SOCIETY OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE

Foster Biblical Scholarship

aka SBL   |   Atlanta, GA   |  www.sbl-site.org

Mission

Foster Biblical Scholarship

Ruling year info

1949

Principal Officer

Dr. John F. Kutsko

Main address

The Luce Center, Ste 350 825 Houston Mill Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30329 USA

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EIN

23-6390716

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (A03)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

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Our programs

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

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 .

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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SOCIETY OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE

Board of directors
as of 05/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tat-siong Benny Liew

Cheryl B. Anderson

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Philip F. Esler

University of St. Andrews

Archie C. C. Lee

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Francisco Lozada

Brite Divinity School

John F. Kutsko

Society of Biblical Literature

Adele Reinhartz

University of Ottawa

John T. Strong

Missouri State University

Christine M. Thomas

University of California- Santa Barbara

Jeffrey K. Kuan

Pacific School of Religion

John Crossan

Mary Foskett

Wake Forest University

Steven Friesen

University of Texas at Austin

Carol Meyers

Duke University

Daniel Schowalter

Carthage College

Gerald West

University of Kwazulu-Natal

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/12/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/12/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.