Having just sombred the crowd at the Historical Materialism conference with my paper on ‘Marxism and Death’, I now realise it marked the beginning of conference silly season. Next is the Society of Biblical Literature, with four papers (I had forgotten about one until recently). So, in a moment of shameless self-promotion, here they are:

S20-223

Ideological Criticism
11/20/2010
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Spring – Hyatt Regency

Theme: Book Review: James Crossley, Jesus in an Age of Terror (Equinox, 2008)

Randall Reed, Appalachian State University, Presiding
Mark Goodacre, Duke University, Panelist (25 min)
Zeba Crook, Carleton University, Panelist (25 min)
William Arnal, University of Regina, Panelist (25 min)
Roland Boer, University of Newcastle, Australia, Panelist (25 min)
James Crossley, University of Sheffield, Respondent (30 min)


S20-330

Prophetic Texts and Their Ancient Contexts
11/20/2010
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Inman – Hyatt Regency

Theme: Prophecy and Gender in the Bible and Beyond

Jonathan Stökl, University of Cambridge, Presiding
Roland Boer, University of Newcastle – Australia
Too Many Dicks at the Writing Desk, or, How to Organise a Prophetic Sausage-Fest (15 min)
Dale Launderville, Saint John’s University
Gender, Purity, and Power in Ezekiel’s Priestly Vision (15 min)
Corrine Carvalho, University of Saint Thomas
Prophecy and the Single Man: Marital Status and Gender in Jeremiah and Ezekiel (15 min)
Discussion (30 min)
Esther Hamori, Union Theological Seminary
Women and Divination in Biblical Narrative (15 min)
Martti Nissinen, University of Helsinki
Gender and Prophetic Agency in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean (15 min)
Ilona Zsolnay, University of Pennsylvania
Can the Masculine Mesopotamian King be a Feminine Vessel? (15 min)
Discussion (30 min)

The papers will be summarized, not read. The full text of the papers is available for those subscribed to the list ptac-group@mailman.srv.ualberta.ca. To subscribe to the list, go to http://www.mailman.srv.ualberta.ca/mailman/listinfo/ptac-group.


S22-116

Hebrew Bible and Political Theory/Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah
Joint Session With: Hebrew Bible and Political Theory, Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah
11/22/2010
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: International 1 – Marriott Marquis

Theme: Ezra-Nehemiah Through the Lens of Political Theory

Joshua Berman, Bar Ilan University, Presiding
Richard Bautch, Saint Edward’s University
Between Nationalism and Sectarianism: Political Identity in Ezra and Nehemiah (30 min)
Kyong-Jin Lee, Spring Arbor University
“The Law of your God and the Law of the King” in the Political Structure of the Achaemenid Empire (30 min)
Roland Boer, University of Newcastle – Australia
Subjectivity and Class in Ezra-Nehemiah (30 min)
Steven Schweitzer, Bethany Theological Seminary
Reading Utopia in Ezra-Nehemiah (30 min)


S23-123

New Unit Planning Session: Economics in the Biblical World
11/23/2010
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Lenox – Hyatt Regency

Theme: Problems and Prospects

Samuel Adams, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Presiding
Roland Boer, University of Newcastle
Economic Theory (35 min)
Roger S. Nam, George Fox University
Trade and Commerce (15 min)
Richard A. Horsley, University of Massachusetts
Second Temple Period (15 min)
Samuel Adams, Union Presbyterian Seminary
Family Life (15 min)
Catherine Murphy, Santa Clara University
Dead Sea Scrolls (15 min)
Break (10 min)
Business Meeting (45 min)

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