David Larsen posted a great notice over at Heavenly Ascents of the upcoming “Temples and Ritual in Antiquity” Symposium that will be held at BYU on November 7th, 2008. It is being presented by the Students of the Ancient Near East (SANE), and will have both students and top scholars presenting papers on the temple in antiquity. In fact, David will be presenting there too, as well as Andrew Miller. I will certainly be going to this symposium! It will be like Christmas morning, a smorgasbord of insight in temple studies.
I will see if I can liveblog the event here on TempleStudy.com. The FAIR Conference liveblog (Day 1 & Day 2) seemed to work out well and was beneficial to many people. Unfortunately, they have three speakers going at once, so we’ll only be able to attend 1/3 of all the exceptional presentations that will be presented. It’s a shame they had to consolidate since all of the presentations are no doubt going to be excellent. It appears that a selection will be “printed in a publication from the Religious Studies Center, and several others will be printed in Studia Antiqua” (link). (I’m still trying to find a way to go to Margaret Barker’s Temple Study Symposium in Oxford the next day, November 8th, and Bill Hamblin’s Temple Study SBL group in Boston a couple weeks later).
[Update 8/19/08: Dan McClellan has posted a nice schedule of the presentations, as well as short bios of the presenters, on his blog here.]
See the poll below (viewable only from the website):
Which presentations interest you most? (Pick one from each time slot, 8 total)
- 9:00-9:30 - Andrew Millerâ€“â€The Mysteries in Pauline Christianityâ€ (11%, 25 Votes)
- 10:30-11:00 - Dr. John Geeâ€“â€Rituals of the Egyptian Temple: An Orientationâ€ (10%, 23 Votes)
- 10:00-10:30 - David Larsenâ€“â€Two High Priesthoods? Evidence for Changes in the Priesthood from First to Second Temple Judaismâ€ (10%, 23 Votes)
- 12:45-1:15 - Matthew Brownâ€“â€Kingship Initiation Motifs in Ancient Israelâ€ (7%, 17 Votes)
- 11:15-11:45 - James Carrollâ€“â€An Expanded View of the Israelite Scapegoatâ€ (6%, 15 Votes)
- 12:15-12:45 - Scott Preston Sukhan Nibleyâ€“â€Ancient Southeast Asian Templesâ€ (6%, 14 Votes)
- 11:45-12:15 - Dr. David Seelyâ€“â€Josephus and the Templeâ€ (6%, 14 Votes)
- 9:30-10:00 - Doug Marshâ€“â€The Microcosmic Egyptian Templeâ€ (5%, 12 Votes)
- 11:45-12:15 - Mark Wrightâ€“â€The Cultural Context of Nephite Apostasyâ€ (5%, 12 Votes)
- 12:45-1:15 - Joseph Petramaloâ€“â€The Samaritan Temple and Priesthoodâ€ (5%, 11 Votes)
- 12:15-12:45 - Justin Robinsonâ€“â€Covenants and Simile Cursesâ€ (4%, 10 Votes)
- 10:00-10:30 - Daniel Becerraâ€“â€The Chrism in Early Christianityâ€ (3%, 8 Votes)
- 10:30-11:00 - Dr. Bill Hamblinâ€“TBA (3%, 8 Votes)
- 9:30-10:00 - Dr. Dan Belnapâ€“â€The Role of Scent in the Rituals of Ancient Israelâ€ (3%, 8 Votes)
- 10:30-11:00 - Rachel A. Groverâ€“â€The Paradise Garden and Messianic Age Imagery in the 5th to 7th Century Church Floor Mosaics of Jordanâ€ (3%, 7 Votes)
- 11:15-11:45 - Chris Daweâ€“â€The Deification of Romulusâ€ (3%, 6 Votes)
- 12:15-12:45 - Dustin Simmonsâ€“â€Emperor as God: Roman Imperial Cult Worship & Implications for Early Christiansâ€ (2%, 5 Votes)
- 11:45-12:15 - Dr. Bryan Bensonâ€“â€The Treatment of Temples in Platoâ€™s Republic and Lawsâ€œ (2%, 5 Votes)
- 11:15-11:45 - Jacob Moodyâ€“â€Philistine Ritual Artifactsâ€ (2%, 4 Votes)
- 10:00-10:30 - Elliott Wiseâ€“â€An Odor of Sanctity: The Iconography, Magic, and Liturgy of Egyptian Incenseâ€ (2%, 4 Votes)
- 12:45-1:15 - Keith Fairbankâ€“â€The Eleusinian Mysteries: Greatest Conquest of Demetrios Poliorketesâ€ (1%, 3 Votes)
- 9:00-9:30 - Donald Parryâ€“â€Eve, Eden, and the Templeâ€ (0%, 1 Votes)
- 9:30-10:00 - Aaron Snyderâ€“â€The Prayer Circle in Early Christianityâ€ (0%, 1 Votes)
- 9:00-9:30 - Kerry Muhlestein with Alyssa Lewisâ€“â€The Role of Violent Rituals in the Egyptian Templeâ€ (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 236
Who is this Andrew Miller hack?
So, considering the time difference between Provo and Oxford, it would be near impossible to attend both the SANE symposium and Barker’s. Too bad. But it’s ok to dream, right?
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Bill Hamblin also informed me today that the Temple Study group at the SBL this November is mostly going to be a business meeting, with organization and administration of the new group, without any papers presented per se. So I guess we’ll wait until next year to go to that one. 🙂
Thanks for the link, Bryce. I hope to meet you and many of your readers there at BYU. And I also wish I could make it to Margaret Barker’s conference the next day, as well. If I any of my trees start growing money, maybe I’ll be able to. It doesn’t help that Nov. 7 is my 10th wedding anniversary, as well. My wife would be even more upset if besides taking a trip to Utah I also went to England! I surely hope it is taped or that the papers are published!
Just so everyone is aware, we’ve had three changes to the schedule. Bryan Kerr will no longer be presenting in the Egypt session, but Kerry Muhlestein will take his place with Alyssa Lewis, presenting on the role of violent rituals in the Egyptian Temple. Seth Kohrman has also withdrawn, and Aaron Snyder will take his place, presenting on the prayer circle in early Christianity. Daniel McClellan is the last to withdraw, and he will be replaced by Donald Parry, presenting a paper entitled “Eve, Eden, and the Temple.” An updated schedule is available here:
Thanks for the update!