Biblical Scholars to Get More European Visibility. (News)

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In another step to widen the exposure of North American biblical scholars abroad, the large Society of Biblical Literature has signed a co-publishing agreement with Brill Academic Publishers of the Netherlands. Brill will publish hardcover editions of the 20-to-25 titles a year by SBL authors, while the Atlanta-based society will publish the paperback editions.

Few scholars in biblical studies, like specialists in many academic fields, secure major publishers such as Harper-Collins with international offices. Addressing that problem, for instance, an American consortium--Abingdon, Augsburg-Fortress, Crossroad, Orbis, Hendrickson and Eerdmans--works with Alban Books, Ltd., as its United Kingdom and European sales, marketing and distribution company.

But in a February announcement, SBL editorial director Rex D. Matthew said that its new partnership with one of the oldest and largest publishers of academic books "will ensure that our books achieve both high visibility in the European academic community and greater availability."

Regardless of how many copies of SBL books Brill prints, scholars in North America striving for faculty tenure may find a certain "resume appeal" because books chosen by SBL editors will also carry the prestigious Brill imprint. …