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SECSOR Call For Papers

SECSOR 2019

Dear Southeastern members of SBL,

Come and join us on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina for the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) Regional meeting on March 8–10, 2019!

The following sections and program units invite members/participants who wish to present a paper to submit a proposal through the online submission form available on the SECSOR website (http://secsor.org) by October 1, 2018. Each member is limited to one proposal, although a member can indicate a second choice of sections on the submission form. Proposal abstracts are limited to 300 words. Please note that, unless otherwise indicated, papers must be of such a length as can be presented within twenty (20) minutes, typically. Proposers who have not previously presented at a SECSOR Meeting must submit a full manuscript of their paper to the program unit chair(s) before the call for papers closes on October 1, 2018.

The copying of handouts is the responsibility of the presenter. All program participants must be pre-registered for the meeting. Registration information will be on the SECSOR website well before the meeting.

Paper Prizes and the SBL Regional Scholar Award

Members/participants are reminded that three paper prizes are awarded at every meeting of SECSOR. SECSOR awards a prize to the best undergraduate paper submitted. AAR and SBL each award a prize for the best graduate paper submitted.
All undergraduate papers must be submitted in full no later than December 15, 2018. See the SECSOR: Undergraduate Research section below for full instructions.
Graduate students who wish to be considered for the AAR or SBL Graduate Student Prize must notify the chair of the section that has accepted their paper and submit to that chair a paper of no longer than twelve (12) pages no later than January 15, 2019.
SBL members presenting to one of the SBL sections who have defended their dissertation between March 2015 and March 2019 are encouraged to apply to be considered for the SBL Regional Scholar Award. For more information on the requirements for consideration, please contact Dr. Annie Tinsley: (annietinsley14@gmail.com).

SECSOR 2019 CFP

AAR: Bible and Modern Culture
Bible & Modern Culture I Theme: Resisting Culture: When Biblical Religion and the Dominant Culture Collide. Papers dealing with historical or contemporary issues are welcome in this broadly-conceived session. Bible & Modern Culture II Theme: Religion & Science Dialogue USA, the Tennessee v. Scopes Trial Centenary: We invite papers dealing with any aspect of this historic epoch in the religion and science debate in America: Outstanding papers presented over the next several years will be selected for inclusion in a published volume marking the centenary of the 1925 Scopes (“Monkey”) Trial. For questions, contact Brian Mooney (brian.mooney@jwu.edu) or Sam Murrell (murrells@uncw.edu).

AAR: Black Cultures in the Study of Religion
Black Cultures and the Study of Religion invites papers related to this year’s theme at the intersection of religion and animality. Signifying practices that deemed Africans and African descended people in the Americas as animal-like, primitive and/or subhuman relied on a modernist division of the world into rational and irrational actors. Current attempts to address this modern hierarchical project by collapsing the divide between human and animal religious behavior could do more to address the animalization of blackness and how colonial projects systematically devalued African descended people and related them to the anti-modern. Who is the anti-modern and do the lingering effects of animalized blackness promote a lack of compassion for this group (policing, prisons, media, etc)? What does it mean that scholars of religion are emphasizing the animality of humanity at a moment when black people are fighting intensely to be valued as human? Additionally, an ethnolinguistic approach might explore how black people express their adeptness and power through images of animal and primordial muscularity. How could religious discourse address the gendered nature of naming practices when language such as “beast,” “savage,” or, “dog” are used to indicate masculine striving and potency among black artist, athletes and professionals. Papers might also consider the religious significance of animals in various African Diaspora religious traditions that place emphasis on the natural world such as Candomblé, Santeria, Rastafari, Gullah religious traditions, Hoodoo and Voodoo. For questions, contact Michael Brandon McCormack (b.mccormack@louisville.edu) or Timothy Rainey II (timothy.rainey.ii@emory.edu).

