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I am pleased to announce that Leonard Greenspoon has agreed to become the editor of The Forum. This online publication appears on the SBL website and is, in many ways, an entry or portal to what we do, who we are, and how we think of ourselves and our profession.

A portion of each monthly issue of SBL Forum is devoted to organizational and professional news and notices. Another part is made up of articles by our members and others. In this respect, SBL Forum is intended to compliment and supplement all of SBL publications. At the same time, articles, including features, pedagogical reflections, and others, are peer reviewed and of equal scholarly substance as all our publications. The topics and the focus are different, but no less important for our work as scholars in the early 21st century.

SBL Forum has had an excellent beginning with the editorship of Frank Ames. Everyone will have an opportunity at the Annual Meeting in San Antonio to thank Frank for his initial editorial work. As Leonard said, "I am not beginning ex nihilo, and I have every intention of building on and expanding the very firm foundations that are already in place. There is an advisory board, to which I hope to add members, especially younger scholars. In the coming months you will, I hope, notice some differences as well as continuities. Of greatest important is my desire to have an ever increasing number of you as authors or guest editors."

Leonard has participated in SBL activities his entire academic career. He has held the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University since 1995. Before that, he taught for 20 years at Clemson University. Greenspoon has served as president of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies and chaired SBL's section on Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible for six years. He has written or edited 15 books, written more than 150 articles, book chapters, and dictionary/encyclopedia entries, and approximately 400 book reviews and notices. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University; his major research interests now are Bible translation, especially Jewish ones, from the Septuagint to contemporary versions, and religion—including the Bible and Judaism—in popular culture. He also writes a column, "The Bible in the News," for each issue of Bible Review.

I am also grateful for the service of The Forum Advisory Board that consists of:

Frank Ames

Colorado Christian University

Moira Bucciarelli

Former Managing Editor

of SBL Forum

Henry Carrigan

Trinity Press International

James Charlesworth

Princeton Theological Seminary

John Dart

Christian Century

Kristin De Troyer

Claremont School of Theology

Gregory Glover

Southminster Presbyterian Church

Mark Goodacre

University Of Birmingham, UK

M. Patrick Graham

Emory University

Leonard Greenspoon

Creighton University

John F. Kutsko

Abingdon Press

Amy-Jill Levine

Vanderbilt University

Gerald Oakley West

University Of Natal, South Africa

Citation: Kent Richards, " Greenspoon to be Editor of Forum," SBL Forum , n.p. [cited Oct 2004]. Online:


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