Last week I received word from Alan Culpepper that his institution would be hosting a pre-SBL conference in Atlanta devoted to the topic of John and Judaism. Here’s an excerpt from the flyer Alan circulated:
Building on the success of the Symposium on the Johannine Epistles, hosted by Mercer in 2010, and the conference on C.H. Dodd and Raymond E. Brown, hosted by St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore in 2013, the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University is pleased to announce a conference on “John and Judaism,” that will begin with dinner on Wednesday, November 18, and end at noon on Friday, November 20.
Following the keynote address by Prof. Jan van der Watt on Wednesday evening, the conference will address three topics: (1) John as a Source for Understanding Judaism (Thursday morning), (2) aposynagogos? Reappraising John’s Relationship to Judaism (Thursday afternoon and evening); and (3) Reading John as Jews and Christians (Friday morning). Major papers will be presented by Craig R. Koester, Adele Reinhartz, Craig A. Evans, and Reimund Bieringer, and nine short papers, three on each topic, will fill out the program.
I can tell you that I attended the pre-SBL conference on Dodd and Brown in Baltimore back in 2013 and found the sessions interesting and substantive. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of this conference. For complete information on the lineup and registration, see here, here, and here.