The Society of Biblical Literature was founded in 1880 to foster biblical scholarship.
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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.
Research Tools

The mission of the Society of Biblical Literature is to foster biblical scholarship. To that end, these are resources to assist those researching and writing papers in biblical studies.

Resources for Research
SBL is pleased to offer, in association with Logos Bible Software, a new, critically edited Greek New Testament in electronic and print formats. The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition, edited by Michael W. Holmes, is freely available for download at . The print edition can be purchased at the SBL Store.

Web links
for research – Need help getting started with your research? This page will direct you to a number of web links. Categorized by subject, it can help you start to find information and resources for your paper.

Journal of Biblical Literature
- The flagship journal of the field, the Journal of Biblical Literature is published quarterly and includes scholarly articles and critical notes by members of the Society. The journal is available online for current members, and past issues may be accessed through JSTOR.

Review of Biblical Literature - The Review of Biblical Literature, the premier source of biblical studies book reviews in the world. The RBL database currently offers reviews of over 3,000 titles in all areas of biblical studies. The RBL is available online with free access to all.
Tyndale Archive of Biblical Studies - This is an excellent collection of online versions of lexica for languages related to biblical studies. Though these are not necessarily the most current lexica, they represent tremendously important works and are an outstanding resource for working in the languages of biblical studies, including biblical and rabbinnic Hebrew, Aramaic, Coptic, Syriac, and Arabic.

Resources for Writing Papers

Biblical Fonts for writing papers – SBL distributes a number of fonts for use with biblical and ancient languages. SBL Hebrew is a new, Unicode-compatible font that is among the most advanced fonts available in any language. SBL also continues to distribute the SP font series, which contains fonts for a number of languages important for biblical studies.

Student Supplement to the SBL Handbook of Style – A condensed and helpful guide containing some of the essentials of the SBL Handbook of Style written especially for students writing paper in Biblical Studies.

CiteSBLHS - A great program, written in Java, that allows one to create footnotes, endnotes, bibliographies, and maintain a library. After creating a new library, users can select the type of resource and enter the applicable information. The program will then display the information according to the SBLHS. Citations can be exported in either Rich Text format or Nota Bene Alt-Cit format. This program is helpful for anyone who uses the SBL Handbook of Style to write papers. This program requires Java 1.6, which is currently available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Please note: This program is still in beta. Please report any errors or submit any improvements or new features to Steffen Jenkins, the program's author, who will be delighted to hear from you and can be contacted via the CiteSBLHS web site. While SBL has tested this program and has found it to be virus free as of 2-26-08, the link provided is off of our website. As such, SBL maintains no control over this code, and users must download at their own risk. 

Other Resources

Free Books in Biblical Studies and Related Fields A list of Google Books,, & web-based content in progress by Bob Buller and Danny Zacharias.

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