Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The 2016 SBL Annual Meeting program book available online: two sessions of interest

The 2016 SBL Annual Meeting program book is now available online. Even if the Annual Meeting is still five months away, I wish to draw attention to two sessions that should be of special interest to readers of this blog: bookmark them and show up!

The first session is jointly organized by the Pseudepigrapha Section and the Hebrew Scriptures and Cognate Literature Section on the theme "Manuscripts, Scribal Culture, Scribal Change". An excellent line up, a particularly interesting topic, and some real news (check out the last paper).


Hebrew Scriptures and Cognate Literature
Joint Session With: Hebrew Scriptures and Cognate Literature, Pseudepigrapha
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD - Hotel TBD

Theme: Manuscripts, Scribal Culture, Scribal Change
Martti Nissinen, University of Helsinki, Presiding
Caroline Waerzeggers, Leiden University
Cuneiform Writing and Control in the Community of Al-Yahudu (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Seth L. Sanders, University of California-Davis
Were Babylonian and Judean Revelation the Same Type of Knowledge? (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Annette Yoshiko Reed, University of Pennsylvania
Demons, Stars, and Aramaic Jewish Scribalism (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Ian Werrett, Saint Martin's University
Fetishizing the Word: Literacy, Orality and the Dead Sea Scrolls (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
David Hamidovic, Université de Lausanne
A New Greek Papyrus relating to 1Enoch: Preliminary Remarks (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)

The second session is the Philology in Hebrew Studies review session dedicated to Eva Mroczek's recently published book, The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2016). I am one of the reviewers and look very much forward to this session.


Philology in Hebrew Studies
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: Room TBD - Hotel TBD

Theme: Review of Eva Mroczek, The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity (Oxford, 2016)
Jacqueline Vayntrub, Brandeis University, Presiding (10 min)
Liv Ingeborg Lied, Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet, Panelist (20 min)
Benjamin Wright, Lehigh University, Panelist (20 min)
David Lambert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Panelist (20 min)
Thomas Bolin, Saint Norbert College, Panelist (20 min)
Eva Mroczek, University of California-Davis, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)