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May 23, 2011 e-newsletter


International Meetings

The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) is pleased to announce that the Universiteit van Amsterdam will host the 2012 SBL International Meeting July 22-26. SBL will organize this meeting in conjunction with the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS) and the triennial Joint Meeting of the Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap in Nederland en België (OTW) and the Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS). With delight the organizations herald this congress as a unique opportunity to advance biblical scholarship, to facilitate broad and open dialogue, and to demonstrate the strength of global collegiality.

The Society is also pleased to announce that the University of St. Andrews-Scotland will host the 2013 SBL International Meeting July 7-11. Held for only the second time in Scotland, the meeting will prove to be both picturesque and memorable. Mark your calendars for both meetings! We hope to see you there!

Don't forget to register today for the 2011 International Meeting and order books if you want to save shipping and pick them up in London.

International Meeting Planning Guide

We have recently posted information for those traveling to London this summer on the International Meeting page of the website. If you are interested in learning more about the weekly schedule, evening sessions, and special events held during the meeting, click here. Also included are suggestions for travel from Heathrow and Gatwick airports to King's College London Waterloo campus.

Annual Meetings

Win great prizes by reserving a hotel room through SBL
for the Annual Meeting

Reserving your hotel room for the Annual Meeting when you register for the conference saves the Society money. SBL receives free meeting space in hotels based on the number of hotel reservations our members make. To encourage you to reserve through SBL, we are offering incentive prizes this year. If you make a hotel reservation online when you register or by sending in the SBL registration and housing form, you may win one of five prizes:

  • a 4-night complimentary stay at the conference hotel of your choice during the meeting;
  • a $500 exhibit hall shopping spree;
  • 3 free Annual Meeting registrations.

The prize drawing will be held on October 24, 2011. Find a colleague (or a group of colleagues) to share a room with to help reduce your costs, and make your reservation now.

Publications News

E-book Survey Results
Thank you to the more than 1500 members who responded to our recent survey on e-books. This tremendous response is an indication of the growing importance of electronic outlets in the dissemination of scholarship. Your feedback will help the SBL to determine how best to serve our membership going forward. Here are just a few of the results of the survey:

  • 47% have purchased an e-book in the past year

  • 60% of those purchased an e-book for their research

  • 63% use the Kindle

  • 38% use an iPad

  • 27% would like to see their own scholarly book published both in print and as an e-book, however,

  • 73% prefer that their work appear in print as opposed to electronic-only

Your comments covered the full range of issues regarding e-books, from pricing to promotion and tenure to accessibility. A full report on the results of the survey will be published in the Society Report this Fall. As a small thank you, the following individuals have been selected randomly from among the respondents to receive $50 in SBL products: Andrew Perry, John Christopher Thomas, Justin Dombrowski, Edward Andrews, and Thomas Verenna.

Last Week for the Spring 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 which ends May 31.

Download the order form,
then mail, fax, or phone your order by next Tuesday.

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


Society Fund

As the academic year comes to a close remember those who have made a significant impact in your life and career. Honor a colleague or professor with a contribution to the Society Fund. Your contributions enable us to expand our programs for all who are committed to humanities scholarship, communication, and education. Honor someone today.


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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 May 2011 winners are:

  • Byron E. Shafer
  • Kenneth J. Thomas

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!


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May 2011
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.
More information
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
For more information
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.
More information
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
More Information
6/20- 6/24 For God and Glory: The Religion of Sports
Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington offers a five-day learning experience that explores the long-standing and complex relationship between religion and sports. Speakers include Dr. Christopher Evans, Fr. Patrick Kelly, S.J., Professor Alon Raab, and Dr. Ian Werrett.
More information
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

The inaugural Melanesian Association of Theological Schools conference will 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 Fax: (675) 328 1257 Email:

For more 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
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
More information
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:
More information
7/14- 7/16 Configuring Communities: The Socio-Political Dimensions of Ancient Epistolography
The Department of Classics & Ancient History and the Department of Theology & Religion, Durham University, will be hosting an international conference.(full conference programme at

BURSARIES: Thanks to the generous support of the Classical Association, six bursariesof up to £250 each are available for PhD students wishing to attend theconference; please apply informally via email by 27 May, indicating Name; Institution; Nameof Supervisor; Programme and Year of Study; and Brief Statement of Interest.

REGISTRATION: Details as to registration and conference fees are available at Please send the form (on paper or electronically) to
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)
More information
7/20 – 7/23 Built on Rock or Sand? Q Studies – Retrospects, Introspects and Prospects
The Department of Catholic Theology at the University of Graz (Austria) will host an international conference in July 2011 on the current state and future directions of Q studies. Speakers include John S. Kloppenborg, Harry T. Fleddermann, Christopher Tuckett, Joseph Verheyden, Clare K. Rothschild and Paul Foster. Queries? Contact
More information
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.
More information
8/3- 8/11 Koine Greek Instructors: Fluency Workshop in Fresno, CA
Yes, speaking and hearing ancient Greek is a good thing. And now – a workshop specifically designed to grow oral fluency in Koine Greek, run by the Biblical Language Center and Fresno Pacific University.
Teaching Greek in Greek at the rate of natural speech offers advantages in efficiency, attainment levels, and broader student success throughout the various stages of language learning. However, there is a prerequisite to build our skills in this area of rapid, classroom communication in Greek. This workshop is designed to help Greek teachers bridge a gap from typical Greek training to the needs of immersion methodologies.
More information
8/8- 8/11 The Annual Meeting of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS)
The Annual Meeting will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece
February 15 is the final date to submit paper proposals
More information
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
September 2011
9/1 Call for Papers Deadline
Creation, Conflict and Cosmos: A Conference on Romans 5- 8 in celebration of Princeton Theological Seminary's Bicentennial. Presentations will be offered by an outstanding group of international scholars, including:

