Society of Biblical Literature

2010 Atlanta

Psychology and Biblical Studies Section

SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
November 20-23, 2010

S20-128 The Making of Fornication: Book Review

A review of Kathy Gaca, The Making of Fornication: Eros, Ethics, and Political Reform in Greek Philosophy and Early Christianity (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003)

Raymond Lawrence, College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, Presiding


  • J. Harold Ellens, Independent Scholar in Psychology and Biblical Theology
  • Donald Capps, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Bernadette Brooten, Brandeis University
  • Anthony De Orio, Independent Scholar and Psychologist in Private Practice
  • Kathy Gaca, Vanderbilt University, Respondent

S20-231 New models for Psychological Criticism

Exploration of new methods and theories for psychological biblical criticism.

D. Andrew Kille, BibleWorkbench, Presiding

Kamila Blessing, Blessing Transitions Consulting and Mediation Services
Thaumaturgical Mediation: Conflict Resolution in the Family of God

Robert Williamson, Jr., Hendrix College
“The Wise Die along with the Fool”: Terror Management Theory and the Book of Qohelet
(pdf only)

Marion Carson, International Christian College
Religion, Religiosity, and Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

Michael Newheart, Howard University, Respondent

Business Meeting

S22-240 Cognitive Approaches to the Bible

Heather McKay, Edge Hill University, Presiding

John Teehan, Hofstra University
Constructing Yahweh: A Case Study in the Cognitive-Critical Method of Biblical Studies

Karl McDaniel, McGill University
Suspicion Regarding Peter’s Salvation:
Suspense, Emotive Affect, and the Structure of Matthew’s Gospel

Metsämuuronen Jari, The Finnish National Board of Education
Why Jesus used Parables?
Jesus’ teachings from the Cognitive and Constructive psychology viewpoint (pdf only)

D. Andrew Kille, BibleWorkbench
Imitating Christ: Jesus as a Model in Cognitive Learning Theory

Wayne Rollins, Hartford Seminary, Respondent

S23-127 The Bible in Healing and Transformation

Barbara Leung Lai, Presiding

Ilona N. Rashkow, New York University
Medicine and Judaism: Physical and Psychological Concepts

Heather McKay, Edge Hill University
Performing the Psalms: Placebo or Healing?

Elizabeth Berne DeGear, Union Theological Seminary
The Bible as Transformational Object: The psychoanalytic theories of Christopher Bollas and their relevance for religious educators, pastors and scholars

Tiffany Houck-Loomis, Union Theological Seminary
Good God?!? Lamentations As A Model For Mourning The Loss Of The Good God

J. Harold Ellens, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Respondent

Papers of Interest in Other Program Groups

  • Barbara M. Leung Lai, Tyndale Seminary
    Engaging Bakhtin Tri-focally: The Meet/Melt-ing Point of Psychology, Literary Studies, and the Empirics of Reading (The Case of Isaiah 49)

    Bakhtin and the Biblical Imagination
  • Janet Rumfelt, University of Denver
    The Ruptured Self: War, Psychic Trauma, and the Promise of Narrative Repair
    Warfare in Ancient Israel
  • Stuart Zola, Emory University
    Recent Developments in the Science of Memory
    J. Harold Ellens, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    Memory, Psychology and Biblical Studies
    Bible in Ancient and Modern Media
  • J. Harold Ellens, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    On Sick Gods and Sick People

    Wayne Rollins, Hartford Seminary
    The Assessment Thus Far: Critique of Capps and Helsel
    F. Morgan Roberts, Retired Pastor
    God’s Melancholia
    Anthony De Orio, Alpha Psychological Services
    Psychologist in Private Practice: God as Bipolar or Paranoid Schizophrenic
    Diagnosing God

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