SBL 2009 Report (1)

Back from New Orleans and a fantastic SBL. Duke ThD student Andy Rowell recorded two of the sessions I was part of, “Romans as Christian Theology” and “Panel Review of Douglas Campbell’s The Deliverance of God.” Go here or here to hear them in various formats.

Among the highlights this year for me besides these two sessions: catching up with good “old” friends (partial list: Andy Johnson, Richard Hays, Tom Wright, Jim Miller, George Hunsberger, Warren Carter, Nijay Gupta, Ben Blackwell, Marianne Meye Thompson, Bart Ehrman, Neil Elliott, Jeff Siker, Joel Green, Dean Flemming, Duane Watson, Michael Barram, Daniel Kirk, Kathy Grieb, Susan Eastman, Ann Jervis, Kathleen McVey, Stephen Chapman, Mike Holmes, and of course Douglas Campbell) and making new ones; checking in with younger scholars in an effort to both encourage them and learn from them; hanging out at CafĂ© du Monde (famous beignets [French donuts]; eating meals in jazz venues (easy jazz as well as real New Orleans jazz); the session on Philippians and missional hermeneutics; the session on Philippians and intertextuality; browsing the books; getting a free copy of Bible Works (which I will be reviewing soon); etc.

My next post will be excerpts from my review of Douglas Campbell’s books.

3 Responses to “SBL 2009 Report (1)”

  1. Luke says:

    Thanks for the report. I was able to attend your session on Philippians and missional hermeneutics and found it quite fascinating. I hope you stay in the missional discussion because it deserves to be considered and has tremendous implications for the community of faith.

    I’m also glad to see that you got a free copy of Bibleworks. That program is a life-saver for me and is extremely powerful. I hope you glean from it as much as I have.

    I purchased your “Reading Paul” book and look forward to reading it. I tried to purchase your “Apostle of the Crucified Lord” book but they didn’t have any copies :-(

    I appreciate your scholarship and pray that your tribe increases in the academic realm. It truly is a breath of fresh air to see a respected and well-known scholar care so much about the church and take seriously the ethical implications of the text.

  2. Nijay says:

    Mike – so great to catch up with you as well. You really did a spectacular job in the Campbell session – what an excellent concise summary and incisive critique.

    As for Bibleworks – great deal! I have been trying to get Jimmy Dunn to start using BW. It hasn’t really caught on in the UK!

  3. MJG says:


    Thanks for the comments. I fully intend to stay in the missional discussion. I have been to those sessions for about five years and am now on the steering committee. I will likely be involved in some missional publication projects that we’ve been discussing informally for a year or so and will continue to discuss.


    Thanks to you, too, and excellent paper (and answers to questions!). Keep up the great work.

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