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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.

2018 Awards

    Hicks-Keeton photoJill Hicks-Keeton (Ph.D., Duke University, 2014) is assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of Arguing with Aseneth: Gentile Access to Israel’s “Living God” in Jewish Antiquity (forthcoming from Oxford University Press). This book traces the variety of ways in which Jewish writers during the Second Temple period, including the apostle Paul, wrestled with the possibilities and constraints of gentile inclusion—and particularly how they intervened in the story of Israel’s mythic past as a means of explaining their present and envisioning, often in competing ways, collective futures. Hicks-Keeton’s work has been published in the Journal of Biblical Literature, and she has authored essays for the online journals Ancient Jew Review and Religion & Politics. Her current project assesses the recently-opened Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. 
    Singletary photoJennifer Elizabeth Singletary (Ph.D., Brown University, 2014) is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Collaborative Research Center 1136: "Education and Religion in Cultures of the Mediterranean and Its Environment from Ancient to Medieval Times and to Classical Islam" at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Previously, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Montana and Wofford College; she has also taught at the University of Georgia and Clemson University. Her research uses historical philology and cross-cultural comparison to examine the Hebrew Bible and Israelite religions in the context of the ancient Near East. In her dissertation, she analyzed the textual evidence concerning the deification of manufactured entities, divine qualities, and divine attributes from Mesopotamia, Syria, Palestine, and Elephantine. Her current project investigates collegiality and rivalry among religious specialists and scholars in ancient Israel and Mesopotamia. 
    Syfox photoChontel Syfox is a doctoral candidate in the University of Notre Dame’s Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity program. She earned a first class honors MTheol from the University of St Andrews, and an MTS from Emory University, where she was a Robert T. Jones Graduate Fellow. Chontel’s research, broadly speaking, focuses on the Hebrew Bible and the reception of its traditions in Second Temple literature. She is particularly interested in feminist interpretations of Scripture and related literature, and is writing a dissertation that examines the portrayals of the matriarchs in the Book of Jubilees. Other research interests include scriptural depictions of violence, the production and transmission of ancient knowledge, and ancient medicine.


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