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SBL e-Newsletter
March 18, 2011 e-newsletter

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Annual Meetings
Registration is now open for Annual Meetings 2011 San Francisco, hosted by SBL and AAR, to be held November 19 – 22. Take advantage of Super Saver rates in effect through April 30 and register online. This registration process also allows you to select your hotel, sign up for tours of the beautiful Bay area, and register as a candidate for the Employment Center.

International Meetings
Registration continues for the 2011 International Meeting hosted by King’s College London. We anticipate this gathering will be the largest International Meeting to date. Sessions begin Monday morning, July 4, and run through Thursday, July 7, with special events planned in the evenings. We hope to have a preliminary schedule available by early April. Register online to attend the conference in London and experience the camaraderie of the International Meeting.

Regional Meetings
Visit the SBL regions webpage to find more information on how you can participate in the meeting in your area. Several regional meetings are scheduled for March, April, and May. Information on when and where the meetings will occur is located on this page.

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SBL Spring Book Sale

Almost all new, recent, and backlist SBL and BJS titles are available to SBL members at a 30 percent discount during the spring sale.

Download the order form,
then mail, fax, or phone your order by May 31.

If you prefer to order at the SBL Store, make sure to use the promo code SPG2011 at checkout to receive your discount.

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Biblical Scholar Survey: How do you work with Sacred Texts?

You are invited to take part in a short on-line survey that is sponsored by the Psychology and Bible Studies Section of the SBL. This programme unit investigates both psychological aspects of biblical writers or texts, and the ways in which psychology influences how readers interact with texts.

This survey builds on previous studies that have shown a link between psychological functioning and interpretation among a range of bible readers, both clerical and lay. Although psychological profile is only one of many factors that influence the way that sacred texts are handled and interpreted, it does have some effect that seems to persist across a wide range of ‘ordinary’ readers. The aim of the study is to see if this link holds true for biblical scholars, or whether scholarly interests and methods of handling sacred texts are entirely independent of psychological preferences.

The questionnaire takes around 10-15 minutes to complete and contains sections that assess the way that you study and handle texts, your psychological profile and some essential background information.

The results are entirely confidential and anonymous, and cannot be linked to your personal or digital identity.

To access the survey please go to:

It will not take you long to complete and your co-operation would be greatly appreciated.

Dr Andrew Village
York St John University, UK.


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Membership News

Optional Profile Winners: 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 March 2011 winners are:

  • David Anderson
  • Jae Won Lee

As our privacy policy indicates, we will never divulge information from your profile to a third party. Thank you to all of you who have supplied this optional data. If you have not yet filled in the information (or you would like to update it), you may do so by logging into our website with your SBL Member number and going to the “my profile” tab, which will appear on the left hand side of the screen in the box where you logged in. While you are filling out the Optional Profile, please make sure all of your profile information is up to date!

New Member Benefit: Religion & Education is now offered to SBL members at a discounted rate. Religion & Education is an academic, peer-reviewed journal that advances public understanding and dialogue on religion and education. Articles represent work in: public or private education at elementary, secondary, or higher education institutions; community organizations and settings; and organizations working in religion or spirituality.

To subscribe to Religion & Education at $30, SBL members should contact Customer Service at, or at 1-800-354-1420. Let them know that you are a member of SBL.

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March 2011
3/17- 3/18 SBL Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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3/18- 3/19 SBL Rocky Mountains-Great Plains Regional Meeting
Illiff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado
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3/20- 3/21 SBL Central States Regional Meeting
St. Louis Marriott West, St. Louis, Missouri
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3/24- 3/25 God’s Word in English: The King James Version as Translation
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, SIG VERBI, an international research group of CETRA under the auspices of the faculties of Theology and Arts of the K.U.Leuven and the Department of Translation Studies of the Lessius University College (Antwerp), is holding a conference. The conference fits into the events to commemorate the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, organized by Refo500, of which the K.U.Leuven is a project partner. The aim of the conference is to present research on this remarkable version of the Bible primarily from the perspective of translation, including the effects this piece of translation have exercised on various areas of religious and popular culture, and especially on the theory and practice of translation.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2010 (Please submit abstracts to Dr. Gergely Juhász
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3/27-3/28 SBL Pacific Coast Regional Meeting, Whittier College,Whittier, California
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3/27- 3/28 Talmuda de-Eretz Israel: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antiquity
An International Conference Organized by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies, New York City.
Co-sponsored by the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and Yeshiva University Museum
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3/30- 4/2 The Jesus Seminar
Scholars of the Jesus Seminar will meet in Salem, Oregon at the Salem Conference Center (March 30–April 2) to discuss the origins of Christianity.

