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SBL 2018 Call For Papers

2018 Annual Meeting Call for Papers Open

Co-hosted by the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion, the 2018 Annual Meetings will be held November 17-20 in Denver, Colorado. The call for papers for the 2018 Annual Meeting is now open. Proposals will be accepted through 6 March 2018. You can review the program units participating in 2018 here.

The call for papers for the 2018 International Meeting remains open as well. The deadline for submission for the International Meeting is 13 February 2018.

Written by Jim

20 Dec 2017 at 1:01 pm

Posted in SBL

The Wide-Ranging 2017 Biblical Studies Carnival and SBL Annual Meeting Edition

This month, besides blogposts and the like, I’m going for a true ‘Biblical Studies’ Carnival, which means that news stories, blog posts, and other sources of biblical joy are included in what follows, in a true Carnival of Things.  In other words, if it’s biblical studies related stuff, you’ll find it here in this joyful Carnival, which I’m calling ‘The Wide-Ranging 2017 Biblical Studies Carnival and SBL Annual Meeting Edition‘.  Enjoy!

Hebrew Bible Merry-Go-Round

Michael Langlois discussed the reception of the Torah in deuterocanonical literature in a lead up to the discussion of the same topic at SBL.  My chief regret in missing SBL this year was missing my annual lunch with Michael and hanging out even if ever so briefly with Thomas Römer and Ralph Keen.  *Next Year in Denver, DV*.

The Dead Sea Scrolls forgery scandal continued to make news in November and notice was given of a series of lecture videos from a conference on the topic.  And it even made Live Science. Speaking of the Scrolls, do give this podcast with John Collins a listen.  He discusses Scrolls and other interesting topics.

The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew is on the Twitter- so naturally you’ll want to follow them.  Because it’s a Hebrew Dictionary.  On Twitter.

James Spinti has a post on imprecatory prayers.  They’re my favorite.  Whenever anyone asks me to pray for them, I pray imprecations because 1) that’s what I assume they want unless told otherwise and 2) they’re my favorite prayer genre.  Would any of you like me to pray for you, or a ‘friend’?

Here’s a discussion of Hebrew poetry.  I think you might enjoy it.

Bible and Interpretation had a nifty book excerpt on a study of Ruth that is worth your time if you haven’t already seen it.  William Ross, meanwhile, had an interview with Ben Wright about the Septuagint.  It’s worth a read.

Meanwhile, OT folk didn’t have time to blog because they were in Boston for SBL.

New Testament Midway

Alin Suciu had an interesting little snippet about the appearance of Egyptian hieroglyphs in a Canon table.  You don’t see that every day, do ya?  In the ‘exciting news’ department, word of the impending publication in English of Peter Stuhlmacher’s absolutely brilliant New Testament Theology brought a pitter patter to this darkened heart.  That work in English has been long desired.  And it is, without question, the best NT theology since Bultmann’s.  In some respects it’s better.

Mark Goodacre is on the YouTube, denying Q.  Very dastardly.  Very.  I do like it that they filmed the clip at Mark’s house though, in the entry hallway.  Very cool.

Paul Long has some thoughts on dealing with people who disagree with you.  Personally I can’t use his advice because if anyone disagrees with me I know they’re mentally unstable.  But you folk might find it useful.

The STEP Bible now includes the Tyndale House (Cambridge) Greek New Testament.  Take a look.  And remember, you can download the software for your personal use.

Always on the cutting edge, the Jesus Blog gives notice of a book that was published back in 2014.  Stay tuned, as next month they tell us about a new book they’ve discovered by a little known chap named Schweitzer on the quest for the historical Jesus!

If you’re looking for a job teaching New Testament in Geneva, this post is for you.

Someone is said to have discovered a ‘lost text’ in Codex Bezae.  But if it’s been discovered it can’t be lost….  Re-discovered, sure.  Discovered?  Nah.

Peter Williams had an interesting discussion on the parable of the sower.  Take a look.  Phil Long does a nice job discussing faith and action in a post on Titus.  He may be from Texas, but he still makes sense from time to time.

Taylor’s talking about Whiteness and objectivity in NT studies and that sort of thing.  I’m not really into all that race talk because I don’t see color.  Or sex.  People are just people to me.  Evidently some of you are different though.  Anyway, Taylor wraps it up here.  I think he’s white.  I don’t know, like I said I don’t see color.

