Johannine Characterization at SBL (Skinner)

If it seems that every time you click a link on social media this past week, you are hearing about the upcoming AAR/SBL meetings in San Diego, it’s probably because many of us are giddy about the opportunity to gather with friends, buy discounted books, eat at high end restaraunts, and oh yeah, present and listen to papers. What makes this whole scenario even better (at least here in the US) is that when we return home we go right into the Thanksgiving holiday. Thus, SBL is like a pre-holiday!

This year I will be giving a paper in the Johannine Literature Group in which the topic is “Characterization in the Gospel of John.” Here’s the lineup:

11/24/2014
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room 25 B (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: Characterization in the Gospel of John

Ruben Zimmermann, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Presiding
Christopher W. Skinner, Mount Olive University
Toward a Theory of Character for Interpreting the Gospel of John (20 min)
Cornelis Bennema, Wales Evangelical School of Theology
The Scope and Limitations of Using a Uniform Approach to Character in the Gospel of John (20 min)
Alicia D. Myers, Campbell University Divinity School
Topographies of Person: Mapping Ancient Characterization in the Gospel of John (20 min)
Break (5 min)
Steven A. Hunt, Gordon College, Francois Tolmie, University of the Free State and Ruben Zimmermann, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Methods, Trends, Results (20 min)
Francis J. Moloney, Australian Catholic University
The Final Appearance: Characters in John 20 (and 21) (20 min)
James L. Resseguie, Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Character and Point of View: The Beloved Disciple as Test Case (20 min)
Discussion (25 min)

If you’re interested in the subject, we’d love to see you there. Everyone on the panel has written something of substance on the topic in recent years. I’m really looking forward to the interaction.

Characters and Characterization in the Gospel of John Now Available in Paperback! (Skinner)

Chris 1I was delighted to find out, just now, that my book, Characters and Characterization in the Gospel of John (LNTS 461; London: Bloomsbury/T & T Clark, 2013) is now available in paperback. The best part of finding out this news was not receiving the book (which I have yet to do) but having one of my students purchase it, then show it to me! The original hardbound volume costs about $125, while the paperback is $39.95. So, if you were waiting for a more affordable copy, now is your chance! For those attending SBL, you will be able to get it even cheaper.

Book Notice: Cornelis Bennema, A Theory of Character in New Testament Narrative (Skinner)

BennemaI just got an email this morning from Cor Bennema informing me that his newest book with Fortress Press has just been released. The book is entitled, A Theory of Character in New Testament Narrative and it seeks to build upon Cor’s earlier work in this area. I have had a chance to look at the pre-publication proofs and I think this book is going to be a conversation starter.

I have disagreements with Cor on some issues (and I have expressed these in print in several places), but I always find his work to be stimulating and thought-provoking. A few days ago I posted about an upcoming SBL session in which we will be discussing these issues along with Steve Hunt, James Ressegeuie, Frank Moloney, and Alicia Myers. Our recent publications in this area will serve as a foundation for much of what we will likely discuss in those sessions (see here, here, here, here).

Congratulations to Cor! I look forward to reading this book more carefully and revieiwing it here on the blog.