All sessions are open to the general public. More information on the meeting, including registration information, can be found at , or by calling 503-375-5323 . Student discounts are available. All events will be held at the Salem Conference Center. Special rates are available for meeting participants at the adjacent Phoenix Grand Hotel.
3/31 Call for Papers Deadline: Emerging Normativities: Examining the Formation of Proto-Orthodox Christianities and Rabbinic Judaisms 200-800 CE
The conference will be held September 21-22, 2011at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The confirmed plenary speakers are Daniel Boyarin (UC Berkeley) and Anders Runesson (McMaster University). We also invite proposals for 20 minute paper presentations addressing both Jewish and Christian aspects of this problem for three panels defined by three historical periods: 0-200 CE; 200-500 CE; and 500-800 CE.
Proposals should be 250-300 words in length and submitted to Dr. Simon Lasair ( by March 31, 2011. Responses will be given by the end of April 2011. Students are encouraged to apply, with a cover letter from their supervisor. Also, submissions concerning the material cultures of the historical periods covered are especially encouraged.
For more information (PDF) about the conference
3/31- 4/1 SBL Eastern Great Lakes Regional Meeting
Quality Inn & Suites, Richfield, Ohio
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April 2011
4/1- 4/2 SBL Upper Midwest Regional Meeting
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
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4/4 Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge
New York University
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4/6-4/8 The City in the Hebrew Bible
The City in the Hebrew Bible Conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.
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4/11 Beyond Scare Quotes: Rethinking Words and Things in the Study of Ancient "Judaism" and "Christianity"
A Regional Graduate Student Conference, to be held at the University of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the 48th Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins
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4/15 Jewish Culture in the Ancient World Fellowship Application Deadline
Reseach program is running at Haifa, Tel-Aviv and Bar-Ilan Universities
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4/29 SBL New England/Eastern Canada Regional Meeting
Andover-Newton Theological School, Newton, Massachussetts
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3/11 MATS 2011 Call for Papers Deadline
The Final Call for Papers for the inaugural Melanesian Association of Theological Schools conference, to be held at Pacific Adventist University from 21-24 June 2011.

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent by post, fax, or email (as Word attachments) to: Ms. Sandra Iga, Secretary - School of Theology, Pacific Adventist University, Private Mail Bag, Boroko NCD, Papua New Guinea. Tel: (675) 328 0324/328 0342 Fax: (675) 328 1257 Email:

For detailed information about the conference and the meeting to reconstitute the association to be held on the last day of the conference see or contact Scott Charlesworth (
May 2011
5/1 Deadline to the the new 1 year MA program in Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University
The Department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel-Aviv University invites applications for its new one-year Masters program in Jewish Studies for international students. This is the only Jewish Studies Masters program in Israel that is conducted entirely in English.

The program offers a series of comprehensive encounters with the classical texts of Jewish cultures from biblical to modern times. Its intellectual home in the department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel Aviv University, the single largest integrative Jewish Studies department in the world today, enables us to cover a wide range of periods, methodologies, and scholarly interests, while maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence.
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5/4- 5/7 Why Does the Past Matter?
The UMass Center for Heritage and Society, with the cooperation of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation (ICIP), is organizing an International Conference: Why Does the Past Matter? to be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
For more information about the conference, including conference theme, bios of our 2011 honorees, and tentative program information.
5/5- 5/7 The King James Bible and Its Cultural Afterlife
The English Department at The Ohio State University will host an international conference in 2011 on the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James (or Authorized) Version of the Bible. Held in Columbus, Ohio during the first weekend in May, the conference will focus on the making of the KJV in the context of Reformation Bible translation and printing as well as on the KJV’s long literary and cultural influence from Milton and Bunyan to Faulkner, Woolf, and Toni Morrison. Events will include plenary lectures and discussions, scholarly panels, roundtable seminars, and readings by contemporary writers. An accompanying exhibit will be mounted by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.
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5/5-5/8 The Annual Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians (AAH) will be held at and hosted by Mercyhurst College, Erie PA
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5/13- 5/15 SBL Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting
Eastern Washington University- Spokane Campus, Spokane, Washington
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5/16- 5/28 2011 Nida School for Translation Studies
Since 2007, the Nida Institute, the scholarly arm of the American Bible Society, has sponsored the Nida School of Translation Studies, which meets annually for two weeks at the San Pellegrino Institute, Misano Adriatico (Rimini), Italy. The School, following in the tradition of CETRA, advances translation studies research and training through an intimate study environment, Nida Professorships, focused lectures, tutorials, directed reading
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5/21- 6/3 Syria for Scholars
Join colleagues in Biblical Studies on a two-week tour of Syria. Rich in sites of importance for the study of the Hebrew Bible and early Christianity, highlights include: Damascus, an excursion to Baalbek in Lebanon, Ras Shamra (Ugarit), Crac des Chevaliers (the world’s best preserved Crusader castle), Apamea, Tel Mardikh (Ebla), Aleppo, Mari, Dura Europas, and Palmyra.
For a detailed itinerary and pricing information contact Steve McKenzie or visit (Academy International Travel). Login information: Group ID: Syria, Password: travel. You can register online to participate in the tour.
5/29- 5/31 The CSBS/SCÉB 2011 Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies/La société canadienne des études bibliques will be held at University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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5/31 Call for Papers Deadline
Adventist Society for Religious Studies

