THE F. W. BEARE AWARD
Criteria: This award recognizes an
outstanding book in the areas of Christian Origins,
Post-Biblical Judaism and/or Graeco-Roman Religions written by a
member of the CSBS and published during the previous two years
(currently those with a copyright date of 2011 or 2012).
Collections of essays, whether by a single author or by multiple
authors, are not eligible for the award.
Selection Process: The three-person
Adjudication Committee is appointed from among members of CSBS
with a publishing record in at least one of the areas covered by
Nominations: Nominators need to be
members of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies;
self-nominations are acceptable. Nominations must reach the
Society’s Communications Officer by DECEMBER 31st in
order to be considered for the following year’s prize. Please
direct queries, and send nominations, to:
McMaster Divinity College
Divinity Room 236
1280 Main St. West
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1
The award of $500 is announced each year at the
Annual General Meeting of the CSBS (usually late May - early
This award has been established in honour of Francis (Frank)
Wright Beare, one of Canada’s most reknowned New Testament
scholars. He was born in Toronto in 1902, studied in Toronto,
Paris and Cairo, and taught at the Presbyterian College in
Montreal (1933-46) and Trinity College in Toronto (1946-68). He
participated actively in the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
and was named President of the Society in 1942; he was also
President of the Society of Biblical Literature in 1969. For a
bibliography and personal appreciations, see the Festschrift
prepared in his honour: From Jesus to Paul, edited by
Peter Richardson and John C. Hurd (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier
University Press, 1984).
- 2013: Lincoln H. Blumell, Lettered Christians:
Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus.
Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2012.
- 2012: Tony Burke, De Infantia Iesu
Evangelium Thomae Graece. Turnhout: Brepols, 2010.
- 2011: Daniel A. Smith, Revisiting the
Empty Tomb: The Early History of Easter. Minneapolis:
- 2010: Colleen Shantz, Paul in Ecstasy:
The Neurobiology of the Apostle's Life and Thought.
Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
- 2009: Terrence Donaldson, Judaism and
the Gentiles: Jewish Patterns of Universalism (to 135 CE). Waco,
TX: Baylor University Press, 2007.
- 2008: Kimberly Stratton, Naming the
Witch: Magic, Ideology, and Stereotype in the Ancient World. Columbia
University Press, 2007.
- 2007: John S. Kloppenborg, The Tenants
in the Vineyard: Ideology, Economics, and Agrarian Conflict in
Jewish Palestine. WUNT 195. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck,
- 2006: Alan Segal, Life After Death: A
History of the Afterlife in Western Religion. New York:
- 2005: Stephen Westerholm, Perspectives Old and New
on Paul: The “Lutheran” Paul and His Critics. Grand
Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
- 2004: Philip Harland, Associations, Synagogues,
and Congregations: Claiming a Place in Ancient Mediterranean
Society. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003.
- 2003: Adele Reinhartz, Befriending the Beloved
Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John. New
York: Continuum, 2001.
- 2002: William E. Arnal, Jesus and the Village
Scribes: Galilean Conflicts and the Setting of Q.
Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001.
- 2001: John S. Kloppenborg Verbin, Excavating Q:
The History and Setting of the Sayings Gospel.
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000.
- 2000: Alan Kirk, The Composition of the Sayings
Source: Genre, Synchrony, and Wisdom. Leiden: E. J. Brill,
- 1998: Terry Donaldson, Paul and the Gentiles:
Remapping the Apostle’s Convictional World. Minneapolis:
Fortress Press, 1997.
- 1997: Steve Wilson, Related Strangers: Jews and
Christians 70-170 C.E. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995.
Updated: June 2, 2013