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August 7, 2012 e-newsletter
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International Meeting

The 2012 SBL International Meeting, held 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), was a resounding success! Such success would not have been possible without the SBL staff and a number of other key partners.

  • Our host, the University of Amsterdam, provided an excellent setting for the meeting. Thanks are due to Rector Magnificus, Professor Dymph van de Boom, the president of the UvA board, Karel van der Toorn, and Director of the Graduate School for Humanities, Jan Willem van Henten.
  • Jorunn Økland and Ronit Nikolsky of EABS continue their outstanding work. We are thrilled to partner with EABS in part because of their collegial spirits.
  • Pierre Van Hecke of OTW and George Brooke of SOTS facilitated the momentous opportunity of a joint meeting among four organizations. Their partnership and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated.

The opening session, held in the university's beautiful Aula, signaled the vitality of biblical scholarship not only in Amsterdam and the Netherlands but across the world. Representatives of EABS, OTW, SOTS, and SBL affirmed this year's partnership, which resulted in nearly 900 attendees from 46 countries across 6 continents. These attendees presented, listened, and dialogued in almost 200 sessions. They also benefited from tours at the Bijbels Museum and the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, as well as entrance to the Jewish Historical Museum and Portuguese Synagogue. We are grateful to the many persons who made this meeting a success and hope you will join us in St. Andrews, United Kingdom, July 7-11, 2013, for the next SBL International Meeting.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting program is available online. Any changes that need to be made to the program before the Program Book is printed must be sent to Charlie Haws ( no later than August 22.

If you are planning to attend the Annual Meeting this year and have not registered, register now and save money. Registration rates go up on September 15! You may also reserve a room at one of our conference hotels during the registration process.

Employment Center
The Employment Center, sponsored by SBL and the American Academy of Religion, provides the opportunity for employers and those seeking employment to register for interviews at the Annual Meetings, as well as interview facilities, job listings, candidate credentials, and a messaging service.

Candidate registration is available through Annual Meeting registration. Candidates may pre-register for $25 to post their credentials in a secure online forum accessible only to registered employers. The CV Submission and Review System is scheduled to open August 15, 2012. More information is available here.

Employer registration enables you to view the credentials of SBL and AAR members who have registered as Employment Center candidates. Candidates can also view your jobs and make inquiries directly to you. To submit a job and register it, click here. If you have already submitted a job, click here.

Visit the NEH at booth 900 in the Annual Meetings Exhibit Hall. Stop by to talk with a program officer about grant opportunities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers grants to scholars and others engaged in humanistic research and teaching. Twenty-six grant programs support individuals, teams, and institutions doing work for other scholars, students, or the general public. Fundable projects include research for monographs, scholarly editions, creating or revising a class, preserving or digitizing archival collections, professional development for teachers, museum exhibits and documentaries. The NEH has a long record of supporting important scholarship in religious studies, including a variety of disciplinary approaches and religious traditions. Daniel Sack, a NEH program officer (and AAR member), will be available at the annual meetings in November to talk about grant programs and possible applications. Visit the NEH booth (#900) in the exhibit hall or write More information on the NEH and grant programs is at

RTI Training Program for Scholars

The University of Southern California's West Semitic Research Project has received grants from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a Training Program in advanced imaging technologies for the documentation of ancient texts and artifacts with an initial emphasis on Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI). The IMLS and the Mellon Foundation have also funded the purchase of imaging equipment to support the Training Program.

The objective of this project is to develop an infrastructure for training scholars in the use of RTI technology and subsequently to lend the necessary imaging equipment to participants in the training program so they can do an initial RTI documentation project either in field environments (archaeological sites, etc.) or in libraries, museums and/or other similar venues, worldwide. This initial undertaking should be understood to be a pilot project that can develop into an ongoing, broader documentary effort and preferably may also serve as the catalyst for establishing a consortial network for image documentation of a given corpus (or corpora) of ancient texts and/or artifacts. All equipment to be lent out is both rugged and compact and is thus ideal for doing sophisticated imaging in remote locations. Twenty-four awards over three years (approximately eight per year) for traineeships will be provided based on the merit and intrinsic importance of a proposed pilot imaging project as well as the appropriateness of the subject matter for RTI imaging.

