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Atlanta SBL: Hebrew Bible & Philosophy Sessions


The Hebrew Bible and Philosophy unit will be hosting two sessions at the Atlanta SBL meeting:

Our first session will consist of invited papers responding to the Jaco Gericke’s central idea found in The Hebrew Bible and Philosophy of Religion:  Philosophical criticism as a form of biblical criticism. Those invited speakers include:

11/23/2015 (S23-119)
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Inman (Atlanta Conference Level) – Hyatt

Theme: Philosophical Criticism as a Form of Biblical Criticism

Jaco Gericke, North-West University (South Africa)
Analytic vs. continental varieties of philosophical criticism (30 min)

Mark Sneed, Lubbock Christian University
A Response to Jaco Gericke’s Thesis in The Hebrew Bible and Philosophy of Religion (30 min)

Oliver Crisp, Fuller Theological Seminary
An Analytic Theologian’s Response to Jaco Gericke’s Thesis (30 min)

Craig Bartholomew, Redeemer University College
A Biblical Theologian’s Response to Philosophical Criticism (30 min)

Discussion (30 min)

Our second session will consist of papers that responded to the RFP: Those speakers include:

11/23/2015 (S23-219)
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: M109 (Marquis Level) – MarriottTheodore A. Perry, University of Connecticut
Always Already: Philosophical Exegesis and the Beat of Time Primordial in Job 38 (30 min)Ying Zhang, East China Normal University
Biblical Exegesis as Way of Philosophizing: The Beginning and the End of Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed (30 min)Sarah Zhang, GETS Theological Seminary
Lyrical Slippages, Meaning-Making and Proximity in Song 2:10–13 (30 min)

Dru Johnson, The King’s College (New York) and Allen Jones, Corban University
Response: Methodological Considerations in Pursuing Bible and Philosophy (30 min)

Discussion (30 min)


Walter Moberly Reviews *Philosophical Interpretations of the Old Testament*

41a5AaoCEyL._SX337_BO1,204,203,200_His review appeared in the Review of Biblical LiteratureHis concluding statements are especially encouraging for Hebrew Bible and Philosophy:

“I would like to see philosophical interpretation flourish, as its concern to make a difference to the life of people in the world of today is important. Nonetheless, if the philosophical categories commended by Sekine for thinking about God are to be meaningful, they surely need to be tested via engagement with recent work in the philosophy of religion, not least the recent reappropriation of conceptualities from Aquinas and other medieval philosophical theologians by scholars such as David Burrell, Fergus Kerr, Herbert McCabe, and Denys Turner. A thoroughly worked-out account of how such work might constructively relate to biblical interpretation in a contemporary context would be a major undertaking, but without further work toward this, philosophical interpretation may still be some way short of being able to establish itself as a significant contemporary option.”

Dru Johnson’s twin review of Sekine’s and Gericke’s books will appear in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Analytic Theology.