‘Tis the Season: Upcoming Papers and Lectures

This weekend and next I will be presenting papers at two conferences.

First at the Elon University Conference on “Jewish Christian Relations,” Sunday, November 17, 1:00-6:30pm. The papers really look fascinating, not to mention the presenters:

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1:00 pm: Welcoming Remarks
President Dr. Leo Lambert (Elon University)
Dr. Geoffrey Claussen (Elon University)

1:05-2:00 pm: Reading Genesis
– Dr. Marc Bregman (UNC-Greensboro) – “Jewish and Christian Perspectives on the Sacrifice of Isaac”
– Dr. Ellen Haskell (UNC-Greensboro) – “Contesting the Kingdom of Heaven: Rachel as Counterpart to Christ in Medieval Jewish Mysticism”
– Dr. Malachi Hacohen (Duke University) – “Jacob and Esau, Isaac and Ishmael: The Future of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations”
Convener: Dr. Geoffrey Claussen (Elon University)

2:15-3:00 pm: Defining Jewish Identity
– Dr. Lynn Huber (Elon University) – “‘Those Who Say That They Are Jews and Are Not’: The Function of Jewish Identity in the Book of Revelation”
– Dr. James Tabor (UNC-Charlotte) – “Who is a Jew?: A Modern Conundrum with Ancient Roots”
Convener: Dr. Michael Pregill (Elon University)

3:15-4:15 pm: Evangelical-Jewish Relations
 Dr. Shalom Goldman (Duke University), “The Use of Hebrew and Yiddish by British and American Christian Missionaries to Jews: 1870-1970”
– Dr. Yaakov Ariel (UNC-Chapel Hill) – “The Rise of Messianic Judaism”
– Dr. Motti Inbari (UNC-Pembroke) – “The Christian Zionist Response to Israeli Land for Peace Solutions”
Convener: Dr. Jason Husser (Elon University)

4:30-5:15 pm: Jewish and Christian Feminist Ritual Innovation
 Dr. Vanessa Ochs (University of Virginia)
– Dr. Diann Neu (Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual)
Convener: Dr. Toddie Peters (Elon University)

5:30-6:30 pm: The Future of Jewish-Christian Dialogue
Dr. Stanley Hauerwas (Duke University)
– Dr. Peter Ochs (University of Virginia)
Convener: Dr. Jeffrey Pugh (Elon University)

Closing Remarks: Dr. Jeffrey Pugh (Elon University)

Lectures are free and open to the public. You can find more information here.

Baltimore SBLThe following weekend, also on Sunday, November 24, I will be among an impressive roster of scholars, all with very provocative topics, at the Biblical Archaeology Society “Bible Fest XVI” that meets in Baltimore. I will be speaking on “Was Paul the Jew the Founder of Christianity.” See here for full details and links to more information.

The BAS “Bible Fest” meets annually in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Schools of Oriental Research. These annual meetings draw together upwards of 15 thousand participants, many of them professionals in the fields of Religious Studies, Biblical Studies, and Ancient Near Eastern archaeology with papers on every conceivable subject. Each require separate registrations but the links above contain full information and non-professionals receive substantial discounts to attend.