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Friday, July 5, 2013

Latest Poll - SBL Baltimore, Monday, Nov. 25 (Which Would You Choose)? - Le Donne

It has come to my attention that Chris and I have been slotted in competing sessions at our conference in Baltimore. We're both scheduled at 4pm on Monday, November 25th. I have provided the roster for both sessions below. The first session features authors who have contributed to the use of "social memory" in Jesus studies (Keith and Rodríguez) alongside two recent critics of the use of memory in this field (Crook and Foster). The second session features a panel review of Dale Allison's long-anticipated International Critical Commentary on James as a platform for Jewish-Christian dialogue.

If given a choice between these two, which would you choose? You can vote above and comment below.

Historical Jesus
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 309 - Convention Center
Theme: Memory Studies in Historical Jesus Research
James Crossley, University of Sheffield, Introduction (5 min)
Chris Keith, Saint Mary's University College (Twickenham)
The Past Approaching and Approaching the Past: The Contribution of Memory Studies to Historical Jesus Research(25 min)
Zeba Crook, Carleton University
Memory Distortion and the Historical Jesus (25 min)
Rafael Rodríguez, Johnson University
An Uneasy Concord: Memory and History in Contemporary Jesus Research (25 min)
Paul Foster, University of Edinburgh
Memory: Help or Hindrance in Historical Jesus Research? (25 min)
Discussion (45 min)

Letters of James, Peter, and Jude
Joint Session With: Letters of James, Peter, and Jude, Jewish-Christian Dialogue and Sacred Texts
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Peale A - Hilton
Theme: Reflections on Dale Allison's James (ICC) from Jewish and Christian perspectives
Anthony Le Donne, University of the Pacific, Presiding
John Kloppenborg, University of Toronto, Panelist (20 min)
Joshua Garroway, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Panelist (20 min)
Patrick Hartin, Gonzaga University, Panelist (20 min)
Mariam Kamell, Regent College, Panelist (20 min)
Herbert Basser, Queen's University, Panelist (20 min)
Dale Allison, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (30 min)


  1. Chris, I feel guilty about how the vote is proceeding. Please understand, Anthony recruited a member of my synagogue as one of his panelists. If you can top that, I'd surely change my vote.

  2. As an older brother myself, I always have to choose Jesus over James.

  3. I voted for one of these presentations.

  4. I just want to see Chris Keith and Rafael Rodriguez duke it out against Paul Foster. Everything Allison does, that I've seen, is met with gushing praise. If controversy sells, then, memory studies win.