Larry posted some observations on the new edition of the Greek New Testament published by Crossway and produced by the wise folk at Tyndale House, Cambridge.  It’s a good overview of a good edition.

Not to be missed for any reason is the University of Nottingham playlist of videos on New Testament topics.

Larry *Chris Tilling is a Doofus* Hurtado had some kind words to say about a New Testament manuscript website.  You should read his post and check out the site.  It’s quite useful indeed.

Oh, and NT Wright is teaching a course on one of his books.  I’m sure some of you will want to spend your money on it so that your poor little children go unfed and your cat dies from neglect.

Tim Bulkeley wanted me to include this.  I’m not sure why.  He thought it was brilliant- and calls it in comments there the best post ever.  Not to me.  But perhaps Tim (and you) sees something that I’m missing.

Finally- Zurich hasn’t blogged all month.  Heartbreaking.  It’s normal for the slacker clans to ignore their blogging duties but when Zurich does it… the end is near.  Sell your stuff, move to a mountain top, and just wait.

Archaeology Arcade

A very fine resource for those interested in the Old Testament and Archaeology was published in November.  I highly recommend it.  So, what is it?  Go here to find out!  And be sure to catch up with what’s going on at Gath with Aren’s arcade-esque flurry post.

There’s a fun 3d tour of Qumran here that’s pretty engaging.  If you’ve been, it will bring back memories.  If you haven’t, it’s a great way to get a fresh look at a well known location.

Moss and Baden team up to talk about that supposed ‘fragment of Mark’ found in that Egyptian mummy.  Good stuff.

In Rome there was a meeting at which they discussed recent finds related to early Christianity in Jerusalem.  If you missed it, perhaps the organizers will provide you with the details.

Some guy (I couldn’t find his name on his blog- it must be very secret) shared some thoughts about the annual ASOR meeting.  Interesting take.  Be more interesting if it weren’t anonymous.

They found male skeletons at Qumran.  This is right interesting.  “33 skeletons recently unearthed at Qumran could offer clues to the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were discovered in 11 nearby caves between 1947 and 1956. Anthropologist Yossi Nagar of the Israel Antiquities Authority said the bones were radiocarbon dated to 2,200 years ago, or about the same time that the texts were written.”

Sarah Bond has a neat essay in Forbes Magazine about listening to ancient music in our time.  Great stuff.  Take a look and a listen.

The CSTT has a policy statement regarding its treatment of unprovenanced stuff.  Give it a read if you haven’t already.

Otherwise, the archaeologists were all off doing other things besides working in November.  It must be the month they take off or something.

SBL: The 2017 Side-Show (a.k.a. Freak Show)

I won’t be mentioning anything from AAR even though it meets at the same time and place as SBL – except this singular tweet- Great paper at #AAR17 by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni on ‘Playmobile Luther: Resisting anti-Judaism in the Iconization of Luther'”.  That’s something I would have attended.  In spite of it being an AAR session.

And like this kid, I’m kind of envious… until I hear about the weather in Boston, and then I’m cool with having skipped it this year.  Yikes.  “Trying hard not to be jealous of the folks getting their Hebrew-nerd on in Boston for #aarsbl17. Would love to hear some highlights.”

Amongst the bizarre-ities of this year’s SBL was a session on Greek Linguistics where they focused on those mysterious prepositions.  I wasn’t there, but I sure hope they finally got the meanings of those mysteries worked out.  Francesca Stravalo…. oh forget it read a paper which included the line ‘to a certain extent religion is just like porn’.  If you were at her session, you heard the context.  If you weren’t, maybe she’ll share her paper with you.

For those of you hesitant to attend SBL’s annual meeting, just know, there’s a session for every single conceivable sub-group-Attending Pregnant in the Field session in Sheraton Public Garden Room #sblaar17 #aarsbl17 #WomanistMomma.   But if giving birth isn’t your bag, maybe war is…  “Today @ 9AM: Joshua Canzona, John Chappo, John Laaman, Chip Kooi, and Joshua Jeffery discuss Religion and World War I during the Religion and War Exploratory Panel! Come see us! HCC-203

Doug Boin mentioned his forthcoming work- For my friends at #SBLAAR17: a new book, coming soon! (I’m pretty sure the content on this page is still being finessed, but here it is anyway).

