Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet?

This is my conference paper for the Metacriticism of Biblical Studies section at SBL: ______ Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet? James F. McGrath, Butler University   ABSTRACT Statements can be found on the websites of many sectarian educational institutions, indicating that faculty and students are required to subscribe to a particular doctrinal statement. [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...]

From SBL to GenCon

Chris Heard has the honor of being the first person that I know from SBL that I have met at GenCon. We didn't just happen to run into each other, but arranged to meet for lunch. It was great to chat about gaming, Christianity, Biblical studies, and some of the possible ways these might intersect. [Read More...]

AAR and SBL CFP

This is just a reminder that the deadline for the call for papers for both the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature is March 5th. I think that means that you have until the end of the day today, rather than the end of the day tomorrow (UPDATE: The AAR deadline [Read More...]

Recordings of AAR Presentations from Baltimore

The American Academy of Religion has made recordings of a number of sessions from last November’s annual meeting in Baltimore available online. Click through to have a listen! [Read more...]

#AARSBL 2013 Farewell!

Yesterday was the last day of AAR/SBL for me. I read a paper on Philippians 2:6-11, considering the relevance of intertextuality, orality, and persuasive rhetoric for how we understand the text, including its Christology and the relation thereof to monotheism. I also had a chance to get to the one paper on the program about [Read More...]

#AARSBL Day 3

Yesterday I chaired the “Traditions of East Late Antiquity” exploratory session. Apparently exploratory sessions get a set time slot irrespective of the number of papers, and so we had had to set a time limit of 15 minutes each. The result was actually quite remarkable – each paper was focused and fit exactly in the [Read More...]

#AARSBL Days 1-2

I arrived in Baltimore yesterday and immediately started bumping into SBL people, and very soon people I knew or who knew me from my blogging. I had dinner with Judy Stack-Nelson and Brooke Lester, during which we talked about aspects of teaching both in the classroom and online. At the AAR reception I got to [Read More...]


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