SBL 2015 – Contextual Biblical Interpretation

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This is the official on-line digital archive for the research papers being presented in the ‘Contextual Biblical Interpretation’ unit at the 2015 SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Over the past few years, the Contextual Biblical Interpretation unit has chosen to run its sessions in a slightly different format to that of other SBL units, and this year will be no different. Rather than asking participants to present full papers during the sessions, participants will instead be required to submit their papers in advance of the sessions for them to then be uploaded onto this blog. This will then enable those that are both participating in and attending the sessions to read the papers in advance and to prepare points for discussion. Presenters will then summarise or highlight key parts of their paper in 15 minute slots, with a further 15 minutes per presenter being devoted to discussion in a round-table format. The purpose of this format is to ensure that as much time as possible is devoted to discussion.

All the papers that are being presented in this unit can be accessed via the drop-down menu under the heading ‘SBL 2015 – Contextual Biblical Interpretation’ on the left hand-side of this blog. Once you click on the arrow of the drop-down menu you will see that you then simply need to select the name of the presenter whose paper you wish to read. Each presenter is listed via their name and institution and you will be able to download their paper in pdf format.

As you probably know, this unit has been highly successful in having the papers presented in its sessions published in several volumes of the Texts@Contexts series. We will continue to publish volumes with Sheffield-Phoenix Press in the future and it is hoped that the papers presented in this year’s sessions will result in a volume focusing upon contextual interpretations of Revelation and a volume focusing upon methodologies for contextual biblical interpretation.

Please find below the schedule for the sessions that form this year’s Contextual Biblical Interpretation unit:

Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics; Contextual Biblical Interpretation; Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures
Joint Session With: Contextual Biblical Interpretation, Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics, Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Hotel: Marriott – Room: A701 (Atrium Level)
Theme: Joint Session on Contextual Biblical Interpretation
James Grimshaw, Carroll University, Presiding
1. Izaak J. de Hulster, University of Helsinki
“Literature studies, liberation theology and impulses for contextual biblical methodologies” (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)
2. Stephen Lim, King’s College – London
“(Re-)Contextualising Contextual Methodologies from the Ground Up: Towards a Singaporeanisation of Asian Hermeneutics” (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)
3. SungAe Ha, Graduate Theological Union
“Utilizing Cross-textual and Cross-cultural Readings as a Hermeneutical Tool for Asian Women” (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)
4. J. Blair Wilgus, Hope International University
“What has Abraham to do with Jerry Springer? Reading the Hebrew Bible in light of Modern Views of Domestic and Family Abuse” (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)
5. Klaas Spronk, Protestantse Theologische Universiteit, Amsterdam
“Judging Samson: Judges 16 in Intercultural Reading and the Arts after 9/11” (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)

Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics; Bible and Cultural Studies; Contextual Biblical Interpretation; Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures
Joint Session With: Contextual Biblical Interpretation, Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics, Bible and Cultural Studies, Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Hotel: Hilton – Room: 311 (Level 3)
Theme: Invited Panelists on Contextual Biblical Methodologies
Nicole Duran, Presiding
Jacqueline Hidalgo, Williams College, Panelist (30 min)
Jione Havea, Charles Sturt University, Panelist (30 min)
Yak-Hwee Tan, Panelist (30 min)
Fernando Candido da Silva, Panelist (30 min)
Discussion (30 min)

Contextual Biblical Interpretation
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Hotel: Marriott – Room: International C (International Level)
Theme: Revelation
Jennifer McNeel, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Presiding
1. Tiffany Webster, University of Sheffield
“‘The Devil, the lake of fire and the Beast’, otherwise known as, ‘our employing company, spontaneous combustion and the mine itself’: An Explosive Interpretation of Rev 20:1-15 by South Derbyshire coal miners” (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)
2. Marsha A. Thrall, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
“To Whore or Not to Whore? The Question of Gender-Specific Moral Identity Within the Language of Revelation (15 min)
Discussion” (15 min)
3. Kent Jackson, Brigham Young University
“Joseph Smith Reading the Apocalypse: God, Man, Angels, and Eternity” (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)
James Grimshaw, Carroll University, Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)
Business Meeting (30 min)

Contextual Biblical Interpretation
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Hotel: Marriott – Room: International C (International Level)
Theme: Paul’s Undisputed Letters
Tiffany Webster, University of Sheffield, Presiding
1. Greg Carey, Lancaster Theological Seminary
“Was Paul Happy? A Contextual Reading of Phil 3:1-4:1 in Conversation with North American Psychology and Its Limitations” (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)
2. Menghun Goh, Vanderbilt University
“The Cruciform Faith and Freedom in Galatians: A Dialogue with Chinese Churches” (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)
3. Sung Uk Lim, Vanderbilt University
“An Ecofeminist Reading of Rom 8:18-25 in an Asian American Context” (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)
4. Matt O’Reilly, University of Gloucestershire
“Resurrecting the Body: Paul, Social Identity, and Racial Reconciliation in First Century Rome and Twenty-first Century Alabama” (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)
5. Marlon Winedt, United Bible Societies
“Paul’s Appeal for a Would-be Maroon Slave: Reading and Translating Philemon from the Perspective of Caribbean Maroon Societies” (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)


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