John M.G. Barclay, Durham University
Martinus C. de Boer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Susan Grove Eastman, Duke University Divinity School
Neil Elliott, Fortress Press
Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Princeton Theological Seminary
J. Louis Martyn, Union Theological Seminary (emeritus)
Ben Myers, Charles Sturt University School of Theology, Sydney
Stephen Westerholm, McMaster University
Philip G. Ziegler, King's College, University of Aberdeen

Short papers will be read in simultaneous sessions. To offer a paper, submit a 200-word abstract by September 1, 2011 to
More information.
9/1- 9/3 British New Testament Society
University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG1 4FQ, United Kingdom
More information
9/5- 9/9 8th International Congress of Hittitology
The Congress will take place in Warsaw, Poland at the University of Warsaw.
More information
9/6- 9/9 Annual Meeting of the New Testament Society of South Africa
The NTSSA will meet at the University of North West in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
For further information, please visit our webpage.
9/19- 9/22 In Search of Well-Being: Perspectives on Health and ReligiousTraditions
University of South Africa, Pretoria, RSA
Presentations are invited on the following areas:• New Testament and early Christian perspectives on healing and well-being
• Religious traditions and human well-being: towards salvation or damnation
• Well-being and health in an age of the HIV/AIDS pandemic
• Collective well-being and quality of life: globalisation and ecology
• Cross disciplinary and cross-cultural explorations of well-being
• Individuals, societies and environment: faith and the pursuit of well-being
• How do we define well-being in the 21st century?
• Is well-being the new religion of the 21st century?

Please submit abstracts of appr. 200 words via e-mail attachment to Prof Pieter F.Craffert ( and/or Prof. Pieter J.J. Botha ( April 30, 2011.

For more information please contact Prof. Pieter Craffert (tel.: +27 12 429 4062 /+27 83 324 4485) or Prof. Pieter Botha (tel. +27 12 429 4062 or +27 12 803 0933).
9/21- 9/22 Emerging Normativities: Examining the Formation of Proto-Orthodox Christianities and Rabbinic Judaisms 200-800 CE
St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The confirmed plenary speakers are Daniel Boyarin (UC Berkeley) and Anders Runesson (McMaster University).
For more information (PDF) about the conference
9/30- 10/1 "Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation"
 A "multiple views" symposium on how to read the creation narratives of Genesis 1 and 2, taking place at the Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, TN.

Principal speakers are
(1) Prof. John Walton of Wheaton College/Wheaton Graduate School ("cosmic temple" approach);
(2) Prof. Tremper Longman III of Westmont College (theistic evolution);
(3) Prof. Richard Averbeck of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School ("literary/intertextual" approach);
(4) Prof. C. John Collins of Covenant Theological Seminary ("analogical days" approach); and
(5) Prof. Todd Beall of Capital Bible Seminary (literal/"recent creationist" approach).

More information
October 2011
10/31 Workshop Call for Papers Deadline
The Program in Judaic Studies in collaboration with the Brown University Library's Center for Digital Scholarship is pleased to announce plans for a two-day workshop devoted to investigating the ways in which the digital humanities has or can change the study of religion in antiquity. The workshop will take place on February 13-14, 2012, at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

We invite proposals for papers and presentations that explore the intersection of ancient religion and the digital humanities. We are particularly interested in presentations of projects that have the potential to open up new questions and avenues of research. Can digital tools not only allow us to do our work faster and more thoroughly but also enable entirely new kinds of research? How might different digital data (e.g., textual, geographic, and material culture) be used together most productively? The workshop will concentrate primarily on research rather than directly on pedagogy or scholarly communication. One session will be devoted to "nuts and bolts" issues of funding and starting a digital project.

The focus of the workshop will be on the religions of West Asia and the Mediterranean basin through the early Islamic period. Proposals relating to other regions, however, will also be considered.

More and updated information 

Please submit proposals of up to 300 words by October 31, 2011, to Michael Satlow  

November 2011
11/11 Shakespeare & the Bible
a symposium on the 1611 bible at Rhodes College, Memphis TN. Invited speakers include Robert Alter, Brian Cummings, Hannibal Hamlin, and Naomi Tadmor.
More information
11/16- 11/19 ASOR Annual Meeting
The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) will hold their Annual Meeting at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA
More information
11/17- 11/19

Adventist Society for Religious Studies
The 2011 meeting will convene in San Francisco, California. The theme for the meeting is: "Gates and Walls: Inclusivity and Exclusivity and the People of God." 
more information

11/18- 11/22 SBL Annual Meeting,
The SBL Annual Meeting will be held in San Francisco, California.
More information

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