Semeia is an experimental journal devoted to the exploration of new and emergent areas and methods of biblical criticism. Studies employing the methods, models, and findings of linguistics, folklore studies, contemporary literary criticism, structuralism, social anthropology, and other such disciplines and approaches, are invited. Although experimental in both form and content, Semeia proposes to publish work that reflects a well defined methodology that is appropriate to the material being interpreted.
John L. White is internationally known for his study of ancient Greek letters, especially letters written on papyrus and formulaic features of the Apostle Paul's letters. He is the author and editor of multiple works and essays on ancient letter writing and was Convener (1973–1974) and Chair of the Society of Biblical Literature's "Ancient Epistolography Group" (1974–1979).