Saturday at SBL

Saturday afternoon I moved to the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (#SBL2019). I first attended a session on the Johannine Epistles. I found particularly helpful the analysis of the languages similarities between the fourth gospel and the epistles by Hugo Mendez. He argues that the density of the parallels in the epistles point to an effort of the author to identify with the fourth gospel, rather than the similarities being the product of a Johannine school. I have never been convinced of the “school” hypothesis. The work here give another way to look at the data, although I am also not comfortable of immediately assuming a pseudepigraphic agenda.

I was also able to meet with reps from Zondervan to set up Concordia’s participation in a pilot of their new enhanced digital textbook project.

The presidential lecture rounded off the day. #WeAreCSP