The Beare Award

Award History

This award has been established in honour of Francis (Frank) Wright Beare, one of Canada’s most renowned New Testament scholars. He was active in CSBS and was named President of the Society in 1942. For a bibliography and personal appreciations, see the Festschrift: From Jesus to Paul: Studies in Honour of Francis Write Beare, edited by Peter Richardson and John C. Hurd (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1984).


The award of $500 is announced each year at the CSBS Annual General Meeting.


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 in the current and previous two years (currently those with a copyright date of 2021, 2020, 2019). 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.


Nominators must be CSBS members. Self-nominations are acceptable. Nominations are made in the member login area of the CSBS website. The nomination deadline is December 31.

Previous Winners