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

March 30 , 2010

SBL Publications Spring Sale

Almost all new, recent, and backlisted SBL and BJS titles are available to SBL members at a thirty percent discount during the spring sale.

Download the order form, then mail, fax, or phone your order by May 15.

If you prefer to order at the SBL Store, make sure to use the promo code XXXXXX at checkout to receive your discount.

The David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship

Deadline for submissions: April 2.

Intentions to submit a paper for the award must be sent to by no later than 2 April 2010. Please indicate in the subject line of all correspondence the last name of the applicant. All of the contact information for the individual should be included in the email. If the tentative title for a paper is available, please indicate it. Attach to the email an academic CV in Word or rtf format. Name the file with the first and last name of the applicant. Please be certain that the date of the CV is indicated.

Career Center: Jobs listed in March

College Of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University, Adjunct Instructor of Theology (03/30/10)

VU University Amsterdam, Two PhD Positions New Testament (03/30/10)

University of Oxford, Departmental Lecturership in Old Testament Studies (03/26/10)

Asbury Theological Seminary, Professor of New Testament (03/24/10)

St. Ambrose University , Visiting Assistant Professor (03/15/10)

Asbury Theological Seminary, Professor of Homiletics (03/09/10)

Trinity Theological College, Director of Studies - Old Testament (03/09/10)

Lexington Theological Seminary, Adjunct Faculty - Pastoral Care, HB/OT, African American and Hispanic Church Life (03/02/10)

Sacred Heart School of Theology, Full-Time Position in New Testament (03/02/10)

Syllabi Project

Many SBL members teach the Bible, in public universities, seminaries, colleges, and private schools. We are starting a collection of syllabi for courses in biblical study at all levels. Click here for more information.

International Meeting

Register now for the International Meeting in Tartu, Estonia. The meeting, happening 25-29 July 2010 at the University of Tartu, is being held in conjunction with the European Association of Biblical Studies.


Humanities Advocacy Day 2010

Humanities Advocacy Day (HAD), held March 8-9, 2010, was a great success.

Panel presentations during the morning program on “The State of the Humanities” and “Humanities in Public Policy” brought together numerous figures to discuss topics such as trends in funding and the academic workforce and the role that the humanities can play in shaping and contributing to critical public policy issues.

As challenges to the U.S. educational system in a global context and higher education in general mount, HAD reminds us of the need to advocate for a well-balanced approach to education that is both multi- and inter-disciplinary, inclusive of the arts, sciences, and humanities. Through its participation in HAD and various activities and initiatives throughout the year, SBL pursues a course to foster biblical scholarship—both by reminding legislators of the work we do and by forming relationships with other learned societies; indeed, as Kent Richards shared in the 2009 Society Report, "biblical studies resides in a wide humanistic environment of give and take." The challenge that remains (and which has been written about elsewhere) is how to answer the question: how is biblical studies relevant in the 21st century?

Your work and participation in the Society are answering this question.


Musical Composition Prize

If you know a young composer who would like to submit and possibly win a prize for a musical composition using the King James Version of the Bible go to this site:  The 2011 Trust.

The 2011 Trust is promoting the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible.
Please share this information with the music department in your institution.

Regional News

2010 Regional Meetings still to come

Eastern Great Lakes Region April 8-9 Akron, OH
Rocky Mnts - Great Plains Region April 9-10 Omaha, NE
Upper Midwest Region April 9-10St. Paul, MN
New England Region (register on-line) April 16Newton Centre, MA
Pacific Northwest Region May 7-9Victoria, BC

NIDA Translation School 2010

Applications Open for Nida Translation Institute, Murcia, Spain.

2010 Society Fund

Contributions to Society Fund support our core mission of fostering biblical scholarship. Click here to donate now.


Submit your events to Sharon Johnson.

April 2010

Registration Deadline: 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 Tessa Rajak (University of Reading). 

For further information, see the conference webpage or contact:

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

4/8- 4/9 Eastern Great Lakes Region 
Quality Inn & Suites, Richfield, OH
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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.

