ASOR & SBL Stats & Awards

Here’s a summary highlights I experienced at the San Diego conferences in November:

Number of ASOR & SBL lectures scheduled:

  • 52 & 673

Number of ASOR & SBL lectures I attended in their entirety:

  • 14 & 14

Number of ASOR & SBL lectures I attended portions of:

  • 8 & 5

Percentage of available ASOR & SBL lectures I attended (fractional lectures counted as 0.5 each):

  • 35% & 2%

Prices I paid for ASOR & SBL lectures:

  • $125 (1 day) & $135 (3 days)

Gas + parking expenditures for ASOR & SBL:

  • $53 ($33+$20) & $165 ($99+$66)

Prices-I-ended-up-paying for each ASOR & SBL lecture (fractional lectures counted as 0.5 each):

  • $10 ($178/18) & $18 ($300/16.5)

Intangible value received for attending ASOR & SBL lectures:

  • Priceless!

Autographs I Obtained:

  • Anson Rainey
  • Aren Maeir
  • Bruce Zuckerman
  • David Noel Freedman
  • Hershel Shanks
  • Jodi Magness
  • Lester Grabbe
  • Marilyn Lundberg
  • Nili Fox
  • P. Kyle McCarter
  • Robert Deutsch
  • Ron Tappy
  • Shlomo Bunimovitz
  • Steven Feldman
  • Zvi Lederman

Other Friendly Scholars I Met (*=LMLK VIPs whose autographs I already had):

  • Ann Killebrew
  • Beth Alpert Nakhai
  • Carolina Aznar
  • David Vanderhooft
  • Jane Cahill (*)
  • Jim Davila
  • Jonathan Lawrence
  • Lisbeth Fried
  • Oded Borowski (*)
  • Oded Lipschits
  • Robin DeWitt Knauth
  • Steven Collins
  • William Schniedewind
  • Yosef Garfinkel (*)

Other Scholars I Saw But Didn’t Have an Opportunity to Speak with:

  • Chris Heard
  • James Charlesworth
  • Jeff Zorn
  • John Hobbins
  • Larry Stager
  • William Dever
  • Yuval Goren

Scholars I Hoped Might Be There, But Weren’t (or if they were there, our paths never crossed):

  • Alan Millard
  • Andre Lemaire
  • David Ussishkin
  • Eilat Mazar
  • Ephraim Stern
  • Frank Moore Cross, Jr.
  • Melody Knowles

Scholars Who Were There That I Wanted to Meet, But Our Paths Never Crossed:

  • Andy Vaughn
  • Bryant Wood
  • Jeff Chadwick
  • Joe Cathey
  • Larry Herr
  • Ruth Ohm
  • Todd Bolen

[Note: I’m abbreviating my blog reports as “A” for ASOR or “S” for SBL in brackets below; so “A5” means “ASOR p. 5”.]

Best “Biblical Archeology” Lecture:

  • “Come, Let Us Meet Face to Face” by Zvi Lederman [A5]

Best Paper Toss:

  • Zvi Lederman, into the lap of Hershel Shanks [A5]

People Who Believe ASOR & SBL Should Record Conference Lectures & Sell Them to Raise Funds:

  • G.M. Grena [A3]

People Who Had Thought I Was Older Before Meeting Me:

  • Hershel Shanks [A1]
  • Steven Feldman [A13]

People Who Disagree with Lenny Wolfe’s “Lame Bet” Argument Against Forged Seals:

  • Robert Deutsch [A8]
  • G.M. Grena [A8]

People Not Afraid to Be Seen in Public with Robert Deutsch:

  • G.M. Grena [A1]

Most Interesting Disputes

  • P.M. Daviau vs. Beth Alpert Nakhai [A2]
  • Larry Stager vs. Aren Maeir [A9]
  • P. Kyle McCarter vs. Christopher Rollston [A16]
  • Aren Maeir vs. all the Zayit-session lecturers! [A16]

Scholars Who Read “David” in the Mesha Stela:

  • Anson Rainey [S11]
  • Chang-Ho Ji [A2]

Scholars Who Write For, But Don’t Read, BAR Magazine:

  • William Dever [A2]

Scholars Who Think the American Public Is Dreadfully Ignorant (unlike the public in, say, Copenhagen or Timbuktu):

  • William Dever [A5]

Scholars Accused of Not Knowing a Canaanite Dialect If It Were to Bite Them:

  • William Dever [S11]

Scholars Who Don’t Believe Any Ancient Records of Horse Quantities:

  • Anson Rainey [A3]

Scholars Not Proud of Most Tel Aviv University Excavation Reports:

  • Anson Rainey [A5]

