Meeting Mandaeans at #AARSBL16

I am so grateful to Jorunn Buckley for organizing a meeting between scholars who work on the Mandaean religion, and two representatives of the Mandaean community here in San Antonio. We had fascinating conversations about the challenges their scattered small communities face, and explored practical ways that scholars might be able to support them. [Read more…]

Scholarly Communication at #AARSBL16

Before heading to the 1pm Digital Humanities session on scholarly communication, I saw a tweet saying that if publishers want to reach the public and have them well informed, we cannot continue to make academic books so ridiculously expensive. In the session, John Kutsko talked about SBLCentral, a project to move beyond RBL to a [Read More…]

Feminism is for Everybody at #AARSBL16

I am presenting at the same time as the above session, but if you weren’t going to come to hear my paper about the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife anyway, then that is where you should be. [Read more…]

My contribution to the review panel about Ancient Worlds in Digital Culture at #AARSBL16

Here are my thoughts on the first volume in the Digital Biblical Studies series from E. J. Brill, Ancient Worlds in Digital Culture, which I am offering in a review panel that is occurring right now in San Antonio. My own contribution focuses on chapters 1, 5, and 9-12. This first volume in the new Brill series, [Read More…]

Don’t Forget the #AARSBL16 Blogger Dinner This Evening!

I thought I should post a reminder about the bloggers’ dinner tonight at Yard House (849 E. Commerce St.). It starts at 7pm, but if you show up later, some of us who have other plans later in the evening might be able to cycle out to make room for new arrivals at the table. Looking [Read More…]

Off to San Antonio for #aarsbl16

I travel to San Antonio today for the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting(s). I will be blogging about the conference from there. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with many friends and colleagues, including at the blogger dinner. I’ll be bringing Canon: The Card Game for those who are interested in [Read More…]

Ancient Worlds in Digital Culture at #AARSBL16

About a month ago, the blog Evangelical Textual Criticism drew attention to the first volume in a new series, Digital Biblical Studies. For those interested in the volume, which really is an incredibly fascinating survey of the Digital Humanities in relation to Biblical studies, there will be a panel discussion at SBL, in which I am [Read More…]

Case Closed on the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife – but there’s more to be said at #aarsbl16

A fair amount of discussion has been taking place online about the authenticity of some new manuscripts that have come to light recently. These include one that has been dated to the 7th century BCE and which mentions Jerusalem, as well as a collection of new dead sea scrolls. And so it is time for me to revisit [Read More…]

Blogger Gathering at #AARSBL16 on Saturday, November 19th at 7pm at Yard House

The blogger dinner this year at AAR/SBL will be at 7pm on November 19th at Yard House on the River Walk (849 E. Commerce St.). The food and drink menus look great, and they were able to give us a reservation for 20 people and let us all order off the menu with separate checks, which [Read More…]

The #AARSBL16 app is here!

For those of you who had been waiting for this moment, the app for your phone, tablet, or other mobile device is finally here. It includes details such as the time and location of the Durham University reception (which is at the same time as the Blogger Dinner, but runs long enough that it shouldn’t [Read More…]