The University of Alabama Department of Religion tweeted- “Following and tweeting about #sblaar17? Our MA students are archiving #sblaar17 tweets to see what they can tell us about the academic study of religion”  That’s right, all your food and booze tweets are now part of a study…

Also for SBL attendees a resource for those who are subjected to mistreatment- SBAllies.  Several folk you know are involved.  Here’s their self-declared purpose:  “Our primary purpose is to give you a place to air your frustrations and talk through what you want to do next. It is a judgment-free zone.”  I have to say that I’m very surprised that I wasn’t invited to be a part.  Indeed, the more I think of it, the more I need a hug.

Chris Rollston was there.  Pity to miss this one- Now, Christopher Rollston on 20th/21st CE forged Hebrew inscriptions and the false presupposition that “hard scientific” facts and tests don’t need to be interpreted and contextualized. Rollston notes that it’s surprisingly easy to forge with ancient papyri and ink composed in ancient ways — thus, the “scientific facts” of a papyrus do not prove it is real or that it isn’t forged.”For too long, scholars have assumed a “stupid forger” that doesn’t know how to trick scholars — thus assuming that many forgers aren’t in fact TRAINED by scholars.

Fun news for those interested in studying the Qur’an- “Not long until launches at #SBLAAR17 — come to our session and reception on Monday and find out more.”  Of course now it’s too late to go, but you can still check out the site.

The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew (yes, that’s a twitter account), tweets SBL 17 *The Vocabulary of Classical Hebrew: New Facts and Figures* Latest news from the Dictionary of Classical Hebrew Project— David J.A. Clines will be presenting, Monday 20th November, at the 4pm-6.30pm session in Boston (S20-311).  If you missed it.  The paper is here.

Even though women are involved in SBL,Wonderful session this afternoon on Warfare in Ancient Israel! 3/5 papers were female presenters & Q’s posed by women (!) #aarsbl17″  it’s pretty clear that more women need to get involved…   – The #nerdcation continues with a session on the linguistics of questions in Greek. Definitely at #SBLAAR17: I’m the only female in the room.”

It’s also pretty clear that this youngster is the winner of the #hashtag award for #sblaar17 – and maybe for all time-  Some facetime with the Dura Fragment. #DisserTatian

Our friends at Sheffield Phoenix Press tweeted “A #sblaar17 panel on ‘Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect’ @_SusanneScholz (ed.), on Sunday 4pm–6.30pm. All 3 vols (info. here new in paperback. @SBLsite @ShefPhoenix /#aarsbl17”    That would have been a good session to hang out in.

One of the sessions that looked particularly interesting was this one:50s- Prof. Reynolds responds to Mustafa Akyol’s “The Islamic Jesus””

I think you’ll want to ponder this little factoid from the meeting-Amazing message by Dr. Sandra Richter, OT scholar. If revival breaks out in the Academy, she would be one of the sparks #SBLAAR17″ 

Oh and, hey, while you’re at those interesting sessions, when someone is presenting, stop talking.  Especially if you’re on the front row….

Todd Brewer wrote up a three part report on the meeting- so be sure to give it a look.  Part three is here.  Two is here.  One is here.

If you missed the fun this year, be sure to be in Denver next.  And yes, DV, you’ll get to see me there.  You’re welcome.  Or, as Eric van der Gerbil put it- “SBL always leaves me a combination of refreshed and exhausted. I’m supremely thankful for the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, to make new ones, and, of course, to learn from all of you. Safe travels for all who are heading out today. Next year in Denver!”

Book Review House of Mirrors

A review of the very recent book titled ‘The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media’ was posted early in the month.  It’s a review you’ll just have to read.  James Spinti reviewed a volume for young readers on Irenaeus, which I am including here in spite of the fact that it isn’t exactly a biblical studies volume but which deserves wide attention precisely because it’s for young readers.  Kids need to learn stuff that matters.

A short review of a new commentary on James is posted at Exegetical Tools.  If you aren’t familiar with that site, you aren’t alone.  And its title refers not to doofus exegetes (as one might suspect) but about the tools one uses for exegesis.

In true mirror-esque fashion John Meade informs us that his book (which no one has reviewed) is on sale.  I guess if such matters are a concern of yours, you’ll want to read this volume.

There’s a new review out of ‘The Earliest Alphabet’ that you’ll want to take a look at.

