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The SBL 2010 Experience

November 25, 2010

I had a pretty good time in Atlanta this past weekend. I stayed with a couple of good men from TWU at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta where the conference center is located.

The night before the conference started I had dinner with Jim West, Christ Tilling, James Crossley, and David Chalcraft which was delightful for the conversation and company, although I had to return my bleeding to death hamburger twice and ended up just having fries for dinner! However, meeting these fine gentlemen easily made up for it.

I attended a lot of sessions all day Saturday and Sunday. Some were good; some weren’t so good. I particularly enjoyed the secular criticism section with Hector Avalos and Jim Linville’s lectures, and the Memory section, though I couldn’t stop thinking about how much Alan Kirk looked like Dennis Miller (without the I’m smarter than you smirk of course! [though he probably is])while he was lecturing! What can I say, I’m easily distracted.

Via James McGrath(via James McGrath)

Saturday evening was the biblioblogger get together at Gibney’s Irish pub. I very much enjoyed myself as I was able to meet so many online persons that I have interacted with over the last few years. I met way too many people to list them all here(James McGrath, Daniel and Tonya, Jeremy Thompson, Joel Watts, etc.), but rest assured I enjoyed every minute of the night… even if a few of you started laughing when you met me and said something along the lines of, “Oh, you’re that Scott!?!”

Of course, one of the highlights of Saturday and Sunday evenings at any SBL are the variety of receptions. Let’s just say there were a number of them attended and I’ll leave it at that. Also, on Sunday evening I was able to meet Dr. Jim Linville. Tyler Williams ( a former professor of mine), and myself were able to sit down with Dr. Jim over some nachos and shoot the breeze for a little while. It was great.

On Monday there was another biblioblogging get together, this time a lunch put together by John Hobbins. While I was able briefly to meet many other bloggers mostly I sat and talked with Jeremy Thompson, Rob Kashow, Tyler Williams, and Ken Brown.

Following this lunch there was an important session for those involved in blogging and online publication:

Inaugural Blogger and Online Publication Session at the 2010 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting
Robert R. Cargill, Presiding
November 22, 2010, 1:00-3:30 PM
Room: A702 – Marriott Marquis

Robert R. Cargill, UCLA
Introductory Remarks

James Davila, University of St. Andrews-Scotland
What Just Happened:  The Rise of “Biblioblogging” in the First Decade of the Twenty-First Century

Christian Brady, Pennsylvania State University University Park
Online Biblical Studies: Past, Present, Promise, and Peril

Michael Barber, John Paul the Great Catholic University
Weblogs and the Academy: The Benefits and Challenges of Biblioblogging

James McGrath, Butler University
The Blogging Revolution: New Technologies and their Impact on How we do Scholarship

Robert R. Cargill, UCLA
Instruction, Research, and the Future of Online Educational Technologies


I attended many sessions at SBL this year and there was not a single session in which the quality of lectures were as good and entertaining as the above gentlemen. Good insights, engagingly delivered, and liberally peppered with some humour. Maybe blogging helps with more than just writing? Well done guys, next year’s session has a lot to live up to!

Hope to see you all in San Francisco for SBL 2011.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2010 6:24 pm

    There is nothing worse than bloody meat! I always order it more done than I actually want it just so they’ll get it right (which means I always say “very well” done in hopes that it’ll be cooked through regularly). Anyway… sounds like a good time.

  2. November 26, 2010 3:56 pm

    You’re too kind! Thanks!


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