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MAR SBL Regional Proposal Deadline Looms

December 6, 2009

Abstracts for proposed papers to the SBL Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting are due on December 7th. The conference will be held March 11-12, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey. For more info, including where to send your proposals, check the official call for papers.

  1. December 8, 2009 9:38 pm

    Thanks for posting the info on the SBL regional meeting (in your August 19 entry).
    I’m a little late for the deadline. Somehow I had in my head that it was December 10. I noticed in your CV that you gave a presentation on the genre of Qoheleth in 2002. Too bad I didn’t make that meeting. I have just finished a commentary on Ecclesiastes for the New Beacon Bible Commentary. I’m hoping to present a paper at the March meeting on allusions to Ecclesiastes in Moby-Dick.

    • December 9, 2009 10:59 am


      Thanks for commenting. The 2002 paper was on empirical epistemology and Qohelet. I think that a strong case can be made against Fox’s contention that Qohelet is doing something new in this regard. I used texts from Mesopotamian wisdom traditions and the genre distinctions of Tremper Longman to construct my argument.

      I had a few years in my life when I thought I would write my dissertation on Qohelet. (Un)fortuntately, I became convinced of Qohelet’s teachings and figured there was nothing new to say on the topic.

      Ecclesiastes and Moby-Dick sounds quite fun. It’s a good way to remind folks that the Bible is first and foremost literature. I hope your paper gets approved and that I can catch it. See you there!

      • Joseph Kelly permalink
        March 3, 2010 10:12 am

        Jim, I submitted a paper this year on Qohelet’s carpe diem advice, you may be interested in. Naturally, I am not saying anything new, just pushing for dialogue to move in a certain direction. We’ll see if my paper gets accepted.

        • March 3, 2010 1:22 pm

          I’m assuming this was for the national conference? I didn’t submit a paper this year. I’m too busy trying to get the *#%@ dissertation off my desk. But, hope all goes well! I plan on being at the national meeting in Atlanta (and the regional MAR next week).

        • Joseph Kelly permalink
          March 3, 2010 2:13 pm

          Yeah, this is for the national conference.

      • Stephen J. Bennett permalink
        May 23, 2013 7:36 pm

        Thanks for your comments (it’s been a couple of years, I know!). I don’t know if you heard my Moby-Dick presentation at SBL regional, but it has since been published by Literature and Theology. Here is a link:

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