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McMaster Divinity College,
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton , ON
Thu, June 04, 2020
Start: 06:30 PM
End: 05:45 PM


As we continue to navigate the uncertainties of the present COVID-19 health crisis, we are trying to make wise decisions regarding future events. Unfortunately, we have decided that it is best to postpone the 2020 Bingham Colloquium, which was originally scheduled for June 4–5. We appreciate your interest in the event, as well as your understanding as we implement this postponement.

Our current plan, assuming that circumstances improve over the coming year, is to organize the 2021 Bingham Colloquium around the same theme of “Explaining How the Original Means: The Role of Linguistics, Translation, and Exegesis in Biblical Language Pedagogy.” We are hopeful that our invited plenary speakers will be able to adjust their plans so as to attend the rescheduled event. If you have already submitted a paper proposal, we thank you for your interest and hope that you will submit your proposal once again next year when we issue a new call for papers. A more detailed announcement will be made once we have new (tentative) dates in June 2021.

Obviously, changing circumstances may require us to change our plans again, but in the meantime let us hope that in just over a year we will be free to experience an enjoyable and successful conference. We wish you all the best as you navigate these difficult times. We pray for your good health, and we look forward to a future time when we can once again gather together.


Dr. Christopher Land (Convener)
Dr. Stanley Porter
Dr. Francis Pang   

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).

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, June 4, 2020 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and Friday, June 5, 2020 from 8:30am-5:45pm. Thursday evening will consist of a catered dinner, a plenary address, and time for casual dialogue. Friday will begin with four remaining plenary addresses and additional parallel sessions. A lunch will be provided, as well as coffee and refreshments.

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
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. 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.


Thursday, June 4, 2020

Time Event Name Speaker
6:30 PM Reception
7:00 PM Catered Dinner
Plenary Session 1 Lise Fontaine

Friday, June 5, 2020

Time Session Event Name Speaker
8:30 AM Registration, Coffee, & Parallel Session Sign-up
9:00 AM Welcome
9:10 AM Plenary Session 2 Jonathan M. Watt
9:50 AM Break
10:05 AM Parallel Session 1
10:45 AM Break
11:10 AM Parallel Session 2
11:50 AM Break
12:05 PM Plenary Session 3 Dana Harris
12:45 PM Lunch (provided)
2:00 PM Plenary Session 4 Martin M. Culy
2:40 PM Break
2:55 PM Parallel Session 3
3:35 PM Break
4:00 PM Parallel Session 4
4:40 PM Break
4:55 PM Plenary Session 5 Stanley E. Porter
5:35 PM Closing Comments