SBL "Bible Odyssey" Site

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SBL "Bible Odyssey" Site

Post by cwconrad » July 4th, 2014, 7:09 am

This isn't Greek, but it's Biblical and it's scholarly. SBL has just launched is new "Bible Odyssey" site:

The descriptive "About Us" page says:
About the Society of Biblical Literature

Founded in 1880, the Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible based on the Humanities’ core disciplines. With over 8,000 members worldwide, it represents and convenes scholars whose life work is in biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies. The SBL promotes the academic study of the Bible and of sacred texts generally.

Why Bible Odyssey Website?

The Bible is a revered text for many and holds an iconic status in American and even global culture. And yet, studies show that people are unfamiliar with its key themes or stories—and who can blame them? The Bible is not one book, but many: a compilation of poetry, law codes, novellas, proverbs, gospels, and letters that were pulled together over the centuries. Being literate about the Bible is a tall order—but an important one. Given the Bible’s immense impact, our civic conversations and cultural awareness can only improve when we are able to recognize key people, places, and passages of the Bible.

In addition, readers are also unfamiliar with critical approaches to the text. There is a big difference between Bible study, which happens in a religious setting, and study of the Bible, which happens in an academic one. Bible Odyssey addresses not only the literacy gap but also the gap between the academy and the “street.” Why should Bible scholars have all the fun? Wouldn’t you like to know about the Synoptic Question, or about J, E, P, and D?
That is followed by a full listing of the scholarly contributors and the staff of the site.
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οὔτοι ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς πάντα θεοὶ θνητοῖς ὑπέδειξαν,
ἀλλὰ χρόνῳ ζητέοντες ἐφευρίσκουσιν ἄμεινον. (Xenophanes, Fragment 16)

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

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Re: SBL "Bible Odyssey" Site

Post by Stephen Carlson » July 4th, 2014, 2:00 pm

Thanks for that, Carl.

My article is here: ... spels.aspx
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Re: SBL "Bible Odyssey" Site

Post by Wes Wood » July 4th, 2014, 2:23 pm

I read a few of the articles and took a cursory look at one of the author's credentials. If I had been one page over, Dr. Carlson, I probably would have noticed your name. Thanks for pointing out your article here. I like what I have read on the site so far.
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Ἀσπάζομαι μὲν καὶ φιλῶ, πείσομαι δὲ μᾶλλον τῷ θεῷ ἢ ὑμῖν.-Ἀπολογία Σωκράτους 29δ

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