Syriac at the 2018 SBL/AAR Annual Meeting (Denver)

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For anyone interested in Syriac and attending the SBL/AAR annual meeting this year in Denver, I have compiled a list of all the presentations that deal with Syriac (from what I can tell from the titles).

If anyone has a paper that deals with Syriac that’s not on this list, I’d be happy to add it. Just contact me on Twitter (@jedwardwalters) or email me at: jwalters [at] rc [dot] edu.

List of papers with session info:

SBL Sessions (and Supplementary Groups)

S17-109 – Aramaic Studies  11/17: 9:00-11:30 AM – 708 (Street Level) Convention Center (CC)

  • Cody Strecker, Baylor University: “Ephrem the Syrian’s Acrostic Theology”
  • Ethan Laster, Abilene Christian University: “Toward a Pre-Chalcedonian Dating of John the Solitary”

S17-116 – Christian Apocrypha  11/17: 9:00-11:30 am – 111 (Street Level) Convention Center (CC)

  • James E. Walters (yours truly), Rochester College, “The (Syriac) Exhortation of Peter: A New Addition to the Petrine Apocryphal Tradition”

P17-135a – Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus (IQSA) 11/17: 9:00-11:30 am – 709 (Street Level) Convention Center (CC)

  • Marijn van Putten, Leiden University, “The Absence of Syriac Borrowings in the Qurʾān

S17-142 Pseudepigrapha 11/17: 9:00-11:30 am – 703 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)

  • Eric Crégheur, Université d’Ottawa – University of Ottawa, “The Pseudo-Ephrem: A Status Quæstionis”

S17-242 – Religious World of Late Antiquity 11/17: 1:00-3:30 pm – Centennial Ballroom H (Third Level) Hyatt Regency

  • Erin Galgay Walsh, “Vanishing Women, Lingering Voices: Wrestling with Representations of Gendered Speech in Greek and Syriac Poetry”

S17-334 Pseudepigrapha 11/17: 4:00-6:30 pm – 303 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)

  • Liv Ingeborg Lied, MF Norwegian School of Theology, “Reading 2 Baruch on Easter Sunday: Imagining a Multi-medial Encounter with 2 Bar 72:1–73:2 and Challenging the Scholarly Narrative of Ancient Jewish Writings”
  • Daniel M. Gurtner, Southern Seminary “Second Baruch from Greek into Syriac: An Examination of Translational Features and Their (Potential) Implications”

S1-124 – Ethiopic Bible and Literature 11/18: 9:00am-12:00pm – Mineral Hall C (Third Level) – Hyatt Regency (HR)

  • Gavin McDowell, Université Laval, “Jubilees in Syriac: The Evidence of the Dictionary of Bar Bahlul”

S18-136 – Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew 11/18: 9:00-11:30am – Mile High Ballroom 2A (Lower Level) – Convention Center (CC)

  • Johan M. V. Lundberg, University of Cambridge, “Accents, Prosody, and Syntax: A Comparison of Biblical Hebrew and Syriac Masoretic Traditions”
    Srecko Koralija, University of Cambridge, “Object Marker(s) in Hebrew-Syriac Language Contact”

S18-213a – Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies

Joint Meeting with A18-238 – Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity

11/18: 1:00-3:30pm – 106 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)

  • James E. Walters, “The Digital Syriac Corpus: A New Digital Resource for the Study of Syriac Literature”

S18-221 – History and Literature of Early Rabbinic Judaism 11/18: 1:00-3:30 pm – Capital Ballroom 2 (Fourth Level) – Hyatt Regency (HR)

  • Daniel Picus, Brown University and Rebecca Stephens Falcasantos, Florida State University, ““Your Brother’s Blood Drips from Your Hand”: The Punishment of Cain in Rabbinic and Syriac Christian Interpretation”
  • Miriam-Simma Walfish, Harvard University and Maria E. Doerfler, Yale University, “The Wisdom of Jepthah’s Daughter”
  • Krista Dalton, Kenyon College and Erin Galgay Walsh, Duke University
    “The Afterlives of Isaiah 58:7 in Early Christian and Rabbinic Literature”
  • Ophir Münz-Manor, Open University of Israel and Jeffrey Wickes, Saint Louis University, “Jacob of Sarug and Yannai on the Tower of Babel”

