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Asking Questions in Biblical Texts: An International Online Symposium

Date: Time: 15:30 Location: Online

Asking questions is one of the most important forms of human communication.

In the Bible, many questions are asked as well, for example: “What father among you, if his son asks for bread, would give him a stone?” (Luke 11:8a). However, the academic study of questions in biblical texts is still in its infancy. That is the reason why, while many academic meetings have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to organize one now with Zoom. We cordially invite you to join us for this symposium.
Participation is free, but registration is required:
The symposium will be organized with Zoom. A day before the symposium we will send the Zoom-link to your email address.


  • 15:30-15:50
    Prof. Dr. Archibald van Wieringen (Tilburg School of Catholic Theology), “Questions and Discrepancies in information: Some examples from the Hebrew Bible”
    - 15:50-16:05 Discussion
    - 16:05-16:15 Break 
  • 16.15-16:35
    Dr. Douglas Estes (South University-Columbia), “Asking Unasked Questions in the New Testament”
    - 16:35-16:50 Discussion
    - 16:50-17:00 Break
  • 17:00-17:20
    Prof. Dr. Geert van Oyen (Université Catholique de Louvain), “Communication with the reader through the first and the last question in the Gospel of Mark"
    - 17:20-17:45 Discussion & Conclusions