K.H. Miskotte’s Biblical ABCs

An International Theology Conference

8-9th November 2021

To purchase your ticket (for the small fee of €10.50) and secure a place at the conference (together with a 50% discount on the book itself) just follow this link to the registration page.

Registration open until Friday, 5th November 2021

K.H. Miskotte (1894–1976) was a Dutch Reformed pastor and theologian. He was also an intensive student of Hebrew Scripture, a sympathetic interpreter of contemporary Jewish thought, and a mediator of Karl Barth’s theology to the Netherlands. As such, Miskotte vocally opposed Dutch Nazism in the 1930s and participated in underground resistance to the German occupation of the Netherlands. He wrote several works to strengthen the spiritual resolve of other resisters—including a short Bible reading primer and anti-Nazi catechism in one, entitled Biblical ABCs.

First published in 1941, the book is urgent, even raw, and yet theologically focused. It concentrates on the form of Scripture, laying out biblical keywords across twelve chapters. These words draw from Hebrew Scripture, which Miskotte prioritizes relative to the apostolic writings of the New Testament; and they orbit the person and profile of God. They take departure from the A of the biblical ABCs, the Name of God, and they conclude with God’s work of sanctifying, which Miskotte identifies as a kind of divine sabotage.

Miskotte’s Biblical ABCs became a foundational text for the school of Dutch Reformed dialectical theology that arose after the war, and it remains popular; a Dutch eighth edition was published in 2016. It is now published in English for the first time. The Biblical ABCs conference, co-sponsored by the Protestant Theological University, the Aberdeen Centre for Protestant Theology, and the Miskotte Foundation, offers an online forum for academic theologians as well as pastors to respond to this event. Confirmed speakers include Philip Ziegler, Katherine Sonderegger, Susannah Ticciati, Rinse Reeling Brouwer, Mirjam Elbers, and Christophe Chalamet.

Registrants will receive a 50% discount code for purchasing the book from Rowman & Littlefield.

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Miskotte Conference Schedule

8th-9th November 2021 (all times Amsterdam, GMT+1)

Monday, 8th November

14.00h            Opening and welcome by

Maarten Wisse (Rector, PThU) and Marco Visser

14.15 – 14.45h         Introduction K.H. Miskotte

Rinse Reeling Brouwer

14.45 – 15.15h         Central themes in Biblical ABCs

Mirjam Elbers

15.15 – 15.30h         Discussion + short break

15.30 – 15.45h         Break

15.45 – 17.15h        Panel discussion on Biblical ABCs:

Susannah Ticciati

Kate Sonderegger

Christophe Chalamet 

Moderator: Philip Ziegler

17.15 – 17.30h        Break

17.30 – 18.15h        Parallel sessions: Short paper and discussion groups

Tuesday, 9th November

14.00 – 15.00h         Translation and relevance of Biblical ABCs

Eleonora Hof

Collin Cornell

15.00 – 15.15h         Discussion + short break

15.15 – 16.00h        Parallel sessions: Short papers and discussion groups

16.00 – 16.15h         Break

16.15 – 17.15h        Biblical ABCs Today: A Theological Provocation

Philip Ziegler

17.15 –             Plenary conclusion, announcements, drinks/social