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Psybibs sessions for SBL Annual Meeting 2016

The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting this year will be held in San Antonio, Texas, November 19-22, 2016.

Psychology and Biblical Studies Section sessions will include:

  • DMT and the Soul of Prophecy Review Session
  • Neighbors, Strangers, and Enemies: Loving the Other in the Bible
  • Cris de Coeur: Despair in the Bible

For fuller listings of sessions, with participants, times, and locations, see the 2016 San Antonio page. Links to paper drafts will be added as they become available.

For more information about the SBL Annual meeting, including registration, see the SBL website.


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Psybibs Sessions for November 2013

The SBL Annual Meeting will take place November 23-26, in Baltimore. For conference information and registration, see the SBL website.

Here are the scheduled sessions for the Psychology and Biblical Studies Section:

Theme: Unfolding the Unconscious in Biblical Texts

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Room: Key 10 – Hilton

Heather McKay, Edge Hill University, Presiding

  • Kenneth Van Wyk, Christian Counselling Services
    Dream Logic: Freud, Derrida,
    and the Unconscious of Religious Texts
  • A. K. M. Adam, University of Glasgow
    On Dreaming of Pigs, Parables, and Polyvalence
  • Helen Efthimiadis-Keith, University of KwaZulu-Natal
    Achior – The Effective Protagonist in Judith:
    A Jungian Analysis

Tiffany Houck-Loomis, Union Theological Seminary
in the City of New York,

Business Meeting

Theme: Subversion and Affirmation:
Irony and Transformation

Sunday, November 24, 2013, 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Room: Key 7 – Hilton

Dereck Daschke, Truman State University, Presiding

On Irony

  • Ilona N. Rashkow, Stony Brook University
    God’s Dilemma: The Ultimate Irony
  • Karl McDaniel, McGill University
    Surprise and Curiosity:
    Verbal Irony and its Emotional Implications
    for Matt 1:21

On Transformation

  • Wendy L. Patrick, Prifysgol Cymru – University of Wales
    Transformative Bible Study and the Psychology of Attraction
  • Michael Willett Newheart, Howard University
    Walter Wink’s Work with the Word:
    How Transforming Was It Anyway?

Barbara Leung Lai, Tyndale University College and Seminary (Ontario), Respondent

Theme: Psychological Hermeneutics of Biblical Themes and Texts: Review and Response

A panel review of Psychological Hermeneutics for Biblical Themes and Texts: a Festschrift in Honor of Wayne G. Rollins, edited by J. Harold Ellens (T&T Clark, 2012).

Monday, November 25, 2013, 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Room: 331 – Convention Center

Ilona Rashkow, Stony Brook University, Presiding

  • J. Ellens, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Adela Collins, Yale University
  • Stuart Lasine, Wichita State University
  • Andries van Aarde, University of Pretoria
  • William Morrow, Queen’s University
  • D. Andrew Kille, BibleWorkbench

Wayne Rollins, Hartford Seminary, Respondent