A Preview of What I Will Be Up To at ETS and SBL

Michael J. Kruger

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November 8, 2021

Next week I will be headed to Dallas, and then to San Antonio, for the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)—two of the largest scholarly gatherings in the world. In addition to the normal meals, gatherings, and meeting with old friends, here’s a little preview of what I will be up to.

1. Time with the Executive Committee.  As a former president of ETS (2019), I am still serving on the Executive Committee which now consists of Al Mohler, D.A. Carson, Timothy George, Gregg Allison, Sam Storms, David Dockery, and Craig Keener.  And I should not forget to mention our executive director, Ken Magnuson. I always enjoy time with this impressive group of scholars and we will be gathering together for dinner and business Monday night.

2. Chairing two sessions for the NT Canon, Textual Criticism and Apocryphal Literature study group. We have both an open session and an invited session this year, and the paper lineups are excellent:

Wed, Nov 17, 3:00 PM – 6:10 PM
New Testament Canon, Textual Criticism, &
Apocryphal Literature
Convention Center 204 A
Moderator: Michael J. Kruger
(Reformed Theological Seminary)
3:00 PM – 3:40 PM
Chris S. Stevens
(Independent Researcher)
A Surprising Union: Peculiar Agreements between
Sinaiticus and Claromontanus
3:50 PM – 4:30 PM
Matthew Burks
(New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary)
The NT as a Witness to the LXX: Mark 1:2-3, Gospel
Parallels, and NT Greek Manuscripts
4:40 PM – 5:20 PM
Nelson S. Hsieh
(Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
A Detailed Comparison of the Textual Apparatuses of the
Tyndale House GNT and Nestle-Aland 28
5:30 PM – 6:10 PM
Matthew Solomon
(Luther Rice College and Seminary)
“In Us” versus “In Y’all”: Examining Newly Published P139

Thursday, Nov 17,  1:00 PM – 4:10 PM
New Testament Canon, Textual Criticism, &
Apocryphal Literature
Reflections on Studies on the Intersection of Text, Paratext,
and Reception: A Festschrift in Honor of Charles E. Hill
Convention Center 204 B
Moderator: Michael J. Kruger
(Reformed Theological Seminary)
Panelists:
Dirk Jongkind
(Tyndale House, Cambridge)
Zachary J. Cole
(Reformed Theological Seminary)
D. Jeffrey Bingham
(Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Paul Hartog
(Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary)
Charles E. Hill
(Reformed Theological Seminary)

3. I will be giving a paper at SBL for the Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds group. As you can see below, this session has gathered a number of impressive papers. Mine will be exploring this area of miniature codices, something I have been working on for a while. I plan to write a full-length monograph on the subject in the near future.

Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
11/21/2021
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 008B (River Level) – San Antonio Convention Center

Theme: Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds

Lincoln Blumell, Brigham Young University, Presiding (2 min)

Brent Nongbri, MF Norwegian School of Theology
Introducing EthiCodex (The Early History of the Codex: A New Methodology and Ethics for Manuscript Studies) (25 min)
Tag(s): Papyrology (Epigraphy & Paleography), Material Culture (Archaeology & Iconography), Cultural Heritage Management (Archaeology & Iconography)

Michael J. Kruger, Reformed Theological Seminary
Exploring the Boundary between Miniature Codices and Amulets: Four Borderline Cases (25 min)
Tag(s): Papyrology (Epigraphy & Paleography), Scribes (Epigraphy & Paleography)

AnneMarie Luijendijk, Princeton University
Did Christians Keep Their Identity a Secret? (25 min)
Tag(s): Papyrology (Epigraphy & Paleography), Material Culture (Archaeology & Iconography)

Lorne Zelyck, St. Joseph’s College – University of Alberta
Bernard Pyne Grenfell: Papyrologist, Oxford Professor, “Lunatic” (25 min)
Tag(s): Papyrology (Epigraphy & Paleography), Material Culture (Archaeology & Iconography)

If you plan to attend either ETS or SBL, I hope to see you there!

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