Annual Meeting San Diego

In a few days, the Annual Meeting of the SBL starts. The MGRW seminar has planned three sessions. A warm invitation is extended to everyone to attend.

Meals in the Greco-Roman World
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 31A (Upper Level East) – Convention Center

Theme: Reading and Interpretive Activity during Ancient Meals

Susan Marks, New College of Florida, Presiding (10 min)

Jan Heilmann, Technische Universität Dresden
Ancient Literary Culture and Meals in the Greco-Roman World: The Role of Reading during Ancient Symposia (30 min)
Tag(s): Roman Empire (History & Culture), Social-Scientific Approaches (Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology) (Interpretive Approaches), Rome/Latin (Greco-Roman Literature)

Break (5 min)

Jonas Leipziger, Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg
Ancient Jewish Reading Practices and the Greco-Roman Meal Tradition (30 min)
Tag(s): Hebrew Bible / Old Testament / Greek OT (Septuagint) (Biblical Literature – Hebrew Bible/Old Testament/Greek OT (Septuagint)), Hellenistic Period (History & Culture), Jewish (Ideology & Theology)

Andrew McGowan, Yale Divinity School, Respondent (20 min)

Discussion (30 min)

Meals in the Greco-Roman World
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 30E (Upper Level East) – Convention Center Theme: Drinking and Intoxication in Ancient and Late Antique Meals

Chan Sok Park, College of Wooster, Presiding (5 min)

Jon-Paul Lapeña, Harvard Divinity School
Contextualizing Paul’s Rhetoric of the μέθυσος: Attitudes Toward Drunkenness and Its Stigma in the Early Imperial Period (25 min)
Tag(s): Greco-Roman Literature (Greco-Roman Literature), Material Culture (Archaeology & Iconography), Pauline Epistles (Biblical Literature – New Testament)

Kevin Künzl, Technische Universität Dresden
Drinking like Jesus: Symposiastic Ethics in Clement of Alexandria (25 min)
Tag(s): Early Christian Literature (Early Christian Literature – Other), Ethics (Ideology & Theology)

Jordan D. Rosenblum, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“The Wine of the Region”: Brewing Religion and the Translation of Rabbinic Ritual from a Palestine to a Babylonian Context (25 min)
Tag(s): Rabbinic Literature (Early Jewish Literature – Rabbinic Literature), History of Judaism (History & Culture), Religious Traditions and Scriptures (History of Interpretation / Reception History / Reception Criticism)

Lillian I. Larsen, University of Redlands
Wine Is Not for Monks? (25 min)
Tag(s): Daily Life (Archaeology & Iconography), Material Culture (Archaeology & Iconography), Ancient Near East – Late Antiquity (History & Culture)

Vadim Putzu, Missouri State University, Respondent (15 min)

Meals in the Greco-Roman World / Ritual in the Biblical World

Joint Session With: Meals in the Greco-Roman World, Ritual in the Biblical World


1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Room: Balboa (South Tower – Level Three) – Marriott Marquis Theme: Two New Handbooks: Meals and Ritual

Book Panel: Risto Uro, Juliette J. Day, Richard E. DeMaris and Rikard Roitto (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual; and P.B.A. Smit & Soham Al-Suadi (eds.), T&T Clark Handbook to Early Christian Meals in the Greco-Roman World. Co-sponsored by the Meals in the Greco-Roman World Seminar and Ritual in the Biblical World Section. Both new handbooks advance the study of early Christian ritual, but they do so in rather different ways. Panelists will present and assess the hanbooks’ differing approaches and consider the results of each approach.

Richard DeMaris, Valparaiso University, Introduction (10 min)

Soham Al-Suadi, Universität Rostock, Panelist (15 min)

Rikard Roitto, Stockholm School of Theology, Panelist (15 min)

Hal Taussig, Westar Institute, Panelist (15 min)

Colleen Shantz, St Michael’s College, University of Toronto, Panelist (15 min)

Richard Ascough, Queen’s University, Panelist (15 min)

Jonathan Schwiebert, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Panelist (15 min)

Roundtable Discussion (25 min)

Discussion (25 min)

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