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09-04-2004, 02:32 PM
I saw that BibleWorks is going to be in San Antonio at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting. Does anyone know about this group? I have not heard of them before. The meeting sounds pretty interesting.

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09-04-2004, 10:22 PM
The Society of Biblical Literature is the professional organization of biblical scholars. Anyone can join, but it is mostly composed of persons teaching biblical studies and related fields in colleges, universities, seminaries, and graduate schools in the USA. Pretty much all the major figures in biblical studies in the USA are members. The meeting to which you refer is the annual meeting that draws 1000s of attendees, book vendors, etc.

Joe Fleener
09-05-2004, 06:48 AM
To add a little. SBL's annual conference each year is preceded by the annual conference of The Evangelical Theological Society. Both conferences offer a tremendous opportunity to be stretched and challenged along with rubbing shoulders with a lot of people we (I) would not normally run into.

In general SBL is very broad and will have many non-Evangelicals, ETS is more narrow and tries to focus on issues related to Evangelicalism. That is a generalization, there are exceptions.

Both conferences have value.

The discussions which BW are connected with are being held as part of SBL on the Friday between the two conferences November 19th. To attend these sessions you have to register for SBL.

It would be great to see you there!

Joe Fleener
11-06-2004, 07:43 PM
This year's national SBL conference is just around the corner!

Panel Discussion: Exegetical Software in the Classroom

The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (http://www.sbl-site.org/congresses/Congresses_AnnualMeeting.aspx) Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Room #210A San Antonio, TX
Friday, November 19, 2004

1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Attendance is free and no registration is necessary. This discussion is an offering of The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) 2004 Annual Meeting. You must be registered for the SBL annual meeting in order to participate in the discussion. To register for the annual meeting click here (http://www.sbl-site.org/congresses/Congresses_AnnualMeeting.aspx).

The purpose and direction of this panel discussion has been set by a group of educators from theological institutions in the Philadelphia area who met in July 2004 to start an on going discussion that would help those involved make more effective use of computer tools in their teaching. If you would like to join those involved in the July 2004 meeting in an online discussion click here (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pedagogytechnology/). This online group is also the best place to go with any suggestions or questions you have regarding the SBL panel discussion.

Each member of a panel will give a brief presentation on his/her use of exegetical software as a tool for instruction. This presentation will be followed by moderated questions and answers.

Some questions panelists will discuss include:
1. How do you ensure students are learning Greek or Hebrew and not just the software?
2. Pedagogically, how does your teaching change with a classroom full of laptops?
3. Whose responsibility (e.g. Greek/Hebrew prof, librarian, etc.) is it to teach the students the proper use of these new tools?
4. How can we use the tools to aid in retention of the languages?
5. Can these tools help in non-language courses, and if so, how?
6. How do these tools fit into our "outcome based" educational assessments?
7. What does a sustainable skill set include?

Panel Coordinator:
Joseph Fleener
Director of Library Services
Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary
Lansdale, Pa.

Panel Members:
Rodney J. Decker
Assoc. Professor of New Testament
Baptist Bible Seminary
Clarks Summit, Pa.

Tom Finley
Professor of Old Testament and Semitics
Talbot Seminary
La Mirada, Calif.

Rodney Whitacre
Professor of Biblical Studies
Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry
Sewickley, Pa.