Criteria: This award recognizes an outstanding book in the areas of Christian Origins, Post-Biblical Judaism and/or Graeco-Roman Religions written in English or French by a member of the CSBS and published during the previous two years (currently those with a copyright date of 2016 or 2017). 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 the award.

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:

Paul Evans
McMaster Divinity College
Divinity Room 236
1280 Main St. West
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1
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The award of $500 is announced each year at the Annual General Meeting of the CSBS (usually late May - early June).

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).

Previous Winners:

  • 2017: Anders Runesson. Divine Wrath and Salvation in Matthew: The Narrative World of the First Gospel. Fortress Press, 2016.
  • 2016: Margaret Y. MacDonald. The Power of Children: The Construction of Christian Families in the Greco-Roman World. Baylor University Press, 2014.
  • 2015: Ryan Schellenberg, Rethinking Paul’s Rhetorical Education: Comparative Rhetoric and 2 Corinthians 10–13. Early Christianity and Its Literature. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.
  • 2014: Alexander Damm, Ancient Rhetoric and the Synoptic Problem: Clarifying Markan Priority. Leuven: Peeters, 2013.
  • 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: Fortress, 2010.
  • 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.
  • 2006: Alan Segal, Life After Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion. New York: Doubleday, 2004.
  • 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.
  • 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.