Thursday, August 23, 2007

2007 SBL Sessions to Hightlight 2: Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism

This is the first year for the new 10-year project of the Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism Group: mapping possible provenances of mysticism in early Judaism and Christianity. The group is also meeting jointly with the Religious Experience unit, reviewing several significant books that have been published recently by members of EJCM.

There is a website for EJCM here.

Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Columbia 1 - MM

Theme: Possible Provenances for Mysticism: Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible

Kevin Sullivan, Illinois Wesleyan University, Presiding
Silviu N. Bunta, Marquette University
Sitting in Heaven: An Ancient Near Eastern Pre-Merkabah Reading of Ezekiel 1 (30 min)
Kelley N. Coblentz Bautch, St. Edward's University
Ezekiel as Precursor to the Divine Vision in Merkavah and Hekhalot Literature (30 min)
Break (15 min)
John J. Collins, Yale University
Ascent to Heaven in the Dead Sea Scrolls? (30 min)
Daphna Arbel, University of British Columbia
Crown, Name, Robe, and Throne (30 min)
Discussion (15 min)

Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism
Joint Session With: Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism, Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Edward B - GH

Theme: Joint Book Review Session

Kevin Sullivan, Illinois Wesleyan University
Review of Andrei Orlov,From Apocalypse to Merkavah Mysticism: Studies in the Slavonic Pseudepigrapha (Brill, 2006) (15 min)
Andrei Orlov, Marquette University
Response (15 min)
Catherine Playoust, Independent Scholar
Review of Frances Flannery Dailey, Dreamers, Scribes, And Priests: Jewish Dreams In The Hellenistic And Roman Eras (Brill, 2004) (15 min)
Frances Flannery-Dailey, James Madison University
Response (15 min)
Break (15 min)
Silviu N. Bunta, Marquette University
Review of Kelley Coblentz Bautch, A Study of the Geography of 1 Enoch 17-19: No One Has Seen What I Have Seen, (Brill, 2003) (15 min)
Kelley N. Coblentz Bautch, St. Edward's University
Response (15 min)
James D. Tabor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Review of Jane D. Schaberg, Resurrection Of Mary Magdalene: Legends, Apocrypha, And The Christian Testament (Continuum, 2004) (15 min)
Jane D. Schaberg, University of Detroit Mercy
Respose (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)

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