The program book is now out for SBL in Vienna. I’ll be doing two papers, one on 1 Corinthians and one on 1 Peter.
The paper on 1 Corinthians aims to overview recent attempts to account for the structure and theme of the letter. This is the topic of my recent monograph, but I will be surveying all of the major recent discussion on the topic. To me this is a fairly important issue, because the question being addressed really is, ‘What is 1 Corinthians doing, and what is it about?’ The abstract is here.
The paper on 1 Peter explores the theme of the ‘rebirthed inheritor’ in the letter, considering the way in which this imagery evokes the identity of the Son whom God called out of Egypt. The interrelationship between Israel, Christ, and the recipients of the letter fascinates me, and I am trying to push further in understanding it. The abstract is here.
The only trouble is: how do I condense these into twenty minutes each?!