Academia, Ridiculous, SBL

SBL’s Plans to Bar IVPAcademic From the Annual Meeting — Zwinglius Redivivus

Earlier today Mike Bird tweeted Having made enquiry, I’ve gotten a copy of SBL’s letter on the matter to IVP, which begins I am writing this letter to register concern regarding IVCF’s recent publication of its “Theological Summary of Human Sexuality.” While we recognize the right of an employer, church, or ministry to set expectations […]

via SBL’s Plans to Bar IVPAcademic From the Annual Meeting — Zwinglius Redivivus


My Very Tentative SBL Schedule

Being my first experience at an SBL annual meeting, I want to get the most out the expense to attend. Having perused the program, here is my very tentative session schedule.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Annual Meeting Orientation, 8:15 AM to 9:00 AM

John’s Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts Ancient and Modern, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM


Bible, Myth, and Myth Theory, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

John’s Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts Ancient and Modern, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM


Pauline Epistles, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative; Bible, Myth, and Myth Theory, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Employment Workshops, 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (will likely leave the aforementioned session early)

Sunday, Nov. 22

Rhetoric and the New Testament, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Pauline Epistles, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Monday, Nov. 23

Paul Within Judaism, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

I’m sure some things will change between now and November. I probably won’t stay for the entirety of each session, but only for the papers I’m interested in and probably some of the discussion times. Of course, I plan to wander the book hall, talk with folks concerning future employment, and attend various receptions and mingle. I’ll be leaving Monday afternoon so I can be back for work Tuesday.

Looking forward to the experience!

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Going to SBL

I had initially planned to attend this year’s SBL annual meeting, then decided to not to (for various reasons). However, I’ve decided (again!) to attend, so I’m wondering what suggestions you more experienced attenders might proffer as to navigate the logistics of an annual meeting? I’m not presenting, so I’ll have the luxury of choosing various sessions to attend. This is the one thing I’ve heard from others–plan which sessions to attend and only go to the ones that are of great interest! I’m also going to get a feel for the “job fair” element. I’m still a couple of years from finishing my PhD, but I want to see how the process works, meet folks, and chat with others who have been through the process.

Naturally, I would greatly like to meet many of you with whom I’ve interacted online, but have not met personally.

More pressing, however, is the need for accommodations. At this point, finding a place to stay could likely determine whether or not I can actually attend the meeting. So, do any of you need a roommate to share the cost of a hotel room? I’m sure the rooms downtown are outrageous, but I’ll stay if the daily cost is manageable. I’m not above staying out from downtown a bit provided transportation is not a hassle. I don’t want to book a flight until a room has been settled, so the sooner the better!

You’ll be happy to know I would be a great roommate. I don’t snore, I practice good hygiene, and promise not to stand at your bedside draped in a Snuggie and stare at you while you sleep. I’ll leave that to Joel Watts.

If you can help a brother out, let me know ASAP!

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Ancient Near East, Biblical Studies, Old Testament

Free from SBL: C. L. Crouch, Israel & the Assyrians: Deuteronomy, the Succession Treaty of Esarhaddon, & the Nature of Subversion

Daniel O. McClellan

Israel & The Assyrians

SBL Publications has a list of titles available for free download on this page. Because you’re interested in Deuteronomy and its composition and ideological function, you’ll be particularly excited to see the inimitable Carly Crouch’s Israel and the Assyrians: Deuteronomy, the Succession Treaty of Esarhaddon, & the Nature of Subversion. From the introduction:

A prominent feature of attempts to ground the deuteronomic text in a historical context over the last half century has been the observation of certain affinities between Deuteronomy and ancient Near Eastern vassal treaties and loyalty oaths. More specifically, it has been suggested that the book of Deuteronomy, in some more or less original form, constituted a subversive appropriation of Neo-Assyrian imperial ideology in favor of a Yahwistic theocentricity: a text deliberately designed to undermine the authority of the Assyrian king by planting YHWH in his stead. The prevalence of this assertion has its roots in the widespread recognition of similarities between elements of Deuteronomy, especially…

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