Jonathan Z. Smith on his Lifetime of Learning

Professor Jonathan Z. Smith (d. December 30, 2017) delivered the plenary address at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, “Reading Religion: A Life in Scholarship” (October 31, 2010). The lecture is available on YouTube.

I am far from insensible to the honor, interest and – yes – forbearance you have extended me by your invitation to speak with you on this occasion, under the general rubric of a lifetime of learning address. I take some comfort from the implication of the first element in that assignment, that the chief criterion for your selection is a measure of longevity.

The lecture begins at 7:00.

In addition, J.Z. Smith’s  presidential address at the 2008 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, “Religion and Bible” is available on the SBL website:

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Bible Odyssey – Online Bible Encyclopedia from SBL

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Bible Odyssey is the Society of Biblical Literature’s online biblical studies resource, featuring articles on key subjects and passages in the Bible.

The Bible is a revered text for many and holds an iconic status in American and even global culture. And yet, studies show that people are unfamiliar with its key themes or stories—and who can blame them? The Bible is not one book, but many: a compilation of poetry, law codes, novellas, proverbs, gospels, and letters that were pulled together over the centuries. Being literate about the Bible is a tall order—but an important one. Given the Bible’s immense impact, our civic conversations and cultural awareness can only improve when we are able to recognize key people, places, and passages of the Bible.

In addition, readers are also unfamiliar with critical approaches to the text. There is a big difference between Bible study, which happens in a religious setting, and study of the Bible, which happens in an academic one.  Bible Odyssey addresses not only the literacy gap but also the gap between the academy and the “street.” Why should Bible scholars have all the fun? Wouldn’t you like to know about the Synoptic Question, or about J, E, P, and D?

Articles are written by biblical scholars and members of the Society of Biblical Literature. The site is an ongoing project, and has introductory articles on, for example:

David and Goliath (1 Sam 17), by Keith Bodner
The Nativity of Jesus, by Helen Bond
Mary Magdalene in Popular Culture, by Dan Clanton

 

Derrida Archived: “Other Testaments: Derrida and Religion”

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The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) has available three mp3 files which archive the session from the 2002 AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Toronto, “On Religion: An Interview With Jacques Derrida“.

Participants:

Jacques Derrida, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Yvonne Sherwood, University of Glasgow

John D. Caputo, Villanova University

Kevin Hart, Monash University

Derrida 1: http://www.bookreviews.org/audio/Derrida_Int_1.mp3

Derrida 2: http://www.bookreviews.org/audio/Derrida_Int_2.mp3

Derrida 3: http://www.bookreviews.org/audio/Derrida_Int_3.mp3

A transcription of the interview can be found in Yvonne Sherwood and Kevin Hart, eds, Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments (New York: Routledge, 2005), 27-50.

SBL Fonts – Biblical Languages

BibLit Font

The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) provides free unicode-compliant fonts for Hebrew and Greek, as well as the “BibLit” font which offers a combination of Hebrew, Greek, transliteration diacritics, and Latin type.

SBL fonts are made available without cost to individual scholars for non-profit use.

In addition, legacy SP fonts, designed by James R. Adair, are available for Coptic, Aramaic/Hebrew, Greek, and Syriac, as well as for transliteration diacritics and textual critical diacritics.