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...]

Religion and Doctor Who (American Edition)

Wipf and Stock's Cascade imprints is distributing the book I co-edited on religion and Doctor Who in North America. They've reversed the title and subtitle for this edition, and have a really cool cover: For those attending AAR/SBL, you should be able to get copies in Baltimore…while they last! See also the article “Doctor Who: [Read More...]

#SBLAAR Here I Come!

Today I will be joining more than 10,000 other religion and Biblical studies scholars in Baltimore, Maryland for the joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. I will try to blog about the conference as possible. [Read more...]

#DoctorWho and #SBLAAR

Mark Goodacre recently blogged about the collision of two worlds that some religion scholars inhabit: the world of AAR and/or SBL membership, and the world of Doctor Who fandom. His post starts beautifully: There will be lots of doctors walking around in tweedy jackets this weekend in Baltimore but sadly, most of them will be [Read More...]

Mandaeans at AAR/SBL 2013

Those interested in the Mandaeans find themselves overlapping the AAR and SBL groups, and there is a session hoping to lead to a new AAR program unit which is offered this year with a view to providing a natural home for the study of the Mandaeans and other traditions. Since some who study Mandaeism are [Read More...]


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