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Abstinentia SBL-iensis

November 2008
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In these days people are getting ready to attend the SBL Annual Meeting in Boston, USA (Oct. 21-25), but I am to stay at home, suffering from pains of abstinentia . . . . My wife tells me I am saving money by not travelling that far away,- but show me the money…. And what about missing all those great discounts on the SBL book marked?
But there is hope; Next year, next year in New Orleans…..

I’ll miss the Philo sessions. This year the following sessions are especially relevant for Philo fans:
SBL22-132 Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity Section
4:00 PM–6:30 PM
Theme: Case Studies in Religious Experience

The third paper in thiss Section is to be:
Catherine Playoust, Jesuit Theological College, Melbourne
Beholding the Teachings of Wisdom:Allegorical Scriptural Interpretation as Religious Experience in Philo’s De vita contemplativa (20 min)

De Vita Contemplativa is also in focus in another Section, namely in the Philo of Alexandria Group’s second session on Monday 24:
SBL24-36 Philo of Alexandria Group
9:00 AM–11:45 AM
Theme: Interpreting Philo’s De vita contemplativa

Ellen Birnbaum, Cambridge, MA, Presiding
Joan E. Taylor, Waikato University, New Zealand
Philo of Alexandria, On the Contemplative
Life: Commentary
(30 min)
Joseph Sievers, Pontifical Biblical Institute
Philo and the Therapeutae: A Response to Joan E. Taylor (30 min)
Break (15 min)
Steve Mason, York University
Response to Joan Taylor on De vita contemplativa (30 min)
Lutz Doering, King’s College London
Philo’s Therapeutae and Jewish Law (30 min)
Ross S. Kraemer, Brown University
Philo’s Representation of the Therapeutrides, Reconsidered (30 min)

Later on Monday there will also be another paper on Philo, see
SBL24-136 Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity Section
4:00 PM–6:30 PM.

The second paper here, by Dragos-Andrei Giulea, Marquette
University, is to be on Passover/Paschal Hermeneutics: The Allegory and Typology of Exodus 12 from Philo to Origen (30 min)

But before that,  the first session of the Philo of Alexandria group is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, a Joint session with the Letters of James, Peter and Jude section:
SBL23-130 Joint Session: Letters of James, Peter, and Jude Section / Philo of
Alexandria Group
4:00 PM–6:30 PM
Theme: The Formation of the Soul in Hellenistic Judaism and James

Stanley Stowers, Brown University, Presiding
Hindy Najman, University of Toronto
“Living in the Soul Alone”: Philo of Alexandria on Soul Formation (30 min)
Gretchen Reydams-Schils, University of Notre Dame
Philo of Alexandria on the Contemplative and the Active Lives (30 min)
Break (10 min)
John S. Kloppenborg, University of Toronto
Stoic Psychagogy and the Letter of James (30 min)
Luiz Felipe Ribeiro, University of Toronto
Self-Mastery, Apatheia, Metriopatheia, and Moral Theory in the Epistle of James
(30 min)
Discussion (20 min)

Then, on the last day of the Annual Meeting, there is a the final session this year of the Philo of Alexandria Group:
SBL25-18 Philo of Alexandria Group
9:00 AM–12:30 PM

Sarah Pearce, University of Southampton, Presiding
Katell Berthelot, National Center for Scientific Research
Philo’s Perception of the Roman Empire (30 min)
Tzvi Novick, Yale University
Allegory and God: A Study in Philonic Exegesis (30 min)
Erin Roberts, Brown University
Reconsidering the Value of Hope (30 min)
Break (15 min)
George H. van Kooten, University of Groningen
Philo on Man as God’s Likeness and the Platonic Notion of Becoming Like God (30
min)
Beth Berkowitz, Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Clement’s Use of Philo and Claims about Jewish-Christian Difference (30 min)
Business Meeting (45 min)


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