The Craigie Lecture is held bi-annually during the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, in late May or early June.

It is named after Dr. Peter Craigie, who died tragically in a car accident in 1985 at the age of 47. He was much beloved by his colleagues at the University of Calgary, and in the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, and died while Vice-President Academic of the University of Calgary and President of the CSBS.

During his abbreviated academic career, Craigie authored seven books and over forty articles. Following his death, funds were raised by the CSBS, with the support of his family, in order to sponsor public lectures by scholars of international stature.

For an “Academic Biography” of Craigie, Memorials and Bibliography of his writings see Stephen G. Wilson, “Peter Campbell Craigie, 1938-1985: In Memoriam,” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 14 (1985) 233; Ascribe to the Lord: Biblical and Other Studies in Memory of Peter C. Craigie (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, vol. 67; ed. Lyle Eslinger and J. Glen Taylor; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1988); Rebecca G. S. Idestrom and J. Glen Taylor, “Addendum to the Bibliography of Peter C. Craigie,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 51 (1991) 115-17.

 

Previous CSBS Craigie Lecturers:

  • 2017: Stanley Stowers, “What Was the Goal of Paul's Religious Program?"
  • 2015: H.G.M. Williamson, “In the Shadow of S.R. Driver: A Centennial Appreciation”
  • 2011: John J. Collins, “New Perspective on the Sect of the Dead Sea Scrolls”
  • 2009: Amy-Jill Levine, “Resurrecting Late Judaism: Archaeology, Analysis, and Apologetic”
  • 2007: Mark S. Smith, “God in Translation: Cross-cultural Recognition of Deities in the Biblical World”
  • 2005: Paula Fredriksen, “Mandatory Retirement: Ideas in the Study of Christian Origins whose Time has Come to Go”
  • 2003: Phyllis Byrd, “‘Sacred Prostitution’ in History and Rhetoric: Constructing the Religious World of the Hebrew Bible”
  • 2001: James M. Robinson, “The Historical Jesus, Q and Nag Hammadi”
  • 1999: James Kugel, “You’re Killing Me With Kindness, or, A Modest Proposal Concerning the Teaching of ‘Introduction to the Old Testament’”
  • 1997: Wayne Meeks, “Judaism, Hellenism and the Birth of Christianity”
  • 1995: Carol Newsom, “The Book of Job and the Remaking of the Moral Imagination”
  • 1993: John Dominic Crossan, “Jesus as Peasant”
  • 1991: Meir Sternberg, “The Code of Double Refusal in the Bible”
  • 1989: Krister Stendahl, “From History of Salvation to Wisdom Common and Eternal”
  • 1987: John H. Yoder, “‘Holy War’ Among the Ancient Hebrews”

 

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