THE 1980 CENTENNIAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE: A CENTURY OF AMERICAN BIBLICAL SCHOLARSHIP
AbstractThe festive atmosphere surrounding the 1980 Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Dallas from 5-9 November, was not without good reason. The occasion marked the centennial of a Society which grew from inauspicious beginnings to become a dominant force in American biblical scholarship. Founded in 1880 in Chicago, it now embraces a whole network of regional sections covering the whole of North America. With its stated object “to stimulate the critical investigation of the classical biblical literatures, together with other related literature, by the exchange of scholarly research both in published and in public forum”, the SBL has promoted a wide variety of scholarly activities and can take credit for much of what has been achieved in this field. The history of the SBL is in fact the history of American biblical scholarship.
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