Intensive Course: April 1–4th from 1:15–5pm; April 5th from 11am–12pm.
"Childlessness and Infertility in Job and Ugaritic Literature"
Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions Section
11/17/2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
The Colorado Convention Center (CC) - 705 (Street Level)
Childlessness is considered a sign of divine judgment in the Bible (cf. Gen 20:18). Thus, it is unsurprising that Job’s friends would point this out in the second round of speeches and insinuate through metaphors that he has lost his children because of his wrongdoing. Understanding the second round of speeches of Job in light of Ugaritic literature provides a backdrop to discern the severity of Job’s companions’ metaphors relating to childlessness and infertility, while illuminating Job’s claims regarding the quantity, safety, and joy of the children of the wicked (21:8-9, 11-12).
Faulting God for Suffering: The Case of Job
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 1pm-2:15pm
The SBTS Library – Lower Level
What if Job’s claims concerning God’s injustice are more severe than commonly suggested? What if Job does not only state that he does not understand his suffering, or that he is treated unfairly, but brazenly asserts that God is an unjust judge who favors the wicked, coddling them with all types of worldly blessings? What if Job neverreally does repent as has been traditionally assumed? Viewing Job’s allegations in light of these uncertainties begs the question: Why does God favorably refer to Job’s speech (Job 42:7-8) after his blatant contempt of God?
"Mythopoetic Imagery Relating to the Firstborn of Death and the King of Terrors"
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Belvidere B (Second Level) - Hilton Boston Back Bay
"Faithful or Fickle Judah?—Hosea 12:1-3 in Philological Perspective"
Demonstrating any type of coherence in Hosea 12:1b in its biblical and theological contexts lies in uncovering the significance of the ambiguous word rad רד. In this paper, I suggest a philological solution to this quandary.
Latter Prophets II Unit: Room: 2603 at 3pm
"How to Find Genuine Joy" John 15:8-11
Service time: 9am
Sometimes we, as well-meaning, God-loving people can get caught up focusing on the wrong things to bring us joy—even if those things are good. Sometimes our journey for genuine joy becomes misguided. Through Jesus’ words to his disciples in John 15:8-11, all followers of Christ are able take to heart that which brings true joy to one's life.