AAR: Constructive Theologies
The Constructive Theologies section invites proposals for papers in the following areas. 1. Constructive theological discussions that deal with the conference theme of animality and the post-human. Papers could address incarnation and embodiment and how those intertwine with animality, humanity and post-humanity. What does theology contribute to these cultural conversations? 2. Open call for papers in constructive theology. Constructive Theologies also invites proposals for the following co-sponsored session: 3. A joint session between Constructive Theologies and Ethics, Religion and Society dealing with theological and ethical interpretations of animality, humanity and post-humanity. Papers can address relevant theological/ethical perspectives and thinkers, or engage specific issues such as bioethics, animal rights, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and radical life extension. For questions, contact Tracey Stout (tstout@bluefield.edu) or Ian Curran (icurran@ggc.edu). For the joint session with Ethics, Religion, and Society questions can also be addressed to Sally Holt, Belmont University (sally.holt@belmont.edu) and Michael Stoltzfus, Georgia Gwinnett College (mstoltzfus@ggc.edu).

AAR: Ethics, Religion, and Society
(AAR) Ethics, Religion, and Society (3 sessions) Themes: Proposals on all topics will be considered, but the following topics are encouraged: (1) a joint session with Constructive Theologies on theological and ethical interpretations of animality, humanity and post-humanity. Presenters might consider such issues as bioethics, animal rights, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and radical life extension; (2) Religious Pluralism and Ethics; (3) Ethics and Spirituality, Health & Well-Being. All submissions are encouraged to consider and pay close attention to issues pertaining to the balance between theory and applied ethics. Submit proposals through the on-line process. Direct any questions to Sally Holt, Belmont University (sally.holt@belmont.edu) and Michael Stoltzfus, Georgia Gwinnett College (mstoltzfus@ggc.edu). In addition, for the joint session with Constructive Theologies direct questions to Ian Curran (icurran@ggc.edu) or Tracey Stout (tstout@bluefield.edu).

AAR: History of Christianity
Proposals for papers or complete panels are invited on the following topics: 1) Religious movements and technology; e.g., technology’s effects on religious movements in the ancient world; use of social media to promote or discredit religious movements; A.I. or digital media in religious movements; portrayal of religious movements in media. 2) Millennial movements past and present; e.g., millennial movements in global politics; comparisons of past and present millennial movements; media and millennial movements; millennial movements and utopian societies. 3) Humans and other animals in Christian tradition; e.g., the function of animals and humans in Late Antique Christian texts; apocryphal accounts of human interactions with animals; Christian representations of human, non-human, and hybrid figures; humans as monsters in the Christian tradition. We welcome a wide range of disciplinary approaches.
Send questions to co-chairs Anne Blue Wills, Davidson College (anwills@davidson.edu), Douglas Clark, Vanderbilt University (douglas.h.clark@Vanderbilt.edu), and Kenny Vandergriff, Florida State University (kav16@my.fsu.edu).

AAR: Islam
In conjunction with the conference theme “Religion, Animality, and the Post-Human,” we invite papers that intersect with the following themes: 1) Islamic ethics, 2) Islamic mysticism, and 3) Islamic theology as it pertains to the broader themes of animality and post-humanism. We welcome papers that approach these topics from a diverse array of sources and disciplines, including, but not limited to legal texts, normative practices, Sufi orders, social history, and Quranic exegesis. We also invite panel sessions for on any topic related to Islam. For questions, contact Roshan Iqbal (riqbal@agnesscott.edu) or Hadia Mubarak (Mubarak.hadia@gmail.com).

AAR: Judaism
The Judaism section invites proposals to any one of our three sessions in the following areas: (1) Second Temple Judaism: Open Call; (2) Judaism in Late Antiquity: Open Call; (3) Contemporary Judaism: Open Call. We will consider proposals from a wide range of methodological approaches and points of interest but will give preference to essays engaging with topics related to narrative fictions and how they relate to the consolidation of Jewish identity in their respective periods. Essays may approach this topic by way of historical case studies, literary criticism, history of scholarship, comparison, social theory, or any other appropriate avenues. For questions, contact Amanda Smith (ansmith@uga.edu) or Giancarlo Angulo (gpa15@my.fsu.edu).

AAR: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
The Method & Theory section invites proposals for two open sessions—submissions must concern either (i) a methodological issue (i.e., problem or proposal) in the history of the field or in current scholarly work in the study of religion or (ii) examine a topic of theoretical interest, whether understanding theory as critique (as in literary theory or critical theory) or an explanatory framework aiming to identify religion’s causes or function. Book review panels (i.e., author meets critics), focusing on current works examining either (i) or (ii) above, are also possible. Questions can be sent to Vaia Touna, University of Alabama (vaia.touna@ua.edu).

