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SBL Teacher Newsletter

November 2010

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About the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
The SBL was founded in 1880 and is an international academic membership organization for people who teach, study, or are interested in academic study of the Bible and its related contexts and literatures. The Society’s mission is to foster biblical scholarship and does not hold any denominational or confessional stance, though many of our members are religious leaders.

Feature Essay

Disability in the Hebrew Bible
By Jeremy Schipper

Disability studies is a growing area of concern in biblical studies. And it is a subject that may be familiar for many high school students. Looking at the language and images of disability in the Bible can be a way to bring students to the text through a different lens, one that allows them to compare and contrast biblical and contemporary perceptions.


Introducing the Real Mary Magdalene
By Jaime Clark-Soles

Mary of Magdala is one of the most maligned and misunderstood women of the Bible. Professor Clark-Soles explains how she got such a bad rap, and goes line by line through the New Testament to reconstruct and reveal the "real" Mary of Magdala.


Book Review

An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: A Thematic Approach
by Sandra L. Gravett, Karla G. Bohmbach, F.V. Greifenhagen, and Donald C. Polaski.

Reviewed by Michael Chan


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