Mandaean Book of John at #AARSBL19 in San Diego

Mandaean Book of John at #AARSBL19 in San Diego October 27, 2019

It is exciting to be able to share that the Mandaean Book of John: Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary will be available in San Diego at the AAR and SBL Annual Meetings in November. There will be a review panel about the book. Here are the details:

S25-139


Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity
11/25/2019
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Sapphire 400B (Fourth Level) – Hilton Bayfront

Theme: Esoteric Religious Groups in Antiquity
Joint session with the AAR Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity.

April DeConick, Rice University, Presiding

Book Review: Michael Stone, Secret Groups in Ancient Judaism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)
Kelley Coblentz Bautch, St. Edward’s University, Panelist (10 min)

James Davila, University of St. Andrews, Panelist (10 min)

Written Reflections from Michael Stone
Discussion (15 min)

Papers
Christian H. Bull, University of Oslo
Stobaeus and Hermes Trismegistus in the Neoplatonic Tradition (25 min)
Tag(s): Comparative Religion / History of Religion (Comparative Religion / History of Religion)

Discussion (5 min)

Papers Continued
Tuomas Rasimus, Helsingin Yliopisto – Helsingfors Universitet
Holy of Holies in Late Antique Jewish and Christian Imagination (25 min)
Tag(s): Nag Hammadi codices (Early Christian Literature – Gnostic Literature), Early Christian Literature (Early Christian Literature – Other), Biblical Interpretations (Early Jewish Literature – Dead Sea Scrolls)

Discussion (5 min)

Book Review: Charles Häberl and James McGrath, The Mandaean Book of John (De Gruyter 2019)
Charles Haberl, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Panelist (5 min)

James McGrath, Butler University, Panelist (5 min)

Jorunn Buckley, Bowdoin College, Panelist (10 min)

Edmondo Lupieri, Loyola University of Chicago, Panelist (10 min)

Discussion (15 min)

I am rather dismayed that the very small number of sessions that even touch on the Mandaeans that are taking place under the auspices of SBL are schedules concurrently with those AAR and SBL program unit sessions that have the most direct connection with the study of Mandaeism and its texts. And for the sessions that do focus on them, often key information is lacking. Here is what the AAR has for the jointly-sponsored session I talk about above:

A25-130  Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity Unit and SBL Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity Unit
Theme: Esoteric Religious Groups in Antiquity
April D. DeConick, Rice University, Presiding
Monday – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Hilton Bayfront-Sapphire 400B (Fourth Level)

A session that includes book review panels as well as papers.

Panelists:

Michael E. Stone, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Saint Edward’s University
James Davila, University of Saint Andrews
Christian H. Bull, University of Oslo
Tuomas Rasimus, University of Helsinki, Universite Laval
Charles Haberl, Rutgers University
James McGrath, Butler University
Jorunn J. Buckley, Bowdoin College
Edmondo Lupieri, Loyola University, Chicago

Here are details about the other sessions that overlap with AAR and/or SBL sessions where the Mandaeans are also an explicit focus or at least likely to come up:
S23-131

Jewish Christianity / Christian Judaism
11/23/2019
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 28D (Upper Level East) – Convention Center

Theme: Nazarenes/Nazoraeans: Beyond Patristic Sources

Matthew Chalmers, University of Pennsylvania, Presiding

Jason BeDuhn, Northern Arizona University
“Jews, Nazareans, Christians, and Baptists”: Jewish-Christianity and Manichaean Origins (20 min)
Tag(s): Comparative Religion / History of Religion (Comparative Religion / History of Religion), Historical Criticism (Interpretive Approaches), History of Judaism (History & Culture)

Discussion (10 min)

Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Nazarenes (נוצרים) in Rabbinic Sources (20 min)
Tag(s): Rabbinic Literature (Early Jewish Literature – Rabbinic Literature)

Discussion (10 min)

