International Society of Biblical Literature Conference – Day One

I got to London yesterday for the International Society of Biblical Literature conference, being hosted by King’s College. Unlike the SBL Annual Meeting in the US, and apparently previous international meetings, the first day of the conference “hit the ground running.” I was rather dismayed, as a result of not having planned my travels with this in mind, to have missed the first day’s batch of papers, in particular Mark Goodacre’s on the story of the discovery of the Nag Hammadi texts, as well as the first of the several sessions on whether monotheism is a term that should continue to be used in Biblical studies.

The opening session in the evening included a history of King’s College by Richard Burridge the dean, greetings by various other individuals, a talk by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, and a performance by the Choir of the Chapel of King’s College.

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  • RSBrenchley

    I’d be interested to hear more about the sessions on monotheism, as it’s something I’m trying to get to grips with. I’m just reading your book on the subject.

  • James F. McGrath

    I hope to blog about it, either in installments or after the last session on the subject tomorrow. It was definitely interesting and useful today, and am sorry I haven’t blogged about it yet – but I will, sooner if possible, but later if necessary!