I made a pilgrimage to Medina yesterday – Medina, Ohio, that is, although I actually turned right at the intersection and so went to Akron rather than Medina. Akron is the location of this year’s Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society meeting. Under the auspices of that regional SBL meeting, E. Bruce Brooks’ Alpha Christianity group meets. They are one of the few groups working on the New Testament texts who are also seriously interested in the Mandaeans. You can read the papers that were circulated in advance of the conference on the Alpha Christianity webpage. The discussion of the possible relationships between New Testament texts and other NT texts, as well as Mandaean sources, was provocative and valuable.
This has been a really good meeting, and well worth the drive!