Unfortunately, I was not at the Biblioblogger dinner tonight, though I will attend the one on Monday. I had another good days at SBL (one and a half days really). On Saturday, I first attended a session on Cognitive Linguistics and Biblical Interpretation. It is relatively clear that this type of inquiry is new to a lot of people, but it does seem that the area is gaining interest. After the morning session, I hit the exhibitions. I browsed a little and bumped into my friend Jeff with whom I’ll have lunch on Monday.
I then spent a considerable amount of time with the folks from BibleWorks. Regardless of one’s leanings on Bible software, BibleWorks has a fine group of people working for them. Jim Barr gave me a run through of the program, which I think will increase exponentially my productivity when using it. And, I also talked to Glenn Weaver, one of their resource developers, about something I would like to see happen with their collocation module. I was so engaged with the folks from BibleWorks I figured I’d delay lunch and hit an early dinner.
I attended a session on Biblical Hebrew and Linguistics where my thesis supervisor was presenting. The papers dealt with Biblical Hebrew poetry. It was the best session I have been to so far. I went primarily to hear Christo (my supervisor) and Randall Buth, but the other papers presented in the session were very good as well. After the session, I finally got to meet Daniel and Tonya. We spent most of the evening together between an early dinner, the Presidential address, and a couple of drinks afterward. Daniel and Tonya are a fantastic couple, and I thank them for letting me tag along with them yesterday evening. I got home from New Orleans around midnight.
I woke up early today to head down for another Biblical Hebrew and linguistics session today. Some good papers today, but not as good as yesterday’s session. Then, I had lunch with Joel Watts and Michael Halcomb. Michael is a fast-rising Biblioblogger, who was recently elected as an SBL student representative (Congrats Michael!), and Joel is the #2 Biblioblogger in the entire world. We went to the Big Easy Cafe right down from the conference center. It was a new spot for me, but a decent bowl of Gumbo. I don’t like my Gumbo too thick, but this one was a pretty good consistency. We had an enjoyable conversation, though Joel’s son wouldn’t talk to me too much 😉 .
After lunch, I drove home for mass this evening in my parish in order to lead music. Looking forward to tomorrow. It seems I have packed as much as possible in one day, but it’s going to be a whole lot of fun. I have breakfast with Derek Leman, a session, lunch with Jeff (a friend from seminary), a session or two, and Biblioblogger’s charity dinner. Then, Christo and Karyn are coming to spend Thanksgiving with my family, which I have been thoroughly looking forward to for quite some time.