Statement of Purpose


The Society for Scriptural Reasoning (SSR) is a network of Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars promoting religious readings of scriptures within the Academy. Members of SSR believe that the Abrahamic religions share a common habitus: the reading of scripture—however diverse our traditions and theologies. The SSR gathers religion and text scholars into a conversation in which the richness and depth of these diverse readings can be uncovered, discussed, and interpreted. Philosophical and other disciplines of reasoning have served as essential instruments of our dialog, but they do not set the agenda. The agenda is set by the words of scripture and by the ways they speak to our urgent concerns and reform our personal and communal lives.


The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning is an academic, on-line, peer-reviewed publication of the University of Virginia.  We employ a double-blind review process.  The description of the author will be removed for the purposes of review (please do not include signals of identity within the text or the endnotes).  The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning nurtures scholarly conversations between Jewish, Muslim, and Christian thinkers on the topics of hermeneutics, inter-faith dialogue, philosophical theology, religious ethics, and the significance of Scripture in the modern world.