Annual Meeting 2016
San Antonio, Texas


Scripture and Doctrine Seminar (SADS)

Friday, November 18
1:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Room: Lone Star F (2nd Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)

The Scripture and Doctrine Seminar (SADS) focuses on the intersection of Scripture and Doctrine. It explores how Scripture leads to the formulation of doctrine and how doctrine illuminates our reading of the Bible. For further information, click here to go to the SADS page under "Research Groups."


IBR Research Groups

Friday, November 18
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 fourteen such research groups have been created. Click here to go to our "Research Groups" page and view the Call for Papers. 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 18
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Room: Texas ABC & Corridor (4th Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)

*This year IBR will be placing an IBR membership sticker on the SBL name badge of active IBR members. IBR members are encouraged to arrive early and get their SBL name badges in advance.


Institute for Biblical Research Annual Lecture

Friday, November 18
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room: Texas ABC & Corridor (4th Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)

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)

M. Daniel Carroll R., Wheaton College, Scripture Reading and Prayer (5 min)

Mark J. Boda, McMaster Divinity College/McMaster University, Introduction

Annual Lecture delivered by Edith Humphrey, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Reclaiming all Paul’s Rs: Apostolic Atonement by Way of the Eastern Fathers (40 min)

Ben Blackwell, Houston Baptist University, Respondent (10 min)

Michael Gorman, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Respondent (10 min)

Discussion (20 min)

Presentation by InterVarsity Press
The IBR Reception follows the Annual Lecture and is sponsored by InterVarsity Press


Annual Reception Sponsored by IVP Academic

Friday, November 18
9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Room: Texas DEF (4th Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)

The annual reception, following the lecture, is generously sponsored by IVP Academic.


IBR Breakfast for Women Scholars

Saturday, November 19
7:30 AM to 8:45 AM
Room: Lone Star E (2nd Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)

For further information contact Beth Stovell ( and see RSVP required to attend.


IBR Ethnic Minority Breakfast

Saturday, November 19
7:30 AM to 8:45 AM
Room: Presidio B (3rd Level) - Grand Hyatt (GH)

Last year's initiative was a success and a second continental breakfast will be held. IBR invites members and potential members of ethnic minority background for continued networking and brainstorming within the IBR. This year, our president, Tremper Longman, will join us and share a few words. For further information and rsvp, contact Danny Carroll ( or Milton Eng (


IBR Unscripted

Saturday, November 19
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Stars at Night 1 (3rd Level) - 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.

Jeannine Brown, Bethel Seminary (San Diego, CA), Presiding

Richard S. Hess, Denver Seminary
Joshua and Genocide: Exegetical Thoughts on Divine Violence (17 min)

Discussion (17 min)

Break (17 min)

Carol M. Kaminski, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Was Noah Good? Interpreting Divine Favor (Gen. 6:8) and Noah's Righteousness (Gen. 6:9; 7:1) in the Context of the Flood Narrative (17 min)

Discussion (17 min)

Break (17 min)

Nicholas Perrin, Wheaton College (Illinois)
When Less Really is Less (or Why Interpretive Maximalism Makes More Theological Sense Than the Alternative) (17 min)

Discussion (17 min)


IRLBR Young Scholars Summit Showcase

Saturday, November 19
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 213B (2nd Level - West) - Convention Center (CC)

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, now the Ellis Foundation ( Daniel C. Fredericks (Belhaven University) from IRLBR (Ellis Foundation) provided the overall direction. The focus this year was on intertextuality: how the Gospel of Matthew uses Isaiah. The six participants included senior scholars, Terry L. Wilder (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Katie Heffelfinger (Church of Ireland Theological Institute). The four junior scholars were Erin Heim (Denver Seminary), Ryan Stokes (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), Danny Zacharias (Acadia Divinity College) and John Song (Belhaven University, Atlanta).

How the Gospel of Matthew uses Isaiah

Terry Wilder, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Presiding

Katie Heffelfinger, Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Presiding

Daniel Fredericks, Belhaven University, Introduction (5 min)

Erin Heim, Denver Seminary, Panelist (30 min)

Ryan Stokes, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Panelist (30 min)

Danny Zacharias, Acadia Divinity College, Panelist (30 min)

John Song, Belhaven University, Panelist (30 min)

Discussion (25 min)


Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar (SAHS)

Saturday, November 19
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Stars at Night 1 (3rd Level) - Convention Center (CC)

The Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar (SAHS) works to facilitate a renewal of biblical interpretation in the academy that will help reopen the Book for our cultures. It does so from an academic, ecumenical, interdisciplinary, communal, and Christian foundation. For further information, click here to go to the SAHS page under "Research Groups."


Worship Service

Sunday, November 20
7:30 AM to 8:45 AM
Room: Stars at Night 1 (3rd Level) - Convention Center (CC)

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

Tremper Longman, Westmont College, Presiding

David de Silva, Ashland Theological Seminary, Worship

Lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures: Isaiah 14:3-15

Lesson from the New Testament: Acts 12:6-17

Jeannine Brown, Bethel Seminary (San Diego, CA), Introduction

David Pao, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, "The Lord of History"


Scripture and Church Seminar (SACS)

Sunday, November 20
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 221B (2nd Level - East) - Convention Center (CC)

The Scripture and Church Seminar (SACS) is a new seminar that will explore the interface between Scripture and the church, covering the terrain that is normally referred to as Practical Theology. For further information, click here to go to the SACS page under "Research Groups."