4/15 Call for Applications: Jewish Culture in the Ancient World
We are happy to announce a new research program on “Jewish Culture in the Ancient World”, founded by the Humanities Fund, Yad Hanadiv and the Israel Council of Higher Education. The program will run for three years at Haifa, Tel-Aviv and Bar-Ilan Universities, starting October 2010. Students accepted to this program will enroll in one of the universities, under the supervision of one of the program members. Students will receive scholarships and participate in a rich research program. 

The program offers scholarships (60,000 NIS per year, over three years) for three PhD students, one at each university. Scholarships will also be given to a limited number of MA and postdoctoral students, who are encouraged to apply. The program’s main focus, however, is on PhD-level research. Knowledge of Hebrew is required.

Program members: Prof. Albert Baumgarten (Bar-Ilan), Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov (Haifa), Prof. Gideon Bohak (Tel-Aviv), Dr. Sylvie Honigman (Tel-Aviv), Prof. Aryeh Kofsky (Haifa), Dr. Hillel Newman (Haifa), Prof. Adiel Schremer (Bar-Ilan) 

Last date for sending applications 15 April 2010
Admission will be announced by 13 May 2010 

For details and registration, please visit the program website. 
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 Tessa Rajak (University of Reading).
For further information, see the conference webpage or contact:
June 2010
6/1 - 7/26 2010 Online Course for Theological Faculty Teaching Online
The course is facilitated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Distance Education Certificate Program - a nationally recognized leader in instructional design for e-learning environments. By arrangement with the Wabash Center they will offer an 8 week online class for seminary faculty to learn about and experience effective practices for teaching online. For detail see2010 Online Course. 
Please contact Thomas Pearson with questions:
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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6/6-6/12 Nida School for Translation Studies (NSTS), University of Murcia Murcia, Spain
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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 or 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. 
6/14 - 6/15 Re-Writing the Bible: Devotion, Diatribe and Dialogue
University of Glasgow. Keynote panellists include Michael Schmidt, Michael Symmons-Roberts, Kei Miller, Sara Maitland and Michelene Wandor
Please send abstracts (approx. 200 words) to, by no later than19th April 2010. More information
6/29-7/2 The Second Annual Australasian Christian Conference, Brisbane
The organizers of the second Annual Australasian Christian Conference invite the submission of papers for presentation via its website ( The main speakers this year will be Professor Robert P. Gordon (Cambridge) and Professor Markus Bockmuehl (Oxford). Dr Jim Eisenbraun shall address conference participants at a "Getting Published" workshop on the morning of the 29th June. Please see conference website for further details.
July 2010
7/05-7/07 Astrology in the Ancient Near East
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Twenty Ninth International Conference on the theme of Astrology in the Ancient Near East, with a special focus on the use of the Zodiac in the Syro-Mesopotamian arts, to held at the University of Oxford. 

If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: 
ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. ++1865-514041. Fax ++1865-516824. Email: 
7/08-7/09 Zoroastrians
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirtieth Ninth International Conference on the theme of The Zoroastrians, to held at the University of Oxford, 08-10 July 2010.
The conference aims to study Zoroastrian religion and culture, and it will start on Thursday 08 July at 9am, finishing on Saturday 10 July at 1pm. Each speaker's paper is limited to 30 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. 
If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: 
ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. ++1865-514041. Fax ++1865-516824. Email: 
7/08-7/10 Themes in Biblical Narrative: The Day of Atonement – International Conference at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany. Organizers: Thomas Hieke (Mainz), Tobias Nicklas (Regensburg). 
See web page for more information.
7/25- 7/29 SBL International Meeting, Tartu, Estonia 
SBL will be meeting in conjunction with the European Association of Biblical Studies
7/25-7/29 Judaism in the Mediterranean Context 
Ninth European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS) Congress
Ravenna, Italy 
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7/26-7/28 Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LVIV The book of Joshua and the land of Israel
University of Leuven - Belgium 
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Indonesian Biblical Scholars Meeting in Jakarta
The theme is The Development of the Wisdom's Tradition in the Bible. 
For more information e-mail Yonky Karman

7/29-7/31 The 14th Congress of International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS) will be held in Helsinki, Finland together with the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT)1-6 August 2010). 
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