One of the things that's fun about a conference like SBL is serendipity. There are so many people here that you never know who you might run into. To get to the convention center, I have to take a shuttle bus from my hotel. This morning as I arrive at the stop, one gentleman is already waiting, and another walks up in just a minute. The first gentleman was a pastor from Gainesville, TX, so we were practically neighbors. The second turned out to be William Webb, whose first book on redemption-movement hermeneutic I just posted about. During the 20 minute ride to McCormick Place, Dr. Webb and I had a great conversation about his work and mutual friends who are still working at DTS. He also told me about his more recent work on the redemption movement hermeneutic, Corporal Punishment in the Bible: A Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic for Troubling Texts. He also graciously agreed to a Skype interview at some point in the future with some of my classes that deal with hermeneutics. Great way to start SBL, I'd say!