What will I be doing at San Francisco SBL?

What will I be doing at San Francisco SBL? July 14, 2011

1. Socializing

2. Soaking in sun (remember, I live in Seattle)

3. Vacationing-ish (my family is coming too!)

4. Browsing books I cannot afford to buy!

As far as papers are concerned, I will be “giving” two presentations.

I was invited by my friend Craig Keener to be a respondent in an Institute for Biblical Research session on “Global Readings of Scripture.” I will respond to a paper given by another friend David deSilva on Sri Lankan readings of Galatians. That should be fun!

Secondly, I was invited to give a paper in the section “Ethics, Love, and the Other in Early Christianity” where I will be a reviewer in a session focusing on the book: Among the Gentiles by Luke Timothy Johnson. I am VERY excited to meet Prof. Johnson – I am a huge fan.

What sessions will you find me at? I don’t tend to “frequent” the sessions. I prefer scheduling some personal conversations with folks who have similar research interests. However, these sessions caught my eye:


Exile (Forced Migrations) in Biblical Literature
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Canonical Consciousness: Israel’s Witness in the New Testament

John Ahn, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Presiding
Lee McDonald, Acadia Divinity College
Debating Canon Formation: Why and Where Scholars Disagree (25 min)
Gregory Sterling, University of Notre Dame
Creating a “Canon within the Canon”: Genesis in the Biblical Commentaries of Philo (25 min)
Helmut Koester, Harvard University
Early Christianity is Israel (25 min)

Urban C. von Wahlde, Loyola University of Chicago
Some Reflections on the Use of the Jewish Scriptures In the Gospel of John (25 min)
N. T. Wright, University of St. Andrews
Israel’s Scriptures in Pauline Theology (25 min)
Adela Yarbro Collins, Yale University
Rewritten Prophets: The Use of Older Scripture in Revelation (25 min)



Theological Hermeneutics of Christian Scripture
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Theological Interpretation and Jesus-Studies
This session will explore the significance of two recent attempts at identifying Jesus: Beverly Roberts Gaventa and Richard B. Hays, eds., Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage (Eerdmans, 2008); and Darrell L. Bock and Robert L. Webb, eds., Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus: A Collaborative Exploration of Context and Coherence (Eerdmans, 2010).

Michael Gorman, Saint Mary’s Seminary and University, Presiding (5 min)
Michael Bird, Crossway College, Panelist (15 min)
Amy Plantinga Pauw, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Panelist (15 min)
Murray Rae, University of Otago, Panelist (15 min)
Robert Wall, Seattle Pacific University, Panelist (15 min)
Break (5 min)
Beverly Gaventa, Princeton Theological Seminary, Respondent (10 min)
Richard Hays, Duke University, Respondent (10 min)
Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary, Respondent (10 min)
Robert Webb, McMaster University, Respondent (10 min)
Discussion (40 min)


Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 and the Broader Context

Dominika Kurek-Chomycz, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Presiding
Troels Engberg-Pedersen, Copenhagen University
The Unity of 2 Corinthians as Reflected in the Account of Paul’s and Titus’ Travels Between Ephesus, Macedonia and Corinth and the Theology of 2:14-7:4 (30 min)

Reimund Bieringer, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Love as That Which Binds Everything Together? The Unity of 2 Corinthians Revisited (30 min)
Discussion (15 min)
Paul B. Duff, George Washington University
Israel’s Hardened Minds: 2 Cor 3:14a and the Development of a Theological Idea. (30 min)
Scott J Hafemann, University of St. Andrews
The New Creation (2 Cor 5:17) as the Cross-Shaped Life: The Development of a Pauline Theme (30 min)
Discussion (15 min)


Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Thomas Schmeller, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Presiding
Sean F. Winter, Melbourne College of Divinity

Who and What are ‘Ambassadors for Christ’?: The Identity and Role of Paul’s Audience in 2 Corinthians 5.16–21 (30 min)
Matthew Forrest Lowe, McMaster Divinity College
Pleading and Power: The Missional Theopolitics of Paul’s Ambassadorial Soteriology in 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (30 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Edith M. Humphrey, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Manifest in the Body— Deeds, Sin, Righteousness and Glory (30 min)
Steven Kraftchick, Emory University
Transformation, Change and Pauline Thought (30 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Business Meeting (10 min)



Theological Hermeneutics of Christian Scripture
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Reading Revelation as Christian Scripture

Richard Cornell, Spring Arbor University, Presiding
Edith M. Humphrey, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Mixing Wine with Water: Enjoyment and Expectation through the Style of the Apocalypse (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Frank D. Macchia, Vanguard University
Worthy Is the Lamb: The Christology of Revelation in the Context of Christian Worship and Dogma (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Break (5 min)
Carl Mosser, Eastern University
The Deification of Humanity in the Revelation of Jesus Christ (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Leslie Baynes, Missouri State University
Reading Symbolism in John’s Apocalypse Now and Then: The Case of the Millennium (25 min)
Discussion (15 min)

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