The 2011 meeting of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies will convene in San Francisco, California on November 17-19, 2011. The theme for the meeting is: “Gates and Walls: Inclusivity and Exclusivity and the People of God.” The Society invites proposals for brief scholarly papers which will be presented at the meeting. Priority will be given to those papers which discuss any aspect of what it means, in the Seventh-day Adventist context, to be “in” or “out” of the people of God; and/or how an individual may pass, or be blocked from passing, between the inside and outside.
Papers from all disciplines are elicited. The format allows for a 15-minute oral presentation with additional time for questions and discussion. A 200-word abstract should accompany the proposals. Proposals and abstracts should be submitted in WordPerfect or MS Word format to John Reeve at
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June 2011
6/8- 6/12 AAUP Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education
The American Association of University Professors will meet at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
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6/19- 7/29 The Advanced Summer program for the Study of Jewish-Christian Encounters in the First Centuries CE,
is a 6 week English-language program, designed for advanced students (M.A., M.Div., M.A.R, Ph.D., etc.) in ancient Judaism and early Christianity from the United States and Europe. The program will provide English-speaking students with basic scholarly skills in the Hebrew language and in rabbinic literature and culture. It will expose them to current scholarship and to leading Israeli scholars in these fields, as well as to various archeological sites.
The studies will take place at the Tel Aviv University campus, located in the heart of Tel Aviv. Accommodations are available at the recently renovated on-campus housing.
Application deadline: March 15th, 2011
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6/20- 7/1 Colloquium on Material Culture and Ancient Religion (COMCAR)
The theme for this year's colloquium is, "Archaeology & Identity in Roman Achaia: Corinth, Athens, and Related Sites." The dozen specialists include the directors of excavations at Corinth, Isthmia, Kenchreai, and the Athenia agora. The colloquium is open to faculty with continuing appointments and to advanced doctoral students with teaching appointments. For itinerary, application form, costs, and other information, visit the COMCAR website
6/21- 6/24
Melanesian Association of Theological Schools (MATS) Inaugural Conference

A meeting to reconstitute the Association will be held on the last day of the conference. It is envisaged that the MATS conference will become an annual gathering of educators and postgraduate students from the theological schools of Melanesia and the wider South Pacific.

The conference will provide a scholarly forum for four broad areas of theological enquiry:Old Testament, New Testament, theology (systematic and historical), and applied theology (ministry, ethics, missiology). Presenters will be encouraged to submit expanded versions of their papers for publication in the Melanesian Journal of Theology.

MATS 2011 will be held at Pacific Adventist University in Papua New Guinea (located about 20 km from Port Moresby). Thereafter the conference will be hosted by other theological schools in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific islands.

For details and further information please contact Scott Charlesworth
6/23- 6/25 On Sea And Ocean: New Research In Phoenician Seafaring
In the absence of written records, the Phoenicians are seen through either the prism of Greek, Roman, and Biblical literature or their material remains as analyzed through archaeology. During the past decade, nautical archaeological aspirations have turned toward the presence and capabilities of the Phoenicians sailing the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean with the goal of creating a better understanding of their role in the ancient world.

The Marburg Center for the Ancient World, the Archäologisches Seminar at Phillips-Universität Marburg, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Unterwasserarchäologie (DEGUWA) invite papers for a symposium on current and new evidence of Phoenician seafaring. Papers in German, English, French, and Italian on Phoenician maritime endeavors-- and their Punic iterations-- are welcomed, particularly those concerning archaeological discovery and analysis as well as new avenues of theory and research. Accepted and presented papers will be published in a volume of the proceedings.