P1-233 – International Syriac Language Project 11/18: 1:00-3:30pm – Directors Row E (Plaza Building-Lobby Level) Sheraton Downtown (SD)

  • Ignacio Carbajosa, Universidad San Dámaso, “Two Ancient Syriac Peshitta Versions of 1 Maccabees: Which One Is the True Peshitta? What Is the Other One?”
  • Philip Forness, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, “The Books of Maccabees in Syriac: A Context for Their Translation”
  • Eric J. Tully, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, “Peshitta Ruth: Insights from Translating the Mosul Text for the Antioch Bible”
  • Binyamin Goldstein, Yeshiva University and Abraham J. Berkovitz, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, “Translating 4 Ezra: Problems and Prospects”
  • Bradley J. Marsh, Jr., University of Oxford, “Jacob of Edessa’s Witness to the Book of Daniel in Greek: A Survey”

S18-311 – Book History and Biblical Literatures – 11/18: 4:00-6:30pm – Centennial Ballroom A (Third Level) – Hyatt Regency (HR)

  • Adam Bremer-McCollum, University of Notre Dame, “Two Languages, Two Scripts, and Three Combinations Thereof: A Personal Prayer-Book in Syriac and Old Uyghur from Turfan (U 338)”

S19-132 – New Testament Textual Criticism 11/19: 9:00-11:30am – Capital Ballroom 4 (Fourth Level) Hyatt Regency (HR)

  • Ian N Mills, Duke University, “‘Unripe Figs’: Isho’dad’s Diatessaron and the Original Language of Tatian’s Gospel”

S19-138 – Religious Competition in Late Antiquity / Christian Apocrypha 11/19: 9:00-11:30am – Mile High Ballroom 4F (Lower Level) Convention Center (CC)

  • Jacob A. Lollar, Florida State University, “What Has Ephesus to Do with Edessa?: The Syriac History of John, the Cult of the Dea Syria, and Religious Competition in Fourth-Century Syria”

P19-225 – International Syriac Language Project 11/19: 1:00-3:30pm – Granite C (Third Level) Hyatt Regency (HR)

  • Jeff Childers, Abilene Christian University, “”The Word Will Not Wait:” Specialized Vocabulary in Syriac Divinatory Texts (Hermeneia)”
  • David J.A. Clines, University of Sheffield, “Denominative Verbs in Classical Hebrew”
  • Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé, University of the Free State and Jacobus A. Naudé, University of the Free State, “The Syriac Contribution to Understanding Rare Lexemes in the Greek of Ben Sira”
  • Jonathan Loopstra, Northwestern College – St. Paul, “Reading Basil’s Hexaemeron in Grecized Syriac: Athanasius II of Baladh and Early Syriac Lexicography?”
  • Srecko Koralija, University of Cambridge, “Historical and Methodological Considerations in Making Syriac Lexica”

AAR Sessions

A17-434 – Study of Islam Unit 11/17: 5:30-7:00pm, Convention Center 507

  • Reyhan Durmaz, Brown University, “Stories, Saints, and Sanctity between Christianity and Islam”

A17-438 – Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity 11/17: 5:30-7:00pm, Hyatt Regency Capitol 7

  • Laura Locke Estes, Saint Louis University, “‘Babes Who Need Milk’: Portraying Muslims as “Jews” in Eastern Christian Polemic”

A18-119 – Middle Eastern Christianity 11/18 9:00-11:30am, Convention Center Mile High 1F

  • Jessica Mutter, University of Chicago, “By the Book: Religious Conversion in Early Islamic Syria and Iraq”
  • Henry Clements, Yale University, “Protestant Foxes and Catholic Wolves in the Late-Ottoman Syriac Heartland”
  • Basil Bas, Marmara University, “From Benjamin David to Abdulahad Davud: the Story of a Chaldean Christian’s Conversion to Islam in the Early 20th Century”

A18-424 – Qur’an Unit and Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity 11/18: 5:30-7:00pm, Convention Center 403

  • Nathan Hershberger, Duke University, “Patient Apocalypticism and the Syriac Tradition: Political Theology in Ephrem the Syrian, Mar Qardagh, and Giwargis Warda”