Reports Relating To The Fifty-Fifth Annual Meeting Of The Society -- By: Anonymous
JETS 47:1 (March 2004) p. 167
Reports Relating To The Fifty-Fifth Annual Meeting Of The Society
The 55th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society set a new attendance record with nearly 2400 registered. The previous record was 1850 in Colorado Springs in 2001. The meetings were held in the Atlanta Hilton in downtown Atlanta, GA. Participating publishers offered generous discounts on their hooks and other products from more than eighty-five booths in the Galleria Exhibit Hall, the largest exhibit area of any hotel in Atlanta.
The program theme, “Jesus,” was explored in six plenary sessions, and by many of the several hundred individual papers. Participants gathered from four continents to fellowship, exchange ideas, critique one another, and to keep abreast of the most recent scholarship in their disciplines. More than twenty study groups also met as part of the overall program.
President-elect Greg Beale served as program chairman and put together a superb array of plenary speakers. On Wednesday afternoon, Robert H. Stein of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary addressed the society on “The Present State of Synoptic Studies: Some Observations.” That evening, Craig L. Blomberg of Denver Seminary spoke on “Johannine Contributions to Historical Jesus Research.” He was followed by Royce G. Gruenler of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, addressing “Christology from a Biblical-Theological Perspective.”
On Thursday afternoon attendees first heard Craig A. Evans and Darrell L. Bock discuss “Implications of the Judaic Background for Studies of Jesus: A Dialogue.” Craig and Darrell are on the faculties, respectively, of Acadia Divinity College and Dallas Theological Seminary. This was followed by Henri Blocher of Wheaton College Graduate School, who spoke on “Biblical Metaphors and the Doctrine of the Atonement.”
The sixth and final plenary was an insightful session, “Jesus in Secular Ideologies,” delivered on Friday morning by Peter Kuzmic of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
More than twenty parallel sessions ran concurrently on such disciplines as Old Testament, New Testament, biblical, historical, and systematic theology, archaeology, philosophy, hermeneutics, missions, evangelism, and world religions. Parallel programs were also conducted by the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Near East Archaeological Society, and the Adventist Theological Society. Tables and a large bulletin board were provided for members to display resumes and for institutions to advertise available positions.
The first business session was called to order by ETS president David Howard, Jr. at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19. He introduced presidentelect Greg Beale, who gave a brief devotional from
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