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...]

Heading to #SBLAAR14 #AARSBL #SBLAAR

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...]

AAR and SBL in San Diego

The AAR and SBL program books for the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in November have been online for a while. Below are the sessions I’ll be involved in. Do note the last one – I hope that religion bloggers will come along to that session and discuss the many things that have unfolded in the blogosphere since the [Read More...]

#AARSBL App Available But Not Ready

Torrey Seland mentioned on his blog that the app for the upcoming AAR/SBL conference is available on the Apple store. There is a notice in the app that it is not yet in its final form, as data is still being added. So it is up to you whether to download it now, or wait for [Read More...]

Bibliobloggers to Gather at SBLAAR at SBLAAR

Several publishers are sponsoring the SBLAAR (Society of Beer Lovers and Assorted Academic Research) meeting at the SBLAAR (the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion) meeting. One of them suggested that this would be a great place for bibliobloggers to gather, since publishers like to come to the bibliobloggers event, and so [Read More...]

Bibliobloggers’ Gatherings at SBL/AAR

An evening has been proposed for the bibliobloggers’ gathering in San Diego: Saturday, November 22nd. It can be a long event, to accommodate those who cannot get there until later in the evening, as well as those who would like to have dinner. What time would other bibliobloggers who want to attend like it to [Read More...]


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