Call for Papers on Robert Wilken’s Work on Christian-Jewish-Muslim Relationships in the Patristic and Medieval Periods of Western History

The editors of The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning call for essays showing appreciation for and raising critical questions about Professor Robert Wilken’s work on Christian-Jewish-Muslim relationships in the Patristic and medieval periods of Western history.  Wilken has written extensively on Jewish-Christian relationships in the first 3 centuries of the common era, and he also has written on Christian-Muslim relationships in the medieval period.  Important questions that contributors might address are: (1) How does Wilken’s historically minded research inform practitioners of Scriptural Reasoning about Jewish-Muslim-Christian relationships today?  (b) How does a Scriptural Reasoning approach relate to the ways of reasoning that Wilken employs in his descriptions of these inter-faith relationships?  (c) How does Wilken’s work relate to David Ford’s emphasis on inter-faith engagements as a practice of cultivating wisdom?  (d) What role does Scripture play in Wilken’s investigations into Jewish-Christian relationships, as well as Christian-Muslim relationships?  (e) What type of historiographical reasoning does Wilken employ, and how does this relate to Peter Ochs’ notion of “depth historiography”?  We also welcome critical engagements with Wilken’s newest book, The First Thousand Years of the Church (Yale University Press, 2013).


Submissions ought to be 3,000 – 6,000 words in length; submissions should be double-spaced and include the following: bibliography, endnotes, and description of author.  Please submit your completed essays to Jacob.Goodson @ by December 31, 2015.  If you have any questions about this CFP, or about the issue that will be published on Robert Wilken’s historical work, please send your questions in an e-mail message to Jacob.Goodson @


The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning is an academic, on-line, peer-reviewed publication of the University of Virginia.  We employ a double-blind review process.  The description of the author will be removed for the purposes of review (please do not include signals of identity within the text or the endnotes).  The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning nurtures scholarly conversations between Jewish, Muslim, and Christian thinkers on the topics of hermeneutics, inter-faith dialogue, philosophical theology, religious ethics, and the significance of Scripture in the modern world.