Pre-SBL Conference on Brown, Dodd, and the Gospel of John

An excellent Pre-SBL conference is being jointly hosted by St. Mary's Seminary and University and the John, Jesus, and History Group. The headline speakers will be James Dunn and Alan Culpepper who have been outstanding contributors to Johannine scholarship. Other noteworthies include John Ashton, Jan van der Watt, Craig Koester, and Catrin Williams. The conference is subtitled "Engaging the Legacies of C.H. Dodd and R.E. Brown." Looks to be a highlight of SBL even before SBL begins.

Details below:

John, Jesus, and History
Engaging the Legacies of C.H. Dodd and Raymond E. Brown

A Pre-SBL Conference at Saint Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore
November 20-22, 2013
Program as of May 1, 2013

Sponsored by the John, Jesus, and History section of SBL and
St. Mary’s Seminary & University

Conference fee: $150 (June 1 to October 15; $170 thereafter)
(includes program, lunch and dinner Thursday, coffee breaks, reception)

Late Afternoon/Evening
4:00-7:30         Check-in/Registration (dinner on your own)
6:45/7:00         Shuttles from Radisson Cross Keys hotel to SMSU
7:00                 Book signing with James Dunn and other presenters
7:30                 Keynote Address/Public Lecture—James Dunn
9:00                 Book signing
9:30                 Shuttles to Radisson Cross Keys hotel

8:00                 Shuttles from Radisson Cross Keys hotel to SMSU
8:00                 Late check-in/registration
8:30                 Welcome and introduction to the conference
8:45                 Tom Thatcher: The Semiotics of History: C. H. Dodd and Raymond Brown
on the Character of the Johannine Tradition
9:45                 Coffee Break
10:00               Craig Koester: Progress and Paradox: C. H. Dodd and Rudolf Bultmann on
the Gospel of John
11:15               John Ashton:  C. H. Dodd and His Near-Contemporaries
12:15               Lunch break—dining room (lunch provided)
1:30                 Catrin Williams: John and the Rabbis: Assessing the Contributions of
C.H. Dodd and R.E. Brown
2:45                 Jonathan Draper: John’s Gospel and the Question of Orality
3:45                 Coffee break
4:15                 Wendy E. S. North: John and the Synoptics: A Test Case and its Implications
(John 12:1-8)
5:15                 General discussion/announcements, etc.
5:30                 Dinner break—dining room (dinner provided)
7:30                 Introduction to Raymond Brown’s legacy and Saint Mary’s Seminary—
Fr. Thomas Hurst, President Rector and student of Ray Brown
7:45                 Panel on Raymond Brown in relation to Dodd and questions of
historical tradition: Paul Anderson (Presiding), Jaime Clark-Soles,
John Donahue, Michael Gorman, Craig Koester;
8:45                 Reception
9:30                 Shuttles to Radisson Cross Keys hotel

8:00                 Shuttles from Radisson Cross Keys hotel to SMSU
8:30                 Announcements, etc.
8:45                 Jan van der Watt: Dodd and Johannine Symbolism
10:00-11:00     Alan Culpepper: Dodd as Narrative Critic
11:00               General discussion
11:30               Final remarks from organizers/SMSU
11:45               Depart for Radisson Cross Keys and/or the SBL hotels by shuttles and/or cabs

Conference registration
Registration for the conference itself will be done electronically beginning June 1. A conference registration link will be located on St. Mary’s web site at the home page of its Ecumenical Institute of Theology, which is sponsoring the James Dunn lecture. Go to

Accommodation options
1.      Limited availability (15): hotel-type rooms on campus in the Center for Continuing Formation—$100/night single, includes breakfast; first come, first served. Call Gloria Jones at 410-864-4102.
2.      Radisson Cross Keys Hotel (5 minutes from campus; transportation provided to and from conference)—$129/night plus 15.5% tax; availability at this price may be limited. Ask for the “St. Mary’s Seminary Conference” block rate. Call 800-333-3333 or visit
Use the password (PAC code) SBLMAR to get the block rate.
3.      SBL hotels (downtown/inner harbor; 15-20 minutes from campus; transportation not provided)—costs vary.

Contacts for further information
Craig Koester: (program)
Michael Gorman: (accommodations, etc.)

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