Miscellaneous Cotton Candy and Other Junk Food

Roberta Mazza is always vigilant when it comes to drawing our attention to antiquities that come from shady sources.  She shared a news report of the widespread presence of such artifacts online.  It’s worth repeating: if an antiquity shows up for sale, without clear provenance and proper documentation for legitimate sale, it’s looted.  She also has some info about the so called ‘Gospel of Judas‘.  She also drew our attention to an essay on Hobby Lobby and their Bible Museum in, of all places, the Wall Street Journal.

The Call for Papers has been issued for the EuARe Conference coming up in March.  All the details are here.

Bible Gateway has added the NRSV to its collection of app bibles.  Download instructions here.

Christian Brady pointed out this really important essay about mental health and PhD students.  If you’re a grad student, or you work with grad students, do give it a look.

Sage is offering free access to its religion journals as long as you register by NOVEMBER 30.   Oops…. I guess the offer has past.  Darn Carnival scheduling.  Oh well.  Maybe you should read my blog, where mention was made of this in mid November, in plenty of time for you to sign up…

John Barclay tells us what makes a good biblical scholar.  In stunning brevity.  Meanwhile Taylor Weaver tells the story of a person who is decidedly NOT a biblical scholar, even though Taylor doesn’t use the right word- dilettante.

Speaking of dilettantes- plagiarism.  Again.  By a ‘senior scholar’ who thought it would be cool to cut giant chunks of material from someone else and all he got for it was the public recognition that he stole and was forced to re-do his work (whilst his institution, SEBTS, did and said nothing about it).  #SorryNotSorry but if you plagiarize you’re a thief, and a dilettante.  Elsewise, you would just do your own work.

There’s a new facebook group for nearly everything even remotely related to biblical studies and all adjacent disciplines and sub-disciplines: Academic Biblical, Archaeological, Jewish, Christian, and Related Studies.

The End of the Show

Well, that’s it.  Visit next month’s Carnival hosted by someone somewhere.  Joel Watts, sing us out…


Written by Jim

1 Dec 2017 at 2:00 pm

If You’re At #SBLaar17 (or #aarSBL17 ) (or whatever the bloody hashtag is…)

Please do send along, for inclusion in the next Carnival, any blogposts or facebook entries which have to do with the conference, with thanks in advance.

Written by Jim

17 Nov 2017 at 8:04 am

Posted in AAR, Conferences, SBL

Weather in Boston for #SblAAr2017 (or #aarsbl2017) (or #sblaar17)… etc

Brr….  I hope those of you who go take a coat.

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14 Nov 2017 at 4:02 pm

Posted in Conferences, SBL

SBL in Days Gone By- 2009 and Soon #SBLAAR17

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4 Nov 2017 at 8:40 am

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SBL in Days Gone By – 2007 – and Soon #SBLAAR17

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4 Nov 2017 at 8:33 am

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SBL in Days Gone By – 2005 – And Soon #SBLAAR17

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4 Nov 2017 at 8:23 am

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SBL’s ‘Diversity’ is A Farce, and SBL Sessions About as Homogeneous as You Can Imagine

If SBL really believed in diversity and the hearing of as many voices and perspectives (within the community of scholars, not including outside nutbags) as possible it would initiate a ‘one paper per person per annual meeting’ policy.

The reason we hear the same people over and over again, year after year, is because SBL isn’t as interested in diversity as it is offering ‘big names’ to ‘draw in the crowds’ and selling conference attendance.

“Prof NT White will be speaking at 4 sessions this year.  Come and hear the great exegetical master!” or something very akin to it is a looming ghost hanging over every meeting.

Of course SBL says there are reasons that they don’t have such a policy but the real reason is because the more high profile scholars they can shove into the program, the better the turnout will be.  And the better the turnout, the more registration fees they can count on.

Further- and I hope no one I know takes this personally- you shouldn’t because I’ve said it before and I have no idea who is presenting what or how many times they’re doing it this year- there are too many scholars who are more than happy to read two or three papers at a meeting.  But why?  Why do you feel that what you have to say is so important that someone else doesn’t deserve a hearing?

Why do too few scholars practice the fine art of self control and simply refuse to present more than one paper?

Oh sure, there’s the practical reason: ‘if I don’t present, my institution won’t pay for me to attend.  So I have to propose papers to a number of sessions to guarantee acceptance at at least one’.

Ok, fine.  Do that.  But as soon as you find out that a paper has been accepted in one session, drop out of the others.  Withdraw your proposal.  You’re still presenting and your reason for proposing to several sessions is now moot.  So why still insist on taking multiple spaces?

