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Founded in 1880, the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines. SBL represents and convenes scholars whose life work is in biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies. SBL promotes the academic study of the Bible and of sacred texts generally. Bible Odyssey was created to make the academic study of the Bible available in an accessible way.

Bible Odyssey is the result of technical and editorial collaboration with other organizations and institutions. We are grateful for these partnerships and the benefits their knowledge, expertise, and resources bring to this website.

Sponsorships on this website do not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, warranty, or favoring of products or services by the Society of Biblical Literature or constitute or imply an exclusive arrangement with the Society. The views and opinions of the sponsors do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Society of Biblical Literature. A sponsorship on this website does not constitute or imply any grant of control or influence to the sponsor over the content on this website. All content on this website has been approved solely by the Society of Biblical Literature.

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National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. Bible Odyssey Website received a planning grant and an implementation grant from the NEH.

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Asociación Bíblica Argentina

Established in 2012, the Asociación Bíblica Argentina is an inclusive association for those who make the Bible the predominant object of their study. The ABA supports their members by offering technical and economic help for biblical research and organizing specialized study sessions and outreach around biblical issues and working with other like-minded organizations around the world.


World History Encyclopedia

The World History Encyclopedia was launched in 2009 as a reliable and comprehensive resource for ancient history. Called Ancient History Encyclopedia until 2021, it changed its name to World History Encyclopedia to reflect its growing timeframe. Content is curated from all over the world in the form of articles, book reviews, videos, timelines, and definitions. Teaching materials, lesson plans, and classroom activities make classroom use relevant to curriculum.


The Philip G. and Lois F. Roets Endowment for the Bible and the Public Good

Beginning in 2015, the Philip G. and Lois F. Roets Endowment for the Bible and the Public Good provided generous support for new content in order to expand SBL’s mission to foster biblical scholarship among the general public.

Biblical Time Machine Podcast

Biblical Time Machine is a podcast that explores the fascinating histories of the people, places, and events of the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and everything in between. Join biblical scholar Helen Bond and journalist Dave Roos as they travel back in time to better understand the complex historical, cultural, religious, and literary contexts in which the Bible was written. 

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American Bible Society

Established in 1816, the American Bible Society (ABS) works with organizations around the world to provide texts and versions of the Bible.


The A. R. Pete Diamond Endowment for Innovations in Biblical Interpretation

Established in 2019, The A.R. Pete Diamond Endowment for Innovations in Biblical Interpretation supports the development of new content that advances the public’s understanding of the innovative methods of interpreting the Bible that reflect his commitment to the relevance of the Bible in the modern world.


Vietnamese Biblical Theology Society

The Vietnamese Biblical Theology Society (VBTS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of the Bible. The core mission of VBTS is to advance the critical investigation of the Bible relevant to the Vietnamese around the globe and in Vietnam.


HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Publishers is one of the world’s leading English-language publishers. Headquartered in New York, it is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, children’s books, narrative nonfiction, reference, and in religion and spirituality. HarperCollins Publishers provided the full searchable text to its condensed Bible Dictionary, written and edited by SBL members, for Bible Odyssey.

The Biblical Archaeology Society

The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) was founded in 1974 as a nonprofit, nondenominational, educational organization dedicated to the dissemination of information about archaeology in the Bible lands. BAS educates the public about archaeology and the Bible through its quarterly magazine, Biblical Archaeology Review, an award-winning website, tours and seminars, and books and online videos. Our readers rely on us to present the latest that scholarship has to offer in a fair and accessible manner. BAS serves as an important authority and as an invaluable source of reliable information.