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My SBL Schedule

November 20, 2008

I finally had a couple of minutes to work out a tentative itinerary for the SBL conference. I’m a little sad, there are three sessions on Sunday afternoon that I want to be in all at the same time. But, gotta go with Pardee’s paper at that time slot. Let me know if I missed anything important.


Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Meeting Room 305 – CC

Theme: Ugaritic Studies

Steve Wiggins, Gorgias Press, Presiding
William D. Barker, University of Cambridge
And Thus You Brightened the Heavens: A New Translation of KTU 1.5 i 4 and Its Significance for Ugaritic and Biblical Studies (25 min)
Daniel Belnap, Brigham Young University
“Invite Me, Baal”: A Look at Ritual Failure in the Baal and Kirta Texts (25 min)
Daniel A. Frese, University of California, San Diego
Prodigal Sons and Estate Clearance at Ugarit: Another look at RS 16.129 (25 min)
James R. Getz Jr., Brandeis University
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: Seeing Gods in CAT 1.90, 1.164, and 1.168 (25 min)
Stephen Sang-Bae Kim, University of Pennsylvania
Ilu’s Epithet Thoru in the Ugaritic Literature (25 min)
Hugh Rowland Page Jr., University of Notre Dame
Anat’s Palatial Battle: A Reconsideration of CAT 1.3.ii.17–41 in Light of Research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (25 min)


SBL Presidential Address
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom – SHDavid J. A. Clines, University of Sheffield, Presiding
Jonathan Smith, University of Chicago
Religion and the Bible (45 min)


Hebrew Scriptures and Cognate Literature
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Hampton Room – SH
Esther Hamori, Union Theological Seminary, presidingMartti Nissinen, University of Helsinki
Wisdom as Mediatrix in Sirach 24: Ben Sira, Love Lyrics, and Prophecy (30 min)
Sara J. Milstein, New York University
Expanding Ancient Narratives: The Phenomenon of Revised Introductions in Biblical and Mesopotamian Texts (30 min)
Alan Lenzi, University of the Pacific
Invoking the God: Comparing Laments in Mesopotamia and the Hebrew Psalter (30 min)
Matthijs J. de Jong, Netherlands Bible Society/Leiden University
From Ancient Near Eastern Prophecy to Biblical Prophecy and Back Again (30 min)
John W. Hilber, Dallas Theological Seminary
Egyptian Prophecy in Broader Ancient Near Eastern Perspective (30 min)


Paleographical Studies in the Ancient Near East

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Meeting Room 304 – Christopher Rollston, Emmanuel School of Religion, Presiding (10 min)
Jason Bembry, Emmanuel School of Religion
Multiple Vocalizations in the Cairo Genizah Fragment TS A 39.3 (20 min)
Kent Clarke, Trinity Western University
The Trinity Western University-Wikene Papyri “Rediscovery” (20 min)
Joe Zias, Science and Archaeology-Jerusalem
Ancient Graffiti within the Alleged Judean (Tzuba) Cave of John the Baptist: John, or Lazarus, the Crusader Patron Saint of Leprosy? (20 min)
Christopher A. Rollston, Emmanuel School of Religion
Horvat Uza Epigraphs: New Collations of the Entire Corpus (20 min)
Philip C. Schmitz, Eastern Michigan University
Interpreting the “Separate Inscriptions” from Karatepe-Aslantas (20 min)
Robert Deutsch, Tel Aviv University
The Hebrew Fiscal Bullae from the Time of Hezekiah King of Judah (20 min)
Dennis Pardee, University of Chicago and David Schloen, University of Chicago
A New Alphabetic Inscription from Zincirli (20 min)


Archaeological Excavations and Discoveries: Illuminating the Biblical World
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Meeting Room 202 – CC

Theme: Archaeology and the Media

Milton C. Moreland, Rhodes College, Presiding
Eric M. Meyers, Duke University
Opening Comments on Archaeology and the Media (10 min)
R. Christopher Heard, Pepperdine University
Decoded, Debated, Debunked: Reviewing The Exodus Decoded (25 min)
Chad Spigel, Duke University
Were the Academic Responses to The Lost Tomb of Jesus Effective? (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Lynn LiDonnici, Vassar College
In Search of the Quest for the Real Discovery of Noah’s Ark: Archaeology and the Television Religious Documentary Genre (25 min)
Ian Werrett, Saint Martin’s University
A Scroll in One Hand and a Hatchet in the Other: Essenes, Latrines, and the Dead Sea Scrolls (25 min)
Antonio Lombatti, Deputazione di Storia Patria
Jewish Burial Practices in Second Temple Period, the Shroud of Turin, and the Media (25 min)


Iconography and the Hebrew Bible
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Jefferson – HI

Theme: Images as Sources

Joel LeMon, Emory University, Presiding
Philippe Guillaume, Sheffield University
More Bull-Leapers, Some Bouncing Kids, and Less Scorpions (30 min)
Brent A. Strawn, Emory University
The Iconography of Fear: yir’at yhwh in Artistic Perspective (30 min)
Amy Gansell, Harvard University
Feminine Beauty and Adornment Represented in Levantine Ivory Sculpture and the Old Testament (30 min)
Elizabeth Bloch-Smith, Saint Joseph’s University
Acculturating Gender Roles: Images as Conveyors of Culture in Ancient Israel (30 min)
Thomas Staubli, University of Fribourg
Images as Sources for the Understanding of Biblical Name Theology (30 min)


Israelite Religion in its West Asian Environment
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Meeting Room 303 – CC

Theme: Conceptualizing the Divine

Simeon Chavel, Princeton University, Presiding
Ellen White, University of St. Michael’s College
Divvying Up the Divine Council: A New Perspective on the Structure of the Divine Council in the Hebrew Bible (25 min)
Dale F. Launderville, Saint John’s University
Hosea’s View of the Place of Carnal Knowledge in the Divine-Human Relationship in Light of Mesopotamian and Greek Parallels (25 min)
Anne Marie Kitz, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary–Kenrick School of Theology
Curse Cleansing Rituals: “Leprosy” Rites and nam-erim-bur-ru-das (25 min)
Jeffrey L. Cooley, Xavier University
Astral Religion and Celestial Divination in Ancient Israel: A Reassessment (25 min)


Assyriology and the Bible
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Meeting Room 201 – CC

Theme: Assyriology and the Bible

Steven W. Holloway, American Theological Library Association, Presiding
Hanspeter Schaudig, University of Heidelberg
The “Ibbi-Sîn Disaster” (25 min)
Karen Sonik, University of Pennsylvania
Breaking Bread with Huwawa: What Gilgamesh Should Have Done (25 min)
Michael T. Davis, Princeton Theological Seminary/Rider University
David as Lion Slayer in 1 Samuel 17:34–35 and the Iconography of the Royal Seal of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (25 min)
Michael Dick, Siena College
Divine Covenant and Kingship in the Ancient Near East (25 min)
Kathleen McCaffrey, University of California, Berkeley
Questioning the Unquestioned: Revisiting What We “Know” about Mesopotamian Cosmology (25 min)
David B. Weisberg, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
A “Dinner at the Palace” during Nebuchadnezzar’s Reign (25 min)

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