I have already posted my potential SBL whereabouts for Monday and Tuesday in previous entries.  Sunday morning contains a number of excellent sessions/papers and choosing which to attend will be difficult.  There are two sessions focusing on Paul.  The Paul and Scripture group’s theme is beyond the Hauptbriefe and features two promising papers on 1 Thessalonians and Philippians.  However, the papers will not be read and are available to be read in advance.  This is both a postive and a negative.  This format should allow for more time for extended questions and discussion.  However, this format also presumes I will be able to make the time to read the papers in advance.  Well it’s a long flight to New Orleans so I may get a moment to read them.  The Paul and Politics group is also meeting and discussing two recent books by Joesph A. Marchal and Davina C. Lopez.  Additionally, the Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds group has a number of interesting looking papers, with two focusing on Pauline issues.  As of this moment I am planning to attend the Papyrology for the papers on the epistolary form of Galatians and P.Turner 41 and its effect on how we read Philemon.

Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Balcony J – MR

Malcolm Choat, Macquarie University, Presiding
Giovanni Battista Bazzana, University of Toronto
Knock and It Will Be Opened. The Contribution of Documentary Papyri to New Testament Exegesis (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Christina M. Kreinecker, Universität Salzburg and Peter Arzt-Grabner, Universitat Salzburg
Transferring Jesus: Papyrological Observations on the Passion Narratives (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Jeff Hubing, Northern Seminary
Redefining the Epistolary Form and Function of Galatians 6:11-17 (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
John G. Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne
Does P.Turner 41 Support the Runaway Slave Hypothesis in Philemon? (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Roberta Mazza, University of California-Santa Barbara
A Rosy Lotus for Antinoos: Hadrian, Egypt, and Roman Religions (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)


Paul and Politics
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Poydras – SH

Theme: Panel Discussion of Joe Marchal, The Politics of Heaven: Women, Gender and Empire in the Study of Paul (Fortress, 2008); and Davina Lopez, Apostle to the Conquered: Reimagining Paul’s Mission (2008)

Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Presiding
Jorunn Økland, University of Oslo, Panelist (15 min)
Laura S. Nasrallah, Harvard University, Panelist (15 min)
Davina C. Lopez, Eckerd College, Panelist (15 min)
Tat-siong Benny Liew, Pacific School of Religion, Panelist (15 min)
Barbara Rossing, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Panelist (15 min)
Joseph A. Marchal, Ball State University, Panelist (15 min)
Noelle Damico, University of the Poor, Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (30 min)

Paul and Scripture
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Oak Alley – SH

Theme: Beyond the Hauptbriefe

Christopher D. Stanley, St. Bonaventure University, Presiding
E. Elizabeth Johnson, Columbia Theological Seminary
Paul’s Reliance on Scripture in 1 Thessalonians (10 min)
Discussion (60 min)
Break (10 min)
Stephen E. Fowl, Loyola College in Maryland
The Use of Scripture in Philippians: How Deep Should We Dig? (10 min)
Discussion (60 min)

Papers will be summarized, not read. Papers will be posted in advance on the seminar’s website at http://paulandscripture.blogspot.com.