I’ve worked with several scholars–Loren Stuckenbruck, Paula Fredriksen, and Larry Hurtado—to create a special session at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting in November 2013 (Baltimore, MD). 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the publication of Bousset’s magisterial work, Kyrios Christos. We thought it might be helpful to take stock of Bousset’s influence on the field of religious studies. Here are a few of the salient questions we hope to address:
(1) How do we assess the significance of Bousset’s work today (particularly Kyrios Christos), 100 years later?
(2) How has Bousset shaped scholarly discussion?
(3) Is there a new history of religions school (a statement made by Professor Martin Hengel in the 1990s)?
(4) Is there anything Bousset said that we missed?
(5) Has subsequent research (Dead Sea Scrolls, pseudepigrapha, archaeology, etc.) proved or disproved any of Bousset’s ideas?
Four prominent New Testament scholars have agreed to present papers and guide our discussion. They are
Kelley Coblentz Bautch, St. Edward’s University
Larry Hurtado, University of Edinburgh
Lutz Doering, University of Durham
Cilliers Breytenbach, University of Berlin
Dr. Jeff Peterson of Austin Graduate School of Theology has agreed for his program unit, Extent of Theological Diversity in Early Christianity, to host the session.
Professor Jens Schroeter, editor of the prestigious journal Early Christianity, has agreed to publish the essays in the fall 2014.
As details about the time and place of the session are made known, I’ll share them with you. If you plan on being in Baltimore, MD in November 2013, I hope you will join us.