Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Sessions at the 2009 SBL Conference

Following up on yesterday's post, here are the sessions where I am on the 2009 SBL program:

Levites and Priests in History and Tradition
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Regent - MR
Theme: Levites in Urban and Rural Social Context
Sarah Shectman, Binghamton University, Presiding

Jeremy Hutton, Princeton Theological Seminary
Modern Perspectives on the Levitical Cities Lists and Levitical Function (20 min)
Diana Edelman, University of Sheffield
Non-‘Priestly’ Roles of the Kohanim in the Hebrew Bible (20 min)
Stephen L. Cook, Virginia Theological Seminary
Those Stubborn Levites: Overcoming Levitical Disenfranchisement (20 min)
Joel S. Baden, Yale University
The Violent Origins of the Levites: Text and Tradition (20 min)
Mark A. Christian, Middle Tennessee State University
Middle-Tier Levites and the Plenary Reception of Revelation (20 min)
Jeffrey Stackert, University of Chicago
The Cultic Status of the Levites in the Temple Scroll: Historical and Exegetical Considerations (20 min)
Discussion (30 min)

Exile (Forced Migrations) in Biblical Literature
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom B - SH
Theme: Exilic Prophetic Gattung: North American Perspective
John Ahn, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Presiding

David L. Petersen, Emory University
Prophetic Rhetoric and Exile (30 min)
Louis Stulman, University of Findlay
Speaking on Behalf of the Losers: Reading Ezekiel as Disaster/Survival Literature (30 min)
Christopher Seitz, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
Provenance and Interpretation: Isaiah 40--66 (30 min)
Stephen L. Cook, Virginia Theological Seminary
Second Isaiah and the Aaronid Response to Judah's Exile (Forced Migrations) (30 min)
David McLain Carr, Union Theological Seminary
Markers of Potential Exilic Dating of Biblical Literature (30 min)

In addition, John Ahn and I will be doing a special presentation of Robert Wilson's Festschrift at the Yale University Reception:

Yale Alumni Reception
11/22/2009 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Room: Gallery - SH


Blogger John Anderson said...

Dr. Cook:

I plan to be at the latter session. I will look forward to hearing the papers. If you haven't yet, please do check out my blog (click my name).

Sat Oct 24, 09:34:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm very interested in your thoughts about the Aaronid tradents of the Priestly Torah activity in 2nd Isaiah. Specifically, what do you see as the relationship between them and the Zadokite group behind Ezekiel 44 that you wrote about in JBL several years ago?

Fri Oct 30, 05:14:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger S and C said...

Yes, following folks like Dean McBride and Robert Wilson, I differentiate between at least three priestly groups: Levites, Aaronids, and Zadokites. Thus, to take the three major prophets for example, I see the Aaronids behind Isaiah (particularly II Isaiah), the Levites behind Jeremiah, and the Zadokites behind Ezekiel. Each of these priestly branches has a very distinctive theology. ---SLC

Fri Oct 30, 05:59:00 PM GMT-5  

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