Pacific Coast SBL Meeting

Tomorrow and Monday I will be attending the Pacific Coast regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. I’m not giving a paper this year so I will be able to throw tomatoes without fear of reprisal. My tomatoes are rotting nicely and should be well fermented should they be needed.
There are several abnormally interesting things on the program. Brad Kelle’s session, Neo-Assyrian Insights on Ancient Israel and the Hebrew Bible, is always interesting, made more so this year by the participation of Norman Gottwald. Gottwald is also participating in a “Scholar Roundtable” tomorrow evening. I’m looking forward to seeing Chris Heard and sitting in on his three Hebrew Bible sessions. Several of the papers seem abnormally interesting but I will have my tomatoes at the ready just in case.