Nordic New Testament Conference 2018

Northern Lights:
New Nordic Research on Early Christianity

Except for Friday, the conference will be held at the church Neskirkja close to the Main University Building (Aðalbygging Háskóla Íslands) and Radisson Blu Saga Hotel. For a map of the conference site, please click here.

Preliminary reservations have been made at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, at the cost of 29.900 ISK pr. night for one person (33.000 for double room), including breakfast (for this option, please fill out the registration form here). For other alternatives, see accommodations booking sites such as or

The conference fee is 25.000 ISK (currently ca. 200 EUR). It includes the conference housing and most meals (cf. the program below). It does not include accommodations or the trip to the Blue Lagoon.

Nordic scholars who do not wish to present a paper are also welcome to the conference. Participants are expected to (1) hold a PhD degree or to be enrolled in a PhD candidate program and (2) be affiliated by institution or citizenship to the Nordic countries.

For registration to the conference, please follow this link:
The trip to the Blue Lagoon is highly recommended. For registration, please follow this link: Blue Lagoon – registration (3).

Please make sure that you finish your registration by 1 May. It is important for the plannig of the conference that participants register in time.

The conference committee:

  • Runar M. Thorsteinsson (Iceland, chair, local organizer)
  • Gitte Buch-Hansen (Denmark)
  • Lauri Thurén (Finland)
  • Anna Rebecca Solevåg (Norway)
  • Magnus Zetterholm (Sweden)
  • Elina Lapinoja (PhD student, Finland)
  • Morten Beckmann (PhD student, Norway)


June 8 (Friday) At the University of Iceland, Main Building (Aðalbygging)

  • 18:00-             Registration
  • 19:00               Welcome address (Hátíðarsalur, 2nd floor): Arnfríður Guðmundsdóttir, Head of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
  • 19:15               Keynote speaker 1: Svavar Hrafn Svavarsson (Iceland), “Divine Justice and the Hereafter before Plato” Chair: Anna Rebecca Solevåg
  • 20:30               Reception (at Háma, next to the Main Building)

June 9 (Saturday) At Neskirkja

  • 9:00                 Keynote speaker 2: Heike Omerzu (Denmark), “A Stranger Amongst Strangers: The Pauline Mission as a Migration Phenomenon” Chair: Magnus Zetterholm
  • 10:15               Coffee break
  • 10:30               Seminars 1–3 (papers 1–2)
  • 12:00               Lunch
  • 13:00               Keynote speaker 3: Mikael Sundkvist (Finland), “Engaging Early Greek Interpreters for our Reading of Paul: Prospects and Limitations” Chair: Gitte Buch Hansen
  • 14:15               Coffee break
  • 14:30               Seminars 4–5 (papers 1–2)
  • 16:00               Coffee break
  • 16:15               PhD seminars: Presentations by doctoral candidates (two parallel sessions, each with three papers)
  • 17:45               Coffee break
  • 18:00               Nordic institutions present current and future NT and related projects
  • 18:45               Doctoral candidates’ business meeting/Conference committee meeting
  • 19:15               Dinner at Neskirkja

June 10 (Sunday) At Neskirkja

  • 9:00                 Seminars 1–2 (papers 3–4)
  • 10:30               Coffee break
  • 11:00               Lutheran mass in Icelandic at Neskirkja
  • 12:00               Lunch
  • 13:00               Seminars 3–5 (papers 3–4)
  • 16:00               Optional trip to the Blue Lagoon (at own expense). Departure to the Blue Lagoon from Radisson Blu Saga Hotel

June 11 (Monday) At Neskirkja

  • 9:00                 Keynote speaker 4: Hilde Brekke Møller (Norway), “The Power of Jesus: The Use and Significance of ‘Jesus’ in Norwegian Culture”. Chair: Lauri Thurén
  • 10:15               Coffee break
  • 10:30               Seminars 1–2 (papers 5–6)
  • 12:00               Lunch
  • 13:00               Keynote speaker 5: Dan Nässelqvist (Sweden), “Hymnology, Not Hymnody: Moving Beyond the Impasse of New Testament Hymn Research” Chair: Kasper Bro Larsen
  • 14:15               Coffee break
  • 14:30               Seminars 3 and 5 (papers 5–6)
  • 16:00               Coffee break
  • 16:15               Country business meetings. Chairs: Seminar chairs
  • 17:00               General business meeting. Chair: Runar M. Thorsteinsson
  • 19:30               Farewell dinner (downtown at Skólabrú, Pósthússtræti 17)

June 12 (Tuesday)