AAR: Philosophy of Religion
In keeping with the conference theme, the Philosophy of Religion section welcomes paper submissions that engage the conference theme of Religion, Animality and the Posthuman, especially those that engage the theme in relation to the following topics. 1. Rethinking the Subject: Bodies, Affects, and the Philosophy of Religion 2. Religion, Animality and the Posthuman. We especially welcome philosophical engagement with this topic from non-Christian perspectives. 3. Philosophies of Flourishing and Constructing Post-human Futures. This is a joint session with Religion and Ecology and Philosophy of Religion. For this session, we encourage papers that consider the topic from a diversity of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and welcome proposals from a variety of fields across philosophy, religious studies, critical race studies, gender studies, indigenous studies, animal studies, environmental studies, architecture and landscape design. For questions, contact Wesley Barker (barker_wn@mercer.edu) or Steven Dawson (dawson.s@lynchburg.edu).

AAR: Religion & Ecology
The Religion and Ecology section is excited to announce a call for paper proposals that engage with the broad conference theme of Religion, Animality, and the Post-Human, and especially papers that address some aspect of the following topics. (1) Religion, Animality, and the Environment, considering new and emerging interpretations of animality, the human (as/and) animal(s), and the post-human animal. (2) Designing Flourishing Cities: healthy urban ecologies, green design, and post-human cities. Our aim is to bring together scholars from diverse backgrounds to engage in a multidisciplinary conversation about the meaning and practice of human beings in nature and the construction of eco-cities. (3) Philosophies of Flourishing and Constructing Post-human Futures. This is a joint session with the Philosophy of Religion section. We welcome proposals from a variety of fields across philosophy, religious studies, critical race studies, gender studies, indigenous studies, animal studies, environmental studies, architecture and landscape design. All proposals should be submitted through the online proposal submission form on the SECSOR website: secsor.org. Submissions for the joint session should indicate joint session with Philosophy of Religion. Send questions to Jefferson Calico, University of the Cumberlands (jefferson.calico@ucumberlands.edu) and Mark Wood, Virginia Commonwealth University (mdwood@vcu.edu).

AAR: Religions of Asia
1. In conjunction with the 2019 theme, “Religion, Animality, and the Post-Human,” we solicit proposals on how “a person or entity that exists in a state beyond being human” is negotiated, represented, or otherwise conceived in Asian religions. 2. We welcome proposals that will present new research in Buddhism. Papers focusing on Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Practices, or any other aspect of Buddhism are welcome. 3. Joint session with Islam – We welcome papers that focus on the intersection of Asian Religions and Islam. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Asian religions in Muslim majority contexts; Islam in regions dominated by other Asian religions. 4. Open call. We welcome proposals that focus on any religious tradition that is practiced in Asian contexts, including, but not limited to: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Shinto, and other indigenous religions of Asia. Please submit proposals via the online proposal submission form at: https://secsor.org/proposal-submission-form. If you have questions regarding the Religions of Asia section, please contact Lisa Battaglia, Samford University (lbattagl@samford.edu) and Jay Valentine, Troy University (jvalentine@troy.edu). Please direct questions regarding Islam to Roshan Iqbal, Agnes Scott College (riqbal@agnesscott.edu).

AAR: Religion Culture & the Arts
All papers related to Religion, Culture and the Arts will be considered. Special consideration will be given to papers or panels related to the following themes: (1) representations of religion or religious people in television, musicals, or children’s/YA literature; (2) religion, mobility, and transportation; (3) religion and crafts/crafting; (4) religion, genealogical research, family, and racial identities; (5) religion, emotion, and affect. For questions, contact Meredith Ross (mr09@my.fsu.edu) or Tim Burnside (tb14e@my.fsu.edu).

AAR: Religions in America
Papers in all areas related to Religions in America will be considered, however special consideration will be given to the following themes: (1) Religion, immigration, and movement; (2) Religion and gender, sex, and sexuality; (3) Religion and (un)freedom; (4) Papers dealing specifically with the meeting’s 2019 theme “Religion, Animality, and the Post-Human. For questions, contact Jamil Drake (jdrake@fsu.edu), Andy McKee (am13ag@my.fsu.edu), or Haley Iliff (hi12@my.fsu.edu).

