On 18 June 2018 the Master of the College, Very Reverend Associate Professor Shane Mackinlay welcomed our International guests and keynote speakers, Professor John Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and interpretation and Professor Adela Yarbro Collins, Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, both of Yale University, to Catholic Theological College (CTC).
This research day was divided into a morning and afternoon session. In the morning Professor John Collins unravelled the complexities in his paper entitled “Is there Mysticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls?” and two local scholars, Emeritus Professor Brendan Byrne SJ and Dr Kylie Crabbe wrestled with the concept of mysticism in their responses. After some repartee between the speakers, the discussion was opened to questions from over 60 attendees. Similarly, in the afternoon Professor Adela Collins grappled with “Paul, Jewish Mysticism and Spirit Possession”. Her respondents, Reverend Professor Francis Moloney SDB AM and Dr Catherine Playoust, engaged in critical conversation with Adela teasing out the notion of applying mysticism to first-century contexts. Further general discussion ensued.
This was an excellently focused day of biblical research at its best. CTC is grateful for the collaboration of the Institute of Religion and Critical Inquiry ACU and the support from research funds of the University of Divinity. The organisers, Dr Rosemary Canavan and Dr Kris Sonek OP, are delighted that the speakers happily agreed to be recorded to allow access to this marvellous event to those who were unable to attend on the day.
Download and listen to recordings of the speakersListen to Professor John Collins Listen to Professor Adela Yarbro Collins