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Cognitive Offloading in Biblical Scholarship 2

It has been years since I have posted anything within the Biblioblogosphere echo chamber. (Hello? Is anyone still reading?) But this weekend I noticed a new “service” for biblical scholars. The Expurgated Review of Biblical Literature is “a community project of the Society of the Blessed St. José Buenaventura Durruti (SBSJB).” Durruti was a Spanish anarchist and I assume the Society is a sarcastic fiction. I like that touch! The purpose of the site is […]


SBL Statement on Public Statements & Academic Freedom

Lately I have commented and criticized some of SBL’s recent statements and stances so it is only fair that when I agree with a position they have taken I should praise them.1 Today SBL sent an email regarding a position that was passed by the council in December 2015. (Some have suggested this is a new statement, adopted by the SBL council as a result of recent petitions. That is not the case, the statement […]


RBL being put behind paywall 4

SBL members will have just gotten this email from Bob Buller of RBL. These sorts of decisions have to be made and I want to make it clear up front: I don’t think I am opposed to being behind a paywall.1 I mean, I might be opposed, in the sense of open access that I will get to in a moment, but I understand the need for a business model that is sustainable. And this […]

A close reading of Ruth

The Life of a Blog from Cradle to Maturity (?)

UPDATE: My brother corrected my memory: he is the one who registered the name “pseudonymous.” My first blog attempt was anonymous, but fittingly, I suppose, I can no longer remember the name. The last session of the “the Blogger and Online Publication” group was a great success. Our chair James McGrath has an excellent summary of the session here. Rick Brannan and I lead off with presentations about our blogs, his outlining how publication of issues […]


Blogging comes of age

I will be presenting in the Blogger and Online Publication session this year. It should be a fun and informative session. My presentation will be a bit more organic, or really, about the organic process of how my blog has developed over the last dozen years. The Life of a Blog from Cradle to Maturity (?) When I began blogging over 12 years ago I initially tried to create a focused blog, two actually, one for […]


SBL Professional Conduct Policy

Like all other SBL members I just received John Kutsko’s message about the new policy. These are the links to the policy and procedure documents. Somehow I think this will engender some vexatious comments.   Harassment may be defined as vexatious comment or conduct in relation to a person or group of persons on the basis of personal characteristics (i) which has the effect or purpose of creating a hostile or intimidating environment; or (ii) which […]


To my SBL & Biblioblogging friends 1

TLDR: Everyone take a deep breath. Over the past few weeks I have been in Germany on a research break. It is going surprisingly well with a large portion of the book now written. While we have been here we have not, of course, been away from the internet and social media, however healthful that choice might have been. You know I enjoy posting pictures and following what our friends are doing this summer. I […]


iSBL – Hebrews Paper

I am looking forward to heading to Vienna this weekend for next week’s International SBL. I will be presenting in the Hebrews section. I posted a summary of my paper already, “Hebrews 11 is a Midrash of 1 Macc. 2.” To save you the trouble of clicking the link, I will cite my own summary below. The article itself should be published later this fall. Summary of the Argument Most commentators do note that 1 Macc 2, […]


International SBL – Hebrews Section 3

I am very pleased that my paper on 1 Macc 2 and Hebrews 11 has been accepted for International SBL this summer! It looks like a great pair of sessions on Hebrews. I also presented a draft of this paper on Tuesday at the PhD colloquium at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I have been teaching a week long course on rabbinic exegesis. My suggestions were met with interest and some very good suggestions. More […]


Hebrews 11 is a Midrash of 1 Macc. 2 9

UPDATED – Excursus below. That is overstating the case and an example of really bibliogeeky link baiting. (Can we have a competition to see who has the geekiest or the worst?) But it does convey the sense of what I think is going on. As I posted earlier, I have submitted this as a proposal to the International SBL for this summer and have already completed a draft of the paper. I do not want […]