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Johnson University Hosts 2017 SCJ Conference

20.08.2016 14:01 Age: 251 days
Category: General, SCJ Conference

The 16h annual SCJ conference heads back to Johnson University, Knoxville, TN for 2017, on April 7-8  (Friday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM; Sat, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM).   The Friday evening dinner will be on campus and will celebrate the 20th anniversary of SCJ.

The theme is Communicating the Old Testament.  Featured speakers include: Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinquished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology (Duke Divinity School) who will present "The Old Testament—Does it Preach?…and How?" and  "Reading the Old Testament as Christians;"  Chris Heard, Associate Professor of Religion (Pepperdine University) will present "Drowning in Cuteness: How the Flood Became a Children's Story," and "The Lord Chooses How the Dice Fall: Using Games to Teach Old Testament;" and Jason Bembry, Professor of Old Testament (Emmanuel Christian Seminary) "The Old Testament Prophetic Tradition – Wide A-'woke in America."

Related papers or papers on other biblical, theological, or historical topics are sought for parallel sessions from experienced scholars as well as from student scholars.  Send your paper title (no abstract needed) to Stewart Penwell, Conference Parallel Paper Coordinator, at by December 15, 2016.

Thirteen study groups welcome inquiries:  

Inquiries regarding study groups may be directed to the NEW dean of the study groups:  Dawn Gentry (

For its fourth year, female scholars are hosting an event (all are welcome).  This year it will be a lunch in a Gally Commons Private Dining Room at Johnson University (12:15-1:45).  If you are interested in attending, please contact Judith Odor (

Student paper competitions will occur in three categories:  Junior/Senior; M.A./M.Div., and Restoration (Isaac Errett Award from the Disciples Historical Society).  Contact Les Hardin ( immediately to indicate your interest and to obtain the competition rules (also available on the SCJ website) for the undergrad and grad competition, and also receive information on the $2500 scholarship available to both undergrad and grad winners. For the Isaac Errett competition, contact Newell Williams (  The winner receives a cash award. Submissions are due December 15, 2016.

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