If you’re attending the SBL/AAR meetings in Baltimore this weekend, we hope you’ll come by our first panel session of the weekend: “Healing and Funerary Ritual in Text and Practice.”  The session is being held at the Hilton Baltimore in the Brent room from 9:00 AM to 11:15 AM on Saturday, and will be followed by our annual Business Meeting, which usually focuses on possible topics for future meetings.  The schedule of papers (and links to abstracts) is given below – we hope to see you there! 

David Eastman, Ohio Wesleyan University, Presiding (5 min)
Megan Nutzman, University of Chicago
Elijah’s Touch: A Healing Dream in the Jerusalem Talmud (20 min)
Wendy Closterman, Bryn Athyn College
Reading the Gospel of Luke’s Passion Narrative as a Reverse Funeral (20 min)
H. Gregory Snyder, Davidson College
For Weddings and a Funeral: Marital and Mortuary Imagery in the Flavia Sophe Inscription (20 min)
Nicola Denzey, Brown University, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (20 min)
Business Meeting (30 min)