AAR/SBL 2014 Schedule

The SBL Annual Meeting Program for 2014 is available now (HT: Nijay Gupta). I took some time this morning to outline my tentative schedule. I am presenting at an IBR session on Friday evening focusing on pneumatic hermeneutics, and there are a handful of sessions on ancient pneumatology, so I am quite excited about this year's offerings. It should be a helpful learning experience that contributes to my research. That said, there is always socializing and seeing old friends, and that is as exciting as the sessions themselves.

In gist, the sessions I have listed are P21-307, P21-401, S22-121, S22-212 or S22-244, S22-312, S23-149, S23-326, S24-149, and S24-344 or S24-208. As noted, most of these sessions have to do with ancient pneumatology. The others have to do with the Gospels, especially if there is a paper on John the Baptist. One of the sessions is this year's Blogging and Online Publications session, which I'd like to attend, but which I may miss for one on the Gospels in the Second Century. These are the sessions I aim to attend in more detail:

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FRIDAY:

Institute for Biblical Research
11/21/2014
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: Indigo Ballroom D (Level 2 (Indigo)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB)

Theme: Research Group: A Pneumatic Hermeneutic--The Role of the Holy Spirit in Biblical Scholarship
The purpose of this research group is to provide a diverse professional forum to examine the role of the Holy Spirit in hermeneutics and biblical scholarship. These meetings will examine various approaches throughout the history of biblical scholarship and the reception of Scripture pertaining to the work of the Holy Spirit in interpretation. To foster the continual scholarly discussion of this topic this seminar welcomes the development of not only previous analyses and practices but also new concepts and procedures. For information contact Kevin Spawn (kspawn@regent.edu) and Archie Wright (awright@regent.edu), and see the Institute of Biblical Research website: http://www.ibr-bbr.org/ (click on Research Groups: A Pneumatic Hermeneutic).

Kevin Spawn, Regent University, Presiding
Archie Wright, Regent University, Presiding
Brad Embry, Northwest University (Washington)
Retaining Sinai and Yahweh: The Contours of Engaging with God’s Presence in Three Parts: Babel-Sinai-Pentecost(25 min)
Discussion (15 min)
Brian LePort, Trinity College - Bristol
The Spirit, Ecclesial Traditions, and the Role of the Communion of the Saints in Interpreting Scripture: Acts 15 as a Case Study (25 min)
Discussion (15 min)
Ronald Herms, Fresno Pacific University
Assigning ‘Prophetic’ Labels: The Interpretive Template and Authoritative Claims of pneumatikos in Early Jewish and Christian Texts (25 min)
Discussion (15 min)

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Institute for Biblical Research
11/21/2014
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room: Room 6 A (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: Annual Lecture
The Institute for Biblical Research, Incorporated (IBR) is an organization of evangelical Christian scholars with specialties in Old and New Testament and in ancillary disciplines. Its vision is to foster excellence in the pursuit of Biblical Studies within a faith environment. The achievement of this goal is sought primarily by organizing annual conferences, conducting seminars and workshops, and by sponsoring academic publications in the various fields of biblical research. IBR's conferences, seminars and workshops are open to the public and its publications are available for purchase. For further information go to http://www.ibr-bbr.org.

Tremper Longman, Westmont College, Welcome (10 min)
Beth Stovell, Ambrose University College and Seminary, Scripture Reading and Prayer (5 min)
Mark Boda, McMaster Divinity College, Introduction (5 min)
Annual Lecture
Craig Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary
Miracles: Philosophic and Historical Plausibility (40 min)
Robert Webb, McMaster University, Respondent (10 min)
Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary, Respondent (10 min)
Discussion (20 min)

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Extent of Theological Diversity in Earliest Christianity
11/22/2014
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room 8 (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: A panel review of Bart Ehrman's How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (HarperCollins, 2014)

David Capes, Houston Baptist University, Presiding (5 min)
James McGrath, Butler University, Respondent (15 min)
Michael Bird, Ridley Melbourne, Respondent (15 min)
Dale Martin, Yale University, Respondent (15 min)
Craig Evans, Acadia Divinity College, Respondent (15 min)
Larry Hurtado, University of Edinburgh, Respondent (15 min)
Bart Ehrman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Respondent (25 min)
Discussion (45 min)

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Development of Early Christian Theology
11/22/2014
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room 30 B (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: The Spirit in the Early Church: Accounts of the Spirit in the Early Church

Ben C. Blackwell, Houston Baptist University
Irenaeus on the Deification of Believers and the Divinity of the Spirit (25 min)
Kellen Plaxco, Marquette University
The Place of the Spirit in Origen's Taxological Grammar of Participation (25 min)
Jonathan Morgan, Toccoa Falls College
Circumcision of the Spirit: Type and Pneumatology in Cyril of Alexandria (25 min)
David Kneip, Abilene Christian University
The Spirit and the Bible in Alexandria: Cyril and Didymus (25 min)
Paul M. Pasquesi, Marquette University
Reclaiming the Divine Feminine: Re-Reception of the Holy Spirit in the Divine Economy (25 min)

 

 

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Development of Early Christian Theology
11/22/2014
4:00 PM to 6:15 PM
Room: Room 32 B (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: Spirit and Bible: The Development of Early Accounts of the Spirit in the Christian Scriptures.

