Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Society of Biblical Literature

  • Atlanta, GA
  • www.sbl-site.org

Mission Statement

Foster Biblical Scholarship

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Annual Meeting
  3. International Meeting
  4. International Cooperation Initiative
  5. Bible Odyssey Website
Service Areas

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International

SBL is the international learned society of biblical scholars

ruling year

1949

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Dr. John F. Kutsko

Keywords

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biblical, scholarship, academic, learned society, Bible

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Also Known As

SBL

EIN

23-6390716

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies, Associations (A03)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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SBL provides complimentary membership to students and scholars in under-resourced countries to assist them in attending international congresses to interact with their collegues; provides resources for the development of curriculum for teachers and school districts that are teaching the Bible in public schools; helps develop fonts and various research tools for all who are interested in the study of antiquity. SBL's International Cooperation Initiative provides free online PDF copies of a variety of publications to scholars and students who would not otherwise have access to this current scholarship.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Programs - Publication Program- the Society of Biblical Literature publishes the Journal of Biblical Literature (JBL) and scholarly books in biblical studies and related disciplines; including monographs, dissertations, papers, translations, and reference works. Publishing policies are established by the Society's Research and Publications Committee, which seeks to address the needs of scholars and students in the field. The URL for the Publication Program is http://www.sbl-site.org/publications/default.aspx . - SBL Forum-is the online presence of the Society of Biblical Literature. The Forum features journalistic essays, interviews, and news of general and professional interest in biblical scholarshiannounces opportunities in the field of biblical studies and related disciplines, and provides access to digital resources. The URL for SBL Forum is www.sbl-site.org . - Review of Biblical Literature (RBL) - offers timely scholarly reviews of books in biblical studies and related fields. Appearing in this digital form and in print, RBL offers the most comprehensive, international, and up-to-date source of reviews available in the field. The digital form is available to users without charge at the SBL website www.sbl-site.org . - Congresses - the Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of biblical scholars in the world. Each meeting showcases the latest in biblical research, fosters collegial contacts, advances research, and focuses on issues of the profession. It hosts the world?s largest exhibit of books and digital resources for biblical studies. The International Meeting is held annually outside North America. It provides a unique forum for international scholars who are unable to attend the North American meeting. Meetings have been held in such places as Amsterdam, Budapest, Capetown, Copenhagen, Dublin, Heidelberg, Jerusalem, Krakow, Lausanne, Leuven, Melbourne, Munster, Rome, Salamanca, Sheffield, Strasbourg, and Vienna. The URL for Congresses is http://www.sbl-site.org/congresses/default.aspx . - Research and Development - Technology that fosters biblical scholarship is developed and applied in collaboration with other organizations and includes the creation and distribution of standardized Hebrew, Greek, and Latin fonts; the development of computer-based tools for learning biblical languages; consultation on topic maps and hypertext markup languages for the Internet; and the digitization of manuscripts and books for biblical studies. The URL for Research and Development is http://www.sbl-site.org/Resources/default.aspx . - Professions - the Committee on the Status of Women in the Professions (CSWP) develop sessions, host meetings, and foster mentoring programs, as well as providing Travel Grants for women in the field. The Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethic Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP) meets each year at the Annual Meeting to discuss issues of relevance. The URL for Professions is http://www.sbl-site.org/SBLCommittees.aspx . - Travel Grants - are available to individuals in developing countries who are participating on the Annual Meeting program and need travel assistance. There are also travel grants for women provided through the CSWP. - Awards - Regional Scholar Awards are presented at the Annual Meeting. - Openings and Employment Information Service Center (EISC) - provide a place for those seeking employment to pursue a position. Openings is an online job listing for scholars in religion and the Employment Information Services Center provides a venue at the Annual Meeting for interviews and resume reviews. The URL for Openings is http://www.sbl-site.org/EIS/EIS_Openings.aspx; URL for EISC is http://www.sbl-site.org/EIS/EIS_EISAtTheAnnualMeeting.aspx .

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Program 2

Annual Meeting

The
North American Annual Meeting is largest international gathering of biblical
scholars in the world. Each meeting highlights the study of the Bible,
archaeology, related languages and literatures, theology, religion, and
contemporary issues such as the Bible in American public education.

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Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 3

International Meeting

The
International Meeting is held annually outside North America. Drawing between five
to eight hundred attendees from over forty countries, the size and varying
locales of this meeting provide a unique and intimate forum for scholarly
discourse across continents.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 4

International Cooperation Initiative

The
International Cooperation Initiative has become a major avenue by which the
Society fosters biblical scholarship and facilitates mutual cooperation among
colleagues worldwide. Over 160 countries qualify for special benefits under the
ICI programs, including access to Online Books, reduced membership rates,
reduced journal subscription rates, and access to the database of scholars who
participate in collaborative teaching and mentoring. Through the ICI, two-way lines of
communication are opening between those who work in traditional centers of
biblical scholarship and those in underresourced areas.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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Program 5

Bible Odyssey Website

Bible Odyssey:
Exploring Places, People, and Passages is an interactive website that helps
the general public engage with biblical scholarshihistorical and literary richness of the
best-selling, best-known book of all time. The guides are scholars from the
Society of Biblical Literature, the largest academic organization in biblical
studies. They provide the content for a media-rich website, which will include
short videos of experts answering key questions or addressing current debates,
interactive timelines and maps, and short but informative essays.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

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International

SBL is the international learned society of biblical scholars

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SOCIETY OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Society of Biblical Literature

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. John F. Kutsko

BIO

John F. Kutsko was named executive director of the Society
of Biblical Literature (SBL) beginning July 1, 2010. He earned a Ph.D. in Near
Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University (1997) and an M.A.
from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan. He
is also an affiliate professor of biblical studies at the Candler School of
Theology, Emory University.

 

Kutsko has over two decades of publishing, leadership, and
executive experience, and he has directed the development of several major reference
resources. He joined SBL from Abingdon Press, the main imprint of the United
Methodist Publishing House, where he served as associate publisher and began as
director of academic and professional resources in 2003. For over a decade he
has conducted annual dissertation writing and publishing workshops. 

 

Kutsko is a contributing editor of The SBL Handbook of Style (Hendrickson, 1999) and is directing the
revised edition of the Handbook for
SBL. He contributed to the SBL Symposium Series volume, The Book of Ezekiel: Theological and Anthropological Perspectives
(2000), and is author of Between Heaven
and Earth: Divine Presence and Absence in the Book of Ezekiel (Eisenbrauns,
2000). He is coeditor of the forthcoming volume of symposium papers, The King James Version at 400 (SBL and
Nida, 2013).

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

John T. Strong

Missouri State University

Term: 2012 - 2014

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