Re: [GTh] A Vignette from the SBL: How I almost met Bill Arnal
- [Frank McCoy]:
> Speaking as an amateur myself, how did you manage to get into thisTurns out that membership in the SBL is open to anyone with fifty bucks (per
> professional scholars meeting?
year). Rick Hubbard told me about that, and so I went ahead and joined up,
and then decided to see what these annual meetings were all about -
especially since this one was in Toronto, not far from my home base in
southeast Michigan. My name-badge was a problem, since one's affiliation was
printed below the name, and I had originally specified 'independent', rather
than 'unaffiliated', on the SBL membership questionaire. It didn't take me
long to realize that "Michael Grondin - Independent" was unseemly (to say
nothing of dorky), so I went back and had them remove the affiliation line.
After that, I felt less self-conscious. In fact, a Canadian student-member
later told me that he wondered whether I might not be so important that I
didn't need an affiliation-line!
> Did you have to disguise yourself to lookProfessors come in all shapes and sizes, Frank. I actually fit the
> like a professor--like maybe wearing socks that don't match or smoking a
> pipe instead of cigarettes?
stereotype more than some of them do. Michael Waldstein (co-editor of _The
Apocryphon of John_), for example, could easily have been mistaken for a
businessman, from what I saw of him. Plus, there was a mixture of AAR (Am.
Academy of Religion) folks with the same type of name-badge, since this was
a joint meeting, so that made it even more difficult to get a mental picture
of the "average" SBL member.
> Were you able to get a copy of [Smith's] paper? Has it been published?I assume it hasn't been published, since it seemed to have been specifically
> If so, where?
prepared for the members of this seminar. I didn't get a copy of it, either.
There may have been extras available, but they weren't passed out to the
(sparse) audience, and I didn't ask for one. Bill has one, I'm sure.
> What is the basis for his remark that Tyre and Galilee were unthinkableI don't know. Might have been hyperbole.
> apart from each other?
> I hear you on the difficulties of remembering, even for a short period ofYeah, unless the listener is proficient in short-hand, you can't keep up
> time, exactly what another person said.
with the speaker, so you jot down what strikes you as being important. But
then the person keeps on talking, so you're half-listening to what he/she is
saying now and half trying to recall exactly what he said earlier that you
thought was important. I wrote down 'great' at first, but then I thought
that sounded wrong - that he must have said 'big' instead. Then I couldn't
remember. I don't think, however, that this is similar to the GJohn case,
cuz I think that "John" had no interest at all in trying to accurately
represent J's actual words.