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A bi-monthly newsletter for members of the Society of Biblical Literature

December 15 , 2009

Annual Meeting Atlanta: Super Saver deadline

atlanta peachRegistration and housing for the 2010 Annual Meeting in Atlanta is already open. Register early and get everything settled at the SUPER SAVER rate.

This rate is available through December 31st so make sure to get in early, reserve your room, and save!

Remember to log in with your SBL Member # before signing up. If you have registration questions, e-mail

See you in Atlanta!

Message to the Membership from Council

During this past year the Society announced a search for a new Executive Director to succeed Kent Richards upon his planned retirement at the end of June, 2010. That search has been underway directed by a Search Committee chaired by Fernando Segovia. The committee has been hard at work, but we must announce to you that we have not yet been able to bring that search to a successful conclusion. When the search was first announced we stated that applications would remain open until a suitable candidate was hired. We want to ask the membership of the Society to continue to forward names of qualified and promising candidates to the committee for consideration. We ask that you consider whether you might yourself be interested in applying. Please send those names or application materials to Fernando Segovia at A complete position announcement is also available on the SBL site. Thank you for giving this your attention.
David Clines
   Bruce Birch
Chair of Council

Annual Meeting Atlanta: Call for Papers

The Atlanta Call for Papers opened today! Check the meeting page for details.

Adjunct News
Four years ago, part-time faculty members at the New School negotiated a contract with then-rare measures of job security for those off the tenure track. On Tuesday, the same union -- an affiliate of the United Auto Workers -- announced another contract deal. And despite negotiating in a terrible economic period, the union won a number of rights that are today largely unheard of for adjuncts: family leaves for those who don't work enough hours to qualify for federally assured leaves, differential titles … more.
Membership Rates to increase in the new year

Membership rates are scheduled to increase at the beginning of the new year. Members are invited to renew at the old rates until Jan 1. New member benefits will be announced at the same time.

New Teaching the Bible newsletter posted

The December Teaching the Bible (TB) has been posted — TB features easy to read and reliable resources that you can use in your classroom. Designed for the high school classroom, the resources it offers could work for introductory undergraduate courses as well. Give it a look and forward to a colleague.
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Optional Profile Winners

Thank you to all of you who have recently filled in your Optional Profile Information. In the two months, over 1000 additional members have filled in this information. Thank you! If you have not yet filled in the information, you may do so by logging into our website with your SBL Member # and going to “My Profile.” While you are filling out the Optional Profile, please make sure all of your profile information is up to date!

Every month, we randomly select two members from the pool of those who have filled out the Optional Profile for a free one-year membership. The winners for November are Anne Katrine Gudme and Wido van Peursen.

Achtemeier Award Call for Papers

The Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship is open for submissions or nominations. The purpose of the award is to stimulate the finest and most penetrating work in New Testament studies. more >>

ACLS Humanities E-Book

Society of Biblical Literature is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies. The ACLS offers individual annual subscriptions to ACLS Humanities E-Book to current Society of Biblical Literature members. By early 2010 HEB will be offering unlimited access to nearly 3,000 full-text, cross-searchable titles across the humanities and social sciences, from the 1880s through the present. more >>

December 2009

Call for Papers Deadline
The Society of Asian Biblical Studies (SABS) will hold its next meeting at the Divinity School, Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, June 14-16 2010. 
SABS seeks to bring together scholars interested in and committed to biblical studies in various contexts of Asia/Oceania, including those in diaspora.

For further information, please contact Monica Melanchthon or Tat -siong Benny Liew .

January 2010
1/16- 1/20 4th African Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) Conference in Africa, "Religion, Environment and Sustainable Development" at Ogsfemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria 
See AASR site for more information.

Association of American Colleges & Universities Annual Meeting
The Wit, The Will ... and the Wallet: Supporting Educational Innovation, Shaping Our Global Futures

 More information

1/30-2/1 Living the Lunar Calendar 
Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem See PDF for more information and contact information
February 2010
2/12- 2/14 SBL Midwest States Regional Meeting
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
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March 2010
3/5 - 3/7 SBL Southeastern Regional Meeting
Atlanta Marriott Century Center, Atlanta GA
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SBL Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
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3/12 - 3/14 SBL Southwestern Regional Meeting
Marriott Hotel DFW North, Dallas, Texas
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3/13- 3/15 SBL Pacific States Regional Meeting
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
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3/21-3/22 SBL Central States Regional Meeting
St. Louis Marriott West
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April 2010

Claiming Conceptual Space. Reimagining the Study of Religion and Theology: Changing Contexts and Social Discourse
Huguenot College, Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa

For further information contact Gerhard van den Heever  or Naas Swart; or see the conference site

4/9- 4/10 SBL Rocky Mountains-Great Plains Regional Meeting
Creighton University, Omaha, NE
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4/9 - 4/10 SBL Upper Midwest Regional Meeting
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
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Resurrection of the Dead: Biblical Traditions in Dialogue
An International Conference at the Universite´ Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium 
Scholarly debate over the significance of Biblical traditions concerning resurrection from the dead has been lively. The current conference allows for a continuation of research and discussion on the topic. Presentations will include both invited guests (main papers) and paper proposals in response to the « Call for Papers ». Presentations will be made in English or in French. Main Papers presented byClaire Clivaz (Lausanne/Genève); Adela Yarbro Collins (Yale University); John J. Collins (Yale University); José Costa (Paris III – Sorbonne); Gerd Lüdemann (Göttingen); Odette Mainville (Montréal); Daniel Marguerat (Lausanne/Genève); Tobias Nicklas (University of Regensburg); Heikki Räisänen (Helsinki); Tom Shepherd (Andrews University, MI); Geert Van Oyen (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve); André Wénin (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve)

For more information, e-mail: Geert Van Oyen  or  Tom Shepherd.

4/16 SBL New England States Regional Meeting
Andover-Newton Theological School 
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Functions of Roman Memory, providing graduate students and junior faculty with an opportunity to examine the role of memory in diverse areas of Roman civilization and to test current methodologies
University of Texas at Austin.
Call for Papers Deadline January 20, 2010 More information or see the project homepage

May 2010
5/7- 5/9 SBL Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
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Invention, Rewriting, Usurpation: Discursive Fights over Religious Traditions in Antiquity
An international conference held by the research project "The Discursive Fight over Religious Texts in Antiquity," University of Aarhus, Denmark

Keynote speakers: Harold W. Attridge (Yale), Daniel Boyarin (UC Berkeley), David Brakke (Indiana University, Bloomington), Karla Pollmann (St Andrews), and Guy G. Stroumsa (Hebrew University). 
For further information, please contact:
June 2010
6/4 Symposium on Everett Ferguson
Everett Ferguson’s Baptism in the Early Church offers an exhaustive survey of the literary and material evidence for baptismal practice in the first five centuries of Christian history. This symposium, hosted by the Christian Scholars’ Conference, brings together leading scholars to engage this magisterial work and to honor its author’s contribution to ecumenical theological scholarship. 
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6/14-6/16 The Society of Asian Biblical Studies (SABS) will hold its next meeting at the Divinity School, Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong. For further information, please contact Monica Melanchthon or Tat -siong Benny Liew . SABS seeks to bring together scholars interested in and committed to Biblical Studies in various contexts of Asia/Oceania, including those in diaspora. 
Call for Papers- deadline is December 30, 2009


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