AAR: Secularism, Religious Freedom & Global Politics
Proposals from any disciplinary or methodological perspective on topics related to secularism, religious freedom, and global politics are welcome. We are especially interested in proposals related to (1) the roles of religious freedom in international relations and foreign policy; (2) critical accounts of “freedom” in the production of “religious freedom;” (3) secular constructions of space and place (especially in relation to contests over monuments or sacred territory); (4) secular discourses of civility and offense. For questions contact Finbarr Curtis (fcurtis@georgiasouthern.edu) or Beena Butool (sbb13h@my.fsu.edu).

AAR: Teaching & Learning in Religion
The Teaching and Learning in Religion section critically examines pedagogical theory and practice. For the 2019 meeting, we are seeking the following: (1) As part of an open call, we invite submissions for both individual papers and multiple-person sessions or panels. We value explanations and analysis of innovative teaching activities, critical reflection on successes and failures in the classroom, and research related to pedagogy and religion. Graduate students, as well as seasoned professors, are encouraged to submit proposals. Successful proposals in previous years have dealt with topics such as teaching introductory courses, using pop culture to help students understand religious concepts, and approaching controversial topics in the classroom. (2) For a joint session with Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, we seek papers addressing “Teaching Difficult Religious Texts.” This session aims to explore challenges and best practices associated with teaching the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and/or other sacred texts in contexts where students frequently (and often unwittingly) bring to bear complicating factors such as popular (mis)conceptions and faith-based (or anti-faith-based) predispositions, whether positive or negative, toward all or parts of the text or the corpus under consideration. For more information on the Teaching and Learning section, contact co-chairs Jodie Lyon (lyon@uga.edu) and Carole Barnsley (cbarnsley@transy.edu).

AAR: Women, Gender & Religion
Women, Gender and Religion invites paper proposals for sessions related to mothers, mothering, and motherhood: (1) one session will focus on foundational scholarship about mothers and mothers, such as Adrienne Rich, Patricia Hill Collins, Bonnie Miller McLemore; (2) a joint session with the New Testament section seeks papers dealing with texts (canonical or non-canonical) and/or traditions (ancient or contemporary) about Mary, the mother of Jesus; (3) a session focusing on comparative treatments of mothers, mothering or motherhood; papers on specific individuals, practices, or sacred texts are welcome. For questions related to the session jointly sponsored with the New Testament, contact the New Testament Section co-chairs: Brent (brent.driggers@lr.edu) and Eric Thurman (etthurma@sewanee.edu). For the remaining sessions, contact the chair of the Women, Gender, and Religion group: Vicki Phillips (phillips_v@wvwc.edu).

ASOR Member Sponsored Section: Archeology & the Ancient World
Archaeology and the Ancient World invites paper proposals for the following sessions: (1) field reports on ongoing excavations; and (2) archaeology of ancient technologies (e.g., material culture associated with craft production). For the archaeology of ancient technologies session, we are particularly interested in papers that: i) explore the methodology of identifying the function(s) of installations; and ii) papers that examine what the material evidence for specialized industries suggests about how their production processes shaped the social order of the communities engaged with them. For questions contact Dr. Alan Todd (atodd1@coastal.edu).

SBL: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament study group invites proposals for the annual SECSOR meeting. With the exception of the joint session (see below), proposals are to be submitted through the SECSOR website AND to the group’s chairs: David B. Schreiner (dbschreiner@gmail.com) and Clinton J. Moyer (moyercj@wfu.edu). The subject line on the email submission should read, “SECSOR 2019 Proposal, SESSION, TITLE.” There will be two “open” sessions. All topics germane to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies will be considered. In addition, we are accepting proposals for a session devoted to the broadly defined topic “Story and History in 1 and 2 Kings.” Finally, there will be a joint session between Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Teaching and Learning. The joint session aims to explore challenges and best practices associated with teaching the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and/or other sacred texts in both undergraduate and postgraduate contexts where students frequently (and often unwittingly) bring to bear complicating factors such as popular (mis)conceptions and faith-based (or anti-faith-based) predispositions, whether positive or negative, toward all or parts of the text or corpus under consideration. Submissions for the joint session should also be sent to the chairs of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Teaching in Religion groups. For questions contact Clinton J. Moyer (moyercj@wfu.edu) and David B. Schreiner (dbschreiner@gmail.com).

