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The articles of the Bible Odyssey website have been written by biblical scholars. All articles have been peer reviewed by a panel of biblical scholars and have been chosen to express the full diversity of methods and techniques used by scholars to explore the Bible and its related literature. The articles could include technical inaccuracies, typographical errors, or omissions. We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions at any time without prior notice. To learn more about how biblical scholars study and read the Bible review these two articles: How Do Biblical Scholars Read the Hebrew Bible? and How Do Biblical Scholars Study the New Testament?

Access to the content contained on this website is provided by the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) to the public as a service. References herein to any information, opinions, products, or services do not constitute or imply endorsement or recommendation by the SBL. While the SBL makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this site, the SBL does not approve or certify such information nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information.

Your use of the information on this site is voluntary. The SBL (including its employees and agents) is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on the information available through this site. No approvals, recommendations, endorsements, guarantees or warranties, including, but not limited to, any express or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for any particular use or purpose of products or services named on this site are made by the SBL. 

Use of Bible Odyssey Content

Most of the content on this site was created for Bible Odyssey and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.   

Here is a list of the content types covered under the Creative Commons license referenced above:

  • All of the articles (main, related and basic)
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  • Audio files

If you use any of these resources, please credit them to Bible Odyssey. Each article has a citation for you to use at the bottom of the article. Here is an example of a citation for the article Abraham; the article URL is https://www.bibleodyssey.org/articles/abraham/. 


Ronald Hendel, “Abraham”, n.p. [cited 10 Jun 2014]. Online: https://www.bibleodyssey.org/articles/abraham/.

We have used images throughout the site to enhance the user experience and to show how artists throughout history have interpreted people, places, and passages of the Bible. We have exercised fair use (as described below) in the use of these images. We encourage you to go to museums and galleries to see these pieces. If you run across an image without a description it may mean we were unable to find the information; – please help us fill in the blanks by sending an email to BibleOdyssey@sbl-site.org with any appropriate information.

If you own the copyright for any of the images displayed on the website and disagree with our claim of fair use and want us to remove it from our site, please contact us.

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The fair use of copyrighted material includes the use of protected materials for non-commercial educational purposes, such as teaching, scholarship, research, criticism, commentary, and news reporting. Unless otherwise noted, users may reuse the content from this website for such uses may do so without SBL’s express permission, provided that they comply with the following conditions:

  • The content may only be used for personal, educational, or noncommercial purposes
  • Users must cite the author and source of the content
  • Users must include the following credit line and link: “Please visit Bible Odyssey for the latest historical and literary research on the Bible from the world’s leading scholars”
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Reuse of the resources of the Bible Odyssey website for profit is not allowed. Commercial use is prohibited.

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