April DeConick is discussing the AAR/SBL split and I share the same kind of worries, as I mention there. I've found some AAR sessions very useful and I wonder if SBL could lose some good people to AAR. I also wonder, given the widespread use of the Bible, not least in contemporary politics and culture, if AAR wants to lose so many experts (or will they go to AAR). Whatever the rights or wrongs, I suspect that many AAR people would be happy to distance themselves from biblical studies. I wonder how many SBL people care? Anyway more discussion here, here and here.