Magic Bowls at #AARSBL15 in Atlanta

For those interested in Judaism, Mandaeism, Late Antiquity, ancient magic, Aramaic, and any number of other topics, there are two sessions at AAR this year that you ought not to miss. One is the Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity session, about which I’ll include details further below. But the other is a session which will [Read More...]

#AARSBL15 Bloggers’ Gathering Change of Venue

When I picked Gibney’s for the Bloggers’ gathering, I didn’t notice an important detail: they are closed on Sundays! And so let’s move the event to Meehan’s Public House, at 200 Peachtree Street, just 3 minutes’ walk from the Convention Center. I am going to see if they have a back room available for us, [Read More...]

What I’m Telling My Students Luncheon #aarsbl15

If you’re a student who will be at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Atlanta in November, why not RSVP for the “What I’m Telling My Students Luncheon” that the Student Advisory Board is holding on November 23rd from 11-12:45? If you attend, and have seen the old headshot of mine that was [Read More...]

#AARSBL15 Bloggers’ Dinner and Drinks Venue

I am announcing the venue for the 2015 SBL and AAR blogger dinner and drinks. It will begin at 5:00pm on Sunday, November 22nd and will be at Gibney’s Irish Pub (231 Peachtree Center Avenue NE). As it turns out, I’ll have a separate meeting (also at Gibney’s) at 4:30pm, and so when I get there, I [Read More...]

#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...]

Mark and the Not-Divine, Very Human Jesus

Dale Tuggy makes some excellent points in his recent blog post, “Where did Jesus claim to be God?” He writes: What bothers me the most is that this whole strategy perversely ignores the explicit, central, repeated, emphasized point of all the gospels, which is Jesus is the Messiah, God’s anointed. The assumption here is that God’s anointed [Read More...]

Nerd Fundamentalism: What Do Space Can(n)ons Have To Do With Biblical Canons?

The Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship section will have a session in November focused on comparing the canons of science fiction with Biblical canons, and the ways that fans/adherents of each navigate them. I’ve had a proposal accepted for the session, and here is the abstract: “Nerd Fundamentalism: What Do Space Can(n)ons Have To Do With [Read More...]

Woman at the Well

My latest contribution to the Bible Odyssey website is up. It is in the “Ask a Scholar” section, and is a response to this question: When Jesus speaks with the Samaritan woman in John 4:17-19, is the passage about her husbands literal, or symbolic of the five different tribes that were settled in her town? Click through [Read More...]


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