#AARSBL15 Blogger Dinner Venue

It is about time we chose a venue for the blogger dinner in Atlanta, which will be from 5pm on Sunday, November 22nd. Three places seem like natural choices to consider: Max Lager’s Gibney’s Pub Meehan’s Public House Pubs work well for this sort of event, because then people can come and go, can have [Read More...]

Conference BINGO

The American Academy of Religion Facebook page suggested that there might be a need for conference bingo, rather like the “first faculty meeting of the year” bingo that was recently featured in the Chronicle. I thus created the cards below. They should work at most conferences, and not just the ones I attend like AAR [Read More...]

Biblical Studies Carnival August 2015

Bob MacDonald has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. One of the things he includes is my post about the bloggers’ dinner at SBL and AAR this year. We have a proposed day and time, but still need a venue. Anyone know downtown Atlanta well enough to make some suggestions? The September carnival will be hosted [Read More...]

Bloggers’ Dinner at AAR/SBL in Atlanta

It seems that we may as well make a start to planning the dinner and get-together for scholarly bloggers at the AAR and SBL annual meeting in Atlanta in November. In the past we have referred to “bibliobloggers” in the title of the event, but I want to make a point of using more inclusive language, [Read More...]

The Importance of Theology and Science Fiction

This round-up of posts began when W. David O. Taylor shared his syllabus for an independent study about theology and science fiction. My own thoughts are turning to this very intersection of subjects, as one of my sabbatical projects is a short volume on theology and sci-fi. Then, Russell McCutcheon blogged about the AAR draft statement [Read More...]

Fuller Seminary and Daniel Kirk

Until today, I had been very impressed with the breadth of Fuller Seminary. They have long managed to maintain a reputation for being Evangelical and yet seriously scholarly, in a way that meant allowing room for a genuine diversity of voices and the kind of creative exploration that is essential to genuine scholarship. I was particularly [Read More...]

Orphic Dreams

I recently had a dream in which I was at an academic conference of some sort. After listening to a paper, in which Orphism had been mentioned, I asked a question, asking the presenter to say more on that subject because it is an area that I’ve long been curious about but with which I [Read More...]

Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity AAR Call for Papers 2015

Here’s the Call for Papers for the Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity AAR sessions for the 2015 Annual Meeting. For the AAR meeting in Atlanta, November 2015, we are planning the following sessions: 1) A panel will review Shai Secunda’s new book, The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli in its Sasanian Context (U Penn, 2014). The [Read More...]

Ranking Religious Studies Journals

Several years ago, I shared a blog post which sought to rank the top three tiers of journals in New Testament studies. That list by Peter Head was as follows: PhD students often ask for advice on the top journals in the field. So here is the list, in three separate tiers, of the top [Read More...]

Scenes from #SBLAAR14

A few people took photos of me at the conference, and so I thought I would share them. I have already shared my papers. I felt that all the sessions I was involved in went well. The discussion of Bart Ehrman’s book on Saturday was great. I thought that the mix of people who agreed [Read More...]


I’m traveling today to San Diego for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. I have scheduled some posts to appear during this period, and also hope to blog about the conference while there. But I thought I should mention my travels, both as prelude to such [Read More...]