Well this Thursday marks the beginning of the NAPS (North American Patristics Society) 2010 national conference in Chicago. It is the first one I have attended so I’m not quite sure what to expect. I have heard it is not nearly as large as the annual SBL conference and the NAPS website says it plans on having over 250 visitors. Also unlike SBL where I now have dozens of people to catch up with every year I am guessing that I will know 0 people at NAPS. So if you are going to be at NAPS let me know.
The program lists 5 papers concerning Paul, including my own paper comparing Ignatius and Paul and their use of self-effacing language.
Session 11: Kevin Scull, University of California, Los Angeles – “Self-Effacement in the Letters of Ignatius and Paul”
Carl Smith, Cedarville University – “Ministry, Martyrdom, and Other Mysteries: Pauline Influence on Ignatius”
Session 21: Thomas Scheck, Ave Maria University – “St. Jerome on Predestination, Free Will, and Divine Foreknowledge in his Exegesis of St. Paul”
Session 22: Matthew Recla, University of California, Santa Barbara – “Emperor and Apostle: Constantinian Theology in the Pauline Tradition”
Session 40: Joel Willitts, North Park University – “Paul and Jewish Christians in the Second Century”