Baker Academic

Friday, May 1, 2015

Conference Q&A Sessions

If you have ever attended a professional conference, this is for you.

I especially love questions 3, 4, 11, and 13.



  1. As a one-time journalist covering technology, one of my mentors told me that after every presentation the quality of the questions falls drastically after the third. Following questions are either redundant with one of the first three, or demonstrate that the questioner has either a speech -making agenda or was unqualified to be let into the conference in the first place. Does this three-question paradigm also hold in biblical studies?

  2. I remember several years ago at SBL a questioner posed this irrelevant whopper, "Do you consider yourself a 'liberal'?"