Welcome to Kentucky…

I am not home yet. I’m supposed to be rolling into Hamilton right about now, but instead I’m chilling in my very nice room at the Spring Hill Suites a few miles from the Cincinatti airport because my flight was cancelled and we’re stuck here until tomorrow. Oh well, another half day of work down the tubes, but not much to be done about that now. Almost time for bed.

SBL Days 2 and 3 (so far)…

SBL rumbles on.  We’re into Sunday afternoon now, and I’m taking a break for a bit.  I’m into my own room, and I’ve even figured out how to get free internet up here from the Sheraton (just pick the low speed option).  I know you’re dying to know what the best papers have been so far, so I won’t keep you waiting.

The top spot is currently a tie between Christo van der Merwe‘s paper on word order in Joel, and Anathea Portier-Young‘s paper on apocalypses as resistance literature.  Both of these papers fit right into some work that I’ve been doing, in Obadiah and the Animal Apocalypse respectively, and they’re going to give me a tonne of help with my work.  Van der Merwe provided a copy of his paper, and Portier-Young very kindly agreed to send me a copy of the longer piece that her presentation was based on.  I think it is going to be an extension and adaptation of her doctoral dissertation, which is already peppered throughout my footnotes for that AA paper.  Can you tell I’m excited?

Had another good chat with Hobbins yesterday, and I also got to meet Daniel (of Daniel&Tonya fame) for a minute, and he seems like a really good guy too.  Oh, and I spotted that icon of biblioblogging himself, Jim West, in the lobby this morning but didn’t get a chance to stop him and get my computer screen signed.  Bummer.

Time for a little bit of actual work, then I’m off to the next Biblical Hebrew Poetry session to watch my good friend Beth present her killer Ezekiel paper.  A whole session on metaphor…sounds like a party to me.

SBL is on…

Well, made it to New Orleans safe and sound, though Continental decided it was important that we fly in a jet only slightly larger than my Dad’s old single-seater Quickie.  And also, they charge for checked luggage?!?!  That did not make me happy.

Had a great dinner last night with the steering committee for the Hebrew poetry session.  My supervisor’s on the committee so he dragged me and another Mac grad student along cause we’re into linguistics and Hebrew poetry.  It was a great time.  John Hobbins took us to a local place where a friend of his works as the soup chef.  I had a lovely squash soup with parm and pancetta to start and then filet of beef in a wine reduction with blue cheese butter and chard.  It was all fantastic.  The place is called Bistro Daisy, if anybody else feels like dropping a big stack of cash on a meal here in NOLA.  Everybody on the committee was wonderful and welcoming, and we had a lot of fun at dinner.  I also got to meet John’s throughly charming daughter Betta.  What a great kid John!

And to close, a quick memo to NOLA: they have these things in the rest of the world called “coffee shops with free wifi”.  Look into.