Next week, I head to beautiful San Diego for the 71st Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, the largest gathering of evangelical scholars in the world. The theme this year is “Christ in All Scripture.”
This year I will be delivering the presidential address at the Thursday night banquet. The title of my lecture is “2 Peter 3:2, the Apostolate and a Bi-Covenantal Canon.” Yes, I know. Not that exciting. But, that’s just what we scholars do…
For more exciting lectures, you may want to check out the three plenary speakers we have lined up: Greg Beale (Westminster Seminary), Jeannine Brown (Bethel Seminary), and Stephen Wellum (Southern Baptist Seminary). I thankful for my friend and program chair, Craig Keener, for lining up these three wonderful scholars.
I will also be moderating the invited sessions of the study group I co-chair, “NT Canon, Textual Criticism, and Apocryphal Literature.” It meets 3-6PM, Thursday, Nov 21, Third Floor, Mission Beach BC. We have wonderful papers from Dirk Jongkind, Elijah Hixson, and Chuck Hill. (Stan Porter was set to give a paper but was unable to make it).
The open session of the NT canon group meets 8:30-11:40AM, on that same day and in the same location. Chuck Hill is moderating, and we have some great papers by Chris Stevens, Sylvie Raquel, Benjamin Laird, and John J.H. Lee.
It is also worth nothing that a number of RTS profs are giving papers, including Chuck Hill, Nick Reid, Dick Belcher, Blair Smith, Ben Gladd, Miles Van Pelt, John Fesko, and Michael Allen (I am sure I left some names out). There are also many RTS profs attending who are not giving papers (some are moderating sessions).
Aside from all the fine papers being given, I look forward most to catching up with colleagues and friends, especially those I only see once a year at conferences like this. If you are going, I hope to see you there!
A silly but honest question: Who is an evangelical scholar?
Are there some characteristics in his works that distinguish the person as an evangelical, or is it simply a matter of self identification?
Not long ago, Dr. Joel B. Green wrote an article on “What makes a good Biblical Scholar”, and drew a storm of criticisms. Some argued that if a scholar believes the Bible is the Word of God, he cannot be objective and his scholarly works are necessarily biased.