SBL on Sunday early evening is full of sessions I would like to attend, however I will be attending the Pauline Epistles group.  This is one of the few sessions in which all of the papers look interesting.  Moreover, there are two papers which I am especially interested.  Mark Nanos examines Paul’s claim of being everything to everyone in 1 Cor 9:19-23 in light of Torah observance.  This passage has always been of interest to me and I am curious to see how Mark Nanos handles it.  Additionally, David Briones examines Paul’s “thankless thanks” in Philippians 4 which I examine thoroughly in my own dissertation work.  Thus, I am interested to see if Briones is proposing a new interpretation of the passage.

In addition to the Pauline epistles there are two other section dealing directly with Paul of Tarsus.  The Disputed Paulines section meets at this time as well as the Second Corinthians group.  There are a number of other interesting sections and papers during this time slot including the rhetoric and the New Testament group and a panel discussion of John Meier’s fourth installment of his Jesus a Marginal Jew series in the historical Jesus section.  Additionally I am interested in a paper from the Mark group by Geer Van Oyen concerning the vulnerable authority of the author of Mark.  Thankfully this paper will be available ahead of time as I will not be able to attend this session.

Pauline Epistles
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: La Galerie 2 – MR

Terence L. Donaldson, Wycliffe College, Presiding
Matthew V. Novenson, Princeton Theological Seminary
Iesous Christos in Paul: Proper Names, Titles, and Other Ancient Ways of Naming (25 min)
Leif E. Vaage, University of Toronto
Paul’s Singleness (25 min)
Mark D. Nanos, Rockhurst University/University of Kansas
Did Paul Observe Torah in Light of His Strategy ‘to Become Everything to Everyone’ (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)? (25 min)
Beth M. Sheppard, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Drinking the Spirit: Potions, Medicine, Healing and 1st Corinthians 12: 12-26 (25 min)
David Briones, Durham University
Paul’s Intentional ‘Thankless Thanks’ in Philippians 4:10-20 (25 min)


Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Bacchus Suite – MR

Theme: 2 Corinthians 3

Reimund Bieringer, Catholic University of Leuven-Belgium, Presiding
Carl N. Toney, Fuller Theological Seminary
Paul’s Illiterate Reference Letter in 2 Corinthians 3 (20 min)
Colleen Shantz, Toronto School of Theology
Experiencing Transformation that Was already Underway (20 min)
Ben C. Blackwell, Durham University
Becoming ‘Gods’?: 2 Corinthians 3:18 and Theosis (20 min)
Break (10 min)
Discussion (40 min)
Business Meeting (25 min)

The papers of this seminar will be available after 20 October 2009 at

Disputed Paulines
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Estherwood – SH

Margaret MacDonald, St. Francis Xavier University, Presiding
Benjamin White, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Disputing the Dispute: Problems in the Modern Discourse on Paul vs. “Paul” (30 min)
Timothy Swinson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“Pistos ho logos”: An Alternative Approach (30 min)
Harry O. Maier, Vancouver School of Theology
Pictures of Harmony: Iconography, Imperial Concord, Imperial Wives, and Ecclesial Order in the Pastoral Epistles (30 min)
Marianne Bjelland Kartzow, University of Oslo
The Stereotype of Gossip in the Pastorals and Luke 18 (30 min)
Kathy Ehrensperger, University of Wales Lampeter
Striving for Office and the Exercise of Power in the ‘Household of God’: Reading 1 Tim 3.1-15 in Light of 1 Cor 4.1 (30 min)


Historical Jesus
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom A – SH

Theme: Book Review: John Meier, A Marginal Jew, Volume 4: Law and Love (Yale, 2009)

Gregory E. Sterling, University of Notre Dame, Presiding
Lawrence Schiffman, New York University, Panelist (15 min)
Lutz Doering, Durham University, Panelist (15 min)
Thomas Kazen, Stockholm School of Theology, Panelist (15 min)
Adele Reinhartz, University of Ottawa, Panelist (15 min)
John P. Meier, University of Notre Dame, Respondent (25 min)
Break (5 min)
Discussion (60 min)