Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SBL/AAR 2014 sessions I am looking forward to attending (Part 2: Sunday - Monday)

I still have more sessions to read about and I'm on the fence on what to do during a couple of time slots, but here are some thoughts on Sunday-Monday.

Of course, somewhere in all of this I have to set aside time for the most important part of SBL: the glorious exhibit hall where all the major publishers will be selling their wares (at discounted prices!).

Nonetheless, here are my thoughts on the sessions so far.

If you are going to SBL, I'd love to get your feedback. What are you planning on doing?

SUNDAY - 11/23/14

9am - 11:30am

Once again, another painful decision. On one hand, there is a session on Pauline soteriology on "righteousness/justice" in Paul involving Gorman, Gaventa, and de Boer, with Eubank responding. On the other, there's a section on the Fourth Gospel and liturgical issues, with Keener responding. They both look too good to pass up.  

Pauline Soteriology 
Room: Indigo Ballroom H (Level 2 (Indigo)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB) 
Theme: Righteousness/Justice in Paul 
Michael Gorman, Saint Mary's Seminary and University, Presiding
Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Baylor University
Righteousness/Justice in Paul: The View from Romans (35 min)
Martin de Boer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - VU University Amsterdam
Righteousness/Justice in Paul: A Comparison of Galatians with Romans (35 min)
Break (10 min)
Nathan Eubank, Notre Dame Seminary, Graduate School of Theology, Respondent (15 min)
Willie Jennings, Duke University, Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (20 min)
Discussion (20 min)
1pm - 3:30pm

Obviously, there's no question about what the most important session is in this time slot. The first paper is going to be dynamite. The paper by David Burnett, like the first paper, was presented earlier this year at the Paul and Judaism Conference at Houston Baptist University. It was fantastic. I'm looking forward to hearing that one again.

Anyone know who this N.T. Wright guy is who is responding to it?

Pauline Epistles 
Joint Session With: Pauline Epistles, Paul and Judaism/Paul Within Judaism, Disputed Paulines, Pauline Soteriology, Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making, Systematic Transformation and Interweaving of Scripture in 1 Corinthians

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Sapphire Ballroom M (Level 4 (Sapphire)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB) 
Chan Sok Park, Harvard University, Presiding
Michael Patrick Barber, John Paul the Great Catholic University and John Kincaid, John Paul the Great Catholic University
Cultic Theosis in Paul and Second Temple Judaism: A Fresh Reading of the Corinthian Correspondence (18 min)
David A. Burnett, Criswell College
"So Shall Your Seed Be": Paul’s Use of Gen 15:5 in Rom 4:18 in light of Early Jewish Deification Traditions (18 min)
Pamela Eisenbaum, Iliff School of Theology, Respondent (8 min)
Ward Blanton, University of Kent at Canterbury, Respondent (8 min)
N. T. Wright, University of St. Andrews, Respondent (8 min)
Break (5 min)
Matthew E. Gordley, Regent University School of Divinity
Psalms of Solomon and Pauline Studies (18 min)
Hans Svebakken, Loyola University of Chicago
Romans 7:7-25 and a Pauline Allegory of the Soul (18 min)
Pamela Eisenbaum, Iliff School of Theology, Respondent (8 min)
Ward Blanton, University of Kent at Canterbury, Respondent (8 min)
N. T. Wright, University of St. Andrews, Respondent (8 min)
Discussion (25 min)
Luckily, there are no other interesting papers at this time. None. Don't even look at the Program Book. There isn't anything else you need to be doing during this slot. *cough 

4pm - 6:30pm 

There are a number of sessions that interest me. I'm very interested in the section on Mark. It's hard to turn down an opportunity to go and hear Joel Watts. The paper on intertextuality in Mark 11-12 sounds interesting too.

Yet Goodacre interacting with Kloppenborg on Q? How do I pass that one up!

Finally, there's a paper that seems to suggest animal sacrifices were in fact offered at Qumran. If true--and that seems to be a big if--that's huge. I'm interested to see what evidence can be cited--and equally keen on seeing what kind of reaction the paper gets. Finally, Stuckenbruck's paper looks intriguing.

Not sure what to do about this one.

