Mormons make an appearance at the important SBL conference.
My sources inform me of two interesting LDS offerings at the annual meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature, to be held November 18-21 in Washington.
Session S20-21 on Monday morning from 9:00-11:30 is sponsored by the SBL group on Latter-day Saints and the Bible. We will focus here on the writings of John as a case study for LDS interests in translating the New Testament. Presenters will include Jared Ludlow, John Hall, Richard Draper, and Eric Huntsman. Then, following a brief business meeting to plan next year’s meeting, the discussion during the final half hour will be led by Kent Brown, Richard Draper, John Hall, Andrew Skinner and Jack Welch, highlighting efforts underway to produce a scholarly New Testament commentary sensitive to LDS interests. Comments from the audience will be welcomed.
Session S20-70 = A20-81 on Monday afternoon from 1:00-3:30 is a program cosponsored by the SBL Latter-day Saints and the Bible group and the AAR consultation on Open and Relational Theologies. The theme of the session is “Are Openness and Relational Theologies Biblical?”, a topic that has proven to be quite interesting recently. Presenters will be John Sanders (Huntington College), James McLachlan (Western Carolina University), Michael Lodahl (Point Loma Nazarene Universtiy), and David Paulsen (Brigham Young University). The final half hour is reserved for open (and relational?) discussion. Information about a forthcoming volume edited by David Paulsen and Donald Musser on conversations between Latter-day Saints and others about 20th Christian theologies (includingOpenness theology) will also be handed out at this session.
Kudos to the organizers; it’s great to see us represented in mainstream religious studies. Don’t miss these sessions if you’ll be in attendance, and send me your notes afterward!