Sunday, May 10, 2009

SSEC Conference 2009

Yesterday I went to the SSEC Conference 2009 at Macquarie University. The theme this year was “The Paradox of Paul”. Here's a short brief on each paper I attended.

Prof. Laurence Welborn
presented on the language of friendship used in Paul's discourse in 2 Corinthians with the 'injured party', how Paul's language conforms to Greaco-Roman language discourse, but Paul overturns conventions by being the injured party and seeking reconciliation

Dr. Con Campbell
argued for the connectedness of Ephesians 6:10-17 with the rest of the letter on the basis of inaugurated eschatology, .., and incorporated individualism. His argument was concise and clear, which is always a strength, but I felt it lacked a few features.

Bernard Doherty
a graduate-student, at Macquarie, presented on Socio-Religious backgrounds to the letter to Galatians. A lot of interesting material, but I don't think he was going anywhere with it (yet).

Prof Edwin Judge
always speaks with great insight and a wealth of linguistic and social science precision. He treated the topic of Paul and personal identity, speaking about terms of identification in the Pauline literary corpus.

Dr Graham Lovell
presented on the relationship between Peter and Paul, arguing for a initial private meeting, then the later Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15, and that Gal was prior to that event, and further that 1 Cor 8, 10 shows evidences that Paul continued to adhere to the position developed at the Counsel. He also pointed to the background of Ez 33:23-26 for the Acts passage.

Prof Beverly Gaventa
spoke eloquently and persuasively on the topic of 'the glory of God' in Romans, arguing that the language of glory has to do with active involved presence, particularly with triumphant connotations, and that the neglect of military vocabulary in Romans should be corrected in part by reading it alongside the glory references.

Dr Michael Theophilos
addressed Paul's use of Is 28:11-12 in 1 Cor 14:21 with some finesse and insight, arguing that Paul does know and intend to deploy the contextual setting of Isa 28, while making his new application in the Corinthian situation.

Prof Judith Lieu
closed the day, speaking on the remembrances and reception of Paul in the 2nd century. She mustered an impressive amount of material to speak to the diversity of 'Pauls' in circulation. The narrated Paul, the remembered Paul, the epistolary Paul. I found J. Lieu certainly very learned, but unpersuasive in her positions.

There were a few other papers which I didn't get to as it was a split program.


Mark said...

Sounds like a great line-up Seumas.

I'd love to listen to Edwin Judge's talk on "Paul and personal identity". Do you know if this was recorded in anyway?

Seumas Macdonald said...

There were, sadly, no audio recordings done. There was a guy there with a camcorder, but I'm not entirely sure where his material will end up, if anywhere. I took a few notes on that lecture, but not sure I could necessarily construct a coherent thread out of it.

Mark said...

Thanks Seumas. Any notes would be useful.