Johannine Characterization at SBL 2014 (Skinner)

I just got the official word that my paper, “Toward a Theory of Character for Interpreting the Gospel of John,” will be part of a session sponsored by the Johannine Literature group at this year’s annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. I am excited about this for several reasons: (1) This is an area that I obviously care a lot about (see here and here), (2) I get to present alongside my friend and doctoral advisor, Frank Moloney, and (3) I have submitted proposals to this section two or three times previously and have been rejected each time. The group of presenters at this session includes a number of people who have been doing significant work in this area for some time now. Here’s the lineup:

Characterization in the Gospel of John

  • Presider: Ruben Zimmerman
  • Christopher Skinner, Toward a Theory of Character for Interpreting the Gospel of John (20 min)
  • Cornelis Bennema, The Scope and Limitations of Using a Uniform Approach to Character in the Gospel of John (20 min)
  • Alicia D. Myers, Topographies of Person: Mapping Ancient Characterization in the Gospel of John (20 min) 
  • Steven A. Hunt, Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Methods, Trends, Results (20 min)
  • Francis J. Moloney, The Final Appearance: Characters in John 20 (and 21) (20 min)
  • James L. Resseguie, Character and Point of View: The Beloved Disciple as Test Case (20 min)

This should be a really good session. If you are interested in narrative criticism, characterization, or the Gospel of John, you will likely find something useful there.

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