Want to Meet at SBL in Denver?

denver-convention-centerFor the past few years (20172016, 2015) I’ve advertised my desire to meet with just about anyone at the annual SBL meeting.

Make sure to read the very end of the post for a BONUS REASON to meet.

This year is no different. I’d enjoy meeting with you and chatting about whatever, whether it is in passing, over coffee, over a meal, or after a session.

Why would you want to meet with me? I can think of four reasons.

Reason One: I’m buying. Let’s be clear, I’m asking you, you’re not asking me. So I’m happy to get the coffee, meal, snack, or whatever. What are you waiting for?

Reason Two: My Job at Faithlife/Logos. I manage a team at Faithlife that does really cool stuff developing and utilizing Bible data. We speak Python, Django, C#, Javascript, XML, SQL, JSON, and a bunch of other stuff (Ancient Languages, Linguistics, Grammar, Syntax, managing data, and more). Are you at the intersection of code, data, and the Bible? Then let’s talk. Remember: The scholar best set up for the future is the one who can manage all sorts of data; if you want to talk more about that with me, I’m game.

What is the ultimate Bible data you want or need access to? I want to know about it. If you’ve got a plan for it, I want you to pitch me on it — at minimum your elevator pitch, but more if you want.

Reason Three: My Publications. In short, I’m familiar with a wide array of data, a wide variety of editing and publishing tasks, and have worked pretty much the whole “stack” as regards creating and working with Bible data. I’ve likely got experience at multiple levels with the thing you’re focusing on in Biblical studies. That, or I know someone who does.

I’ve translated and interlinearized the writings of the Apostolic Fathers. I’ve translated, introduced, and edited available Greek Apocryphal Gospels, including basic transcriptions and translations of fragmentary material. I’ve done major work on conceiving, preparing, and editing an edition of the Greek New Testament (SBLGNT). I’ve done similar work on a Bible translation (Lexham English Bible) and served as general editor of a translation of the Septuagint (Lexham English Septuagint). I’ve written a commentary (Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy), a discourse handbook (Second Thessalonians in the Lexham Discourse Handbook), and written the NT portion of a textual commentary geared toward the English reader (Lexham Textual Notes). I’ve written a regular column on Ancient Christian Writers for Bible Study Magazine for years. I’ve assembled data for several reverse interlinears published by Faithlife/Logos. I’ve created data tracking over 300,000 intertextual units across several datasets (Church Fathers, Second Temple materials, Judaica) as well as data reflecting intertextuality between the Old Testament (and Deuterocanon) and New Testament. I’ve extracted and transformed scads of text-critical data to create several “Manuscript Explorer” interactives. I’ve analyzed the context of over 1,000,000 Bible references in Systematic Theologies. Heck, I even grunted out an analysis of Hebrew Cantillation data.

Reason Four: I really dig this stuff. Chances are I’ll be interested in and maybe even have experience with the thing that you’re studying, dissertating, or examining.

Just respond (email is fine, rick at faithlife dot com) so we can get it on the calendar. I’m in Denver from Friday, Nov 16 through Monday, Nov 19. Let’s do it.

BONUS REASON: I’ll be bringing a small inventory of Appian Way Press books to SBL to sell at bargain prices. Greek Readers will be $6.00 apiece, not sure about others yet. I’ll have a post with more information about this sometime in September or early October and an opportunity to pre-order (Paypal with a small premium to cover the transaction fees) for delivery at the conference.


5 thoughts on “Want to Meet at SBL in Denver?

  1. I’m definitely eager to make sure we get a chance to talk in Denver. Maybe a good way to go about it would be to start working on planning the Bloggers’ Dinner for 2018? I don’t remember anyplace in particular as a good venue for eating, drinking, and hanging out having conversation there from the last time SBL was there, it has been so long. I also always struggle to pick a good evening for it because there are always so many other things going on. In recent years I’ve tended to have it overlap with the SBL and AAR presidential addresses, since as a member of both I would have to miss one or the other, and so missing both is fairer!

    Any thoughts on this? I think gathering at a publisher’s reception might be a good option, making it more accessible to grad students and independent scholars than a dinner setting might be. We tried that recently, and ironically I had to miss it after having organized it myself…


    • Hi James. It’s never too early to start planning, but I simply don’t have the bandwidth to help with a blogger/social media meeting. Outside of an open publisher’s reception (not a bad idea) it might just be good to make it informal and meet at some establishment for refreshements post-dinner.


      • In the past, we’ve gathered for dinner somewhere and others have shown up later just to join in the conversation. But I think that gathering at an evening publisher’s reception is probably ideal. For one thing, usually it only conflicts with other publisher receptions. For another, the publisher usually provides some food and beverages which grad students and other less well-to-do bloggers appreciate. Also, in a dinner context people can rarely move around and mingle and so we don’t get to talk to everyone we’d like to. I’ll try to make this happen. Some publishers are really eager to connect with bloggers who may potentially review books for them (and in some cases, write books for them), and so I expect that some publisher(s) may be eager for us to choose their reception rather than another for this. Let’s be honest – most of us will make an appearance at their reception anyway – but a gathering like this will bring more of us, and keep us there longer, in ways that benefit the publisher as well as us!

        Looking forward to exploring this more in the near future…


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