My Paper at SBL 2015

At this year’s National SBL Meeting in Atlanta, I’ll be presenting in the Blogger and Online Publication session. My paper is at 9:00 AM on Sunday, Nov 22.

First, here’s the information on the session itself:

Theme: Blogging Comes of Age
This session will feature two papers, followed by a panel of blogging scholars who will share their thoughts about the benefits and challenges, rewards and hardships, of academic blogging. The panelists will then participate in a Q&A with the audience.
James McGrath, Butler University, Presiding

Rick Brannan, Faithlife
From Blog, to Book, to the Larger Scholarly Discussion (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Christian Brady, Pennsylvania State University
The Life of a Blog from Cradle to Maturity (?) (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Panel discussion
Bart Ehrman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Panelist (10 min)
Wil Gafney, Brite Divinity School (TCU), Panelist (10 min)
Lawrence Schiffman, New York University, Panelist (10 min)
Discussion (60 min)
Business Meeting (10 min)

I’m excited to be contributing a paper in the same session as Christian Brady. Way back in the day (2007!) he even interviewed me on his blog (no, really, he did!) Having Bart Ehrman, Wil Gafney, and Lawrence Schiffman (all three?!) on a panel after the papers might even draw a crowd; hopefully I’m up for it.

Here’s the abstract for my paper:

In 2013, Lexham Press published the two-volume Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha. This collection of apocryphal material includes introductions, translations, and transcriptions or editions of most available apocryphal gospel material in Greek. While the volumes were under preparation in 2011–2012, several blogs reported the inclusion of a new apocryphal material represented in P.Oxy. 5072. To evaluate, I wrote a blog post with a provisional transcription and translation. This formed the basis of what made it into the books, and the work was published in 2013. Since then, mention of the “Greek Apocryphal Gospels” books, presently only available digitally, have bubbled up in the larger scholarly discussion. This paper talks about the inclusion of P.Oxy. 5072 in the books, the reception of the material, and the role of blogs and online resources in the process as well as in the reception and discussion of the material.


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