If all goes well I'll arrive sometime Saturday morning (hopefully before 9am so I don't miss any talks) and staying through Monday afternoon. Some Saturday afternoon sessions I am particularly looking forward to include:
- the SBL Publication Workshop
- and the SBL Now Presenting workshop on conference proposals (with James McGrath, among others), though it will be in tough competition with the simultaneous session on Kloppenborg's The Formation of Q
Later on Sunday afternoon, I am faced with the impossible choice among three sessions, all beginning at 4pm:
- Blogging and Professional Scholarship
- Ehrman & Holmes on The Text of the New Testament
- and Synoptic Themes and Markan Variations, with Stephen Carlson presiding
How shall I choose? Probably I will have to begin with the blogging session, then sneak away to catch at least a glimpse of the other two; of particular interest are Elizabeth Shively with Carlson at 5pm on Reading Backwards from Mark's Ending, and Didier Lafleur with Ehrman & Holmes at 6pm on The Caesarean Text of the Gospel of Mark.
Tree of Life will be showing Sunday evening, though it seems unlikely I will be anywhere near the convention center by then. Monday has a much more straightforward schedule, and I will be able to attend both of:
- Review of Zeba Crook's Parallel Gospels
- and Thomas Among the Gospels
both with Mark Goodacre on the panel, among others. With any luck my copy of Thomas Among the Gospels will have arrived before I leave for Chicago :) (I hope to post on Gathercole before I leave, perhaps later tonight.)
Of course, I also greatly look forward to seeing other attendees whom I have already met (one or two from long ago), meeting others whom I may only know through blogging and email, and meeting still others for the first time. I stand in deep respect and admiration for the accomplishments of the professional scholars of SBL, both panelists and attendees, and it will be a little like visiting Hollywood for me. I would be delighted to meet anyone and everyone, regardless of whether we stand opposed on this or that issue, so don't hesitate to say hello if you notice my name--I would be honored to chat. I will be extending my own hand whenever it seems appropriate, so please don't be taken aback if I walk up and introduce myself----I can assure you I am quite friendly. Nor will I be offended if you don't have the time.