SBL: New Testament
The New Testament section for the 2019 SECSOR conference invites paper proposals for three sessions: (1) a session for papers dealing with the meeting’s global theme, “Religion, Animality, and the Post-Human,” (2) an open session for papers in any area of New Testament research, and (3) a joint session between the New Testament section and the Women, Gender, and Religion group for papers dealing with texts (canonical or non-canonical) and/or traditions (ancient or contemporary) about Mary, the mother of Jesus. In keeping with the conference’s global theme, the New Testament section will devote a fourth session to an invited panel discussion of Stephen D. Moore’s recent monograph, Gospel Jesuses and Other Nonhumans: Biblical Criticism Post-structuralism (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017). For questions regarding the first two sessions, please contact the New Testament Section co-chairs: Brent Driggers (brent.driggers@lr.edu) and Eric Thurman (etthurma@sewanee.edu). For questions regarding the third joint session, please contact either the New Testament section co-chairs or the chair of the Women, Gender, and Religion group: Vicki Phillips (phillips_v@wvwc.edu). Please submit all paper proposals through the Google Docs paper submission form.

SECSOR: Undergraduate Research
Students at institutions in the Southeast Region are invited to submit papers for the Undergraduate Sessions, sponsored by SECSOR. Open to all topics, the sessions will be composed of the papers considered the best submissions by an interdisciplinary committee. Students should submit completed papers that reflect original student research of an appropriate length for presentation (approximately 12 double-spaced pages). No paper over 14 double-spaced pages, regular size font, will be considered; one submission per student. On a cover page, please include contact information for the student and a faculty sponsor who has reviewed the submission. Proposals are to be submitted through the Google Docs link no later than December 15, 2018. All undergraduate papers are automatically considered for the Undergraduate Paper Prize. The link is available at the “Submission” tab at the top of the SECSOR home page. Questions may be directed to Steven A. Benko (benkos@meredith.edu).
Sincerely,

Kathy Barrett Dawson, Ph.D.
East Carolina University
Vice President and Program Chair, Society of Biblical Literature / Southeast Region

The SBL Southeast (SECSOR) Call for Papers for the 2019 Meeting

Download the PDF of the SECSOR 2019 CFP.

SBL’s New Annual Meeting Pricing Scale

Word from Atlanta is that SBL will begin, next year, charging by weight for the annual conference.  When asked about the new pricing strategy sources stated

“We know that the receptions are the most popular part of SBL because of the food and booze and we think that bigger people need to pay bigger registration fees in the same way that bigger people sometimes have to purchase two seats on a plane.  Accordingly, all registration will now be on site and registrants will be asked to squeeze between entry bars.  The thinner they are, the less they will pay for registration.”

The source went on to say ‘off the record’, that there was ‘no reason the littles ought to pay what the bigs pay.’

SBL then revealed the size fencing to be used at the entrance to the receptions:

Attendees are strongly encouraged to drop pounds now- registration will begin at 90$ for the petite and skyrocket to 450$ for the largest attendees.

Pitts Theology Library Has Acquired SBL’s Archives

Candler’s Pitts Theology Library has acquired the archives of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible. The acquisition establishes Pitts as SBL’s official institutional repository and positions the library as a center for research on the development of the field of biblical studies.

Founded in 1880, SBL includes scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines: biblical studies, history, literature, archaeology, anthropology, theology, and sociology, among others. It is international in reach, with 8,417 members from 96 countries.

The society’s archives provide a comprehensive history of the field of academic biblical studies, according to SBL Executive Director John F. Kutsko.

“SBL’s institutional age is older than the learned societies of many peer disciplines, which reflects the premier position biblical studies and theology held in universities in the 19th century and earlier,” he says. “Because of that past, the SBL archives don’t just record the history of the institution, but also the history of the modern, critical study of the Bible and its cognate literatures, cultures, and history of interpretation.”

