SBL – Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship: November 21-25, 2014, San Diego, CA


SBL – Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship

November 21-25, 2014, San Diego, CA

Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship critically evaluates suppositions in and underlying biblical scholarship, including how an explicitly non-religious approach differs from what is even now represented as historical-critical scholarship, especially when compared to other secular disciplines within the Humanities (history, classical studies) and the Social Sciences (e.g., anthropology, sociology).  This year Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship is sponsoring or co-sponsoring three sessions at the San Diego AAR, with a workshop on the role of comparison in research on religion and panels on among other things textual and ideological criticism and academic freedom and Biblical Studies.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Comparison and the Analytical Study of Religion     Program PDF

Location disclosed to those registered. To register place “SORAAAD – 2014 – Registration” in the subject line of an email addressed to [email protected]


S22-131  Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship

November 22, 2014,  9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Room: 300 B (Level 3 (Aqua)) – Hilton Bayfront (HB)

Randall Reed, Appalachian State University, Presiding

Paul Michael Kurtz, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

A Rock in the Tides of History: Julius Wellhausen, Hermann Gunkel, and the Academic Enterprise (25 min)

Brooke Sherrard, Iowa State University

Biblical Archaeology as Biblical Theology: G. Ernest Wright’s Construction of Rigid Ethnic Boundaries in the Ancient Past and the Mid-Twentieth Century (25 min)

Gwynned de Looijer, University of Durham

The Scholarly ‘Construction of the Qumran Sect’ (25 min)

Bryan Bibb, Furman University

Ideological Constraints and “Literal” Translation of the Bible (25 min)

Ron Hendel, University of California-Berkeley

Biblical Inerrancy and Textual Criticism: A Curious History (25 min)

Discussion (25 min)


S24-234   Academic Freedom and Biblical Studies

November 24, 2014,   1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Room: 410 A (Level 4 (Sapphire)) – Hilton Bayfront (HB)

Rebecca Raphael, Texas State University–San Marcos, Presiding

Jim Linville, University of Lethbridge

In Search of the Biblical Flintstones? Some Thoughts on Creationism, Academic Freedom, and Scholarly Obligation(30 min)

Hector Avalos, Iowa State University

Academic Freedom and Creationism in Public Universities (30 min)

James F. McGrath, Butler University

Can University Walls Keep Out the Internet? (30 min)

Christopher Rollston, George Washington University

Freedom of Religion and Academic Freedom: Symphony and Cacophony in Confessional Higher Education (30 min)

Discussion (30 min)

Unit Chairs

James Linville        [email protected]

Rebecca Raphael    [email protected]

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