Tomorrow I leave for the 2010 SBL (Society of Biblical Literature) meeting in Atlanta. This is always a great time of seeing old friends, meeting new people, hearing interesting papers, seeing (and often buying) new books, meeting with publishers and potential publishers, etc. Atlanta is not my favorite place for a conference; the downtown area is unexciting compared to, say, New Orleans, San Antonio, San Francisco, or Boston. As I said to a good friend yesterday, Atlanta is a nice place to live but not such a great place to visit.

The conference will be good, however. N.T. Wright holds forth on justification, with respondents, tomorrow evening for the IBR (Institute for Biblical Research). I will chair a session on historical criticism and theological interpretation Saturday morning, featuring three fine papers, including one by Joel Green. Then I will attend the section on missional hermeneutics, focusing on exile, early Saturday afternoon. (I’m on the steering committee of both these groups, and I highly recommend both sessions.) After that, I’m not sure, except for the other session for the theological interpretation of Christian Scripture group. There’s an excellent buffet from which to choose!

Brief reports to come later.

4 Responses to “SBL-Bound”

  1. Nate Dawson says:

    I’m sure we’ll be in several of the same sections — I look forward to seeing you again.

  2. Dr. Gorman,

    I’m sure you’ll be quite busy, but if possible I would love to meet with you at some point during the conference.

    If you recall we met at this year’s Wheaton Theology Conference. Anyway, I was hoping I might pick your brain a bit more on Ph.D. programs and perhaps even solicit you to look at some of my recent work?

  3. MJG says:

    Nate and Tyler: looking forward to running into you.

    Tyler: email me and we can exchange cell numbers. The email addresses are at the St. Mary’s web site or on this site.

  4. Casey Taylor says:

    I’m curious to hear back on N.T. Wright’s “holding forth” on justification. On a popular level, I know he’s engaged Neo-Reformed voices like John Piper. Yet I’m curious to hear if he engages Doug Campbell’s work any further.

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