CSBV 2021 Spring Conference: Emerging Scholars Student Research Prize

Revd delivered the fifth session keynote address. Dr. Helen Paynter, Director: Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence. Her paper entitled, “I Believe in the Afterlife (of the word),” offered a reminder about the need for humility when working academically to translate and interpret passages of scripture. She appeals to emerging scholars, but her…

CSBV 2021 Spring Conference: Violence Against Women in Biblical Narratives

This mid-week session of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence. The session comes with a trigger warning about intense and personal content that includes sexual and physical violence against women and dealing with uncomfortable relationship aggression. This session’s Keynote Speaker, Dr. Johanna Stiebert, Professor of Hebrew Bible, University of Leeds, presented “Virginity,…

CSBV 2021 Spring Conference: Biblical Violence in Genesis and Judges

Note: CSBV offered a special session specifically to include Majority-World Speakers on the subject of biblical violence. Unfortunately, I was unable to accommodate because I was asleep in my present time zone. Nevertheless, I was disappointed to have missed this session because topics focused on basic human rights and addressing violence-based justice. You can find…

CSBV 2021 Spring Conference: Bible and Christian Violence

The Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence (CSBV) celebrates just over two years of activity with a conference called “From the Rising to the Setting Sun: Global Perspectives on the Bible and Violence.” CSBV has been very active, even during the global pandemic lockdown, providing an outlet for academics and encouraging stimulating conversations…

SBLAAR20: Day Ten

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom—Tenth Day of a 10-day online academic conference Two years ago, at SBLAAR18 in Denver, CO, I gave a presentation on the final morning of the conference. It is not a popular time slot and is usually filled with visitors on their way to the airport, luggage in hand. The virtual conference last…

SBLAAR20: Day Nine

Fatigue in a Virtual Conference—Ninth Day of an Academic Conference in 2020 My first two sessions have been assigned to me as SBLAAR20 Tech Assist. I am pleased to say that participating in an assortment of sessions that I might not otherwise have been aware of has been an excellent experience. In addition, I have…

SBLAAR20: Day Eight

Hermeneutics & the Hebrew Bible—Eighth Day of an Academic Conference in 2020 This morning’s session at SBLAAR20 focused on a specific area of biblical studies that intersects directly with my biblical research, Biblical Hebrew Poetry. The presentations sought to explore substantial evidence of blessing and curses within Hebrew Poetry. In addition, many of these presentations…

SBLAAR20: Day Seven

STEM, Science Fiction, and Religion—Seventh Day of a 10 day Academic Conference in 2020 Today marked my earliest morning attendance for this virtual conference. The “wildcard” session on religious responses to the coronavirus showed up on my daily ATIV email, and I listened in even before my first cup of coffee. This was an exciting…

SBLAAR20: Day Six

Synchronicity is a Thing—Sixth Day of a 10 day Virtual Academic Conference in 2020 Expecting a live stream, I planned my day and family life around this SBLAAR20 scheduled event. You can imagine how disappointed I was to find the address was pre-recorded. The one social comfort of the virtual conference is that I am…