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Resources for Online Teaching

SBL is aware that many of you find yourselves teaching online for the first time due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, and we are committed to addressing your most urgent needs. Be sure to read our new Teaching Biblical Studies Online weekly newsletters highlighting Bible Odyssey resources to support your virtual classrooms. Below is a list of external online resources* to assist you during this difficult transition. SBL will continue to add to this list in the coming days. If you are familiar with any online resources that might assist your fellow members or if you would be willing to answer questions about online teaching your colleagues might have, please contact us at

As you transition to online teaching and conducting your research remotely, remember that many publishers, including SBL Press, have e-books available for faculty and student use through your institutional library. Check your on-line catalog or contact your librarian to inquire about access to e-books through EBSCO, JSTOR, ProQuest, and other platforms.

SBL Press titles can be purchased for individual use from Google Play and Amazon, and open-access volumes in the Ancient Near East Monographs and International Voices in Biblical Studies series are available for download.

Your university will likely have resources and staff expertise to help you transition to a virtual classroom. Be sure to take advantage of them. SBL will continue to monitor the situation as we work on a larger plan to address member needs in this area.

General Considerations

Pivoting to Online Instruction
Jessica Tinklenberg

Tips for Teaching Online
Amy Hale and the AAR Teaching and Learning Committee

Bringing Your Course Online
Modern Language Association

Teaching in the Context of COVID-19
Jacqueline Wernimont and Cathy N. Davidson

How to Be Present Online amid COVID-19
J. David Star

Moving Online Now: How to Keep Teaching during Coronavirus (downloadable guide)
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Some Resources for Online Learning from the Wabash Center Resource Collection
The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

These are some online courses brought to our attention by members. Staff have not reviewed the courses in their entirety. Viewer discretion is advised. If you offer an online course that might benefit other members, please email us at

The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East
Nili Samet

Introduction to Old Testament
Christine Hayes

Virtual Tours

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources

Virtual World Project

Ancient Near East and Biblical Studies Online Resources


SBL Online Teaching Weekly Newsletters



*Recognizing the increased need for online resources, SBL staff has chosen these external resources because we feel they may be useful for those who teach the Bible. The Society is committed to providing as many resources as we are able, and staff make every effort to vet external resources, but please be aware that the nature and availability of these resources change on a daily basis. Inclusion on the SBL site does not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, warranty, or favoring of products or services by the Society or constitute or imply an exclusive arrangement with the Society. The views and opinions of external resources do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Society. The Society neither controls nor endorses the content of external sites or the product promoted therein.



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