottle of water.

Tour 3: Friday, July 30th 2010 (08h30–12h30): Architectural Tour – The Flair of Unified Berlin: The
tour combines travelling by bus as well as walking. The focus will be on Berlin‟s new developments,
critical reconstruction and architectural redefinition. The starting point will be in front of the main
building of Humboldt-Universität. We will travel by bus to the Reichstag (House of Parliament) for a 90
minute guided tour. From there we will continue by bus past the Federal government quarter, the Haus
der Kulturen der Welt, stopping at Potsdamer Platz with its impressive Sony Center, and later past the
striking atrium of the IM Pei Bau – an extension to the Deutsches Historisches Museum. The tour will
end in front of the main building of Humboldt-Universität. The price (€ 33,-) includes bus ride,
professional German-speaking and English-speaking guides on the bus and at the sites, entrance to the
Reichstag, and a 500ml bottle of water.

For the Saturday excursions, members have a choice from three full day tours. Please book the tour of
your choice online together with the conference registration, thus before May 31 st 2010. Lunch and
dinner are included in all Saturday excursions. Prices include VAT .

Tour 1: Chorin/Angermünde – The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Schorfheide-Chorin
The program starts with a bus trip to Chorin, where we will visit the ruins of the former Zisterzienser-
Abbey. On a guided walking tour we will explore the abbey and its surroundings. The abbey was founded

in 1258 and secularised in 1542. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Klosterschänke Chorin. From there the
tour will continue to Angermünde. The historic old town is about 700 years old and has numerous sights
to visit, including the church of St. Marien (a gothic hall church), the city hall, abbey, powder tower and
the town wall originating from the 13 th century as well as the Holy-Ghost Chapel. We will continue our
journey to Brodowin where we will have the opportunity to take a walk in the beautiful surroundings. Our
final stop will be Café Wildau, located directly at lake Werbellin where we will have dinner. The price
(€ 70,-) includes bus transfer, lunch, dinner, guided tour in Chorin, and organ recital in Angermünde.
Departure at 09h00 opposite the main building of Humboldt-Universität at Bebelplatz; return to
Berlin at 21h00.

Tour 2: Neuruppin/ Rheinsberg – Schinkel & Fontane and Frederick the Great
This tour starts with a bus trip to Neuruppin, where we will take a walk and visit the town museum and
learn more about the city‟s famous sons: Schinkel and Fontane. The sights of the city include the
monastery church St. Trinitaris which was restored by plans according to Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the
Schinkel-Monument at the church square, the home for families of deceased clergymen, and the house
where Theodor Fontane was born. We will also visit the Fontane-Monument and the town wall
originating from the 15 th century. From here we will travel to Rheinsberg. We will have lunch at the
Ratskeller and then move on to the Rheinsberg palace, located in an idyllic setting at lake Grienerick,
and early residence of Frederick (the Great) when he was still the crown prince. His brother, prince
Heinrich lived there later on. Nowadays the palace is famous for its cultural activities, including theatre,
music academy and the opera Rheinsberg. We will have the opportunity to participate in a guided tour
through the castle, and afterwards to stroll through the lovely park. On the way back to Berlin we will
stop in Kremmen and have dinner at Hotel Sommerfeld which is located on Lake Beetzen. The price (€
70,-) includes bus transfer, lunch, dinner, guided tour and organ recital in Rheinsberg. Departure at
09h00 opposite the main building of Humboldt-Universität at Bebelplatz; return to Berlin at 21h00.

Tour 3: Potsdam – City of Gardens and Castles
We will travel by bus from Berlin to Potsdam where we will have a sight-seeing tour of the city,
including historic areas such as the Dutch Quarter and the Russian Colony Alexandrowka. Afterwards we
will visit the New Garden and Cecilienhof Palace where we will take a look at the rooms in which the
historic Potsdam conference was held in 1945. After lunch, at the Kutschstall Ensemble on the New
Market Square, we will continue our journey to Frederick the Great‟s famous palace Sanssouci. We will
have the opportunity to take a walk through the beautiful palace garden and participate in a guided tour
through the rococo palace itself. Our final stop will be at the historic restaurant Fahrländer Mühle, an old
windmill, where we will enjoy dinner. The price (€ 85,-) includes bus transfer, lunch, dinner, and guided
tour. Departure at 09h00 in front of the main building of Humboldt-Universität; return to Berlin at

