Sunday, 15 November 2015

Pseudepigrapha Sunday

The SBL Annual Meeting is less than a week away and next Sunday (22 November) is "Pseudepigrapha Sunday". The Pseudepigrapha Section marathon starts at 9:00 am with the traditional Open Session, continues at 1:00 pm with a session on Pseudepigrapha and Method, and finally, at 4:00 pm, in cooperation with the Hellenistic Judaism Section we host a review session dedicated to Ben Wright's new commentary on the Letter of Aristeas.

Come join us!


9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: L404 (Lobby Level) - Marriott
John Levison, Southern Methodist University, Presiding
Katell Berthelot, CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research)
A New Perspective on the Kinship between Jews and Spartans in 1 and 2 Maccabees: The Issue of Ancestral Territory (30 min)
Veronika Hirschberger, University of Regensburg
Jeremiah 7 and 5 Ezra — An Underrated Connection? (30 min)
Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, Emory University
The Natural World as Sign in Early Jewish Apocalyptic Literature (30 min)
Ryan E. Stokes, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Reading the Book of Watchers on the Origin of Evil (30 min)
John W. Fadden, Saint John Fisher College
God, the Lord, and Angels in the Sahidic Testament of Isaac (30 min)


1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: M101 (Marquis Level) - Marriott
Theme: Pseudepigrapha and MethodRandall Chesnutt, Pepperdine University, Presiding
Uta Heil, Universität Wien
A Mixture of Error and Purpose: Pseudepigrapha among the Writings of the Church Fathers (25 min)
Nicholas A. Elder, Marquette University
On Transcription and Oral Transmission in Aseneth: A Study of the Narrative’s Conception (25 min)
Gavin McDowell, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
A New Perspective on the Pseudepigrapha: The “Matter of Israel” (25 min)
Benjamin Wright III, Lehigh University
Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, the Scrolls, and Early Judaism as a Scholarly Category (25 min)
Eva Mroczek, Indiana University (Bloomington)
How the Forger Became an Exegete: Value Judgments and Publishing the Pseudepigrapha (25 min)
Matthias Henze, Rice University
How Do the Pseudepigrapha Change the Way We Read Early Jewish Literature? (25 min)


Hellenistic Judaism; Pseudepigrapha
Joint Session With: Hellenistic Judaism, Pseudepigrapha
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 404 (Level 4) - Hilton
Theme: The Letter of Aristeas and Its Interpretation
We will pay particular attention to the new commentary on the Letter of Aristeas by Benjamin Wright (CEJL 2015).René Bloch, Universität Bern - Université de Berne, Presiding
Francis Borchardt, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong, Panelist (25 min)
Sylvie Honigman, Tel Aviv University, Panelist (25 min)
Timothy Michael Law, Panelist (25 min)
Maren Niehoff, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Panelist (25 min)
Benjamin Wright, Lehigh University, Respondent (30 min)
Discussion (20 min)

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