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 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.
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