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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.
If Only Paul Had Used The Chicago Manual of Style
By Roger L. Omanson
What a difference a comma, a period, or quotation mark can make! In this fascinating essay, Bible translator and scholar Roger Omanson shows how punctuation decisions can subtly change the meaning of biblical texts.
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Versions and Translations
Teachers often ask: What is the best translation to use in class? While we don’t make any specific recommendations here, we do provide an overview of some of the most familiar translations. In public school settings, teachers can ideally expose students to several translations or choose a more ecumenical one.
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KJV 400th anniversary links
This year (2011) marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible (it was completed in 1611). The King James Bible trust in England has an extensive website.
Several years ago, the SBL published some scholar essays on the impact and import of the KJV.
“The KJV and American Culture: 'A far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory'”
by Steven Sheeley
Bernard Levinson and Joshua Berman authored an essay on the KJV and its role in early American History.
Bible in Secondary Schools in the News
Arkansas lawmakers advance bill to set curriculum for course on Bible in some public schools
Teaching of Bible can be tricky task