Single and double rooms have been pre-booked in 7 different hotels. You will have to make the booking
arrangements directly with the hotel (see contact information below). All prices are per room per night
and include breakfast. Most hotels grant special group rates, yet some of the hotels may currently have
special offers. We kindly advise you to make sure that you get the lowest rate. The reserved rooms will
be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. When booking the reserved rooms a password will be
required, the password is: SNTS 2010. You will find the information you need about each hotel below.
Prices are indicated in brackets (Single/Double). The location of the hotels is also marked on a map
which you will find on the conference website (see no. 5). The local organisers underline the fact that the
conference venue can be reached very conveniently from the Park Inn, Motel One and the Ibis Hotel.
These hotels are all situated in close proximity to the S-Bahn stations.

Hotel Melia**** (€ 117,-/139,-)
Friedrichstr. 103, D-10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 2060 790-116;
The Melia Hotel is located in the heart of Berlin next to Bahnhof Friedrichstraße, close to the Spree
River and within a few minutes walk from Brandenburger Tor, Museumsinsel and Alexanderplatz. Direct
connections to the urban railway (S-Bahn) and the subway (U-Bahn) are available from nearby
Friedrichstraße Station. For further information see: Walking distance to the
conference venue: 8–10 minutes.

NH Hotel**** (€ 119,-/119,- + breakfast € 21,-)
Friedrichstr. 96, D-10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 5900 24930 (operator instructions, press 1);
The NH Hotel is located in the heart of Berlin on Friedrichstraße, close to the Spree River and within a
few minutes walk from Brandenburger Tor, Museumsinsel and Alexanderplatz. Direct connections to the
urban railway (S-Bahn) and the subway (U-Bahn) are available from the nearby Friedrichstraße Station.
For further information see:
Walking distance to the conference venue: 6–8 minutes

Hotel Albrechtshof*** (€ 93,-/111,-)
Albrechtstr. 8, D-10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 30 886-0;
Hotel Albrechtshof is located close to the famous Friedrichstraße and Friedrichstraße Station.
For further information see:
Walking distance to the conference venue: 10-12 minutes

Park Inn Alexanderplatz**** (€ 82,50/100,-)
Alexanderplatz 7, D-10178 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 2389 4333;
The Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz is Berlin‟s largest city hotel and is located on the legendary
Alexanderplatz. For further information see:
Walking distance to the conference venue: 15–20 minutes. Public transport: 15 minutes (busses TXL,
100 or 200 from Alexanderplatz to Staatsoper; S-Bahn, two stops from Alexanderplatz to

Motel One** (€ 76,50/99,-)
Diercksenstr. 36, D-10179 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 2005 408-0;
Motel One is located between Alexanderplatz and Hackesche Höfe.
For further information see:
Walking distance to the conference venue: 15–20 minutes. Public transport: 15 minutes (S-Bahn, two
stops from Alexanderplatz to Friedrichstraße)

Ibis Hotel** (€ 75,-/95,-)
An der Schillingbrücke 2, D-10243 Berlin
Phone +49 30 25 76 00;
The Ibis Hotel is located directly on the banks of the Spree River and just a short distance from the city‟s
Ostbahnhof station (S-Bahn). For further information see:
Public transport: 15–20 minutes (S-Bahn, 4 stops from Ostbahnhof to Friedrichstraße)

Students hostel Sophienhof (€ 68,-/77,-)
Sophienstr. 19, D-10178 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 2849 7777;
The hostel Sophienhof is located close to Hackesche Höfe which is only one stop away from
Friedrichstraße station. Alexanderplatz, the city hall as well as many other sights are within walking
distance. For further information see: Walking distance to the conference
venue: 15–20 minutes. Public transport: 15 minutes (S-Bahn, one stop from Hackescher Markt to

Updated information on how to travel from the airport (Berlin-Tegel or Berlin-Schönefeld) or the main
station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof) to the conference venue can be found on the conference website (see no.
5). Please note that the conference fee includes a ticket for the public transport in Berlin during the
conference week (urban railway S-Bahn, subway U-Bahn, tram and bus service). This ticket will only be
valid in combination with your name badge, which you will receive at the Welcome Desk on Tuesday,
July 27th 2010, in the main building of Humboldt-Universität.

