Highlights from the SBL (Tentative) Program 2008 (BOSTON)

As others have already announced, the SBL national conference program book has been posted online at http://www.sbl-site.org.  I took a quick peak at the program and it looks like another great line-up of sessions packed with interesting topics and cutting edge scholarship.  Here are some quick highlights I noticed:

Christian Theology and the Bible
11/22/2008
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Reading the Old Testament as Christian Scripture

Russell Reno, Creighton University, Presiding (15 min)
Stephen Fowl, Loyola College in Maryland, Panelist (15 min)
Kavin Rowe, Duke University, Panelist (15 min)
Robert Barron, University of Saint Mary of the Lake-Mundelein Seminary, Panelist (15 min)
Peter Leithart, New St. Andrews College, Panelist (15 min)
Christopher Seitz, University of Toronto, Panelist (15 min)
Corrine Carvalho, University of Saint Thomas, Panelist (15 min)
Discussion (45 min)

SBL22-11


Cross, Resurrection, and Diversity in Earliest Christianity Consultation
11/22/2008
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Concord and Conflict in Earliest Christianity

James Dunn, Durham University, Presiding
Jerry L. Sumney, Lexington Theological Seminary
Paul and Other Christians (30 min)
Jennifer Knust, Boston University, Respondent (15 min)
Jeffrey Peterson, Austin Graduate School Of Theology
Haggadic Concord and Halakhic Conflict in the First Christian Generation (30 min)
Markus Bockmuehl, University of Oxford, Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (60 min)


Pauline Epistles
11/22/2008
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Alexandra Brown, Washington and Lee University, Presiding
David Charles Aune, Ashland University
Fearing Rightly: Paul’s Treatment of Fear in Romans (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Kyle Wells, Durham University
The Vindication of the Divine and Human Agent in Paul’s Reading of Deuteronomy 30:1–10 (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Jason A. Staples, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
All Israel—What Do the Gentiles Have to Do with It? A Fresh Look at Romans 11:25–27 (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
George H. van Kooten, University of Groningen
Paul among the Stoic Martyrs: Romans 13 in the Context of Contemporary Philosophical Views on the Divinity of the Emperor (25 min)
Discussion (20 min)

SBL22-77


Theological Hermeneutics of Christian Scripture
11/22/2008
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Learning Theological Interpretation from Premodern Exegetes

Michael Gorman, Saint Mary’s Seminary and University, Presiding
John Behr, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
Revisiting Antiochene Theoria and Historia (30 min)
Discussion (15 min)
David Steinmetz, Duke Divinity School
The Superiority of Precritical Exegesis Revisited (30 min)
Discussion (15 min)
Robert Wilken, University of Virginia
Interpreting the Bible as Bible (30 min)
Discussion (15 min)

SBL22-79


Use, Influence, and Impact of the Bible
11/22/2008
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Discussion of Richard A. Burridge’s Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics (Eerdmans)

Kenneth Newport, Liverpool Hope University, Presiding
Jonathan Draper, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Panelist (20 min)
Jan van der Watt, University of Pretoria, Panelist (20 min)
Richard Hays, Duke University, Panelist (20 min)
Francis Watson, Durham University, Panelist (20 min)
Ian Markham, Virginia Theological Seminary, Panelist (20 min)
Richard Burridge, King’s College – London, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (30 min)

SBL22-126


Paul and Scripture
11/22/2008
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Paul and His Jewish Contemporaries

Christopher Stanley, St. Bonaventure University, Presiding
Bruce N. Fisk, Westmont College
A Hebrew of Hebrews: Paul’s Use of Scripture in Light of Contemporary Jewish Interpretation (15 min)
Francis Watson, Durham University, Respondent (10 min)
James Aageson, Concordia College-Moorhead, Respondent (10 min)
Discussion (45 min)
Break (10 min)
Discussion (60 min)

Papers will be summarized, not read. Copies of the papers are available in advance at the seminar’s website, http://paulandscripture.blogspot.com.

