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SBL Survey

March 20, 2011

By way of the SBL Newsletter:

Biblical Scholar Survey: How do you work with Sacred Texts?

You are invited to take part in a short on-line survey that is sponsored by the Psychology and Bible Studies Section of the SBL. This programme unit investigates both psychological aspects of biblical writers or texts, and the ways in which psychology influences how readers interact with texts.

This survey builds on previous studies that have shown a link between psychological functioning and interpretation among a range of bible readers, both clerical and lay. Although psychological profile is only one of many factors that influence the way that sacred texts are handled and interpreted, it does have some effect that seems to persist across a wide range of ‘ordinary’ readers. The aim of the study is to see if this link holds true for biblical scholars, or whether scholarly interests and methods of handling sacred texts are entirely independent of psychological preferences.

The questionnaire takes around 10-15 minutes to complete and contains sections that assess the way that you study and handle texts, your psychological profile and some essential background information.

The results are entirely confidential and anonymous, and cannot be linked to your personal or digital identity.

To access the survey please go to:

It will not take you long to complete and your co-operation would be greatly appreciated.

Dr Andrew Village
York St John University, UK.

Email: a.village [at]

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