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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.

2022 Awards

Zachary Schoening is completing his doctoral studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. His dissertation topic is “‘I Writhe and Travail in Labor’: Birth Imagery as an Expression of Divine Power in Isaiah 40-66.” His research interests include ancient Near Eastern birth imagery and practices, use of metaphor in the Hebrew Bible, the biblical prophets, and comparative Semitics. Zachary Schoening has presented numerous times at regional SBL meetings. He is a member of Society of Biblical Literature, Evangelical Theological Society, and Institute for Biblical Research.

ThompsonAlex Thompson is Assistant Professor of Religion at Tennessee Wesleyan University. He earned his B.A. in Archaeology, Classics, and Biblical Studies from the University of Evansville, a M.Litt. in Scripture and Theology from the St. Andrews University as the Bobby Jones Fellow, and a M.Div. from Candler School of Theology. He completed his PhD in New Testament at Emory University. His dissertation, under contract with De Gruyter, examines the role of recognition in the resurrection appearance of Luke 24 through the lens of anagnorisis as articulated by Aristotle and developed in Jewish and Greco-Roman literature. He argues that this recognition tradition not only shaped the form of Luke’s appearance stories but also informs the function of the stories as the climax of the Gospel. Alex’s future research will expand his study of the resurrection appearances to include the other canonical and non-canonical gospels. His other research interests include Luke-Acts, Revelation, and literary approaches to the New Testament. Alex is also an ordained United Methodist minister in the Holston Conference where he serves two churches. As a pastor and theologian, he has written a popular level Advent study under contract with Wipf and Stock.



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