Previously I posted my SBL whereabouts for Tuesday morning and Monday morning.  

Monday early afternoon looks like it will be busy.  As stated in previous posts I have a tendency to attend multiple sections during one session in order to hear specific papers that are usually disappointing.  During this time slot there are a number of interesting papers but breaking with my usual pattern I am planning to attend a larger section.  Most likely I will attend the Pauline Soteriology Group which is reviewing the massive new tome by Douglas Campbell, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul.  However, the Paul and Politics group is reviewing Neil Elliot’s new work on Paul and the Roman empire and the panel includes one of my favorite scholars Robert Jewett.  In addition to the above mentioned sessions there are a number of other promising sessions for anyone interested in Pauline studies including the Pauline Epistles and the Social Scientific Criticism group focusing on 2 Corinthians and presided over by my advisor S. Scott Bartchy.


Pauline Soteriology
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom C – SH

Theme: Book Review: Douglas Campbell, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul (Eerdmans, 2009)

Ann Jervis, Wycliffe College, Presiding
Michael J. Gorman, Saint Mary’s Seminary and University, Panelist (20 min)
Alan Torrance, University of St. Andrews-Scotland, Panelist (20 min)
Douglas Moo, Wheaton College, Panelist (20 min)
Douglas Campbell, Duke University, Respondent (20 min)
Break (10 min)
Discussion (60 min)


Paul and Politics
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Grand Chenier – SH

Theme: Panel Discussion of Neil Elliott, The Arrogance of Nations: Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire (Fortress, 2008)

Pamela Eisenbaum, Iliff School of Theology, Presiding
Robert Jewett, University of Heidelberg, Panelist (20 min)
Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, Drew University, Panelist (20 min)
Diana M. Swancutt, Yale University, Panelist (20 min)
Neil Elliott, Fortress Press, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (40 min)
Business Meeting (30 min)


Social Scientific Criticism of the New Testament
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: La Galerie 5 – MR

Theme: The Social Sciences and Paul
Patron-broker relationships, insights from social-psychology, and the conceptual tools central to enthnomedical anthropology will be applied to various passages from 2 Corinthians. In addition, the power/potency of Paul’s written word among nonliterate people will be assessed, and the claim that early Christians were sectarians will be reevaluated.

S. Scott Bartchy, University of California-Los Angeles, Presiding
Philip F. Esler, University of St Andrews Scotland
“Not that we Lord it Over it Your Faith:” A Social-Psychological Approach to Paul’s Exercise of Influence in 2 Corinthians. (26 min)
Justin M. Glessner, University of British Columbia
Ethnomedical Anthropology and Paul’s ‘Thorn’ (2 Corinthians 12:7) (26 min)
David Briones, Durham University
Mutual Brokers of Grace: A Social-Scientific Approach to 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 (26 min)
Lee A. Johnson, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Paul’s Letters as Artifacts: The Value of the Written Text among Non-Literate People (26 min)
 class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=””>Eyal Regev, Bar Ilan University
Were the Early Christians Sectarians? (26 min)
Discussion (20 min)


Pauline Epistles
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: La Galerie 3 – MR

Emma Wasserman, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus, Presiding
Brigitte Kahl, Union Theological Seminary and Brigitte Kahl, Union Theological Seminary
Jewish Torah, Roman nomos, and the hazard of Galatian foreskin : A critical re-imagination (25 min)
George H. van Kooten, University of Groningen
Paul Among the Stoic Martyrs: Romans 13 in the Context of Contemporary Philosophical views on the Divinity of the Emperor (25 min)
Luca Marulli, Andrews University
‘Strive to Keep Quiet’: 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 and Socio-Political Quietism (25 min)
John K. Goodrich, University of Durham
Institor of the Gospel: The Commercial Context of Paul’s Oikonomos Metaphor in 1 Corinthians 4 and 9 (25 min)
Suzanne Nicholson, Malone University
Predicting Heresy: Paul’s Rationale in 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 (25 min)