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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.

Regional Scholar Award Program Policy

More information on opportunities to present at regional meetings and applying for a Regional Scholar Award is available on the webpages of individual regional meetings.

2015 Awards
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James Barker is currently Assistant Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. His research focuses on the production and reception of the Gospels, and he received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2011. His revised dissertation, John’s Use of Matthew, was directed by Amy-Jill Levine and is forthcoming from Fortress Press. In 2014 James received the Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship for his essay, “Ancient Compositional Practices and the Gospels: A Reassessment,” which is forthcoming in the Journal of Biblical Literature. He has also published “The Reconstruction of Kaige/Quinta Zechariah 9,9” in Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft.


Tucker Ferda is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion at the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He earned his M.T.S. degree from Duke in 2009. His research focuses on the Gospels, the historical Jesus, Second Temple Judaism, and the history of biblical interpretation. He has published articles on a wide range of topics in the Journal of Theological Studies (forthcoming), Journal of Biblical Literature, Novum Testamentum, Journal for the Study of Judaism, Dead Sea Discoveries, Biblica, Biblical Interpretation, Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, and has contributed numerous articles to the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. His dissertation, nearly finished, investigates the theory of a “Galilean crisis” in the ministry of the historical Jesus. He teaches undergraduate religion courses at the University of Pittsburgh, and graduate level Greek and other New Testament courses at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.


Ian Douglas Wilson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Alberta. His dissertation, which he will defend in March 2015, is entitled “Kingship Remembered and Imagined: Monarchy in the Hebrew Bible and Postmonarchic Discourse in Ancient Judah.” In 2013, he received the Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize in recognition of his research at the University of Alberta, and the Zita and John Rosen Teaching Award, the University’s top honor for graduate student instructors. His primary research interests are social remembering, identity formation, and sociopolitics in ancient Judah, especially in the early Second Temple era. Other interests include historical theory and historiography, theories of religion, and Near Eastern archaeology and the interpretation of material artifacts. His scholarly articles have appeared in publications such as Harvard Theological Review, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft.


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