Lewis and Gibson Book Award

Award Information

The Museum of the Bible Lewis and Gibson Book Award is granted for exceptional monographs related to the languages and material culture of the Bible. This award is given in honor of the scholarly efforts and contributions of Agnes Smith Lewis and Margaret Dunlop Gibson, particularly for their significant manuscript discoveries and philological research.

Overview

Agnes Smith Lewis and Margaret Dunlop Gibson, the “Sisters of Sinai,” aided in the discovery, research, and preservation of valuable ancient manuscripts. They were lifelong learners, fearless explorers, and dedicated scholars. Scholars Initiative created the Lewis and Gibson Book Award to honor the efforts and contributions of Agnes Smith Lewis and Margaret Dunlop Gibson to the study of the languages and material culture of the Bible. This $10,000 award further intends to encourage in young scholars the characteristics exhibited by Lewis and Gibson: a lifelong commitment to the study of languages and material culture, an eagerness to explore unfamiliar or unconventional sources or texts, an unwavering commitment to learning, and a deep respect for the Bible.

Monograph Requirements

Each year, Scholars Initiative will solicit nominations for this award from academic publishers for a monograph published within the two-year timeframe prior to the award’s gifting. The award focus will alternative annually between (1) New Testament and (2) Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. In other words, the 2018 awardee will have published their monograph during the 2016–2017 timeframe on a topic broadly related to New Testament studies. Individual scholars may also nominate a book for publication. Submissions should involve the languages and material culture of the Bible, be written in English, French or German, have a single author, be published by an academic press, and address a scholarly audience.

Ideal topics would include: Apocrypha, early Christianity, editions of texts or manuscripts related to the Christian or Jewish traditions, biblical archeology, paleography/papyrology/ codicology, textual criticism, scribal habits; as they relate to the Bible: Assyriology, linguistics, Second Temple Judaism. The publication should demonstrate exceptional scholarship connected to the languages and material culture of the Bible, offering creative and groundbreaking perspectives on historic scholarly questions. Their monograph should furthermore exhibit scholarly hospitality and a commitment to respectful and constructive dialogue, sparking curiosity and encouraging engagement with the Bible.

Award Scope

The author of the chosen title will receive a cash prize of $10,000. Further, Museum of the Bible will purchase copies of the selected top-three contenders for all active students of the Logos Fellowship, acknowledging the two runners-up. In order to finalize the award, the winner must provide financial transfer information and agree to publicly accept the prize.

Application Process

Publishers and academics who wish to nominate a work should email an abstract of the book, the author’s résumé/CV and relevant contact information before March 1 of the award year. A publisher may nominate no more than three works, while an individual may nominate only one. Scholars may nominate their own publications. Books published within the dedicated Brill Publications of Museum of the Bible series, as well as publications financially supported or related to Museum of the Bible will not be considered.

To suggest a book for the Museum of the Bible Lewis and Gibson Book Award, a nominator must email lewis.and.gibson.award@mbible.org, including the following information:

  • Full monograph bibliographic citation,
  • Name and contact information of nominator, if not the author,
  • A curriculum vitae with author’s name and contact information, and
  • An abstract of the recommended work

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