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Miracles and History in Biblical Studies

Time Saturday 25 April until Sunday 26 April, 2020 at 10:30 - 16:00
Place Humanities Building, Hörsal E and room HE109

Welcome to a symposium in theology focusing on the theme of Miracles and History in Biblical Studies: Exegetical, Systematic and Philosophical Perspectives. 


  • Bart D. Ehrman (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Michael R. Licona (Houston Baptist University)
  • Eckart David Schmidt (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz)
  • Tobias Hägerland (Göteborgs Universitet)
  • Mats Wahlberg (Umeå Universitet)

Call for papers

This symposium brings together experts from different fields to shed light on the fundamental methodological question of whether biblical scholars can or should factor in miracles as part of their historical interpretations of the Bible. The event will have five keynote speakers: Bart D. Ehrman, Michael R. Licona, Eckart David Schmidt, Tobias Hägerland and Mats Wahlberg. In addition to the keynotes, the symposium is pleased to invite proposals for short papers (20 minutes) that engage the topic from exegetical, systematic or philosophical perspectives. We welcome reflections on how different methodological approaches or philosophical background assumptions with respect to the possibility of miracles (for example, methodological naturalism) affect, or should affect, the interpretation of specific biblical texts or the discipline of biblical studies as a whole.

Please submit paper proposals by e-mail to by March 31, either as an abstract (300 – 500 words) or, preferably, the entire paper. Accepted contributions will be considered for publication in a conference anthology, together with the keynote addresses.

Information and registration

Contact David Davage,, for more information and registration.


Mats Wahlberg, David Davage, Leif Svensson and David Wiljebrand.