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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.
Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee - Activities

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List serve:
CUREMP maintains a moderated list serve for SBL members. This list serve is devoted to the discussion of a variety of topics related to racial and ethnic minorities in biblical scholarship. The list includes faculty, administrators and graduate students.
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Annual Meeting
Every year, CUREMP hosts a luncheon for racial/ethnic students and faculty members who are attending the annual meeting. Each luncheon includes presentations and discussions that cover topics of interest to us. Please check the program booklet for the exact time and location.  

 We are going to post on our website papers presented at annual meetings that can provide information about navigating the murky waters of graduate school and the academy as racial/ethnic persons.

To start, we will post a paper presented in 2008 in a session hosted by the SBL’s Status of Women in the Profession Committee. The theme of the session was “Survivor SBL: More Than A Woman: Racial/Ethnic Women in the Academy.”

Surviving and Thriving in the Biblical Academy
The Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

Here is a representative (but not exhaustive) list of SBL offerings at the Annual Meeting that address racial/ethnic contexts:

African Biblical Hermeneutics
African American Biblical Hermeneutics Section
Asian and Asian American Hermeneutics Group
African Association for the Study of Religion
Contextual Biblical Interpretation Group
Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Interpretation Consultation

For the complete list of Annual Meeting Program Units, click here. (Also see this page for contact information on the units listed above.) For information on Annual Meeting activities of these groups, see the program book for the current year, which will be posted here when available.

For more general information on program units, click here.

CUREMP Member Biographies

Cheryl B. Anderson
is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois. She is the author of Women, Ideology and Violence: Critical Theory and the Construction of Gender in the Book of the Covenant and the Deuteronomic Code. Her teaching and research interests include: ideological criticism, feminist criticism, critical legal theory and biblical interpretation and African American Biblical Hermeneutics. She is now serving as committee chair.

Alejandro F. Botta (Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is the Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible. His research interests are Elephantine papyri, Aramaic-Demotic Interrelationships, The Book of Chronicles and, Latin-American Biblical Interpretation. His publications include The Aramaic and Egyptian Legal Traditions of Elephantine: An Egyptological Approach: Library of Second Temple Studies 64 (London, New York: T&T Clark, 2009), Los Doce Profetas Menores (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006), Cultura Material, Evolución Demográfica y Cambio Politico en Palestina durante la Dominación Egicia. Serle Estudios 4, Program of Egyptological Studies, National Council of Scientific Research, Argentina (Buenos Aires: PREDE, 1992)

Michael Joseph Brown is Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins and Director of the Graduate Division of Religion at Candler School of Theology and Emory University.  He is the author of several books, including Blackening the Bible: The Aims of African American Biblical Interpretation (Trinity Press, 2004).  His research interests focus on Christian origins and Christianity in Roman Egypt.  He also has an interest in reception of the Bible in modern cultures.   

Jacqueline Hidalgo (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University) is the Assistant Profess of Latina/o Studies and Religion. She is the author of California Dreaming: Scriptural Imaginaries and the Power of (No) Place from Aztlán to the New Jerusalem (in process), “Scripting Latindad: (Re)Defining Textual Selves and Worlds in the Age of MySpace.” The Journal Hispanic/Latino Theology (February 2009) ( ), and “’In the World But Not of It:’ The bible and the Negotiation of Home among Cuban Emigrés at Claremont’s Calvary Chapel.” Scriptures and Vernaculars: Scriptures in Los Angeles (2005) (

Jeffrey K. Kuan (Ph. D., Emory University) is Dean of Theological School at Drew University. He is associate editor of the New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible and editorial board member of the Journal of Biblical Literature. He authored Neo-Assyrian Historical Inscriptions and Syria-Palestine and co-edited History and Interpretation: Essays in Honor of John H. Hayes. He has served on CUREMP since 2003.

Frank M. Yamada (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at McCormick Theological Seminary and Director of the Center for Asian American Ministries. Frank is the author of Configurations of Rape in the Hebrew Bible: A Literary Analysis of Three Rape Narratives (Peter Lang, 2008), and he was an editor and contributor to The Peoples’ Bible, a cross-cultural study bible from Augsburg Fortress Press (2008).


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