Mark Weedman, Johnson University, Presiding
Jeremy W. Barrier, Heritage Christian University
Jesus’ Breath: A Physiological Analysis of Pneuma within Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (25 min)
Kyle R. Hughes, University of Virginia
The Spirit Speaks: Prosopological Exegesis and the Johannine Testimony Motif (25 min)
Matthew W. Bates, Quincy University
The Spirit as Distinct Person: Prosopological Exegesis and Divine Differentiation (25 min)
R. Steven Notley, Nyack College
The Sin against the Spirit (25 min)

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Theological Interpretation of Scripture
11/23/2014
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room 8 (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: Bultmann and Theological Interpretation Today
What is the significance of Rudolf Bultmann for contemporary theological interpretation? The presenters in this session are all contributors to Beyond Bultmann: Theology of the New Testament Afresh, edited by Bruce Longenecker and Mikeal Parsons (Baylor University Press, 2014).

Joel Green, Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena), Presiding
Bruce Longenecker, Baylor University, Introduction (5 min)
John M. G. Barclay, Durham University
Interpretation, not Repetition: Bultmann on Paul (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Richard B. Hays, The Divinity School, Duke University
The Erasure of Israel in Bultmann's Theology of Paul (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Break (5 min)
Francis Watson, Durham University
From Demythologizing to Narrative? (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Angela Standhartinger, Philipps-Universität Marburg
Does Context Matter in Theological Interpretation? Some Observations in Connection with Bultmann’s "Theology of the New Testament" (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Discussion (20 min)

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John, Jesus, and History
11/23/2014
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room 33 A (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: Jesus Remembered in the Early Johannine Situation (30-70 CE)

Helen Bond, University of Edinburgh, Presiding (5 min)
Jonathan Bernier, McMaster University
Aposynagogos and the Aims of John (25 min)
Peter Lanfer, University of California-Los Angeles
Reading John from the Margins: Finding Jesus in the Judean Voice of John's Gospel (25 min)
Reinhard Pummer, Université d'Ottawa - University of Ottawa
Samaritans, Galileans, and Judeans in Josephus and the Gospels (25 min)
Clare K. Rothschild, Lewis University
Baptist Influence on the Johannine Jesus (25 min)
Jonathan Draper, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (30 min)

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MONDAY:

Synoptic Gospels
11/24/2014
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 311 B (Level 3 (Aqua)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB)

Theme: Persuasion and Influence in Synoptic Texts

Shawn Kelley, Daemen College, Presiding
Max A. Botner, University of St. Andrews
In the beginning God spoke...to Jesus: Script & Dramatic Enactment in Mark's Prologue (1:1-15) (30 min)
Austin Busch, The College at Brockport: State University of New York
Mark 8:31ff. as an Adaptation of Galatians 1-2 (30 min)
Matthew D. Larsen, Yale University
The Rest of Mark: The Marking as Unfinished and the Finishing of Mark (30 min)
John DelHousaye, Phoenix Seminary
John's Baptist in Luke's Gospel (30 min)
Chris Kugler, Duke University
“Thomas and the Synoptics: What Do We Mean By ‘Primitivity’”? (30 min)

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Texts and Traditions in the Second Century 
11/24/2014
4:00 PM to 6:15 PM
Room: Room 33 A (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: Gospels in the Second Century

Christopher Hays, Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia, Presiding (2 min)
Michael Bird, Ridley Melbourne
Why the Lost Gospels Lost Out (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Stephen C. Carlson, Uppsala Universitet
Papias on the Gospel of Mark (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Clayton Jefford, Saint Meinrad School of Theology
Gospel Traditions in the Epistle to Diognetus (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Michael Holmes, Bethel University (Minnesota)
‘Canonical’ gospels in the second century? (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Discussion (13 min)

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Synoptic Gospels
11/22/2014
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 311 B (Level 3 (Aqua)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB)

Theme: Synoptic Characters in Context: Jesus, John, Herod, the Centurion

Elizabeth Malbon, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Presiding
Tobias Ålöw, University of Gothenburg
Jesus the Pharisee – Expectation and Conflict Pertaining to Table-Fellowship as Indicators of Jesus Socio-Religious Identity (30 min)
J. R. Daniel Kirk, Fuller Theological Seminary
Idealized Human Figures and the Synoptic Jesus (30 min)
Kendra Mohn, Brite Divinity School (TCU)
Everything Under Control: Hegemonic Masculinity in Matthew 2 (30 min)
Daniel Frayer-Griggs, Duquesne University
“John Did No Sign”: The Synoptic Evidence Reconsidered (30 min)
Christopher B. Zeichmann, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto
Centurion as Rank of Peace? Social and Ideological Underpinnings of a New Testament Trope (30 min)

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Blogger and Online Publication
11/24/2014
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room 1 B (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)
The session will conclude with a panel of scholars who blog (including Chris Keith and Anthony Le Donne, among others), talking about key moments in the intersection of academic blogging and Biblical studies from recent months. One of the great things about blogging is that it allows discussion of Biblical studies and other academic news over the course of the year. This panel thus makes room for discussion of topics that could not be foreseen when the program was finalized in April. Expect mention of specific topics and panelists on the scholarly blogs prior to November!

James F. McGrath, Butler University, Presiding
Kimberly Majeski, Anderson University (IN)
Biblioblogging: A Bridge for Church and Academy (30 min)
James Linville, University of Lethbridge
May Contain Nuts and B.S. (Biblical Studies): The Politics of Academic Legitimacy Online and the Need to Properly Theorize the Category “@%!#*! Loonie” (30 min)
Other (90 min)