There were several sessions on the text of the New Testament this year. Even though 10,000 people come to the SBL/AAR conference, the NT textual criticism sessions usually have only 25–50 diehards in attendance. The world’s leading textual critics are there, and the lectures are scrutinized by friends and foes alike. After one of the sessions, the Evangelical Textual Criticism group hosted a dinner at Hard Rock Café, which was sponsored by the Green Scholars Initiative. Dan Wallace, Rob Marcello, and Dana Cooper (all from CSNTM) attended several of the sessions. Dan and Rob also attended the dinner. For more information on the ETC dinner, see Wallace’s blog.
Every November, New Testament scholars get together to have meetings to discuss the text of the New Testament. The meetings take place at the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual conference, located in a major city in North America. This year, the conference was held in Baltimore. The SBL, in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion, hosts over 10,000 scholars who converge on a city for three days the weekend before Thanksgiving. Almost every imaginable topic related to the Bible is covered. And academic publishers bring their wares out, filling a football-field sized area with their displays. Almost all the publishers sell their books at steep discounts. Professors save up money all year to buy their books on this special weekend. SBL hosts over 10,000 scholars who converge on a city for three days the weekend before Thanksgiving.