#AARSBL15 in Retrospect

The 2015 joint annual meeting of American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature has come to an end. (I've already said a few things about the first few days here, so I won't duplicate those comments.) The final couple days were more of the same. I attended another historical Jesus section where the focus was primarily methodology. There were solid papers from Paul Foster, Stephen D. Black, Jordan Ryan, and Brant Pitre along with a response from Annette Merz. Then yesterday morning I attended a session on Marcion's gospel with papers from Dieter Roth, Jason BeDuhn, R. van der Bergh, and Judith Lieu. I've heard interesting rumblings in the study of Marcion, so I wanted to be there, though I realize I have a lot of reading to do in order to really grasp the issues. After that I said my final good byes, checked-out and sat in my hotel lobby for a few hours, and then went and sat in the airport for a few hours prior to my 8:30pm flight. But I'm home now, with my wife, drinking my slow-pour coffee, and sitting in my pj's, so all is right with the world once again.

This year was a good year. I didn't do much other than hear several papers and socialize, but I think that's just what I needed right now. Oh, and I laughed...a lot. That's always a good sign since laughter is the best medicine.

See y'all next year in San Antonio!