A little help here...If one was going to submit an abstract to the SBL Historical Jesus session this year, what theme or topic do you think would be most useful? The SBL website notes, "we invite proposals on any aspect," which is somewhat frustrating.It seems that the person asking had already received two answers (before I chimed in) to this effect: "propose something interesting." This may seem like an evasive answer but it really is the best sort of answer. In other words, starting with a topic or a theme might not be the best way to start. Perhaps it's better to start with something that interests you and write the paper. If, after writing it, you think it would be well-suited for a particular SBL unit, submit a proposal to that unit. I think that choosing a unit first might be backwards.