Pre-Conference day trip to Dresden (July 26 th 2010). The day before the conference starts the local
committee offers a one day excursion to Dresden. On the way to Dresden there will be a stop at Meißen,
which is a beautiful medieval town, more than 1000 years old and famous for its historic town centre,
porcelain manufactory and vineyards at the Elbe valley. In Dresden there will be lunch at the restaurant
“Wilder Mann”, followed by a guided walking tour that will include famous sights in the city such as the
Semper Opera, Zwinger, Residenzschloss, Fürstenzug, Brühlsche Terrassen, Albertinum and the
Frauenkirche. The tour will be in English. The price (€ 62,-) includes bus transfer, lunch (three courses +
a non-alcoholic beverage) and the walking tour in Dresden. Booking has to be made online at the
conference website (see no. 5) before May 31 st 2010. The price includes VAT.

Banking facilities are available at ATM cash points in the main building of the Humboldt University.
There are also several banks in and around Bahnhof Friedrichstraße.

Posters presenting research programs in which members are involved are allowed. Boards on which such
research posters can be hung will be available at the main building of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
The idea is that members involved in the research projects described on the posters be present to answer
questions posed by colleagues e.g. during coffee/tea breaks. The recommended size for the posters is A3
(= 297 x 420 mm = two A4 sheets joined lengthwise) or the rough equivalent in inches (17 x 11 inches =
2 sheets of standard letter paper joined lengthwise). For arrangements concerning the display of posters,
please contact the conference office, Ms. Ines Luthe:

                                  OTHER SOCIETY MATTERS

As stated in the October-November 2008 Newsletter, members wishing to invite personal guests (other than wives or
husbands or children of members) to a General Meeting must first submit their names to the Assistant Secretary, Dr
Andrew Clarke, who will consult with the President about such requests. Members should indicate briefly how their
personal guests would contribute to the proceedings. All requests for guests who merely wish to attend the conference
must be received by the Assistant Secretary by 1 April who can then arrange for them to receive the booking forms.
(Requests for guest who are being invited to make presentations in the seminars must have been submitted to the
Assistant Secretary before 1 February in connection with the publication of the academic program in this newsletter).

Members are reminded of the current policy on the number of guests who can be invited, restricting the number to one
guest per member and stating that no single guest should be invited more than once in any four years (see Minute
88/13 of the Minutes of the Society's Business Meeting in Cambridge in 1988). Guests (with the exception of those
who have come at the invitation of the Committee or of seminar leaders to present papers) will be asked to pay an
additional sum of ca. €15 to cover the expenses of the Society. Candidates for membership of the Society may not
attend the conference in the year in which their names are being proposed.

Traditionally, the Society's International Fund has been used to assist a number of members from Eastern European
countries and from developing countries for travel to and from the meetings of the Society or to pay the actual costs of
attending the meetings. The Society is looking for ways to develop its International Fund further.
To that end, as of 2007 membership fees (at the top tier) now include an International Fund component. Additional
contributions, no matter how small, will be welcome, however. If you are able to make a donation, please send it to
the Treasurer of the Society, Dr. Helen Bond, by International Money Order, or cheque payable in pounds sterling,
made out to SNTS. Alternatively, you may make a payment to the International Fund by bank transfer. The Society's
Bank Account details are as follows:
   Account Name:                Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas / SNTS
   Bank:                        Lloyds TSB Scotland (St Andrews),
                                12 Church Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9NW, Scotland
   Bank Sort Code:              30 25 84
   Account Number:              00572978
   IBAN Number:                 GB23TSBS30258400572978
   BIC (Swift):                 TSBSGB21277
Please notify the Treasurer (Dr Helen Bond at if you make payments to the International Fund by
bank transfer.

