2017 Annual Meeting, Nov 18-21

Plan to join your colleagues in beautiful Boston for the 2017 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings.

2017 Regional Meetings

Online registrations are open:

Eastern International
Deadline: April 15 (Early bird)

New England-Maritimes
Deadline: April 8

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: April 14 (Early bird)

Upper Midwest
Deadline: April 1


Member Notes

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Books and Major Publications

Thomas R. Blanton IV, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

A Spiritual Economy: Gift Exchange in the Letters of Paul of Tarsus, Yale University Press, 2017. The exchange of gifts is a fundamental part of society and a foundational element in Greco-Roman religions. Combining theories of gift exchange, both modern and Greco-Roman, Blanton reveals how religious discourse—in the guise of “spiritual gifts” believed to come from Israel’s god—is instrumental in the formation of sociopolitical hierarchies and the assignment of honor and prestige. Blanton employs an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates religious studies, classics, sociology, and anthropology to investigate the economy of gift exchange described in the letters of Paul of Tarsus.

Steven Engler, Mount Royal University

The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion, Oxford University Press, 2016, co-edited with Michael Stausberg, University of Bergen.

Steven Engler, Mount Royal University

Handbook of Contemporary Religions in Brazil, Brill, 2016, co-edited with Bettina E. Schmidt, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Earlham School of Religion

My new co-edited book with Jann Aldredge-Clanton, Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World (Judson Press, 2017), is now available.

Gerard Mannion, Georgetown University

Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism: Evangelii Gaudium and the Papal Agenda, Cambridge University Press, 2017. This study explores key components of Francis' vision and agenda for the church—ecclesiological, social and dialogical—drawing together a range of globally and disciplinary diverse voices. Contributions explore Francis' distinctive style of papacy as well as the substance of his ecclesial revolution and reforms. Chapters engage with pressing challenges for the church in today's world and Francis' debt to key influences from John XXIII and Vatican II to Liberation Theology. The global context and contributions to dialogue of this papacy are also assessed.

Paul Oslington, Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia

Political Economy and Natural Theology: Smith, Malthus and their Followers, London: Routledge, 2017.

S. Brent Plate, Hamilton College

Religion in Museums: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Bloomsbury Academic, 2017, co-edited with Gretchen Buggeln and Crispin Paine. Contributors from a variety of disciplines and institutions explore the work of museums from many perspectives, including cultural studies, religious studies, and visual and material culture. Most museums throughout the world—whether art, archaeology, anthropology or history museums—include religious objects, and an increasing number are beginning to address religion as a major category of human identity. With rising museum attendance and the increasingly complex role of religion in social and geopolitical realities, this work of stewardship and interpretation is urgent and important.