SBL23-35


Pauline Epistles
11/23/2008
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

David Horrell, University of Exeter, Presiding
Emma Wasserman, Reed College
Demons Yes, Powers No: A Historical Critique of the Notion of Sin as a “Power” in Romans (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
M. C. de Boer, Vrije Universiteit-Amsterdam
Pistis in Galatians (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
L. Ann Jervis, Wycliffe College
Paul’s Virtue Ethics (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Stephen Chester, North Park Theological Seminary
Erasmus, Luther, and the Hermeneutics of Pauline Theology (25 min)
Discussion (20 min)

SBL23-43


Theological Hermeneutics of Christian Scripture
11/23/2008
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Assessing Theological Interpretation

Beverly Gaventa, Princeton Theological Seminary, Presiding
R. W. L. Moberly, Durham University
What Is Theological Interpretation of Scripture? (30 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Markus Bockmuehl, Keble College, Oxford University
The Case against New England Clam Chowder and Other Questions about “Theological Interpretation” (30 min)
Discussion (10 min)
John J. Collins, Yale University
Critical Reflections on New Trends in Theological Interpretation (30 min)
Discussion (40 min)

SBL23-79


John, Jesus, and History
11/23/2008
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD
Paul N. Anderson, The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus: Modern Foundations Reconsidered (T&T Clark)

Richard J. Bauckham, The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple: Narrative, History and Theology in the Gospel of John, (Baker Academic)

D. Moody Smith, The Fourth Gospel in Four Dimensions: Judaism and Jesus, the Gospels and Scripture, (Blackwell)

Felix Just, Loyola Institute for Spirituality, Presiding
Judith M. Lieu, University of Cambridge
Implications for the Study of John (25 min)
Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University
Implications for the Study of Jesus (25 min)
Andreas J. Kostenberger, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Implications for the Study of History (25 min)
Break (5 min)
Paul Anderson, George Fox University, Respondent (15 min)
Richard J. Bauckham, University of St. Andrews-Scotland, Respondent (15 min)
D. Moody Smith, Duke University, Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (25 min)

SBL23-85


Pauline Epistles
11/23/2008
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Terence Donaldson, Wycliffe College, Presiding
Douglas Campbell, Duke University
Antics at Antioch: The Genesis of Paul’s Law-Free Gospel (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Brigitte Kahl, Union Theological Seminary
Peter’s Antiochene Apostasy: Re-Judaizing or Imperial Conformism? (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Christopher D. Stanley, St. Bonaventure University
Paul the Gentile? (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Janelle Peters, Emory University
The Imperishable Crown: Pauline Athletic Metaphors and Head-Coverings as Egalitarian Program (25 min)
Discussion (20 min)

SBL23-92


Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making Seminar
11/23/2008
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: 2 Corinthians 1-7

Thomas Schmeller, University of Frankfurt, Presiding
Reimund Bieringer, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Looking Over Paul’s Shoulder: 2 Corinthians Evidence for Paul’s Theology in the Making (20 min)
V. Henry T. Nguyen, Loyola Marymount University
Paul’s Theology of the Heart in 2 Corinthians (20 min)
Thomas R. Blanton IV, Luther College
Spirit and Covenant Renewal: A Pre-Pauline Theologoumenon (20 min)
Discussion (20 min)
Break (10 min)
Kenneth L. Schenck, Indiana Wesleyan University
Can the Bruce/Thrall Interpretation of 2 Corinthians 5:1–10 Account for Romans and Philippians? (20 min)
George H. van Kooten, University of Groningen
Image of God, Idols, and the Temple of God: A Contextualization of 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1 within the Corinthian Correspondence (20 min)
Discussion (20 min)

SBL23-136


Paul and Scripture
11/23/2008
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Paul and Context

Mark Given, Missouri State University, Presiding
Stephen Moyise, University of Chichester
Does Paul Respect the Context of His Scriptural Quotations, and Does It Matter? (15 min)
Christopher Tuckett, University of Oxford, Respondent (10 min)
G. K. Beale, Wheaton College, Respondent (10 min)
Discussion (45 min)
Break (10 min)
Discussion (60 min)

Papers will be summarized, not read. Copies of the papers are available in advance at the seminar’s Web site, http://paulandscripture.blogspot.com.

