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McMaster Divinity College,
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton , ON
Fri, June 05, 2020
Start: 08:30 AM
End: 05:00 PM

Date: Thursday and Friday, June 4–5, 2020
Time: Thursday 5:00pm–8:00pm; Friday 8:30am–5:45pm
Location: McMaster Divinity College

The Bingham Colloquium is an annual biblical studies conference endowed in honour of Baptist leader and pastor H.H. Bingham. The colloquium is an academic event oriented towards the generation and dissemination of new knowledge, but it is designed to be interactive and collaborative in nature. Its format includes paper presentations, but also opportunities for both formal and informal dialogue between presenters and attendees. This year the Colloquium is hosted by CBLTE (Centre for Biblical Linguistics, Translation, and Exegesis). While active participation is encouraged, anyone is welcome to attend, regardless of whether they wish to present anything.

This year’s theme is “Explaining How the Original Means: The Roles of Linguistics, Translation, and Exegesis in Biblical Language Pedagogy.” The theme has been framed broadly enough to encompass a range of topics that factor into how students should be taught to understand and apply their knowledge of the biblical languages. This includes (1) how and to what extent modern linguistic theory and methods are used to facilitate learning, (2) how and why exegetical methods are integrated into language-learning approaches, and (3) how and why translation is employed in teaching biblical languages. Preferably, each presentation will address at least one of these three areas, as they are the three areas that represent the purview of CBLTE.

The 2020 Colloquium will be held on Thursday (evening) and Friday (all day), June 4–5, 2020. The events on Thursday will consist of a catered dinner, a plenary address, and time for casual dialogue. Friday will consist of the four remaining plenary addresses and additional parallel sessions. A lunch will be provided, as well as coffee and refreshments. A detailed schedule for the day can be found here.

This year we are excited to have more plenary speakers than in the past. The five plenary addresses will be delivered by:
• Stanley E. Porter, President, Dean, and Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, ON, Canada
• Martin M. Culy, Director of Cypress Hills Ministries, Maple Creek, SK, Canada
• Dana M. Harris, Associate Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, USA
• Jonathan M. Watt, Professor of Biblical Studies, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA, USA
• Lise Fontaine, Reader in the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Additionally, there will be an informal dinner at La Luna in downtown Hamilton on Friday after the colloquium. Those wishing to join will need to indicate so on the registration form, so that reservations can be arranged. Please note, however, that this dinner is simply an informal tradition, not something included in the general registration for the Bingham Colloquium.


Registration for the event is now open. To register, use the following link: https://mcmasterdivinity.ca/bingham-colloquium/bingham-2020-registration/. There are separate registrations for the Thursday dinner and the Friday all-day event, as well as the dinner following the colloquium on Friday. Provide us with all information necessary by checking the relevant boxes on the registration form.

Note: those who submit and have papers accepted to the colloquium are automatically registered for Friday, June 5, and do not have to pay the general fee. However, all presenters who wish to attend the Thursday dinner and plenary address will still have to register and pay separately. Payment (cash or credit card) will be made when you arrive at the colloquium.

Event Price: $75.00
Non-MDC Student/MDC Alumni Price: $45.00
MDC Student Price: $35.00

For more details on submitting a proposal, see the Call for Papers.

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