Scholars Who Believe “Everyone Knew Everyone” in Iron-Age Israel:

  • Deborah Cantrell [A3]

Most Controversial Lecture:

  • “Khirbet Kiafa: Biblical Azekah?” by Saar Ganor & Yosef Garfinkel [A6]

Best Opportunity Given to Excavate a Monumental Iron-Age Gate:

  • Yosef Garfinkel [A6]

Most Passionate Objection to a Lecture:

  • Shlomo Bunimovitz, in response to “Khirbet Kiafa: Biblical Azekah?” [A6]

Harshest Criticism Delivered in a Lecture:

  • Jodi Magness, to Itzhak Magen & Yuval Peleg’s published interpretation of Qumran [S3]

Most Embarrassed Scholar:

  • Jodi Magness (after being asked by me for an autograph) [S3]

Best Compliment Given to a Lecturer:

  • Anson Rainey to Uzi Leibner–“an awesome presentation” [A3]

Best Use of a Valley-Girl Adjective by a Scholar:

Lecturer Who Used “Not” the Most in the Shortest Span:

  • Christopher Rollston (9x in < 2 minutes) [A14]

Funniest Comment During a Lecture:

  • Seth Sanders reacting to Ron Tappy’s 5-minute-warning card [A15]

Unintentionally Funniest Moment During a Lecture:

  • P. Kyle McCarter losing his place after mentioning “Hebrew national” (along with an intentionally funny recovery!) [A16]

Weakest Use of “Millions of Years”:

  • P. Kyle McCarter [A16]

People Who Know Radiometric Analyses Count Atoms, Not Years:

  • Elisabetta Boaretto [A3]
  • G.M. Grena [A3]

Best San Diego Museum Exhibit Related to the Bible:

Dumbest Bible-Related Museum-Exhibit Admission Policy in San Diego:

Most Uncomfortable Conference Chairs in San Diego:

Best Hyperbole during the Conferences:

  • Bruce Zuckerman, “elephant in the living room” (i.e., non-abecedary inscriptions on the Zayit Stone) [S5]

Worst Acting Performance:

  • Nili Fox, “ouch” (stoic reaction to surgical removal of tattoos) [S7]

Most Annoying Remarks During a Lecture:

  • Nili Fox (2; “literary nature” of Genesis, & “Deutero-Isaiah“) [S7]

Lecture with the Most Attractive Ladies:

  • “Daniel: Sage, Seer… and Prophet?” by Lester Grabbe (3–I had plenty of time to “see” them while waiting to get his autograph) [S8]

Most Unusual Sentence in a Lecture:

  • She’s a really fine man!” by David Stein [S9]

Most Surprisingly Friendly VIP:

  • Niels Peter Lemche (a really fine man) [S2]

Overall Nicest Person at the Conferences (no big surprise):

  • Robin DeWitt Knauth [A13 & S10]

Scholar Who Used the Most English Words I Was Unfamiliar with:

  • Anson Rainey (4: “preterite”, “lexeme”, “prothetic”, & “syntagma”) [S11]

Lecture with Best LMLK Content:

  • “Storage Jar Transportation and Exchange Types in the Iron Age II Southern Levant” by Carolina Aznar [A7]

Total # of Unsolicited/Surprising Compliments I Received on My LMLK Research:

  • 4 (Collins, DeWitt Knauth, Lipschits, Noel Freedman)

Things I Regret the Most (in order of occurrence):

  • Not skipping out of part of the ASOR Zayit session to hear Steven Collins lecture on Tall el-Hammam
  • Not reviewing my unpublished 2004 analysis of King Hezekiah’s bullae before meeting Robert Deutsch
  • Not scheduling an appointment to meet Andy Vaughn
  • Not taking the time to stop by the AiG resources-booth (at ETS) while wearing one of my Creation Museum shirts
  • Not inviting Jodi Magness to dinner (I had already embarrassed her once; why not shoot for 2?)
  • Not being brave enough to ask James Charlesworth if he’s James Charlesworth
  • Not bringing a granola bar to Anson Rainey’s lecture

Thanks to these scholars for posting comments during this blog series:

  • Andrew Compton [S11]
  • Kevin P. Edgecomb [S9]
  • Owen Chesnut [A6]
  • Peter van der Veen [A6]
  • Scott Needham [S11]

Song of the week: “Friends With You” by John Denver (click the song title to visit Amazon; click here for a 24-second sample; 328kb).
G.M. Grena

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One Response to “ASOR & SBL Stats & Awards”

  1. G.M. Grena Says:

    Courtesy cross-reference link to comments posted on LMLK Blogspot version of this post.

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