Privacy Policy

Privacy Statement

Thank you for visiting the Bible Odyssey website. Bible Odyssey is an educational resource created by the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). Guided by leading scholars from around the world, it takes you on a guided tour of the Bible.

Maintaining the privacy of our users is very importance to us. It is through this disclosure that we intend to provide you with the information you need to understand how we collect, use, and secure personal information you submit to us through this website, and how you can contact us if you have any questions or concerns. As an educational site we are committed to serving your needs while respecting your privacy, and have adopted the policies and practices described in this Privacy Statement. By using the site, you agree to the terms of this privacy statement.

Personal Information and Correspondence

If you provide us with personal information via post, email, or the Contact Us form on our website, we will use the information provided for the purposes described at the point of collection, such as to send you information or to respond to your questions or comments. If you provide contact information, we may contact you to clarify your comment or question. Importantly, email and postal address information is never sold, given, or otherwise shared or disclosed to third parties.

URL and IP Address

We collect information about how you use and navigate our site. We automatically collect the following information about visits:

  • Internet Domain and IP address of a network
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site
  • The date and time our site was accessed
  • The pages visited
  • If Bible Odyssey is linked to from another site, the URL of that website

This information helps us to make our site more useful to our users and to better serve their needs. We may also use an IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our site, analyze trends, track visitor usage, and gather broad demographic information that assists us in identifying visitor preferences.


This site uses cookies to provide enhanced functionality on the site. A cookie is a small text file that is stored in your web browser that allows Bible Odyssey or a third party to recognize you. This site uses cookies to enable certain functionality and to provide analytics. Cookies can either be session cookies or persistent cookies. A session cookie expires automatically when you close your browser. A persistent cookie will remain until it expires or you delete your cookies. Expiration dates are set in the cookies themselves; some may expire after a few minutes while others may expire after multiple years. Cookies placed by the website you are visiting are sometimes called “first party cookies,” while cookies placed by other companies are sometimes called “third party cookies.” Session and persistent cookies are used on this site, and these cookies are delivered in a first-party or third-party context.

This site uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to collect information about your use of the website. This information (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google. Google uses this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on their behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other personally identifiable information. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Please review the Google’s privacy disclosure policy for additional information.

For videos embedded in our website, we use Vimeo, a third-party video service provider. Vimeo uses cookies when you click to play the video. Please review the Vimeo cookie policy for additional information.

Our Security Measures to Protect Information

To help protect the privacy of data and personally identifiable information you transmit through use of this site, we maintain physical, technical and administrative safeguards. We update and test our security technology on an ongoing basis.

Inapplicability of Privacy Statements of Any Linked Sites or Other Third Parties

This Privacy Statement only addresses the use of this website and disclosure of your personally identifiable information on this website. This site provides links to other websites for the purpose of providing information and enhancing the Bible Odyssey experience. External links do not constitute an endorsement by SBL of the information, opinions, products, or services presented on the external site or any site linked to it. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites, and we are not liable for their misuse of personally identifiable information. We encourage you to be aware that when you go to another website you should carefully read their privacy statement.

We reserve the right to review links and add or remove links at any time at our discretion. If we are linking to a site that is yours and you would like us to remove the link. Please contact:

Bible Odyssey Managing Editor

By email at:

By mail at:
Society of Biblical Literature
825 Houston Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30329

Conditions of Use, Notices and Changes to Our Privacy Statement

By using this site, you agree to the terms and conditions contained in this Privacy Statement. If you do not agree to any of these terms and conditions, you should not use this site. We reserve the right to amend the Privacy Statement at any time, for any reason, without notice to you, other than the posting of the amended Privacy Statement and Terms of Use at this site. The provisions contained herein supersede all previous notices or statements regarding our privacy practices and the terms and conditions that govern the use of this site.

Questions Regarding the Privacy Statement

If you have any questions about our Privacy Statement, or any concern about privacy or the use of this site in general, please contact us by e-mail at