To facilitate the exchange of views, speakers in all three languages of the Society are encouraged to
speak clearly and slowly, taking into account that listening to a language that is not one's first language
always requires extra effort and concentration. As reported in the October-November 2007 Newsletter,
the Society approved in Sibiu the Committee‟s proposal that from the General Meeting in Lund the full
texts of all Main Papers (whether in English, French or German), including the Presidential Address, are
to be submitted to the Secretary at least one month prior to the General Meeting. These texts will be
forwarded to the local organisers for duplication and distribution to all participants at the General
Meeting. Presenters of Offered Short Papers are also encouraged to make the full text of their papers
available at the door, or at least a handout containing an outline and the key points of the paper. A
promising alternative is the projection of the text or portions thereof onto a screen from a computer.

Speakers who wish to make use of audio-visual equipment (e.g., computers, data projectors) should make
arrangements with the local organization in advance of the meeting. Please contact the secretariat in
Berlin in May or June. Contact information is given above.

The address is: Please check the membership and address list to make
sure your details are as accurate as they should be. I try to update the list whenever changes come to my
attention. These should be sent to me at This newsletter and all subsequent newsletters
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All SNTS members who are due to retire in the 2010-11 academic year and who wish to subscribe to
NTS 2011 at the reduced rate for SNTS members need to notify the pertinent CUP office (i.e., either the
New York office or the one in Cambridge) in order to be eligible for the reduced rate. Notification needs
to be made by 31 August 2010 at the latest, and needs to include mention of the official retirement date.
Members who supply notification after 31 August 2010 will not be eligible to receive the journal in 2011
at the rate for retired members, but will have to wait until the following year. (Members in North
America, contact Cambridge University Press, Att. Journals Department, 32 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, N.Y. 10013-2473, U.S.A. Members outside of North America, contact Customer Services
Department (Journals), The Edinburgh Building, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 8RU, UK.).

My five-year term as (general) secretary of the Society expires at the end of 2010. The SNTS Committee
will be happy to receive applications from members who are interested in becoming secretary of the
Society for five years from 1 January 2011. If you are interested, please contact the current president,
Prof. Andreas Lindemann, before the meeting in Berlin. I will be happy to provide interested candidates
with a list of duties – and rewards.

The Society‟s Committee is comprised of nine trustees elected from within the Society‟s membership by a General
Meeting of the Society. These include the Society‟s President, the Past President, the President Elect, and six others.
There are also two co-opted trustees, for a total of eleven. For 2009-2010, the Committee consists of:

        Professor A. Lindemann (Germany), President
        Professor A.B. du Toit (South Africa), Past President
        Professor A. Yarbro Collins (United States), President-Elect
        Professor A. Puig i Tàrrach (Spain), Deputy President-Elect (auditor/observer)
        Professor C. Focant (Belgium)
        Professor B.R. Gaventa (United States)
        Professor J.J. Kanagaray (India)
        Professor M. Küchler (Switzerland)
        Professor M. MacDonald (Canada)
        Professor J.-C. Loba-Mkole (Kenya)
        Professor T.K. Seim (Norway)
        Professor M. Wolter (Germany)

At the Business Meeting in Berlin, the Society shall be electing two new members to the Committee to replace the
two who shall be retiring.


Secretary: Professor Dr M.C. de Boer, Faculteit der Godgeleerdheid, Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan
1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands. E-mail or

Assistant Secretary: Dr A.D. Clarke, Department of Divinity & Religious Studies, King‟s College, University of
Aberdeen, AB24 3UB, Scotland. E-mail

Assistant Secretary for International Initiatives: Professor B.C. Lategan, PO Box 3535, 7602
Stellenbosch, South Africa. E-mail

Treasurer: Dr. H.K. Bond, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, New College, Mound Place,
Edinburgh, EH1 2LX, Scotland. E-mail

Editor of the Journal (New Testament Studies): Professor J.M.G. Barclay, Department of Theology and
Religion, University of Durham, Abbey House, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RS, England. E-mail

Editor of the SNTS Monograph Series: Dr. J.M. Court, 79A The Street, Boughton, Faversham, Kent
ME13 9BE, England. E-mail

Martinus C. de Boer

SNTS is a registered charity in England and Wales (No. (no. 313862)