Abstracts of approximately 75 words should be submitted by 15 March 2011 to the organizers at
6/26- 6/30 Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash
The department of Philosophy, Political Theory and Religion (PPR) at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem is hosting this interdisciplinary conference. 2011. More information
6/26- 6/29 Sixth North American Syriac Symposium
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
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July 2011
7/1- 7/2 Empire, Migration and Oceanic Biblical Interpretation
A conference of the Oceania Biblical Studies Association (OBSA) to be held at Malua Theological College in Samoa. The deadline for all paper proposals is May 31st, 2011. For further information, please contact Dr Nasili Vaka’uta ( or send an email to
7/3-7/8 SBL International Meeting, London, England
7/4-7/8 57th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale
Rome, Italy
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7/7-7/9 The Bible in the Seventeenth Century: The Authorised Version Quatercentenary (1611-2011)
Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies: University of York

Speakers Include: Sharon Achinstein, Hugh Adlington, David Appleby, Gordon Campbell, Elizabeth Clark, Karen Edwards, Lori Anne Ferrell, Christopher Haigh, Paul Hammond, Hannibal Hamlin, Tom Healy, Mark Knights, Peter Lake, Barbara Lewalski, Erica Longfellow, Judth Maltby, Scott Mandelbrote, Peter Marshall, Peter McCullough, Nick McDowell, David Norton, Roger Pooley, Joad Raymond, Anne Prescott, Jane Shaw, Jonathan Sheehan, Alison Shell, Yvonne Sherwood, Deborah Shuger, Nigel Smith, Peter Stallybrass, Alex Walsham, Helen Wilcox, Susan Wiseman, Blair Worden, Stephen Zwicker More information
7/9 2nd Derby Symposium on Social Scientific and Cultural Studies Approaches in Biblical Studies
University of Derby, UK.
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7/11-7/13 Who do you think you are?
Gender and the transmission of identity in the Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and other related literature

Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture presents a three-day conference on the Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and other related literature (Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, rabbinic writings, and other post-biblical literature), to be held at the Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE from Monday 11 July to Wednesday 13 July 2011. Main speakers will include Professor Ida Fröhlich, Dr Susanne Scholz, Dr Deborah Rooke. Deadline 10 June 2011.
Queries? Contact
Registration details and programme listed under ‘Centre for Christianity and Culture’ and then ‘Conferences’.
7/11-7/13 Religion in the Persian Period: Emerging Judaisms and Other Trends"
A conference at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield. Papers that explore some aspect of religion within any area of the Persian empire are welcome.
. See PDF for more information.
7/13- 7/14 Foundations for the Future:
Learning and teaching conference organised by the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies (PRS). Keynote speaker: Baroness Mary Warnock
A reminder that we are keen to receive proposals for this conference from anyone with an interest in learning and teaching in our disciplines (philosophy, theology, religious studies, history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine, and biblical studies). Bursaries of up to £100 will be available to assist with speaker expenses in attending.
Details about the conference and information about how to submit your proposal are available from the conference webpage:
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7/18-7/21 Summer SOTS Meeting
The Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS) will meet at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford. The meeting includes a joint day with the British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS)
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7/26-7/28 Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LX International Biblical Conference
Topic: The Apocryphal Gospels within the Context of Early Christian Theology, Venue: KU Leuven, Faculty of Theology
Proposals for offered papers should be submitted to the president before April 1, 2011
President: Prof. Dr. Jens Schroeter (HU Berlin): ; Secretary CBL: Prof. Dr. Joseph Verheyden (KU Leuven): For more information please contact the secretary or check the CBL conference webpage at
August 2011
8/2- 8/6 Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
The 66th General Meeting of Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS) will take place at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
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8/8- 8/11 The Annual Meeting of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS)
The Annual Meeting will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece
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8/23- 8/25 From Ancient Manuscripts to the Digital Era. Readings and Literacies
This international conference, held at the University of Lausanne (CH), seeks to demonstrate the major impact of the Digital Era on knowledge, by studying the history of cultural technologies. The present evolution of the Ancient manuscript allows one to detect this turning-point, notably with the digital editions of Homer and the New Testament. The notions of authorship and critical edition are questionned : modern history and contemporary analysis have to be enrooted in ancient memory to reflect upon the digital turn. A public evening will conclude the conference on the 25th August. Org. Claire Clivaz (IRSB, Lausanne).More information

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