The Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting is the world's biggest annual gathering of scholars of the Bible and related literature. It's a great time to catch up with friends, make new connections, smooth talk big name scholars, buy books, and listen to academic papers. I missed last year's meeting in Washington, D.C., and was looking forward to going to this year's conference in San Diego while on sabbatical because I could avoid the pressure of making up for missed classes during a busy teaching semester. The prospect of spending the better part of a week in southern California was an added bonus. So t. and I had a good laugh earlier this year when we discovered we were expecting a baby on November 17, 2007--the first day of SBL.
We laughed again when Briercrest's library director suggested we name the baby "Sibyl" in honor of SBL. After carefully considering Brad's suggestion, we decided to name the baby .... Well, actually we are still working on a name (but it is not Sibyl!). In the meantime, baby arrived on November 15 at 4:02 a.m. (7 lbs, 1/2 oz).
Whatever her name ends up being, she is a wonderful gift and we thank God for her.