The preliminary program book for the 2010 meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature has been put online. Here’s a summary of the unit in which I will be presenting:
Letters of James, Peter, and Jude
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBDTheme: Open Papers
Peter Davids, St. Stephen’s University, Presiding
David A. deSilva, Ashland Theological Seminary
James and the Testament of Job: The Evidence for Intertextuality (30 min)
Patrick Egan, University of St. Andrews-Scotland
An Epistle for All Christians: Considering the Ethnic Identity of the Audience of 1 Peter (30 min)
Travis B. Williams, University of Exeter
A New Perspective on “Good Works” in 1 Peter (30 min)
Matthew P. O’Reilly, Jay United Methodist Church
Waiting For His Promised Coming: Eschatology and Ethics in Chain-Link in 2 Peter 3 (30 min)
E. Bruce Brooks, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
The Position of Jude (30 min)
A couple of comments on the lineup:
I’m excited to be presenting in a session in which Peter Davids is presiding. He’s an outstanding scholar and I’m looking forward to making his acquaintance.
I’m also looking forward to meeting David deSilva and, perhaps, getting some feedback from him. This paper is my first real attempt at rhetorical criticism, and deSilva is well regarded in that area.
Also, I’m glad to see that we have 30 minutes for the presentations. The last presentation I made was alotted only 20 minutes. This paper is already a good deal longer than that one was, and I’ve been planning to cut some big chunks for the presentation. Now I won’t have to cut quite as much.
Should be fun!