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January 31, 2012 e-newsletter
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Meetings News

Calls for Papers for the 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago
The calls for papers are displayed online, but the proposal submission process is not yet open. We are making upgrades and other changes to enhance member experience and support program unit chairs in their work. The submission process will open very shortly.

Make plans to join our 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The concurrent annual meetings of SBL and AAR, will be on November 17-20.

2012 International Meeting
Only one day remains to submit your paper proposal for this year's meeting in Amsterdam on July 22-26! The submission deadline is February 1! Also, registration will open in February.

2012 Regional Meetings
The SBL Midwest Regional Meeting will be on February 10-12 at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. For more information about this meeting, including registration and lodging information, click here.

The Society has eleven regional groups. These groups are autonomous groups of SBL members who have come together to meet locally. Find more information about the 2012 SBL Regional Meetings near you here on our webpage.

ACLS Public Fellows Program

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has announced the second competition of the ACLS Public Fellows program with an increase in the number of awards.

The program was launched last spring to demonstrate the value of employing skilled and accomplished young scholars in a variety of capacities, thereby broadening the academy's conventional ideas of the PhD career path.

See details on eligibility and the application process.

The outcome of the first competition, which placed eight fellows in government and nonprofit positions can be found here.

AAUP Anniversary

2012 marks the 75th anniversary for the Association of American University Presses (AAUP)
The AAUP represents 134 nonprofit scholarly publishers from 10 different countries. AAUP members include university presses as well as independent publishers and the publishing arms of societies, museums, and think tanks.

Read more at Publishers Newswire

Student E-Newsletter

The Student Advisory Board (SAB) launches an e-newsletter for students replete with important updates and relevant information. Look for the newsletter in early February. If you have questions, feedback, or ideas, please contact Teresa Calpino, the newsletter's editor at

Member News

SUBSCRIPTIONS: 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 first issue of 2012 (131:1) of the Journal of Biblical Literature your subscription and payment must be received no later than February 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 at and following the directions.

International Cooperation Initiative (ICI)

Six titles were added to the Online Books depository in January. See information about the SBL's ICI Online Books Program here.

Boer, Roland and Jorunn Økland, eds. Marxist Feminist Criticism of the Bible. Bible in the Modern World 14. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008.

Buchan, Thomas. "Blessed is He who has brought Adam from Sheol": Christ's Descent to the Dead in the Theology of Saint Ephrem the Syrian. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Dissertations in Early Christianity 13, ECS 2, 2004.

Byron, John. Recent Research on Paul and Slavery. Recent Research in Biblical Studies 3. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008.

Kim, Uriah Y. Identity and Loyalty in the David Story: A Postcolonial Reading. Hebrew Bible Monographs 22. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008.

Moser, Maureen. Teacher of Holiness: The Holy Spirit in Origen's Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Dissertations in Early Christianity 117, ECS 4, 2005.

Steppa, Jan-Eric. John Rufus and the World Vision of Anti-Chalcedonean Culture. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Dissertations in Early Christian Studies 4, ECS 1, 2005.


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New Teaching Initiative

Syllabus, a new peer-refereed journal, intends to provide an outlet for recognition and support to faculty who excel in teaching. It will publish original course syllabi, essays, and shorter "tool box" entries. All are subjected to blind peer review.


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February 2012
2/6 Ancient Near Eastern Temples: Form, Function, Symbolism
13 Shevat 5772, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva

For further information contact Victor Hurowitz by email or phone 08-6461036
2/10- 2/12 The SBL Midwest Regional Meeting
Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL
More information
2/13- 2/14 Digital Humanities Workshop
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 
2/15 Call for Papers Deadline
The 2012 European Association of Biblical Studies Graduate Symposium will bring together PhD candidates and post doctoral researchers from a variety of subfields relating to biblical studies. The symposium will be held in Hamburg, Germany. As always, senior scholars will attend the event. In 2012, EABS president Jorunn Økland (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.
Candidates should submit their abstracts of no more than 300 words to no later than February 15th, 2012. Please mention the preferred format in the abstract (i.e. paper, workshop, pre-circulated paper, discussion etc.) and whether you are going to need a 30 minute or a 45 minute time slot. More information
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.
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3/2-3/4 SBL Southeastern Regional Meeting
Atlanta Marriott Century Center Atlanta, Georgia
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3/9- 3/11 SBL Southwestern Regional Meeting
Marriott Hotel, DFW Airport North, Irving, Texas
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3/15- 3/16 SBL Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
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3/16-3/19 Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society
Boston, Massachussetts, Omni Parker House Hotel
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3/18- 3/19 SBL Central States Regional Meeting
St. Louis Marriott West St. Louis, Missouri
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3/22-3/23 SBL Eastern Great Lakes Regional Meeting
Quality Inn & Suites, Richfield, Ohio
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3/23- 3/24 SBL Rocky Mnts - Great Plains Regional Meeting
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
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3/24-3/26 SBL Pacific Coast Regional Meeting
Santa Clara University Santa Clara, California
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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 Økland (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
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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.
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5/11-5/13 SBL Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting
Concordia University in Portland, Oregon
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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
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