Blogger Session at #SBLAAR14

Blogger Session at #SBLAAR14 November 20, 2014

The Blogger session at SBL will include two papers, offered by Kimberly Majeski and Jim Linville, to be followed by a panel which will include Chris Keith, Anthony LeDonne, Dan McClellan, and perhaps others (if you are a biblioblogger who will be there, and want to participate, please feel free to get in touch – there have been some cancellations and unexpected conflicts, and so we might have room for one or two more). Here’s the description from the program book:



4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Room: Room 1 B (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)

The session will conclude with a panel of scholars who blog (including Chris Keith and Anthony Le Donne, among others), talking about key moments in the intersection of academic blogging and Biblical studies from recent months. One of the great things about blogging is that it allows discussion of Biblical studies and other academic news over the course of the year. This panel thus makes room for discussion of topics that could not be foreseen when the program was finalized in April. Expect mention of specific topics and panelists on the scholarly blogs prior to November!

James F. McGrath, Butler University, Presiding

Kimberly Majeski, Anderson University (IN)

Biblioblogging: A Bridge for Church and Academy (30 min)

James Linville, University of Lethbridge

May Contain Nuts and B.S. (Biblical Studies): The Politics of Academic Legitimacy Online and the Need to Properly Theorize the Category “@%!#*! Loonie” (30 min)

Other (90 min)

Anthony asked what topics from around the biblioblogosphere ought to be the focus:

James McGrath has invited Chris, James, and I to be part of a panel discussion for the Blogger and Online Publication session at AAR/SBL. I’m not sure if Crossley will show up. He’s sort of the the Axl Rose / Holy Spirit of Jesus studies; you just never know about his blow. Dr. McGrath suggested that we might leave a bit of space to discuss more recent topics. For my part I continue to be fascinated by the many changes to the peer-review process as we biblical scholars learn to navigate and exploit online media. So I might talk a bit about the climate that created Mary Magdalene’s recent paparazzi.

What other recent blogger and online events warrant discussion?


How would you answer? What topics would you want to see the focus of discussion by the panel – whether you will actually be present for the panel or not?

Of related interest, Jim Linville and I are also involved in a session related to academic freedom, in which blogging and the internet are also certain to be to the fore in the discussion at least at times:



1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Room: 410 A (Level 4 (Sapphire)) – Hilton Bayfront (HB)

Theme: Academic Freedom and Biblical Studies

Rebecca Raphael, Texas State University–San Marcos, Presiding

Jim Linville, University of Lethbridge

In Search of the Biblical Flintstones? Some Thoughts on Creationism, Academic Freedom, and Scholarly Obligation(30 min)

Hector Avalos, Iowa State University

Academic Freedom and Creationism in Public Universities (30 min)

James F. McGrath, Butler University

Can University Walls Keep Out the Internet? (30 min)

Christopher Rollston, George Washington University

Freedom of Religion and Academic Freedom: Symphony and Cacophony in Confessional Higher Education (30 min)

Discussion (30 min)

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  • Jim

    Do you anticipate any discussion on the Jesus as a myth blog sites? Just wondering re the Carrier OHJ release and the other session on Ehrman’s HJBG (not that they’re related in any way). Also, do you know if any well known mythicists have registered for this blogger session?

    • I’m not sure anyone will be interested in discussing the topic, but it is possible. I’m not aware of any mythicists coming to the conference, never mind this particular session.