Daily Archives: 1 Aug 2019

When The SBL Book Hall Opens: This Is What It Looks Like…

If you’ve been to SBL, you know this is true. This is what it looks like when the doors open.

The Summer Issue of THInk is Out

Give it a read.


If you aren’t even going to try, why bother?

Something Cool from SBL

If you’re a member you got this email today:

We sometimes hear from members that the size of the Annual Meeting program book makes it difficult to find papers related to one’s specific areas of interest. With an average of over 500 sessions and 1,800 papers at SBL’s Annual Meeting, it can be a challenge to identify those you want to hear, particularly when they are located in sessions you might not typically search. Moreover, a paper using Intersectional Analysis may be in a Paul and Politics session, without Intersectional Analysis appearing in the title of the session or the paper.

To help you locate sometimes hard-to-find papers, SBL has added an additional tool for searching the Annual and International Meeting program books and database.

This tool came out of two initiatives. First, in 2013 SBL launched a member profile that allows you to select your scholarly interests and specializations. At that time, we began tagging meeting papers with these specializations. Second, SBL is developing SBLCentral (SBLCentral.org), which also makes use of these tags so that you may choose to be notified automatically when books and book reviews are published in you areas of interest. We expect SBLCentral to be available with this feature in early 2020.

In the meantime, you may now try a version of this tool to search the meeting program book.

Here’s how it works. When you go to the Online Program Book, you’ll be prompted to login with your email address and SBL password. Once logged in, the specializations you already entered in your member profile will be automatically populated in a drop-down list. Choose one or all of your specializations and select search. The search results will include papers in a session that have a tag with your specialization.

Now you can find papers by title, keyword, and specialization tag.

We hope you find this useful in order to take advantage of the wealth and diversity of scholarship you and your colleagues produce at each and every meeting. We hope it also helps you find new colleagues who share your research interest.

John F. Kutsko
Executive Director

Zwingli For Today

zwingliJesus gives peace to our consciences, which hitherto caused us to be in despair; yea, He draws us to Himself that we may implicitly trust in Him and thus are we saved. Since He is entirely free from all infirmities and temptations, for He was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of a pure and innocent virgin, He first offered up his innocence and righteousness in our stead; and having borne our burdens, pains, and diseases He thereby saved all those that firmly believe these things. For whoever accepts by faith this free gift, which is offered to the lost human race by God through Christ, is saved and henceforth becomes a joint heir with Christ; wherefore he also will be with the Father in eternal bliss, for He wills that his servants be where He is. — Huldrych Zwingli

All The Best People Are Born in August

A lot of noteworthy birth-iversaries come around in August:

Walther Eichrodt — 1890 — on August 1
Martin Noth — 1902 — on August 3
Sigmund Mowinckel — 1884 — on August 4
Ernst Axel Knauf — 1953 — on August 6
Adolf Schlatter — 1852 — on August 16
Rudolf Bultmann — 1884 — on August 20
Beatus Rhenanus — 1485 — on August 22

And of course me- in 1960 — on August 29
And Esteban Vazquez – in 1970 — on August 29

Walther Eichrodt’s Birthday

Walther Eichrodt (1890 – 1978) was an eminent German Old Testament scholar and Protestant theologian. He received his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg in 1915 and taught as a professor of Old Testament and History of Religion at the Basel University from 1922 to 1960. His masterwork, the three volumeTheologie des Alten Testaments (Theology of the Old Testament) appeared in 1933-1939. In retirement he continued writing academic works until shortly before his death in 1978 in Basel.

He was second only to von Rad as the 20th century’s most important Old Testament theologian.  Read him some today.

Happy Birthday, Switzerland