Previously housed at Drew Theological School in New Jersey, the archives arrived at Pitts in mid-February. They include 445 document boxes, 2,345 volumes of books, journals, and meeting program books, administrative records, committee minutes, correspondence, and publications, including books published by SBL as well as the society’s quarterly publication, the Journal of Biblical Literature. The archives will be augmented annually as the society’s history continues to grow.

“We’re delighted to strengthen our connection to SBL in this way,” says Richard Manly “Bo” Adams Jr., director of Pitts Theology Library and Margaret A. Pitts Assistant Professor in the Practice of Theological Bibliography. “This acquisition positions Pitts as a global center for the study of the history and sociology of the field of biblical studies. We look forward to organizing and digitizing this important collection to make the archives accessible to researchers around the world.”

Etc.

SBL Annual Meeting Registration is Now Open

Registration & Housing for the Annual Meetings 2018 in Denver, CO is now open! You may access your registration page with this link. Please note that registration rates will increase on May 25, so take advantage of the Super Saver discount and register today!

With more than 1,200 academic sessions and workshops, along with one of the world’s largest exhibits of books and digital resources for biblical studies, the Annual Meetings is one of the largest events of the year in the fields of biblical scholarship, religious studies and theology.

There is not a designated headquarter hotel for the Annual Meetings 2018. Registration and the Exhibit Hall will be located at the Colorado Convention Center. Sessions will be held in the Colorado Convention Center, Sheraton Downtown, and Hyatt Regency Convention Center hotels. The Employment Center will be held in the Sheraton Downtown hotel.

To review additional information about the Annual Meetings 2018, including meeting dates & times, a hotel map and list of amenities, travel information, answers to frequently asked questions, etc., please click here . We urge you to bookmark this site as it will be updated frequently with the latest Annual Meetings 2018 information.

If you have questions, please contact us and we’ll be glad to assist you. We are looking forward to a great meeting in Denver!

SBL Annual Meeting Team
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The Joint ASOR/ Hebrew Bible Session

This one had some really interesting papers which highlighted the misuse of archaeology by ideologists and fundamentalists.  The highlight of the meeting.

Plenary with Wright and Lunch With the Wasons

Jacob did a great job with his paper and having lunch with Brandon and Wendy and the kids was a delight.  Now it’s afternoon session time.

The Morning Session

In all some good papers although it has to be said that in some respects biblical scholarship doesn’t seem to have moved forward from the 20’s. Were still talking about things that occupied scholars generations ago. We need to move on or we will become irrelevant even to ourselves.

I’m filled with hope that Jacob Wright’s plenary address here in a few minutes will be a step in the right direction. His paper is titled ‘What Truths do Biblical Scholarship Seek to Discern‘. Indeed.

More anon.

Starting the Day

The Evening Is Done, So The Reception Is On

Eric keeps photobombing all my excellent shots. Anyway, tomorrow I’m going to the Hebrew Bible section at 9 and Jacob Wright’s paper at 11. So, more anon.

First Session

I enjoyed the papers I heard well enough.  Some thoughtful reflections and useful suggestions were made.  Looking forward to Jacob Wright’s paper tomorrow very much.  The rest will be good, but I’m pretty sure that will be the highlight.

Dinner at Johnny Rockets

Really nice mushroom and onion burger…  The first session is in an hour, so more from there.

There Are Some Very Strange People Here…

Session Schedule

A Few More… And A Question for WJK Press: Why No Zwingli Volume???

A Few More Around and About

I’ve since tracked down the meeting rooms- the SBL sessions are on level T (in the basement) and the AAR sessions are on the 4th floor…

I wonder what SBL is trying to tell us…

Around and About the Conference Center

It’s a nice space and the rooms are all pretty close together, so that’s a plus.  So far, though, just three booksellers have set up tables.  I hope there are more and I hope there’s more than just display items.

SBL Southeast: I’m Here

I’ve checked in and will begin wandering the hotel in a few.  The room is nice, and Atlanta traffic is horrendous and brain killing.  More anon.

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.

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).  http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119077001.html

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 qurangateway.org 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 (inc.me!) #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 bit.ly/2zERReo) 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…