Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Regional Meetings

Regional SBL Meetings will soon be taking place across the country. Yours truly will be presenting a paper entitled "The Book of Hebrews' Critique of the Levi-Priestly Tradition" at the Southwestern regional meeting in Irving, Texas on March 7 at around 4:30 p.m. Two other papers will be presented at the same meeting:

Viktor Roudkovski of Le Tourneau University will present "Praising Christ in the Book of Hebrews: When Hymns Must Give Way to Encomia" at 4:00.

Heather M. Gorman of Abilene Christian University will present "The Power of Pathos: Emotional Appeal in Hebrews" at 4:40 (unfortunately overlapping my paper).

I was able to find two other paper presentations at other regional meetings:

David Moffitt of Duke University will present "Blood, Life, and Purification: Reassessing Hebrews' Christological Appropriation of Yom Kippur" on March 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Southeastern regional meeting.

Jeremy S. Miselbrook of Loyola University in Chicago will present "Heaven in Escrow: The Nature of the Sabbath-Rest in the Epistle to the Hebrews" on February 15 at 10:00 at the Midwest regional meeting.
-The following is an abstract of his paper:

“Heaven in Escrow: The Nature of the Sabbath-Rest in the Epistle to the Hebrews”
Heaven now or heaven later? This study uncovers the nature of the “Sabbath-Rest” tradition behind Hebrews. Two main camps have been formed which define the extremes for discussion of the “rest for the people of God.” One perspective views the concept of Hebrews as rooted primarily in the realm of ethical or philosophical terms. Another perspective understands the Sabbath-Rest in Hebrews in strictly realized-eschatological terms with an emphasis on the future. It will be shown that elements rooted in both the ethically-present and the schatological-future likely formed the background of the Sabbath-Rest in Hebrews.

Unfortunately, this is all I could find through the SBL website. Many of the regional sites have not posted any program which is quite surprising at this late date. If you know of any other Hebrews' papers being presented during the upcoming regional meetings, please let me know.

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