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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Research and Publications Committee
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The Research and Publications Committee (R&P) is the volunteer body responsible for the policies and procedures of SBL Press. The Committee is composed of six SBL members in good standing, five of which are selected by the Nominating Committee and approved by Council. The Nominating Committee designates which member will be the chair. The General Editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature serves as the sixth voting member of this committee by virtue of his or her editorial position. Each member is approved for a three-year term that may be renewed. Effort is made to have representation from the guild outside North America and to include male and female members, although there is not a proscribed formula for gender equity. The Director of SBL Press reports to the Committee and participates in the meetings in an advisory capacity but does not cast votes.

The primary function of the R&P Committee is to engage in strategic thinking in reviewing and setting policy related to SBL Press. That is, the Committee establishes the broad, long-term goals and the general shape of the publications program as a whole, but it does not exercise oversight over the day-to-day operations of SBL Press. The SBL Press Director manages and directs operations of the department and reports directly to the SBL Executive Director.

The Committee votes on editorial appointments (both general series editors and editorial boards) and reports decisions to Council. The Committee reviews any new book series proposed for SBL Press.

John T. Fitzgerald, Chair

Tat-siong Benny Liew

Jorunn Økland

Adele Reinhartz, Ex Officio

Marvin A. Sweeney

Gale A. Yee

Heather McMurray, Staff Liaison
 
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