Four Days—700 Lectures
Over 4,000 people attended about 700 lectures in four days in Atlanta, Georgia last November at the joint Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR).
Jordan was the featured country at the archaeological sessions. Unfortunately, only three Jordanians showed up—those whose expenses were paid by ASOR. The others, it was widely reported, had to cancel their trip because of severe budgetary constraints in Jordan. Moawiyah Ibrahim of Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan, publicly announced that this was not the reason for the failure of the others to come; rather it was because of busy schedules.