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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.

2016 Awards
Sam Boyd picture   Samuel (Sam) Boyd is assistant professor of the Bible and the ancient Near East at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He researches the Bible through various critical methods and in light of wider historical contexts to understand both the production of these documents as well as their history of interpretation. His particular areas of research include the development of the Pentateuch, legal hermeneutics in the ancient Near East, language ideology in the ancient world, and ritual theory applied to biblical texts. He also has interests in archaeology, Semitic philology and linguistics, and Late Antiquity (Rabbinic biblical interpretation, Ethiopic Christianity, and the advent of Islam). Sam was a Martin Marty Junior Fellow at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and was awarded a dissertation fellowship through the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2014.
Tony Keddie picture   G. Anthony (Tony) Keddie is a Ph.D. candidate in Ancient Mediterranean Religions at the University of Texas at Austin. His research engages with critical theory and material evidence in order to illuminate Jewish texts from the Hellenistic and Early Roman periods as ideological products of local political and socioeconomic landscapes. His dissertation, currently in progress, combines a materialist theoretical framework, archaeological interpretation, and textual analysis to examine the relationship between nonsectarian apocalyptic texts and socioeconomic change in Early Roman Judaea. His scholarly publications have appeared in Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, Journal for the Study of Judaism, and Journal for the Study of the New Testament, among other places. He is also serving as co-author with L. Michael White for a forthcoming volume on Jewish Fictional Letters from Hellenistic Egypt (SBL Press, Writings from the Greco-Roman World Series). During summers, he works at the Ostia synagogue excavations.

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