Tag Archives: Biblioblogs

Bibliobloggers Dinner

Bob Cargill announces arrangements he’s made for the 2010 SBL Bibliobloggers Dinner over at his newly rebus-titled blog. If you’d like to go, the official headcount is being tallied at James McGrath’s blog, so comment there. Further updates as events warrant.

Developing: Bibliobloggers Dinner at SBL

I know I’ve been wondering about it for a while, but James McGrath asked today if the Biblioblogger dinner is a thing of the past. A few of us have expressed interest in getting one organized, so we have a tentative date and time (Sunday at 6:45) and Bob Cargill is looking into one restaurant option right now (Gibney’s Irish pub). If anyone out there is interested, let one of us know.

Bibliobloggers at SBL

The Official (Unofficial) Biblioblog List is compiling a list of biblibloggers who are presenting at SBL. If you have a proposal that’s been accepted you can add it to the list by filling out this page. The list is still pretty small, and I’m sure there are lots of you who have had papers accepted.

Top 50 Biblical History Blogs

Linda and James over at A Blog of Biblical Proportions have compiled a helpful list of the Top 50 Biblical History Blogs, and I am honored to see I’m a part of the list. Thanks for the great resource!

Biblioblog Top 50

The Top 50 is out. I’ve slipped again (to 27th) thanks to a busy schedule and little posting. I’ve got a post on Psalm 82 and a review of The God of Israel coming up, though, and Christmas break is four weeks long, so I should have a more productive December, blogwise. A big thank you to my regular readers for your support. It is greatly appreciated.

Pete Bekins on את

Pete Bekins is beginning a series of posts which will follow him as he puts together his dissertation on the particle את. (Don’t steal any of his ideas.) Here is the thrust of his discussion, after a brief introduction to the particle as a direct object marker and such:

In Biblical Hebrew, the study of definiteness has been somewhat neglected. The grammars suggest that definiteness in Hebrew is similar to English, and thus scholars only work with only an intuitive notion of definiteness. In my research, I will provide an overview of recent work on definiteness and use the profile of object marking to develop the notion of definiteness as a scalar within BH.

Information structure comes into play in the explanation of DOM. Some have argued that DOM serves to help differentiate the subject from the object, while others have suggested that it is related to the transitivity of a clause. However, the influence of definiteness and animacy on grammatical structures seems to be related to the pragmatic role of topic. Topics must be definite, and topic-worthiness is also related to animacy.  Roles such as subject and object seem to grammaticalize the structure of a proposition related to the topic, specifically subjects are overwhelmingly definite and animate and are usually taken to be the topic by default. I will argue, therefore, that the role of DOM is not to differentiate subject from object per se, but to specially mark the grammatical role of object when it might compete with the subject in topic-worthiness.

Should make for an interesting series.

Biblioblog Top 50

Whoa! I’m all the way up to 6th! How exiting for me! I assume there’s a monetary award of some size waiting for me, right?

SBL Affiliation Clarified

The SBL Affiliation roundup has been updated. Mark Goodacre mentions a SBL affiliation-related note in the SBL Newsletter, and Jim West provides a short note of clarification in regards to the SBL Affiliation:

The Society of Biblical Literature’s recent decision to grant affiliate status to an informal grouping of SBL members who blog on biblical studies has generated several questions and issues that the SBL would like to clarify.

1. Who are “bibliobloggers” and are they an organization?

“Bibliobloggers” is a loose term used to describe the over 300 people who blog about the Bible; half of that number are SBL members. Up until this point, these bloggers have had no formal organizational structure, but have met informally and held discussions at the SBL annual meeting. The affiliate agreement was initiated by SBL executive director, Kent Richards and Jim West, a biblioblogs site administrator and SBL member.

2. Why did SBL make the affiliate agreement?

The SBL was in the process of having internal conversations about the potential of the internet and blogs in particular to communicate scholarship and organizational info among our members, and possibly beyond. It seemed wise to look to our members who were already using the technology and savvy about its uses; perhaps there were ways to learn from them and encourage internal discussion of issues related to blogs?

It came to our attention that a group of SBL members who blog were already convening at our annual meeting, but had to go off-site for group discussions. The SBL decided to offer affiliate status so that these SBL members could meet on-site at the Annual Meeting, free of charge, just as other affiliates, such as the Homiletics or Adventist societies do.

3. Is SBL endorsing the academic quality of all ‘biblioblogs’?

Just as with any affiliate status, the SBL neither affirms nor endorses the internal content of the affiliate. What the SBL does is to provide free meeting space and the opportunity to hold sessions. However, the hope is that this affiliation will increase member awareness of blogs as a means to engage others, thoughtfully and responsibly, on the topic of biblical studies.

4. Will bloggers now make use of their affiliate status to propose sessions or section units at the Annual Meeting? And if so, who will be responsible for reviewing their proposals?

Yes, as affiliate members, bloggers who are SBL members may propose sessions. Robert Cargill is the program unit chair, and the steering committee includes, April DeConick, Stephanie Fisher, Mark Goodacre, Christian Brady, Michael Barber, and Jim West. The steering committee will be responsible for reviewing all proposals.

SBL Affiliation Update

For anyone who is interested, I’ve updated my SBL Affiliation roundup with a recent addition by Jim Linville. Jim explains that he’s kinda on the fence on the matter, so I’m going to group him with the cautious, undecided, and overly diplomatic.

Bob Cargill on Biblioblogging Accreditation

Just so’s everyone is aware, I’ve updated my SBL Affiliation roundup to include Bob Cargill’s recent post on the question of the affiliation as an attempt at accreditation. Thanks for the discussion Bob. I think you make some good points.


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