This was my year to make arrangements for the plenary session of the NW regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. And I decided to tap into all the recent interest surrounding how we should read the creation accounts in Genesis 1-2. So this year the plenary session will feature John Walton (Wheaton) and Tremper Longman (Westmont), both of whom take rather non-traditional approaches to the creation accounts in Genesis. I’m looking forward to both presentations and the Q&A that will follow.
Here’s the official announcement. If you live in the NW, come spend the day at Western Seminary and hear some fascinating papers. And you don’t have to be an ETS member to attend the meeting.
Our upcoming Northwest ETS meeting will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Western Seminary, 5511 S. E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97215. Registration will begin at 8:30, and the program will begin promptly at 9:00. Registration will be $10.00. Several publishers will display their wares. Pre-registrants may sign up to purchase lunch on campus. There are many local restaurants as well.
Our plenary session this year will feature Dr. John Walton and Dr. Tremper Longman, speaking on Different Perspectives on Genesis 1 and 2. Dr. Walton is Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. His publications include The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate (IVP, 2009), The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament (general editor) and Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament (Baker: 2006). Dr. Longman is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He has authored or co-authored twenty books and written numerous articles including Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of Origins (with Richard Carlson, IVP, 2010), Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation (Zondervan, 1987), and How to Read Genesis (IVP, 2005). Other papers will be presented in parallel sessions in the afternoon.
The announcement also includes a call for papers. So, if you have any interest in presenting a paper at this year’s meeting, here’s the information on that.
This is a formal call for papers for the afternoon parallel sessions. Please submit the title of your paper together with a paragraph-length abstract to any one of the sectional officers either by email or “snail mail” by February 1. Include your name, institution, and a phone number and/or email address so we can contact you. Students are also invited to submit proposals for consideration.
I’m one of those “sectional officers” this year. So, if you’d like to present a paper, feel free to send your information to me.