Platonic Ideas

Early Christian texts were influenced by many cultural forms. One prominent influence was Neoplatonism, a philosophical tradition traditionally accredited to Plotinus (204–270 CE) and loosely based on the philosophical tradition begun by Plato (427–347 BCE). Since many scholars write about the connection between Platonism, Neoplatonism, and early Christianity, it is useful to establish some basic … Continue reading Platonic Ideas

Beginning a Sentence with And or But

Like CMS §5.206, SBL Press acknowledges that it is acceptable to begin a sentence with a conjunction such as and or but. That being said, we recommend that authors use such constructions sparingly. While initial conjunctions can be effective, beginning too many sentences with simple conjunctions can lead to a disjointed composition and weaken the … Continue reading Beginning a Sentence with And or But

Research Methods

SBL Press recommends that scholarly research methods be lowercased unless they are part of an academic department, bibliographic reference, or program unit name. archaeology canonical criticism feminist criticism form criticism ideological criticism rhetorical criticism reception history social-scientific criticism sociorhetorical interpretation source criticism womanist interpretation but Asian and Asian American Hermeneutics (program unit) Department of Reception … Continue reading Research Methods