Ego.  That’s why.  Ego and resume packing.  Be honest.  That’s why.

On the other hand, you can actually believe in and practice diversity.  You can surrender one of your many slots to lesser knowns if you’re NT White.  Or one of your slots to someone who probably has something at least as interesting to say as you do.

We’ve all been at SBL sessions where presenters bored us to coma and we wondered how on earth their poor students put up with their mindless ramblings day after day (or how they got a position in the first place… they must know someone…).  Why do they feel compelled to ramble so?

It sort of makes you wonder how much better it would all be, how much more scholarly, how much more thought provoking, if a guy or gal no one has heard of outside their tiny college got a slot to fill instead of Professor Pompous hogging all the podium time.

Diversity.  Live it, or at least be decent enough to stop talking about it.  SBL will be better when it actually practices diversity instead of simply paying it lip service; when it enforces a policy of one paper per presenter…

Written by Jim

27 Oct 2017 at 12:35 pm

Posted in SBL

The SBL Annual Meeting App is Out

With thanks to Erin Van den Erickson von Daniken for the link

Written by Jim

6 Oct 2017 at 6:22 am

Posted in Conferences, SBL

Dead Sea Scroll Sessions From SBL International

Written by Jim

31 Aug 2017 at 1:06 pm

Posted in Dead Sea Scrolls, SBL

Livestreaming the Dead Sea Scrolls Session At SBL International

This is cool (though take note, the time listed is Berlin local time- 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Time) –

For those unable to join us at International SBL in Berlin, the Qumran session chairs (Jutta Jokiranta, Matthew Goff, Shani Tzoref, and Sidnie White Crawford) have organized for a livestream of the special sessions on “Tracing & Facing Possible Forgeries: Methodology, Ethics, Policies” (August 8, 2017; 9:00am-12:30pm). The live stream will be hosted here on the TWU Dead Sea Scrolls Institute page and facilitated by members of the CSTT Team from the University of Helsinki. Thanks to all who expressed interest in the work and discussion of this meeting from afar. For full program details, see

Written by Jim

3 Aug 2017 at 5:19 pm

Posted in Dead Sea Scrolls, SBL

I’m Not Trying To Make Anyone Who is a Member of SBL Mad…

But it is exceedingly troubling that the SBL continues to maintain that it strives for ‘diversity’ whilst simultaneously allowing people to make multiple presentations.  This literally is anything but a quest for diversity.  Instead, it is the corralling of intellectual contributions and the restriction of discussion to a much smaller group of participants.

For every presenter who offers two papers, their voice is weighted twice as much as those who have no place or opportunity.  The sad fact then is that instead of a diversity of voices (which the SBL pretends it wishes) the voices of fewer are given place.

Let me put it as simply as possible: there’s a certain measure of the egomaniacal in the minds of those who believe they deserve two hearings while others deserve none, and SBL enables it and empowers them whilst divesting others by allowing people to give two papers.

How can the SBL do the right thing, open up opportunities, and hear a wider diversity of viewpoints?  Do away with the permissions granted to deliver two papers.

If not, what can members of SBL do?  They can simply submit one paper.  Simple.  They can abandon the false notion that they deserve to ‘vote’ twice and simply ‘vote’ once.

Unless, of course, they think that what they have to say is so much more important than what everyone else has to say that they actually and factually believe that they are more worthy of a hearing than their peers (which, knowing some, they actually do believe).

Come on, SBL.  Stop talking about diversity of opinion until you stop the steamroller of multi-section presentations.  Until then, your protestations of concern for diversity just aren’t believable.

Written by Jim

28 Mar 2017 at 2:43 pm

Posted in SBL

The SBL’s Public Statement on the Injustice of the President’s Racist Executive Order on Immigration

The Society of Biblical Literature’s mission is to foster biblical scholarship in accordance with our core values, which include scholarly integrity, critical inquiry, respect for diversity, inclusivity, and tolerance. This mission of fostering biblical scholarship rests on the firm belief that the study of sacred texts and traditions involves unhindered intellectual exchange among scholars. Such open, scholarly exchange serves the common good by contributing to a broad public understanding of religious texts, traditions, and practices in the modern world. It is for these reasons, for example, that SBL does not endorse academic boycotts.

