AAR and SBL in San Diego

AAR and SBL in San Diego November 4, 2014

The AAR and SBL program books for the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in November have been online for a while. Below are the sessions I’ll be involved in. Do note the last one – I hope that religion bloggers will come along to that session and discuss the many things that have unfolded in the blogosphere since the AAR and SBL calls for papers closed – that’s one of the positive things about blogging in the academy: discussion can take place in an ongoing fashion and does not have to be constrained by things like submission deadlines!


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)


Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship


1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Room: 410 A (Level 4 (Sapphire)) – Hilton Bayfront (HB)Theme: Academic Freedom and Biblical Studies

Rebecca Raphael, Texas State University–San Marcos, Presiding

Jim Linville, University of Lethbridge

In Search of the Biblical Flintstones? Some Thoughts on Creationism, Academic Freedom, and Scholarly Obligation(30 min)

Hector Avalos, Iowa State University

Academic Freedom and Creationism in Public Universities (30 min)

James F. McGrath, Butler University

Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet? (30 min)

Christopher Rollston, George Washington University

Freedom of Religion and Academic Freedom: Symphony and Cacophony in Confessional Higher Education (30 min)

Discussion (30 min)


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)

James Linville, University of Lethbridge

May Contain Nuts and B.S. (Biblical Studies): The Politics of Academic Legitimacy Online and the Need to Properly Theorize the Category “@%!#*! Loonie” (30 min)

Other (90 min)

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