A few people took photos of me at the conference, and so I thought I would share them. I have already shared my papers. I felt that all the sessions I was involved in went well. The discussion of Bart Ehrman’s book on Saturday was great. I thought that the mix of people who agreed and disagreed with him, as well as one another, was pretty near perfect. Gabriele Boccacini made the suggestion that there should be more conversations between scholars working in the field of second-temple Judaism and scholars working on early Christian Christology.
The first session of the new AAR program unit “Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity” was excellent, I thought, with interesting interaction across focuses on Mandaeism, Manichaeism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Christianity in that time and place, and interesting intersections on topics like magic bowls. One presented indicating that the session provided a natural forum for her scholarship which was not found in any other program unit, which was encouraging, since that was precisely what we hoped for and why we created the new program unit. It wasn’t just because “East LA” is a cool nickname for it.
The Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship session focused on academic freedom, and it was particularly interesting to hear Christopher Rollston share his own experience in greater detail than he had done previously.
At the end, Ben Corey, fellow Patheos blogger, said hello and took a photo of us:
I also enjoyed meeting with a large number of friends and colleagues within and outside the context of the conference and its formal sessions.