In 2012, SBL received a grant to explore the establishment of an international and independent network of scholars of the Qur’an. That grant led to the formation of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) in 2014, now an independent affiliate of the SBL and an invaluable partner in the study of sacred texts. As a learned society, IQSA, like SBL, seeks to promote peace through understanding. We thereby stand with our colleagues in Qur’anic and Islamic studies to protest the ban on immigrants and refugees from Muslim countries.

Moreover, the ban encourages discrimination and promotes misleading and sometimes dangerous caricatures of religious people, practices, and texts. It also places obstacles to the travel of Muslim scholars in and out of the United States, and threatens the free exchange of ideas among the Society and partnering and affiliating organizations that advance learning and help make peace and understanding possible. Thus, the Society strongly opposes the ban and its implementation.

29 January 2017

Written by Jim

29 Jan 2017 at 5:55 pm

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San Antonio Convention Center Area Discount List

This is pretty useful.  It’s a list of establishments in the area offering a discount to conference attendees.

Written by Jim

16 Nov 2016 at 5:07 pm

Posted in Conferences, SBL

Weather Forecast for #SBLaar16



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14 Nov 2016 at 6:53 am

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What is Going on Down in Atlanta with SBL’s Executive Board?

John Cook writes

Dear Colleagues,

We want to share with you our disappointment and concern over the recent downgrading of  the Linguistic and Biblical Hebrew program unit from a section to a seminar (on the distinction, see here) by the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting Program Committee. We are sharing this development with as many of our colleagues as possible, because it is deeply concerning in several respects and we think it deserves a response from the scholarly community.

First, it is concerning that the decision is being made by a committee as to what are in the interests of the scholarly community, rather than by the community itself. The very structure of program units (consultations, seminars, and sections) suggests that the community is the primary determiner of where its own scholarly interests lie. The Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew section has been an active and well-attended participant in the annual meeting for 30 years, contributing to biblical scholarship through its educative aims (see description of the program unit below) and the numerous publications that have emerged from the sessions.

Description of Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew program unit: The goals of this section include: (1) to provide a unique, cross-disciplinary forum for the application of modern linguistic theory and methodology to the study of biblical Hebrew; (2) to encourage interest in linguistics and its advantages for biblical exegesis and interpretation among biblical scholars who do not have prior training in linguistic theory; (3) to promote publication of scholarly works which apply linguistics to biblical Hebrew.

Second, we found the process of renewal to be confused and unprofessional. The decision was dragged out for almost half a year, during which time the steering committee worked to put together the sessions for 2016 without any certainty that the section would be allowed to continue.

There’s more, which do read.  I’m really concerned at a new sort of autoritarianism that seems to be manifesting itself in Atlanta.  I think we should all be concerned about it.

Written by Jim

8 Nov 2016 at 12:16 pm

Posted in SBL

Asking for an Aussie

Dear @sbl_site or #sblaar16 – any advice as to how to print the SBL label on A4 paper rather than 8.5×11?  For, you know, non-North Americans?

(We are all so unconsciously parochial).

Written by Jim

6 Nov 2016 at 8:47 pm

Posted in SBL

As SBL Approaches

There are two chief sorts of attendees.  There are the paper presentation procrastinators who just now, just this week, have decided to start their paper.


And there are the rest of the attendees, just sitting around, drinking, waiting for things to happen on the 18th of November.


From 1 November till 18 November, no one will be getting anything done.  Except anticipating.

Written by Jim

3 Nov 2016 at 1:43 pm

Posted in SBL

IVP and SBL Have Agreed to Calm the Storm…

By issuing a joint statement that says nothing.

Just by way of reminder- the storm broke out because SBL was considering blocking IVP from exhibiting their books at the 2017 annual meeting because IVF has a standard of employment with which the SBL overlords disagree.

You will read the ‘joint statement’ above in vain for any resolution of these issues.  Instead, you’ll discover that both are firmly committed to the exchange of ideas.

Problem solved…. I guess…  Or maybe they just hope no one notices that the situation has been addressed the same way politicians address questions when asked by the press about specific issues…

Written by Jim

2 Nov 2016 at 10:48 am

Posted in SBL

Much to the Horror of all Good Souls…

The Official Carnival of Biblioblogdom AND the Avignonian Carnival meet here on December 1.  Our theme will be “SBL: The Run Up to The Annual Meeting, the Experience of, And the Aftermath”.   If you see SBL related posts, please send them along.

Written by Jim

1 Nov 2016 at 1:31 pm

Posted in Conferences, SBL