March Research Colloquium

Kwang Min Kim

The next Research Colloquium is being held this Friday 23 March starting at 1.30pm in G3.  The program is as follows:

Time Presenter Presentation Type Title
1.30pm – 2.15pm Jeff Aernie Faculty Presentation Restored Life, Restored Characterization, and Restored Service (Mark 1:29–31)
2.15pm – 3.00pm Aubrey Buster Guest Presentation Cultural Memory and Historical Poetics in Psalm 78
3.00pm – 3.45pm Kevin Kwang Min Kim PhD Presentation Jeong reading of 2 Samuel 11: bringing back Uriah into the uri group

 

Jeff Aernie          Restored Life, Restored Characterization, and Restored Service (Mark 1:29–31)

This paper examines how the portrait of Simon’s mother-in-law in Mark 1 contributes to the wider portrait of discipleship in the Gospel of Mark. I contend that Jesus’s brief engagement with this woman serves to preview wider portrayals of the theological concept of restoration in the Gospel. The interaction between Jesus and Simon’s mother-in-law provides insight into the way in which Jesus’s restorative agency shapes and defines the lives of those who follow him. The woman’s response to Jesus in light of her restored condition functions as an initial portrait of Mark’s narrative discipleship.

 

Aubrey Buster   Cultural Memory and Historical Poetics in Psalm 78

In this paper, I explore Psalm 78 as Israel’s “functional memory.” The concept of functional memory (A. Assmann) provides a way to differentiate the extended histories of Israel, the Pentateuch, Deuteronomistic History, and Chronicler’s history, which form part of Israel’s canon and cultural memory, from the particular role of performed master narratives, which transform narrative into replicable schemas and symbols. Using this framework, I will demonstrate how Psalm 78 selects, abbreviates, and configures significant events in Israel’s history in order to effectively defuse the threat of Israel’s ancestral sin for the Judean kingdom.

 

Kevin Kim            Jeong reading of 2 Samuel 11: bringing back Uriah into the uri group

2 Samuel 11 describes David’s affair with Bathsheba. Uriah, the foreigner who was described in 2 Samuel 11 as a “Hittite” (vv. 3, 6, 17, 24) had a greater concern for Covenant principles than had David, the one who had been anointed as protector of the Covenant. Uriah’s honour, integrity, and loyalty contrasts with David’s underhanded behaviour.

In this paper I shall first examine 2 Samuel 11 in the light of David’s motive to betray Uriah, his loyal soldier and servant. Secondly, I shall investigate how Uriah was betrayed and abandoned in 2 Samuel 11 in relation to his ethnic identity. Thirdly, I shall attempt to reposition Uriah into the uri group with my jeong reading.

 

HDR Students are reminded that their participation in the Research Colloquiums is a critical component of their candidature and that apologies should be sent to me at [email protected]

 

The next colloquium date is set for Friday, 27 April 2018.

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