Markan Literary Sources  
Room: F (Level 3 (Aqua)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB) 
Theme: Literary Sources for Mark 11 
Adam Winn, Azusa Pacific University, Presiding
Joel L. Watts, University of the Free State - Universiteit van die Vrystaat
There and Back Again, A Jesus Tale: The Poetics of Apologetic Reversal (10 min)
Discussion (35 min)
Matthew R. Hauge, Azusa Pacific University
The Creation of Person in Ancient Narrative and the Gospel of Mark (10 min)
Discussion (35 min)
Dennis R. MacDonald, Claremont School of Theology
Intertextuality in Mark 11–12 (10 min)
Discussion (35 min) 

Joint Session With: Q, Extent of Theological Diversity in Earliest Christianity 
Room: 303 (Level 3 (Aqua)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB) 
Theme: Q’s Difference: Contents, Silences, and PerspectivesThis session, sponsored jointly by the Extent of Theological Diversity in Earliest Christianity Section and the Q Section, revisits the question of how “different” Q seems to be given its contents, silences, and perspectives, especially where issues evidently crucial to other groups (such as the death and resurrection of Jesus) are concerned. Does Q make a difference to constructions of Christian origins? 
William Arnal, University of Regina, Presiding
Daniel A. Smith, Huron University College
What Difference Does Difference Make? Q’s Place within Christian Origins in Recent Research (30 min)
John Kloppenborg, University of Toronto, Respondent (10 min)
Mark Goodacre, Duke University, Respondent (10 min)
Discussion (20 min)
Break (10 min)
Joseph Verheyden, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Is There a Place in the Inn? Some Reflections on How to Take Care of Q (30 min)
John Kloppenborg, University of Toronto, Respondent (10 min)
Mark Goodacre, Duke University, Respondent (10 min)
Discussion (20 min) 

Room: 501 C (Level 5 (Cobalt)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB) 
Theme: New Perspectives on Archaeology, Material Science, and Texts 
Eibert Tigchelaar, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Presiding
Ira Rabin, BAM Federal Institute of Materials Research and Testing
Did 1QIsaa and IQS Come from the Same Parchment Workshop? (30 min)
Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Were Sacrifices Offered at Qumran? The Animal Bone Deposits Reconsidered (30 min)
Helen R. Jacobus, University College London
Two Aramaic Zodiac Calendars: Why 4Q318 Is Related to the Synchronistic Calendar of 4Q208-4Q209 (30 min)
Bernard M. Levinson, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Correcting the Restorations of Temple Scroll (11Q19) 2:8-9 (30 min)
Shani Tzoref, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
The Temple Scroll as Prequel and Interquel (30 min) 

Meals in the Greco-Roman World  
Joint Session With: Meals in the Greco-Roman World, Meals in the HB/OT and Its World 
Room: Room 5 B (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC) 
Theme: Meals and Justice 
The joint session between the "Meals in the Greco-Roman World" section and "Meals in the HB/OT and Its World" will focus on meals and justice, discussing how individual and divine justice are brought into connection with the table. The session will seek to bring together perspectives from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and rabbinical texts, seeking the commonalities and divergences present between the various bodies of texts. 
Carol Meyers, Duke University, Presiding (5 min)
Walter J. Houston, University of Manchester
'To Share Your Bread with the Hungry': Justice or Charity? (30 min)
Michael Satlow, Brown University
Beggar at the Banquet (30 min)
Peter-Ben Smit, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Convivial Justice - Meals with Meaning in Early Christianity (30 min)
Loren Stuckenbruck, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (35 min)
MONDAY - 11/24/14

I have a number of commitments on Monday morning and so I can't make it to anything at that time.

In the early afternoon there are a number of sessions that look fascinating. I'm going to have to make some hard decisions here.

First, there's a review of N.T. Wright's new book on Paul that features, among others, Douglas Campbell. After watching the recent dialogue with Wright at Duke, taking a pass on this one is going to be difficult.

In addition, in the Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds section there are two papers that have caught my attention. First, there is one on wine consumption in antiquity and the story of the wedding feast in John 2. Second, one on Mark 10:1-12.

There is also a section on Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism which focuses on priesthood and sacrifice. The papers here look very appealing.

