Annual Meeting 2014

San Diego, CA

The IBR 2014 Annual Meeting has successfully concluded. See you next year in Atlanta!

San Diego Skyline


Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar [P21-205]

Friday, November 21
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Room: Room 23 A (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)

The Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar (SAHS) works with like-minded scholars to facilitate a renewal of biblical interpretation in the academy that will help reopen the Book for our cultures. The current project of SAHS is “A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation,” edited by Craig Bartholomew and Heath Thomas, which will be published with Baker Academic. The 2014 meeting features the third consultation and dialogue on the project. For further information, click here to go to our "Research Groups" page.


IBR Research Groups

Friday, November 21
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
IBR is delighted to facilitate the research of our membership by providing space and promotion of research groups created by members of IBR. We are very pleased that nine such research groups have been created. Click here to go to our "Research Groups" page and view the schedule. Anyone is welcome at these sessions and if you would like to join one of these groups feel free to contact the scholars listed with each group.


IBR Member Registration

Friday, November 21
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Room: Room 6 A (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)

*IBR members are encouraged to arrive early to pick up their name badges and IBR materials prior to the IBR Annual Lecture. 


Institute for Biblical Research Annual Lecture [P21-401]

Friday, November 21
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room: Room 6 A (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)

The Institute for Biblical Research, Incorporated (IBR) is an organization of evangelical Christian scholars with specialties in Old and New Testament and in ancillary disciplines. Its vision is to foster excellence in the pursuit of Biblical Studies within a faith environment. The achievement of this goal is sought primarily by organizing annual conferences, conducting seminars and workshops, and by sponsoring academic publications in the various fields of biblical research. IBR's conferences, seminars and workshops are open to the public and its publications are available for purchase. 

Tremper Longman, Westmont College, Welcome (10 min)

Beth Stovell, Ambrose University College and Seminary, Scripture Reading and Prayer (5 min)

Mark Boda, McMaster Divinity College, Introduction (5 min)

Annual Lecture delivered by Craig Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary

Miracles: Philosophic and Historical Plausibility (40 min)

Robert Webb, McMaster University, Respondent (10 min)

Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary, Respondent (10 min)

Discussion (20 min)

Presentation by Baker Academic & Brazos Press
The IBR Reception follows the Annual Lecture and is sponsored by Baker Academic & Brazos Press


Annual Reception Sponsored by Baker Academic & Brazos Press [P21-402]

Friday, November 21
9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Room: Room 6 B (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)

The annual reception, following the lecture, is generously sponsored by Baker Academic & Brazos Press.


IBR Breakfast for Women Scholars [P22-101]

Saturday, November 22
7:30 AM to 8:45 AM
Room: Room 1 B (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)

*This event is by invitation only.


IBR Unscripted [P22-127]

Saturday, November 22
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room 1 A (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)

This session of the IBR annual meeting offers Biblical Scholars from throughout the academy the opportunity to present their new and innovative ideas in an engaging forum inspired by the famous TED talks. Scholars will speak without notes and are encouraged to use a variety of media to help the audience interact with their ideas. A generous discussion time will follow each presentation and refreshments will be served.

Katie Heffelfinger, Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Presiding

John Walton, Wheaton College (Illinois)
Garden of Eden: Peripheral or Central? (17 min)
Discussion (17 min)
Break (17 min)
Ryan O’Dowd, Chesterton House, Cornell University
Holy Writ or English Lit? (17 min)
Discussion (17 min)
Break (7 min)
Lynn Cohick, Wheaton College (Illinois)
Birthing the Virtues: Endurance, Romans 8, and the Acts of Paul and Thecla (17 min)
Discussion (17 min)
Discussion (24 min)


IRLBR Young Scholars Summit Showcase: Reading the Psalms with the Apostles: Finding Christ in the Psalter [P22-323]
Saturday, November 22
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Room: Sapphire Ballroom D (Level 4 (Sapphire)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB)
This session showcases the research of a collaborative group of junior scholars working at Tyndale House, Cambridge, under the leadership of senior IBR scholars and sponsored by IRLBR (International Reference Library of Biblical Research; Daniel C. Fredericks (Belhaven University) from IRLBR provided the overall direction. The senior scholars for 2014 were Richard A. Taylor (Dallas) and Ruth Anne Reese (Asbury).
Richard A. Taylor, Dallas Theological Seminary, Presiding
Ruth Anne Reese, Asbury Theological Seminary, Presiding
Daniel Fredericks, Belhaven University, Introduction (5 min)
Bryan Babcock, Hartwick College, Panelist (30 min)
Kathy Maxwell, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Panelist (30 min)
Jeff Brannon, Belhaven University, Panelist (30 min)
A. J. Culp, Malyon College, Panelist (30 min.)
Discussion (25 min)


Worship Service [P23-103]

Sunday, November 23
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Room: Room 8 (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)

This worship service is sponsored by the Institute of Biblical Research.

Tremper Longman, Westmont College, Presiding
Wendy Porter, McMaster Divinity College, Worship
Lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures: Isaiah 53:1–12
Lesson from the New Testament: Mark 10:35–45
Cynthia Westfall, McMaster Divinity College, Introduction
Mark L. Strauss, Bethel Seminary San Diego: "Not to be served, but to serve"