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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Regional Scholars

Regional Scholar Awards

The Regional Scholars’ Program has been developed by the Society of Biblical Literature’s Council of Regional Coordinators to recognize promising younger scholars in the field of biblical studies. Its objective is to encourage their intellectual development through a mentoring program and to provide practical assistance in securing a place to present their work at the Society’s Annual Meeting. Information on the application process is available from the Regional Coordinator of each region.

2014 Awards
headshot of Toan Do   Toan Do has recently begun his five-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Australian Catholic University Melbourne Campus. Prior to this post, Toan was an adjunct at Saint Meinrad School of Theology, IN (2010-2011), and was appointed Assistant Professor of Scripture Studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology, WI (2011-2014). Toan earned his dual doctoral degrees (S.T.D. in Theology and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies) from The University of Leuven, Belgium, with residence at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, and holds an S.T.L./M.A. (Theology/Scripture) from Leuven and a Ph.B./M.A. (Philosophy) from The Catholic University of America. Toan’s dissertation Rethinking the Death of Jesus was published earlier this year by Peeters-Leuven University Press; he also has articles published in BETL, ZNW, Biblica, JBL, REW, LBD, and IJAC. Toan is preparing the commentary on the Johannine Epistles for the Paulist Biblical Commentary; he is also an associate editor for the International Journal of African Catholicism. Toan’s teaching and research interests include the Johannine literature, NT textual criticism, and classical/biblical Greek.
headshotcameronhoward   Cameron B. R. Howard is assistant professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2010. She also holds an M.T.S. from Emory University and a Th.M. from Columbia Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the faculty at Luther, she taught at the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Her publications include contributions to Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics (SBL 2008), The New Interpreter’s Bible One-Volume Commentary (Abingdon 2010), the twentieth-anniversary edition of the Women’s Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox 2012), and the journal Word & World. Her current research focuses on post-colonial approaches to the literature and history of the Persian period. Committed to making critical biblical scholarship accessible to clergy and laypeople, Howard is a frequent contributor to and co-hosts a monthly podcast at
matthewthiessenheadshot   Matthew Thiessen is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Saint Louis University. In 2010, he earned his Ph.D. at Duke University. His dissertation, which was published as Contesting Conversion: Genealogy, Circumcision and Identity in Ancient Judaism and Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2011), won the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise 2014. His research focuses on Jewish and Christian identity construction in antiquity, and has been published in such journals as the Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Novum Testamentum, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and Journal for the Study of Judaism. He is currently working on a monograph on the apostle Paul’s use of the Abraham Narrative to defend his circumcision-free mission to the gentiles.
johnwhitleyheadshot   John B. Whitley is a Visiting Scholar at the Boston University School of Theology. He earned his Th.D. in Hebrew Bible from Harvard Divinity School and also holds degrees from Yale Divinity School (M.A.R.) and Florida State University (B.A.). John has published articles in the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal of Biblical Literature and his research and teaching interests include the religion and literature of Second Temple Judaism, the reception-history of the Hebrew Bible, and the ancient Near East. His doctoral dissertation, “Harnessing the Prophetic Voice: Allusion and Rewriting in Prophetic Collections from the Second Century B.C.E.,” examines the use of allusion and hypertextuality in 4QApocryphon of Jeremiah C, 4QPseudo-Ezekiel, and Daniel 7–12 and is currently being revised for publication.

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