For more information, see

Membership and Subscriptions

Address Change
Please send all mailings for SBL directly to: Society of Biblical Literature, The Luce Center, 825 Houston Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30329. The Post Office box is no longer in use.

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 July 2012 winners are:

David DeLauro
William C Rutherford

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!

The Journal of Biblical Literature is the flagship journal of the field. It is published quarterly and includes scholarly articles and critical notes by members of the Society. Essential reading for over a century, it is now available online and in print.

In order to receive the printed issue 131:3 of the Journal of Biblical Literature, your subscription and payment must be received no later than August 15, 2012. The subscription form can be found at: You may fax or email your form to the office. Our Fax number is 404-727-2419 or you may email the form to If you prefer,  you may renew your subscription online, by logging into the website at and following the directions. You may also of course mail your subscription form to us at 825 Houston Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30329.

The Review of Biblical Literature (RBL
), founded by the Society of Biblical Literature, presents reviews of books in biblical studies and related fields. Appearing in digital form and in print, RBL is comprehensive, international, and timely.

  • Comprehensive: RBL includes reviews of various topical studies, multi-author volumes, reference works, commentaries, dictionaries, Bible translations, software, and other resources for the classroom and research. Multiple and contrasting reviews are often presented. The material reviewed and our reviewers come from varied academic, social, and religious perspectives.
  • International: RBL provides a forum for international scholarly exchange and cutting edge innovations with reviews of German, French, Italian, and English books as well as reviews in those languages. Our editorial board includes members from across the globe.
  • Timely: RBL produces reviews of the most recent titles in biblical studies.
  • Authoritative: RBL reviews are written by the most qualified scholars available, whether a member of the SBL or the broader scholarly guild, and are vetted to ensure their quality by a highly regarded editorial board.

In order to receive the printed annual of the Review of Biblical Literature for 2012, your subscription and payment needs to be received by October 15, 2012. The subscription form can be found at:

You can print the form, fill it out and mail it with your payment or payment information to 825 Houston Mill Road, Atlanta , GA 30329. Or, you can fax it to 404-727-2419. If you prefer, you can renew your subscription online by logging into the website at and following the directions.

Special subscription rates to JBL and RBL are available to institutions in ICI countries.
Download the ICI order form here.


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August 2012
8/15-8/17 Gender studies at the interface of the humaniora
University of Johannesburg is hosting the conference to provide a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue on the status of gender research within the Humanities. The intention is to bring together academics, researchers, students, and activists, to explore how women's experiences in South African society have been structured, impacted, controlled or ignored.
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8/23- 8/26 Stockholm 2012: "Ends and Beginnings."
The 11th European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR ) Annual Conference, Södertörn University, Stockholm with a Special Panel Session: Pentateuchal Mysticism? Ancient Israelite Priestly Initiation
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8/27- 8/29 Rereading the Relecture? (Post)chronistic Influence in the Latest Redactions of the Books of Samuel.
This symposium, at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena (Germany), explores the latest inner-biblical revisions affectingthe conception of the history of the early monarchy in Israel. Thefocus will be on the books of Samuel and 1 Chronicles. Can 1 Chr beunderstood as a relecture of 1-2 Sam? If so, did its existence asa parallel account of 1-2 Sam give rise to literary feedback intoits source? And, finally, how can these presumable"post-chronistic" traces be identified?

During the meeting general questions of the relationship between1-2 Sam and 1 Chr are addressed as well as methodological issueswhich are challenged by a number of case studies.

