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SBL Bible Odyssey & Cruise!

Many who read this blog are members of the Society of Biblical Literature or familiar with it, but many are not aware of the NEH-supported project “Bible Odyssey.” BO was developed to help address the fact that while the Bible has tremendous impact on history, literature, popular culture, and politics, it is more often than not misunderstood, misrepresented, and misused. It was to address such concerns that the Society of Biblical Literature launched the website […]

SBL Members receive 2 years of JSTOR

From John Kutsko, the Executive Director of SBL. April 16, 2019 Dear Christian Brady, I am pleased to inform you that JSTOR has invited SBL into a two-year pilot program that provides access for all SBL members to more than eighty journals in JSTOR’s Religion and Theology Collection. Members may access the collection by visiting the member benefits page of the SBL website and then logging in. Once logged in, a new link will appear under the JSTOR member […]

Cognitive Offloading in Biblical Scholarship

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 […]

Sight

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 […]

A close reading of Ruth

RBL being put behind paywall

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 […]

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

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, […]