Adam H. Becker, New York University
The “Nazarenes” in the Persian Martyr Acts (20 min)
Tag(s): Syriac (Philology / Linguistics (incl. Semiotics)), Church History and Ecclesiology (Other), Imperial-critical (empire studies) (Interpretive Approaches)

Discussion (10 min)

Charles G Häberl, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
What Has Harran to Do with Nazareth? (20 min)
Tag(s): Constructions of Ethnicity (Interpretive Approaches), Aramaic (Philology / Linguistics (incl. Semiotics))

Discussion (10 min)


S25-149


Religious Experience in Antiquity
11/25/2019
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Aqua 311B (Third Level) – Hilton BayfrontTheme: Special Session: Experiencing Demonic Beings

Hector Patmore, Cardiff University, Presiding (5 min)

John Goodrich, Moody Bible Institute
Rewriting the Defeat of the Demonic in the Pauline Epistles (22 min)
Tag(s): Pauline Epistles (Biblical Literature – New Testament)

Discussion (6 min)

Chakrita M. Saulina, University of Cambridge
Luke’s Naming of Evil Spirits and the Dynamic of the Three Layers of Interpretation in His Gospel (22 min)
Tag(s): Gospels – Luke (Biblical Literature – New Testament)

Discussion (6 min)

Archie Wright, Regent University
Spirit of Beliar in Second Temple Period Literature: Personified Evil Leader or Yetser Ra? (22 min)
Tag(s): 1 Esdras (Biblical Literature – Deuterocanonical Works)

Discussion (6 min)

Break (5 min)

Tom de Bruin, Newbold College
The “Personification” of Vices and Virtues in Early Christianity (22 min)
Tag(s): Apostolic Fathers (Early Christian Literature – Other), Jewish Pseudepigrapha (Early Jewish Literature – Jewish Pseudepigrapha), Early Christian Literature (Early Christian Literature – Other)

Discussion (6 min)

Alexander Marcus, Stanford University
Negotiating Good and Evil: Rabbinic Approaches to the Demonic in Sasanian Mesopotamia (22 min)
Tag(s): Babylonian Talmud (Early Jewish Literature – Rabbinic Literature)

Discussion (6 min)


S25-321


Jewish Christianity / Christian Judaism
11/25/2019
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 30A (Upper Level East) – Convention CenterTheme: Mapping Jewish, Christian, Christian-Jewish, and Jewish-Christian Identities

Jillian Stinchcomb, University of Pennsylvania, Presiding

Timothy A. Gabrielson, Sterling College
On Distinguishing “Jewish” and “Christian” Writings: Or, How to Avoid Making 1 Corinthians “Jewish” and James “Non-Jewish” (20 min)
Tag(s): History of Interpretation (Interpretive Approaches), Hebrews and Catholic Epistles – James (Biblical Literature – New Testament), Pauline Epistles – 1 Corinthians (Biblical Literature – New Testament)

Discussion (10 min)

Carson Bay, Florida State University
The Semantics of Jewish Christian Judaism: Jewishness as Negotiated by Josephus, Pseudo-Hegesippus, and Sefer Yosippon (20 min)
Tag(s): Jewish (Ideology & Theology), Christian (Ideology & Theology), Hebrew (classical) (Philology / Linguistics (incl. Semiotics))

Discussion (20 min)

Vincenzo Carrano, California State University – Long Beach
Nazarenes, Nestorians, and the Semitic Milieu of Eastern Jewish Christianities (20 min)
Tag(s): Jewish (Ideology & Theology), Syriac (Philology / Linguistics (incl. Semiotics)), Church History and Ecclesiology (Other)

Discussion (10 min)

Faydra Shapiro, Tel Hai College, Israel
Like Matzah in a Monstrance: Jewish Catholics (20 min)
Tag(s): Jewish (Ideology & Theology), Christian (Ideology & Theology)

Discussion (10 min)

Business Meeting (20 min)


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