Forgery, Canon, and Digital Humanities at #AARSBL17

The Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion conferences in November have their schedules available at least in draft form, and so I thought I would share a little about the sessions that I am involved in. I’ll be talking about the making of Canon: The Card Game viewed through the lens of the [Read More…]

SBL Statement on Academic Freedom

The Society of Biblical Literature issued a statement on academic freedom. Here is an excerpt: The Society of Biblical Literature supports academic freedom for scholars in their research, publication, and the broader communication of that research in an international context. This includes the freedom to choose topics and methods and to arrive at controversial results. [Read More…]

Canon and AARCon at #aarsbl17

April 29th is apparently Tabletop Day, and so this seems as good a time as any to share this somewhat overdue piece of information. I received notification a while back that I’ve had a paper accepted for SBL 2017 in Boston. The title is “Can the Dynamics of Canon Formation be Replicated through Game Mechanics? An [Read More…]

Review of Urban von Wahlde’s Latest Book

Urban C. von Wahlde, Gnosticism, Docetism, and the Judaisms of the First Century: The Search for the Wider Context of the Johannine Literature and Why It Matters. LNTS 512. London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2015.   What follows are thoughts by me prepared for a book review session at the Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature conference: [Read More…]

Metacriticizing Donald Trump

The Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship unit in the Society of Biblical Literature expresses its opposition to the Executive Order issued by President Donald J. Trump on January 27, 2017, that immediately suspends entry of citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen into the United States. We recognize that the Bible bears contradictory [Read More…]

SBL Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology Statement on Immigration

From the Society of Biblical Literature’s “Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology” program unit: Statement on the recent U.S. Executive Order: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” We, the steering committee of “Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology” of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and “Methods of Historiography in the Study [Read More…]

Poverty in the Biblical World and Today

Another statement from a program unit of the Society of Biblical Literature: It seems that studying poverty, whether in ancient times or today, makes people more sympathetic to the plight of the poor. [Read more…]

Biblical Scholars Stand With Refugees

If it has been disheartening to see the actions of America’s president and his supporters, and the harmful effects on people that those actions have had on refugees and other extremely vulnerable constituencies, it has been encouraging to see so many people of different backgrounds being united in their outspokenness against these policies. I plan [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…]