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

May 10 , 2010

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting will be held November 19-23 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Registration is available online. Be sure to catch Early Bird Registration rates by the end of the day on May 31 before rates increase!

International Meeting

The program for the International Meeting in Tartu, Estonia, is now available online! Be sure to register now and make your travel plans. The meeting, happening 25-29 July 2010 at the University of Tartu, is being held in conjunction with the European Association of Biblical Studies.

Again this year SBL invites those attending the International Meeting to order any Society of Biblical Literature or Brown Judaic Studies titles before the meeting for pickup onsite in Tartu.
Books are priced with a 30% conference discount (with a very few exceptions), and there will be NO SHIPPING CHARGES for books ordered in this manner. You can order any new, recent, or backlist titles.
Simply download and complete the order form, return it by 31 May 2010, and your books will be waiting for you at the SBL book exhibit in Tartu. In the last three years, sixty-two SBL members have saved almost $3,000 in shipping charges by taking advantage of this offer.

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 SPG2010 at checkout to receive your discount.

New SBL Member Benefit

The Journal of Ancient Judaism, a new journal published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, covers the full scope of Judaism from the Babylonian exile to the completion of the two Talmuds. Three issues of the journal will be published each year. Subscription price for individuals is € 89 (€ 178 for institutional use). SBL members get a 25% discount on subscriptions for individual use.

To subscribe to this journal at the special rate, use the contact form on their website:
Click here to access the contact form in English
Click here to access the contact form in German

Information about subscribing is also available on the SBL membership benefits page, where you can learn about and access many of the benefits and vendor discounts available to SBL members. To access this page, log in with your SBL Member # on the SBL website and then select the “membership benefits” tab, which appears in the login box once you have logged in.

Journal of Biblical Literature – Subscribe by May 15 to receive Summer 2010 (129:2)

The deadline to subscribe to the Journal of Biblical Literature beginning with issue 129:2 (Summer 2010) is May 15.

To subscribe (or renew), click here. Members may subscribe to the journal for only $40 (international shipping is extra), which is over 75% off the regular price ($180); this reduced subscription price to SBL members allows the building of personal libraries at the lowest possible cost.
All SBL members also have access to JBL online. Here is how to access the journal:

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    3. The current issue (Spring 2010) will display; you should have green access blocks beside each article and full text PDF
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Jobs Posted in April
Teaching the Bible

The May Edition of the SBL newsletter for high school teachers is posted.

2010 Society Fund

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Submit your events to Sharon Johnson.

May 2010
5/23 "One Stone Upon Another":The Temple of Jerusalem in Jewish and Christian Art
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Museum of Biblical Art
1865 Broadway at 61st Street,New York, NY 10023-7505, Telephone: 212-408-1500, Fax: 212-408-1292

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:
5/31 Call for Papers Deadline
Climate Change in Oceania: Biblical and Theological Responses
OBSA & Waves of the Moana Conference:  9-10 July 2010, Auckland.
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:
6/2- 6/5 Conference of the International Plutarch Society : Plutarch in the Religious and Philosophical Discourse of Late Antiquity
The Groningen Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies hosts the annual conference of the Réseau Thématique Plutarque of the European section of the International Plutarch Society. The meeting brings together a group of leading Plutarch scholars and specialists from different fields and aims to analyse both Plutarch’s own position in the wider context of the religious and philosophical world of Late Antiquity and the historical evidence he offers for religious groups, philosophical schools and concepts, cosmological, theological and anthropological views. The conference will take place under the auspices of CRASIS, the Groningen research and education institute dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the Culture, Religion and Society of the Graeco-Roman World.
More information
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 than 19th April 2010. More information
6/14-6/18 Religion & Violence
Saint Martin's University, in Lacey, Washington, presents a five-day learning experience that will explore the complex subject of religious violence. Speakers include Ken Butigan, Charles Kimball, James Wellman, and Ian Werrett. Keynote address featuring Reza Aslan, a contributing editor at The Daily Beast and internationally recognized expert on Islam and Middle Eastern politics, on June 18 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, please visit our website:
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.
7/9-7/10 The Oceania Biblical Studies Association (OBSA) & Waves of the Moana Conference
on “Climate Change in Oceania: Biblical and Theological Responses. University of Auckland.
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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7/26-7/30 The Christian Association of Librarians in Africa-K (CALA-K)
is pleased to announce this year's annual conference.The impact of the last conferences on libraries and libraries who have attended is a testimony to what the conferences mean to theological librarians.
This year's Conference will be held at CORAT Africa premises in Karen, Nairobi-Kenya:
Main theme: Improving access to information: the changing role of the librarian
More Information 

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).
More information
August 2010
8/1-8/6 The 20th Congress of IOSOT (International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament) will be held in Helsinki, Finland.
There will be 15 main speakers and two panel sessions. Call for papers
Joint Congresses are International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS) 29-31 July, International Organization for Masoretic Studies (IOMS) on 2 August, International Organization for Qumran Studies (IOQS) 2-4 August and International Organization for Targumic Studies (IOTS) 4-6 August.
More information
8/2 Twenty-Third Congress of the International Organization for Masoretic Studies (IOMS), which will be held in conjunction with the Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) in Helsinki.
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8/9 - 8/11 Who Do You Think You Are?
A Conference on Gender and the Transmission of Identity in the Hebrew Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls, King's College London
For more information see:

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