HBU Theology Conference

How the Bible Came into Being

March 2-4, 2017
Houston Baptist University and Lanier Theological Library

The Department of Theology at HBU, in conjunction with Lanier Theological Library, is please to host the conference How the Bible Came into Being. The conference will consider the formation of the biblical canon, the literature included and excluded, and its theological significance. Our keynote speakers are James Charlesworth (Princeton Theological Seminary) and Lee McDonald (formerly of Acadia Divinity College). The plenary talks are free and open to the public.

We also invite proposals for short papers from scholars and graduate students from a wide array of topics related to how the Bible came into being, for example:

• The formation of the canon (including its establishment and later discussions)
• The canonical process of individual texts
• Comparisons of canonical traditions
• The theology of the canon
• Canonical criticism

Anyone who is interested should submit a 300 word abstract on any relevant topic by December 8, 2016. Papers should be 25 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions. Decisions will be announced in late December. Send proposals to Daniel Streett.

We will be publishing some of the conference papers. If you would like your paper considered for inclusion, please indicate this on your proposal. You must also provide a full version of the paper at the time of the conference.

For Saturday’s lectures at Lanier Theological Library, please register with the Lanier Theological Library.


The conference fee is $40, which includes refreshments and coffee. Accommodations and meals are not included in the conference fee.

If you are affiliated with HBU (faculty, staff, or student), admission to the conference is free. To register please send an email from your HBU account to theology@hbu.edu, giving your name as you want it on your nametag.

Register and pay online now or download and fill out the registration form PDF and mail it with your $40.00 payment to:

Theology Conference Registration
Department of Theology
School of Christian Thought
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Rd
Houston TX, 77074

Please make checks payable to “Houston Baptist University.”


This year’s conference is sponsored in part by Faithlife, Makers of Logos Bible Software. They will have a display booth at the conference where you can preview and purchase Logos or upgrade your present version.

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