SBL23-143


Ritual in the Biblical World
11/23/2008
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Second Temple Communities

Jason Lamoreaux, Brite Divinity School, Presiding
Hannah K. Harrington, Patten University
What Is the Purpose of Ritual Ablutions in Ancient Judaism? (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Jonathan David Lawrence, Canisius College
Images of Salvation: Early Depictions of Baptism (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Daniel Stoekl Ben Ezra, Centre National de la recherche scientifique
Qumran Life Cycle Rituals (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Jutta Jokiranta, University of Helsinki
Ritual in the Qumran Movement: What Do We Explain? (25 min)
Discussion (35 min)

SBL24-43


Sacrifice, Cult, and Atonement
11/24/2008
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Sacrificial Rituals, Concepts, and Metaphors

James Watts, Syracuse University, Presiding (5 min)
Christian A. Eberhart, Lutheran Theological Seminary
Sacrifice? Holy Smokes! Implications of Hebrew and Greek Terminology (Qorban, Minhah, Thusia) for a Definition of Sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Jason Tatlock, Armstrong Atlantic State University
The Place of Human Sacrifice in the Israelite Cult (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Mark F. Whitters, Eastern Michigan University
Taxo and His Seven Sons in the Cave (Assumption of Moses 9–10) (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Dominika A. Kurek-Chomycz, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Spreading the Sweet Scent of the Gospel as the Cult of the Wise: Sapiential Background of Paul’s Olfactory Metaphor in 2 Corinthians 2:14–16 (25 min)
Discussion (30 min)

SBL24-95


Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making Seminar
11/24/2008
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Reconciliation and Atonement in 2 Corinthians

Reimund Bieringer, Catholic University of Leuven-Belgium, Presiding
Christian A. Eberhart, Lutheran Theological Seminary
To Atone or Not to Atone: The Meaning of KPR in the Hebrew Bible and Atonement Concepts in 2 Corinthians (20 min)
Sebastian Duda, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Reconciliation and God’s Victimization in the Death of Christ: Some Notes on 2 Corinthians 5:17–21 (20 min)
Stephen Finlan, Drew University, Respondent (10 min)
Discussion (15 min)
Break (10 min)
Nijay Gupta, Durham University
A New Vision of God: The Power of Cultic Metaphors and Paul’s Call for a Cruciform Epistemology in 2 Corinthians (20 min)
Thomas Schmeller, Frankfurt University
“Anyone Whom You Forgive, I Also Forgive” (2 Corinthians 2:10): Interpersonal Forgiveness and Reconciliation in 2 Corinthians 2:5–11 (20 min)
Jerry Sumney, Lexington Theological Seminary, Respondent (10 min)
Discussion (15 min)
Business Meeting (10 min)

SBL24-108


Christian Theology and the Bible
11/24/2008
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: The Identity of Jesus

Kathryn Greene-Mccreight, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Presiding (5 min)
Richard Hays, Duke University, Panelist (15 min)
Beverly Gaventa, Princeton Theological Seminary, Panelist (15 min)
N. T. Wright, Durham Cathedral, Respondent (15 min)
Garrett Green, Connecticut College, Respondent (15 min)
Katherine Sonderegger, Virginia Theological Seminary, Respondent (15 min)
Ephraim Radner, Wycliffe College, Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (55 min)

SBL24-130


Pauline Soteriology
11/24/2008
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Grace in Pauline Theology

Ann Jervis, Wycliffe College, Presiding
John M. G. Barclay, Durham University
“I Will Have Mercy on Whom I Will Have Mercy”: Paul and Other Jews on Grace in the Desert (40 min)
Cilliers Breytenbach, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Abundant Mercy and/or Abounding Favor: Reflections on Paul’s Gospel (40 min)
Break (5 min)
George Hunsinger, Princeton Theological Seminary
Response to Barclay and Breytenbach (20 min)
Discussion (45 min)

SBL25-16


Pauline Soteriology
11/25/2008
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Gift and Transformation: Agency and Grace in Pauline Theology

J. Ross Wagner, Princeton Theological Seminary, Presiding
Alexandra R. Brown, Washington and Lee University
Divine and Human Agency in the Corinthian Correspondence (20 min)
Stephen E. Fowl, Loyola College in Maryland
Grabbing and Being Grabbed: Gift, Transformation, and Formation in Paul (20 min)
Murray Rae, University of Otago
Enabled by Grace: A Theological Account of Human Agency (20 min)
Stephen Westerholm, McMaster University
“Splendid Vices”? The Untransformed Moral Agent in Paul (20 min)
Susan Eastman, Duke University, Respondent (20 min)
Break (5 min)
Discussion (45 min)

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