Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.
To un-subscribe, click here
SBL e-Newsletter
February 23, 2012 e-newsletter
Please do not reply to this email. The box is not monitored.

Meetings News

Annual Meeting
Online registration for Annual Meetings 2012 in Chicago is now open. We hope you will plan to participate. Super Saver rates are in effect through April 15, so register now to save money and reserve your favorite hotel. The conference hotels are primarily located in the downtown "Loop" area, and many restaurants and attractions are within walking distance. Evening events such as receptions and the Presidential Address will take place in the downtown hotels. Daytime program sessions will be held at the McCormick Place convention center. Shuttle buses will be available for transportation between the conference hotels and McCormick Place convention center. Before you register, you may want to preview the Chicago hotel locator map and hotel descriptions. You may select from the hotels currently available when you register.

International Meeting
Registration for the 2012 International Meeting in Amsterdam is open online. Hosted by the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the meeting will be held July 22-26 in conjunction with the 2012 annual conference of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS) and the triennial joint meeting of the Oudtestamentish Werkgezelschap in Nederland en België (OTW) and the Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS). The registration cost is $150 for members and $80 for student members, and two conference hotels are available for those interested in making a reservation.

Regional Meetings
Online registration is open for the Central States, Pacific Coast, and New England/Eastern Canada regional meetings. Registration links and information are located on the webpage of each region which you may access from the list on the right side of the Regional Meetings page.

Humanities Advocacy Day

Make plans to attend the National Humanities Alliance's Annual Meeting & Humanities Advocacy Day.

Events take place March 19-20 in Washington, DC at The George Washington University's Marvin Center and on Capitol Hill. Strong participation in Humanities Advocacy Day events is essential to increasing public support for, and understanding of, the humanities.

The 2012 preliminary program includes:

  • New advocate training (pre-meeting event)
  • Luncheon and keynote address with Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead
  • Presentations of current and compelling work in the humanities
  • Capitol Hill reception
  • Congressional office visits

Additional information is available on the Alliance’s website.

SBL Spring Book 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 31.

If you prefer to order at the SBL Store, make sure to use the promo code SPG2012 at checkout to receive your discount.

Member 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 February 2012 winners are:

Keren Ras
Trevor J. Burke

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 second issue of 2012 (131:2) of the Journal of Biblical Literature your subscription and payment must be received no later than May 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, Suite 350 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 and following the directions.

Travel Grants Application Deadline March 1

The SBL Travel Grants offer opportunities to current SBL members to attend the Annual Meeting, participate in the program, enhance their professional development, and build their network with fellow scholars. These grants help facilitate the work of Program Units, the International Cooperation Initiative ("ICI"), the Status of Women in the Profession Committee, the Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee, and other SBL Committees representing scholars in the field.

These grants are intended to support underrepresented and underresourced scholars. As such, preference will be given to women, ethnic/racial minorities, and members from ICI-qualifying countries. A key criterion is an applicant's demonstrable financial need. Two of the four Travel Grants ($2,000.00 each) will be offered to members whose proposals have been accepted by a Program Unit and have demonstrated that the work of the unit and the field will be enhanced by that member's participation. The other two grants ($1,000 each) will be given to members who have never attended an Annual Meeting. The Society will provide lodging (one room, single or shared) for four nights and complimentary meeting registration. The grants defray transportation, hotel accommodations, and other expenses incurred for the Annual Meeting.

Travel Grant application and information.


See full job listings


Click here for full calender

February 2012
2/24 Third Annual Charles Coil Lecture
M. Patrick Graham, Emory University, will present two lectures (8:30am, 1:00pm) on the subject "Studies in the Books of Chronicles" on the campus of Heritage Christian University in Florence, Alabama.
More information..
2/28 Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible
The Manifold Greatness project, marking the 400th anniversary of the 1611 King James Bible, is jointly produced by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, and the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Traveling program opens in Austin, Texas; Holland, Michigan; Kennewick, WA; and Mobile, Alabama.
More information
March 2012
3/1 Deadline: Call for Papers
"Paul's Letter to the Galatians & Christian Theology", University of St Andrews' Fourth Triennial Scripture & Theology Conference St Andrews, Scotland. Conference date: 10-13 July
We invite proposals for short papers that relate Galatians to Christian theology and culture including: Galatians and Art; Christian Doctrine; Ethics; The Hisotry of Interpretation; Eschatology; Jewish and Christian Readings of Galatians. Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be sent to
See keynote speakers list under the conference July entry.
 More information >>>

