Mandaean Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio

Charles Haberl kindly provided these details in response to my question about a Mandaean-owned restaurant in San Antonio: The restaurant you’re looking for is (appropriately enough) called El Rio. It’s at 1361 S Main St #600, Boerne, TX 78006, United States. It’s a half hour drive from the Convention Center, and so I don’t know whether [Read More…]


While talking with Shayna Sheinfeld and Meredith Warren in Italy this summer, they suggested that it would be fun to organize a conference panel in which all the papers had the same title, with only the subtitle differing. The common title that we started with was “The Bird is the Word.” I can’t remember the ones [Read More…]

Bloggers’ Dinner at #AARSBL16

It is that time of year again, when professors of religion, biblical studies, and other such fields realize that they have to start preparing for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature in November. Of course, some just prepare on the plane – and some write their papers in [Read More…]

Bible Odyssey T-Shirt

  I brought along my Bible Odyssey “I Love Josephus” t-shirt on my trip to the Holy Land, thinking it would be perfect to wear to Masada (and of course also to Qumran, as seen in the photo above). I was pleased that several people noticed the shirt and were struck by it enough to [Read More…]

Privilege and Persecution

I spoke to a member of the Midwest regional Society of Biblical Literature recently, who told me that there had been a number of members who were angry about a petition that went around asking the organization to move its conference from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. That school had not only at one [Read More…]

Exploring Intertextuality at #AARSBL16

Max Lee shared on his blog that there will be a review panel at SBL in November, focused on a book to which I’ve contributed a chapter: Exploring Intertextuality, forthcoming from Cascade. The session will focus on a subset of the chapters, with the authors and others interacting around them. It looks like a great lineup. [Read More…]

AAR and SBL CFP Deadline Reminder

Just a reminder that the deadline to submit paper proposals for the AAR and SBL Annual Meeting in San Antonio in November is tomorrow. Visit the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature websites for more details. Do note as well that the call for papers ends at different times for the two organizations.   [Read more…]

Call for Papers on Aramaic Magical Bowls

The American Academy of Religion’s Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity program unit, and the Society of Biblical Literature Aramaic program unit and Religious World in Late Antiquity Section, are co-sponsoring a session on the Aramaic and Mandaic magical bowls. A session is being planned on the Aramaic magic bowls. Given the interdisciplinary sponsorship, we propose [Read More…]

Biblical Studies Carnival

Tim Bulkeley has posted the latest Biblical studies carnival, including round ups of a number of series that have been unfolding over the past month, as well as other topics, such as the SBL decision to paywall Review of Biblical Literature. I had already agreed to write one more review for RBL and so will [Read More…]

Digital Humanities SBL 2016 Call for Papers

The call for papers for the 2016 Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting is now available online. Having joined the Digital Humanities program unit, let me highlight its call for papers here. DIGITAL HUMANITIES IN BIBLICAL, EARLY JEWISH, AND CHRISTIAN STUDIES A panel will be organized on the publication of collected essays by our group [Read More…]