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SBL 2015 – Tentative Schedule

As a first-time attendee, choosing sessions is painfully difficult; in just about every time slot there are several sessions I’d love to attend. So this isn’t really a tentative schedule because there are several time slots for which I have not been able to make a decision. Feel free to chime in and help me decide 🙂 I’ll be at part of ETS as well, so if anyone else is also attending both and would like to hang out in the “in between” time, let me know! I do plan to attend a few IBR sessions on Friday if they’re open to the public

Saturday, Nov. 21

8:15AM – 9:00 AM
Annual Meeting Orientation (Hosted by the Student Advisory Board)

9:00AM – 11:30 AM
Review session of Paul within Judaism (ed. Nanos & Zetterholm)


Portraits of Jesus in the Gospel of John with Craig Koester, Graham Twelftree, Tom Thatcher, Matthew Novenson, and Alicia Myers.

11:45AM – 12:45 PM
SBL Women Student Members Networking Session

1:00PM – 3:30PM (this one’s really tough)
A Review of the John, Jesus and History Project (with the likes of Helen Bond and Mark Goodacre)

Reviews of J. A. Harrill, Paul the Apostle and M. Novenson, Christ Among the Messiahs (with luminaries such as John Barclay and Paula Friedrickson)

Trinity in/and the Bible (includes Matthew Bates and Wesley Hill!)

4:00PM – 7:00PM
IBR Scripure and Doctrine Seminar


Letters of James, Peter, and Jude in the Context of Second Temple Jewish Literature

7:00PM – 8:00 PM
SBL Presidential Address

Sunday, Nov. 22

9:00AM – 11:30AM
Blogger and Online Publication section


Jesus Remembered in the Johannine Situation – Jewish-Johannine and Roman-Johannine Dialogues

Student Lounge Roundtable – Maximizing Your Time

Orthodoxy and Heresy Reconsidered (Extent of Theological Diversity in Earliest Christianity)


Paul, Poverty, and the Powers (Pauline Soteriology)

4:00PM-6:30PM (again, really tough. lots of good sessions here)

A Preposition You Can’t Refuse
Panel Review of Michael Gorman’s Becoming the Gospel
Theology and Ethics in Hebrews
Paul in the Second Century

Monday, Nov. 23

7:00AM – 9:00AM
SBL Women Members Breakfast

9:00AM – 11:30

Intertextuality, Rhetorical Criticism, and the Pauline Letters
For Paul, Do Jews Have to Become Christians to be Saved?
Panel Review of John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift

11:00AM – 12:45PM
What I’m Telling My Graduate Students (hosted by the Student Advisory Board)

Panel Review of Francis Watson’s Gospel Writing (Joel Willitts, Mark Goodacre, Richard Burridge, Jonathan Pennington, and Jens Schroeter!!!!)

4:00PM – 6:30PM
Panel discussion of Larry Hurtado’s 2013 JTS Paper “Interactive Diversity: A Proposed Model of Christian Origins”

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Scripture and Eschatology in 1 Corinthians (Matthew Malcolm, BWIII, Roy Ciampa, Craig Keener, Linda Belville!! I had actually been leaning towards leaving Monday evening, until I saw Dr. Malcolm’s post about this session).

Well, there you have it! I still have a few decisions to make before my first annual Bible Nerd Fest 🙂

Leave a comment


  1. I approve! Some great sessions there. If it were me (and I guess it will be me, but I haven’t looked through the schedule yet), I’d go for portraits of Jesus in John; Trinity in/and the Bible; Letters of James, Peter, Jude; Paul, Poverty, Powers…
    But lots of good stuff there!


  2. That’s pretty sick. Good stuff abounds in just about every section.


    • Right!?! And this is what’s left after I already cut out a bunch of sessions that interest me. Choosing sessions is like being let loose in a bookstore with all the books you want and being told you can only choose 10…



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