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August 17, 2009

Atlanta – The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) has received a National Endowment for the Humanities planning grant to develop an interactive website that would improve public understanding of the Bible and its contexts. This website, “The World of the Bible: Exploring People, Places, and Passages” will feed the large public interest in matters biblical and will draw on the work of SBL members.

The Project Director is SBL executive director Kent Richards, who will oversee the planning phase for the website from September 2009 to September 2010.

The SBL, founded in 1880 to further the academic study of the Bible and related literature, is the world's largest organization of biblical scholars with 8,700 members, including 2,400 outside North America. Non-sectarian in approach, the SBL includes professors and graduate students from both public universities and religious institutions of higher learning.

While the SBL continues to foster biblical scholarship through academic meetings and publishing, its strategic vision promotes sharing member expertise with diverse audiences, including students, religious communities, and the general public.  “Service to the wider public helps embolden scholarly research.  When communication between scholar and wider public is taken lightly or not engaged at all, both are diminished,” says Richards.  

The SBL will work with the New York design studio S2N Media to develop a site that is attractive, easy to navigate, and fully interactive. The website is in its early stages of development. An advisory board meeting at the 2009 annual meeting in New Orleans will set the approach, style, and direction of the site.


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