SBL 2008

As you are probably aware the annual SBL meeting is in Boston this year from November 21-25. The preliminary program book has been posted and there are several sessions involving Galatians.

Without further adieu here is a list of sessions:

  • SBL22-64 Intertextuality in the New Testament Consultation

11/22/2008
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Theme: Exploring the Pauline Letters
James Carlson, Fuller Theological Seminary
The Juxtaposition of Deuteronomy 27:26 and Leviticus 18:5 in Galatians 3:10–13 (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)

  • SBL23-11 Biblical Law

Joint Session With: Biblical Law, Rhetoric and the New Testament
11/23/2008
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Theme: The Rhetorical Use of Biblical Law in the New Testament and Related Early Christian Texts
E. P. Sanders, Duke University
Was Paul a Prooftexter? The Case of Galatians 3 (35 min)
Discussion (25 min)

  • SBL23-35 Pauline Epistles

11/23/2008
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Martinus C. de Boer, Vrije Universiteit-Amsterdam
Pistis in Galatians (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)

De Boer’s Galatians commentary will be published on September 30 in the New Testament Library series and should be a big seller at the conference. I expect this to be an interesting session and for him to be a busy man

  • SBL23-44 Violence and Representations of Violence among Jews and Christians

11/23/2008
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Brigitte Kahl, Union Theological Seminary
“Dying Gauls” and Christ Crucified: Reimagining the Galatian Hermeneutics of Self and Other (20 min)

Kahl has written a number of articles exploring Galatians in relation to feminist studies. This article seems to be a departure from that and will explore the portrayal of Gauls in Roman times and the relationship to Christ Crucified.

  • SBL23-137 Performance Criticism of Biblical and Other Ancient Texts Consultation

11/23/2008
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Theme: Provoking Audience Action and Reaction
Bernhard Oestreich, Theologische Hochschule Friedensau
Oral Performance before a Split Audience: Letter Reading in Rome, Galatia, and Corinth (25 min)

  • SBL23-149 Use, Influence, and Impact of the Bible

Theme: The Use and Impact of Galatians: Reflections on Recent Research

Judith Kovacs, University of Virginia, Presiding
Judith Kovacs, University of Virginia, Panelist (10 min)
Tobias Nicklas, University of Regensburg, Panelist (20 min)
John Riches, University of Glasgow, Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)
Break (10 min)
Margaret Mitchell, University of Chicago, Panelist (20 min)
Martin Meiser, Universitaet des Saarlandes, Respondent (15 min)
Joseph Verheyden, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Panelist (10 min)
Discussion (35 min)

Unfortunately there is no abstract for this session but it will no doubt be interesting. John Riches’ commentary on Galatians in the Blackwell Bible Commentaries series was released this year: Galatians Through the Centuries ($99.95!). I’m sure it will be half off at the book booth but that still seems pricey.

  • SBL24-121 History of Interpretation

11/24/2008
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Theme: Abrosiaster: The Great Anonymous of Latin Exegesis
Stephen A. Cooper, Franklin and Marshall College
“The Savior’s Cross Is the Jews’ Sin and a Curse upon Them”: Ambrosiaster on Galatians 3:13 (20 min)
Discussion (30 min)

Cooper will be examining Ambrosiaster’s anti-Jewish remarks linked to Galatians 3:13 such as the one in his title.

  • SBL 25-12 Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible

11/25/2008
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Theme: Showing Impact and Uses of Feminist Methodologies
Abigail April Redman, Vanderbilt University
The Allegory of Exclusion: The Shadow of Hagar on Paul’s Universal Message (? min)
Discussion (? min)

Redman asks how Paul can tell the allegory of the Gentile, female, slave Hagar when he has just made the statement that there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, slave nor free (3:28). I will be interested to see how she fits this into the overall message of Galatians.

  • SBL 25-28 Use of Cognitive Linguistics in Biblical Interpretation

11/25/2008
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Theme: Cognitive Takes on Contended Texts
Jesper Tang Nielsen, Copenhagen University
The Cognitive Structures of the Concept of Atonement (30 min)

Nielsen looks at the pre-Pauline traditions associated with Galatians 1:4.

For an abstract of each session visit the SBL website or wait for the program book to arrive in your mailbox.

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