Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology

CBET Postgraduate Conference - 'Magic'

20 February 2016
A2, Humanities Building
University Park Campus

CBET seeks to promote the integration of the historical and theological study of the Bible with the study of ethics and systematic and philosophical theology.

This study day looked to foster the aims of the Centre among postgraduate students from all areas of theological study, as well as from the broader academic community.

In keeping withthe conference theme, papers interacted with a biblical text(s) through the lens of the student's primary discipline.



Magic in the Hebrew Bible

  • Cat Quine: Laying Down the (Levitical?) Law: Cosmological Control in Deuteronomy 18:9-14
  • Joe Scales: Necromancy Works - Divination, Magic, and Saul in 1 Samuel 28

Magic and Hermeneutics

  • Ian Bacher: "Not from my own heart:" Immanent critique as a method of reading scripture (Numbers 16)
  • Laura McCormack: Magic, Mind and Matter: imagination in psychic evolution (Genesis 1)

Magic in the New Testament

  • Lavinia Cerioni: The historical enigma of Simon the Magician (Acts 8:9-25)
  • Philip Whitehead: Magic, exorcism and demons (Matthew 12:22-37)

Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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