Not sure what I'm going to do about these yet.
Pauline Soteriology 
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM 
Room: San Diego Ballroom Salon B (Lobby level) - Marriott Marquis (MM) 
Theme: Panel Review: N. T. (Tom) Wright's Paul and the Faithfulness of God 
Ann Jervis, Wycliffe College, Presiding
Steve Mason, University of Aberdeen, Panelist (25 min)
Douglas Campbell, Duke University, Panelist (25 min)
Alan J. Torrance, University of St. Andrews, Panelist (15 min)
Break (10 min)
N. T. (Tom) Wright, University of St. Andrews, Respondent (30 min)
Discussion (25 min)
Discussion (20 min)
Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
1:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Room: Room 30 B (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC) 
Theme: Papyrology, the New Testament, and Early Christian Egypt 
Lincoln H. Blumell, Brigham Young University, Presiding
Hans Foerster, Universität Wien
Wine at the Wedding at Cana and in the Papyri: Some Observations on Wine-Consumption in Antiquity (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Annelies Moeser, Brite Divinity School (TCU)
Reading Mark 10:1-12 in Egypt: Marriage and Divorce (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Jennifer Strawbridge, University of Oxford
A School of Paul? The Use of Pauline Texts in Early Christian Schooltext Papyri (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Break (5 min)
James R. Royse, Independent Scholar
The Neglected Texts in the Oxyrhynchus Papyrus of Philo (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Iain Gardner, University of Sydney
The Kellis Coptic Papyri and Christianity in Fourth Century Egypt (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 202 B (Level 2 (Indigo)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB) 
Theme: Priests, Meats, and Sacrifice: Representation and Praxis 
Gil Klein, Loyola Marymount University, Presiding (5 min)
Philippa Townsend, Ursinus College
“Priest of the Uncircumcised”: Melchizedek and the Gentiles in Hebrews and Beyond (25 min)
Mika Ahuvia, University of Washington, Seattle
Priestly Depiction of Sacrifice in the Mishnah: The Case of Tractate Tamid (25 min)
Anthony R. Meyer, McMaster University
From Praxis to Text: The Scripturalization of Priestly Ritual in the Mishnah and Invoking the Divine Name YHWH (25 min)
Jonathan P. Wilcoxson, University of Notre Dame
What Is Strangled? The Cultural Resonances of “Strangled” Meat in Acts, the Mishnah, and the Ancient Mediterranean (25 min)
Daniel Ullucci, Rhodes College
Who Sacrifices? Christian Experts and the Redefinition of Religion (25 min)
Discussion (20 min)
In the late afternoon, I am planning on attending the Blogger section. However, there is a section that is going to be hard to miss--and it features a prominent blogger, Mark Goodacre.  
Blogger and Online Publication
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room 1 B (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)The session will conclude with a panel of scholars who blog (including Chris Keith and Anthony Le Donne, among others), talking about key moments in the intersection of academic blogging and Biblical studies from recent months. One of the great things about blogging is that it allows discussion of Biblical studies and other academic news over the course of the year. This panel thus makes room for discussion of topics that could not be foreseen when the program was finalized in April. Expect mention of specific topics and panelists on the scholarly blogs prior to November! 
James F. McGrath, Butler University, Presiding
Kimberly Majeski, Anderson University (IN)
Biblioblogging: A Bridge for Church and Academy (30 min)

Maria, Mariamne, Miriam: Rediscovering the Marys  
Room: 202 A (Level 2 (Indigo)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB) 
Theme: Does Which Mary Matter?The papers in this session investigate the multifaceted early Christian traditions of the Marys—Mary of Nazareth, Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany—in biblical and post-biblical contexts. 
Ann Graham Brock, Iliff School of Theology, Presiding
Deirdre Good, General Theological Seminary
Mary and Jesus in the Garden: Ban and Blessing (25 min)
Mark Goodacre, Duke University
The Magdalene Effect: Misreading the Composite Mary in Early Christian Works (25 min)
Deborah Saxon, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
The Care of the Self in the Gospel of Mary (25 min)
Judith M. Davis, Goshen College
Virgin Mary Co-Priest or Not: The Continuing Trend of Redaction and Revision (25 min)
Ally Kateusz, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Collyridian Déjà vu Part Two: Male and Female Altar Priests (25 min)
Discussion (25 min)

1 comment:

Christopher W. Skinner said...

What? No love for the Monday 4:00 - 6:30 Johannine Literature session? (Myself, Cor Bennema, Alicia Myers, Frank Moloney, Steve Hunt, Ruben Zimmerman, James Resseguie).....