3/2-3/4 SBL Southeastern Regional Meeting
Atlanta Marriott Century Center Atlanta, Georgia
More information
3/3 What Would it Take to Move the Map? Abrahamic Religions on the Silk Road
Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA . This one-day conference brings together scholars from different subfields to address and compare different segments of the movement of Jews, Christians, and Muslims along the Silk Road in the early periods. We begin with Jerusalem and Armenia in the west and move through Syria, Iran, India, Central Asia, and China. Our ultimate goal is to address the lack of awareness in western academies and seminaries concerning the early eastern history of the Abrahamic religions.
More information..
3/9- 3/11 SBL Southwestern Regional Meeting
Marriott Hotel, DFW Airport North, Irving, Texas
More information
3/15- 3/16 SBL Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
More information
3/16-3/19 Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society
Boston, Massachussetts, Omni Parker House Hotel
More information
3/18- 3/19 SBL Central States Regional Meeting
St. Louis Marriott West St. Louis, Missouri
More information
3/22-3/23 SBL Eastern Great Lakes Regional Meeting
Quality Inn & Suites, Richfield, Ohio
More information
3/23- 3/24 SBL Rocky Mnts - Great Plains Regional Meeting
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
More information
3/24-3/26 SBL Pacific Coast Regional Meeting
Santa Clara University Santa Clara, California
More information
3/30 - 4/1 2012 European Association of Biblical Studies Graduate Symposium
Hamburg, Germany
The event will bring together PhD candidates and post doctoral researchers from a variety of subfields relating to biblical studies. As always, senior scholars will attend the event. In 2012, EABS president Jorunn Řkland (University of Oslo) and Dr Diana Edelman (University of Sheffield) are going to attend. There will be a joint session with graduate students from the University of Alberta, organised with Professor Ehud Ben Zvi. The format of the event is a small, residential gathering, which will allow for extended discussion, networking, and in-depth feedback. Graduates are invited to present a paper, run a workshop session, lead a round-table discussion or use any other format they see fit to present their topic.
More information
April 2012
4/27 SBL New England Regional Meeting
Andover-Newton Theo. School, Newton Centre, MA
More information
4/30 Call for Papers Deadline
Stockholm 2012: "Ends and Beginnings." The 11th European Association for the Study of Religions(EASR ) Annual Conference, Södertörn University, Stockholm, 23-26 August 2012 with a Special Panel Session: Pentateuchal Mysticism? Ancient Israelite Priestly Initiation
Submit a 200-word abstract
More information..
4/30- 5/4 The 8th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
The conference will be held in Warsaw, Poland. It will be organised jointly by the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology University of Warsaw and Institute of Archaeology University of Warsaw.
More information
May 2012
5/2- 5/5 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

More information.
5/3-5/6 Association of Ancient Historians (AAH)
The annual meeting in 2012 will be held May 3-6 and will be jointly hosted by Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The primary organizers are Mary Boatwright (Duke) and Fred Naiden and Richard Talbert (UNC Chapel Hill). Seven paper sessions are planned. In addition to paper sessions, the meeting will include the traditional opening reception and Saturday banquet. Call for papers is now open. Details are posted as they become available on the 2012 AAH Meeting page.
5/10 Application Deadline
The Erasmus Academy NY offers real-time online summer language programs in research languages.
More information
5/11-5/13 SBL Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting
Concordia University in Portland, Oregon
More information
5/18- 5/19 Ephesus as a Religious Center under the Principate
In honor of Richard E. Oster on the occasion of his 65th birthday. The conference will be held on the campus of Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee
See facebook page for more information.

