A real horse town

A real horse town

Sunday at the annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting as a day of learning on many counts. If you’re curious about things biblical and archaeological, keep reading … Rather than reviewing all of the (sometimes) fascinating sessions I attended and...

All over the map

Attending a meeting of SBL/AAR (the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion) is not unlike strolling along San Antonio’s famed Riverwalk: options abound, and all of them interesting, at least to people of a certain bent. The Alamo is just...

Positivity

I always enjoy attending the annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting (this year in Atlanta), but when days are long and folks get tired, it’s easy to become a bit ill. I’m not ordinarily a cantankerous person, but sometimes fall victim to grousing...

Mind-stretching

I figure it’s always helpful to hang out with people who know more than me, and the annual American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature meeting gives me a chance to be a small shell floating around in a sea of smartness. The smartness is often...

Footsore and seat-sore: it must be SBL

Hearing 15 scholars read academic papers over the course of 9 1/2 hours — and then listening (or joining in) as their colleagues respond — can make for a happy day: especially when periodic breaks can be spent on the San Diego waterfront. On the first full...