See the flyer here.
8/28- 8/30 Oceania Biblical Studies Association Annual Meeting
will be held at the Sia'atoutai Theological College in Tonga.
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September 2012
9/1 Call for Papers
The editorial board of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, a peer-reviewed electronic journal, invites submissions for its 2012 volume. SCJR publishes scholarship on the history, theology, and contemporary realities of Jewish-Christian relations and reviews new materials in the field, providing a vehicle for exchange of information, cooperation, and mutual enrichment in the field of Christian-Jewish studies and relations.

Interested authors are encouraged to contact the editors in advance. For publication in the 2012 volume, papers should be submitted by September 1, 2012 through the journal's website. Papers submitted after September 1, 2012 may be considered for publication in a future volume. All papers will be subject to peer-review before acceptance for publication.
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9/6–9/8 Digital Humanities Congress 2012
This is a new conference to promote the sharing of knowledge, ideas and techniques within the digital humanities.Hosted by the University of Sheffield's Humanities Research Institute
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9/9-9/10 The Bible in the Public Square
The Duke Center for Jewish Studies is hosting an international conference at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Scholars will address the role of the Bible in everything from Public Schools and American Politics, to the Middle East and Popular Culture.
Speakers and moderators include Yaakov Ariel (UNC-Chapel Hill), Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University), Mark A. Chancey (Southern Methodist University), Rubén R. Dupertuis (Trinity University), John Fea (Messiah College), Shalom Goldman (Duke University), Charles C. Haynes (First Amendment Center), Motti Inbari (UNC-Pembroke), Carol Meyers (Duke University), Eric M. Meyers (Duke University), David Morgan (Duke University), Adele Reinhartz (University of Ottawa), Melissa Rogers (Wake Forest University and The Brookings Institution), and David W. Stowe (Michigan State U.).
More information about the conference, including a schedule, can be found here.
October 2012
10/12-10/14 Traveling Traditions: Pilgrimage across Time and Cultures
The Institute of Pilgrimage Studies in conjunction with the International Consortium for Pilgrimage Studies is hosting their first annual Symposium to be held at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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November 2012
11/17- 11/20 SBL Annual Meeting
Chicago, Illinois
December 2012
12/12-12/14 The Panoply of Judaisms in the 1st-3rd Centuries (Christians, Rabbis and Synagogues)
This international meeting will happen at the Institute of the Biblical Sciences (University of Lausanne, CH) and is co-organized by Claire Clivaz, Simon Mimouni and Bernard Pouderon.

Speakers will be: Marie-Françoise Baslez, Ra'anan Boustan, Bogdan Bucur, Claire Clivaz, José Costa, Jörg Frey, Emmanuel Friedheim, David Hamidovic, Hervé Inglebert, Daniel Marguerat, Simon Mimouni, Ron Naiweld, Etienne Nodet, Bernard Pouderon, Annette Yoshiko Reed, Benjamin Bertho, Simon Butticaz, Charlotte Touati.

The profound change that research is currently undergoing demands a shift in thinking about all forms of Judaism, not just the rabbinic or Christian movements but also synagogue Judaism. For several centuries, both the Christians and the Rabbis 'attempted' to achieve a Utopian unity, as improbable as it is impossible, by defining their boundaries in terms of notions such as heresy and canon. In so doing, they each diminished the influence of synagogue Judaism and in places smoothed it over to the point of apparently effacing it forever. It is in the light of these changes in perspective that the organisers of this colloquium would like to reconsider all the forms of Judaism after 70CE , with the aim of taking stock of the increasingly numerous shifts occurring in this area of high-level research.

See Program, information and inscription here.
12/20-12/21 The Society for Biblical Studies in India (SBSI) will hold its biennial conference in Bangalore, Whitefield at the Ecumenical Christian Center. The Theme for this conference is: Biblical Jubilee: Indian Liberation Hermeneutics.
For more information contact Rev. Dr. K. Jesurathnam, Secretary, SBSI.
January 2013
1/3-1/6 Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting (LSA)
Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts

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1/3-1/6 Archaeological Institute of America and the American Philological Association
114th AIA and APA Joint Annual Meeting will be held in Seattle, Washington
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