This week is the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). This year I will be participating in the pre-conference meetings of the Institute for Biblical Research (IBR). On Thursday evening I will be presenting at part of the research group "A Pneumatic Hermeneutic: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Biblical Scholarship" on the topic of "The Spirit, Ecclesial Traditions, and the Role of the Communion of the Saints in Interpreting Scripture: Acts 15 as a Case Study". This may be too long a title for a 25 minute presentation since there is no way to give adequate attention to such a broad subject, but my main goal is to test some ideas with a group that has been discussing this subject for several years now in order to receive constructive feedback and insight. It should be a good time.
A while ago I outlined my schedule. I need to double check to see if there have been any changes. Overall, I confess that this is the first time that I am not jazzed about AAR/SBL. I think this year has been so busy that I'm just tired. Also, the more I entertain the bad news about the job market in academia the less I want to trick myself into thinking there is any hope of making a career of this thing. I'm sure that once I'm there by seeing old friends again and hearing interesting presentations I'll be reenergized. I hope so.