5/24- 5/26 RRENAB International Meeting
The Réseau de Recherche en Narratologie et Bible (RRENAB) organizes an international Conference on the Role of the Reader in the Interpretation of Biblical texts. The meeting takes place in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) from May 24-26, 2012. Papers and seminars are in French.
More information..
5/25- 5/27 The Other Temples
First Annual Conference of Hekhal: The Irish Society for the Study of the Ancient Near East

Hekhal is an academic association established by four graduates and postgraduates of Trinity College Dublin. The society's primary aim is to facilitate rigorous research in Ireland in the fields of Biblical Studies, Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Archaeology and Historiography, towards a more comprehensive understanding of the Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern worlds and their texts.

The role of the temple cult is extremely important for Judaism despite Deuteronomic centralisation never being fully realised. As such, other Jewish temples may offer a fruitful area for discussing the development of Judaism in the Ancient Near East. We are therefore calling for papers dealing with temple ideology and its material culture in the context of temples other than the one in Jerusalem, whether those be real ones such as Elephantine, Leontopolis or Gerizim, or conceptual ones like the Qumran Yahad or the new Jerusalem in Revelation. The committee would hope to receive submissions on topics as diverse as diaspora Judaism, early Christianity, Qumran, early Samaritan studies, and any other historiographic and/or archaeological fields of research referencing these paradigms.

More information on the society and the conference.

5/28- 5/31 Prophecy and Politics in Ancient Israel and in Ancient Cultures
The Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa is holding an international conference to examine the biblical prophets and prophecy in ancient cultures in general—within the geographical compass of Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Levant—from the beginnings of writing until the first century CE. The focus will be on the attitudes of ancient writers and readers to political-historical events.
A one day excursion is planned: In the footsteps of Elijah, Elisha and the necromancer of En-Dor.
More information will be forthcoming.
5/31 – 6/3 Conference on "The Christian Moses"
The Catholic University of America's Center for the Study of Early Christianity will host a conference in Washington DC on the topic of the "Christian Moses." Speakers will investigate how early Christians (to the seventh century CE) used traditions associated with Moses, along with significant Jewish traditions and early Islamic references to Moses. The conference will have a single-session format to encourage maximum interaction among all participants: speakers, local and visiting scholars, and graduate students. Call for Papers Deadline is December 31, 2011
More information
June 2012
6/6 – 6/9 Trauma and Traumatization: In and Beyond Biblical Literature
An international conference held at Aarhus University, Denmark. The conference is decidedly interdisciplinary, and aims to demonstrate how a highly developed expertise in interpreting Biblical and cognate literature is a substantial part of the overall discourse on the historical, literary, social, political, and religious dimensions of trauma in past and present.
More information
6/13 – 6/15 Society of Asian Biblical Studies (SABS)
The next meeting of the Society of Asian Biblical Studies will be held in Sabah, Malaysia from the 13-15 June 2012. Arrival the 12th and departure on the 16th. Kindly block these dates in your calendar and look for updates on the SABS website.
More information
6/13-6/17 Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education
Hosted by the American Association of University Professors at the Mayflower Renaissance, Washington DC.
More information
6/18-6/20 American Association of University Presses
AAUP 2012 will be held Holiday Inn Mart Plaza - Chicago, Illinois
More information
6/27- 6/30 Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World X: Tradition, Transmission, and Adaptation
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

This iteration of the biennial conference on Orality and Literacy will consider the differences between oral and written transmissions, as well as their interactions. When knowledge crosses cultural and linguistic boundaries, does it matter whether it is transmitted orally or in writing? Are written texts always less fluid than oral performances? How should we think about the different kinds of writing as methods of transmitting information, from the wax tablet to the monumental inscription?

The conference will include an excursion to Detroit and a session introducing Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) oral tradition, and an opportunity to visit the University of Michigan's renowned papyrus collection.

For further information, please email Ruth Scodel
6/29 The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics
A one day conference, honouring Professor Anthony C. Thiselton Speakers (provisional): Anthony Thiselton, James Dunn, Walter Moberly, Robert Morgan, Stanley Porter, Richard Briggs, Tom Greggs, Matthew Malcolm
To be held at the University of Nottingham. e-mail Matthew Malcolm for more information

Back to Top

Our mailing address is:
825 Houston Mill Road, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 30329

Our telephone:

Copyright (C) 2012 / Society of Biblical Literature/ All rights reserved.