>My wife and I are leaving Thursday morning to Boston to attend the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. The annual meeting of the SBL is a great occasion for scholars to present papers offering new ideas and new interpretations to the biblical text.
I enjoy attending the meetings of the SBL because it allows me to interact with the latest research and know what other scholars are thinking. At the meetings one hears great papers as well as papers that could be considered not so great.
For me, one of the greatest joys of attending the SBL is to see old friends and make new ones. Every year I meet people who went to school with me. I also meet scholars whose books I have read. This year I will be attending the reception sponsored by Augsburg Press to celebrate the publication of The People’s Bible, a publication to which I contributed Joel and Jonah.
Since I will be gone for almost a week, I will not be able to post to the blog until after Thanksgiving. I hope you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving. My family will be together for Thanksgiving. This year, as we do every year, my wife and I will host our three sons and their families. It will be nice to see my granddaughters again.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary