Looking Forward to These SBL Sessions – Sat Nov 22 (Gupta)

Looking Forward to These SBL Sessions – Sat Nov 22 (Gupta) August 5, 2014

I am working my way through the SBL annual meeting program and flagging “Sessions of interest”. Here are my favs for Saturday Nov 22.

Here are my quick-notes: So many attractive things to choose from for the morning. I will probably end up at the Ehrman session because it will just be fun! In the early afternoon, I probably cannot resist the GOCN topic and paper-titles. The early evening “Theological Interp of Script” session also looks very interesting. A good day in all! 


Biblical Lexicography
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room 11 A (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew (1993-2011), edited by David Clines: An Appreciation

Erik Eynikel, Universität Regensburg, Presiding
Jan Joosten, Université de Strasbourg
The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew — A Philological Appraisal (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
John Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena)
Translating Common Words (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Mark Smith, New York University
Questions about Boundaries (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Regine Hunziker-Rodewald, Université de Strasbourg
The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew in the Classroom: Dealing with Patterns of Meaning (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
David J. A. Clines, University of Sheffield and David M. Stec, University of Sheffield
The Future of the Dictionary of Classical Hebrew Project (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)




Extent of Theological Diversity in Earliest Christianity

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room 8 (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: A panel review of Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (HarperCollins, 2014)

David Capes, Houston Baptist University, Presiding (5 min)
James McGrath, Butler University, Respondent (15 min)
Michael Bird, Ridley Melbourne, Respondent (15 min)
Dale Martin, Yale University, Respondent (15 min)
Craig Evans, Acadia Divinity College, Respondent (15 min)
Larry Hurtado, University of Edinburgh, Respondent (15 min)
Bart Ehrman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Respondent (25 min)
Discussion (45 min)



Institute for Biblical Research
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room 1 A (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: IBR Unscripted
This session of the IBR annual meeting offers Biblical Scholars from throughout the academy the opportunity to present their new and innovative ideas in an engaging forum inspired by the famous TED talks. Scholars will speak without notes and are encouraged to use a variety of media to help the audience interact with their ideas. A generous discussion time will follow each presentation and refreshments will be served. For further information see https://www.ibr-bbr.org

Katie Heffelfinger, Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Presiding
John Walton, Wheaton College (Illinois)
Garden of Eden: Peripheral or Central? (17 min)
Discussion (17 min)
Break (17 min)
Ryan O’Dowd, Chesterton House, Cornell University
Holy Writ or English Lit? (17 min)
Discussion (17 min)
Break (7 min)
Scott Hafemann, University of St. Andrews
The Unity of the Bible? Really? (17 min)
Discussion (17 min)
Break (17 min)
Break (7 min)



Pauline Epistles
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 410 B (Level 4 (Sapphire)) – Hilton Bayfront (HB)

Theme: Paul’s Judaism

Matthew Novenson, University of Edinburgh
Did Paul Conceive of Such a Thing as Judaism? (25 min)
Matthew Thiessen, Saint Louis University
Christ, the Seed of Abraham (25 min)
William Sanger Campbell, The College of St. Scholastica
Paul’s Judaism and the Jesus Movement (25 min)
Tyler A. Stewart, Marquette University
Fallen Angels, Bastard Spirits, and the Birth of God’s Son: An Enochic Etiology of Evil in Galatians 3:19–4:11 (25 min)

James Ware, University of Evansville
The Coherence of Paul’s Theology of the Law in Romans 2-3: A New Proposal (25 min)


GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 411 B (Level 4 (Sapphire)) – Hilton Bayfront (HB)

Theme: “Thinking Missionally about God, Scripture, and Missional Vocation” – Session 1

Stina Busman, Bethel University, Presiding
Derek W. Taylor, Duke University
Is Israel a Missionary Failure?: Isaiah’s Servant of Yahweh and a New Telling of the Missio Dei (20 min)
James C. Miller, Asbury Theological Seminary
Suffering as a Component of the Mission of God (20 min)
Kelly Liebengood, LeTourneau University
Participating in the Life of the Triune God: Reconsidering the Trinitarian Foundation of 1 Peter’s Missional Identity (20 min)
Break (5 min)
Darrell Guder, Princeton Theological Seminary, Respondent (20 min)
George Hunsberger, Western Theological Seminary, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (40 min)



Jewish Christianity / Christian Judaism
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room 17 B (Mezzanine level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: The Aramaic Base of Earliest Christianity

Daniel Boyarin, University of California-Berkeley, Presiding (5 min)
Bruce Chilton, Bard College
The Platform of Mark’s Gospel, Its Aramaic Sources and Mark’s Achievement (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Jan Joosten, Université de Strasbourg
Syriac Evidence for Primitive Aramaic Gospel Terminology (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Break (5 min)
F. Stanley Jones, California State University – Long Beach
From Jesus to Lord and Other Contributions of the Early Aramaic-Speaking Congregation in Jerusalem (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Discussion (15 min)
Break (5 min)
Business Meeting (15 min)


Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 400 A (Level 4 (Sapphire)) – Hilton Bayfront (HB)

Theme: 2 Corinthians 8-9

Steven Kraftchick, Emory University, Presiding
Calvin J. Roetzel, Macalester College
Explorations in the Pluri-significance of the Offering in 2 Cor 8 and Related Texts (25 min)
Thomas A. Vollmer, Cincinnati Christian University and Emmanuel Nathan, Australian Catholic University
Beyond Expectation (2 Cor 8:5): The Macedonians’ Generosity in Light of Paul’s Rhetorical Strategy (25 min)
Paul B. Duff, George Washington University
2 Corinthians 9: The Earliest of the Letters Contained in Canonical 2 Corinthians? (25 min)
Reimund Bieringer, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
The dikaiosynê of God and the dikaiosynê of the Corinthians (2 Cor 9:9-10) (25 min)
Edith Humphrey, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (35 min)


Theological Interpretation of Scripture
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room 8 (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: The Prophetic Voice
The voices of prophets are heard throughout Scripture. Presenters in this session will address some aspect of the prophetic voice(s) in the two Testaments of the Christian Bible and its significance for contemporary interpretation.

Jeannine Brown, Bethel Seminary (San Diego, CA), Presiding
Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
Silence Broken from “Elsewhere” (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Luke Timothy Johnson, Emory University
The Prophetic Witness of James (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Break (5 min)
Ellen F. Davis, The Divinity School, Duke University
Prophecy in Interfaith Context: Christianity and Islam (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Katho Bungishabaku , Shalom University of Bunia (DR Congo)
Hearing Jeremiah in African Context: An Intercultural Interpretation (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Discussion (25 min)

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