The Biblical Archaeology Society is offering prizes totaling $5,000 for the best academic papers presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), both to be held in Baltimore this November.
The John Mancini Prize, named for John Mancini of Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be awarded for the best paper on the Archaeology of Early Christianity and the Patristic Period.
The name of the other prize is more complicated. It was originally supported by a gift from Sami Rohr of Bal Harbour, Florida. Mr. Rohr insisted, however, that it be called the Hershel Shanks Prize, so we called it the Hershel Shanks Prize supported by Sami Rohr. Mr. Rohr passed away last August at the age of 86, so I asked Sami’s three children if we could now change the name to the Sami Rohr Prize. Speaking on their behalf, George Rohr replied: “Absolutely not! Sami’s children wanted to do just what their father would have done, and he would have continued to insist that it be called the Hershel Shanks Prize,” so we are calling it the Hershel Shanks Prize supported by the legacy of Sami Rohr.
The Hershel Shanks Prize will be awarded for the best paper on the Archaeology of Late Antique Judaism and the Talmudic Period.
A copy of the nominated paper must be sent to the Biblical Archaeology Society by January 31, 2014. For the prize to be awarded, there must be at least three entries for the applicable prize. All decisions of the judges will be final. The winners will be announced in BAR.
Please mail submissions to:
Biblical Archaeology Society
4710 41st St. NW
Washington, DC 20016
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