November 12, 2014 Newsletter
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Bible Odyssey
Look for the Bible Odyssey kiosk near the registration desk at the Annual Meeting! Stop by on Sunday to say hello to managing editor Moira Bucciarelli.
And follow Bible Odyssey on twitter: @bibleodyssey

Stats – Past 30 days
Top visits by country:
1. USA
2. UK
3. Canada
4. Australia
5. South Africa
6. Denmark
7. India
8. Israel
9. Germany
10. Philippines
11. Nigeria

Top 5 Universities Assigning Bible Odyssey Content:
1. University of Notre Dame
2. Baylor University
3. Belmont University
4. Wright State University
5. Catholic University of America

Follow Moira Bucciarelli, Bible Odyssey managing editor on Twitter @bibleodyssey

ICI Books
The following books were added to the Online Book depository in October:

Clements , Ronald E. Jerusalem and the Nations: Studies in the Book of Isaiah, Hebrew Bible Monographs, 16. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011.

Edenburg, Cynthia and Juha Pakkala, eds. Is Samuel Among the Deuteronomists? Current Views on the Place of Samuel in a Deuteronomistic History, Ancient Israel and Its Literature, 16. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.

Hibbard, J. Todd and Paul Kim. Formation and Intertextuality in Isaiah 24-27, Ancient Israel and Its Literature, 17. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.

Miller, Jared L., Royal Hittite Instructions and Related Administrative Texts, Writings from the Ancient World, 31. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.

O'Kane, Martin, ed.  Bible, Art, Gallery, Bible in the Modern World, 21. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011.

ICI @ the AM
The International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) invites all SBL members interested in facilitating mutual cooperation among colleagues globally to attend the open Forum meeting in San Diego, 11/22/2014, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, San Diego Ballroom Salon A (Lobby level)—Marriott Marquis (MM) . 

Call for Papers - SBL Awards The David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship, the The Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship and the De Gruyter Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History are now open for submissions until 10 January 2015. Both the Freedman and Achtemeier awards include a $1,000 monetary award and the paper is delivered at the 2015 SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The De Gruyter Prize is $1500, and winning manuscripts are published by De Gruyter .

SBL Calendar
Events for Biblical and Religious Studies

SBL on Twitter
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The former promotes content related to Bible Odyssey and biblical studies in general. The latter is a combined channel for communication to SBL members from the SBL Press, Professions, Congresses, and Membership departments.

Annual Meeting Book Sale

Almost all new, recent, and backlist SBL Press and Brown Judaic Studies titles are available to SBL members at a 30% discount during the Annual Meeting Fall Sale.
Download the order form, then mail or fax your order by December 15. If you prefer to order by phone or at the SBL Press Store, make sure to use the promo code FL2014 at checkout to receive your discount.

Jobs Report

The latest iteration of the jobs report focuses on data from January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. The report builds on previous versions, which analyzed data from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012 and January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2010. The market reflected by these data continues to change in ways both large and small. There are underlying constants: a core of faculty positions at private not-for-profit U.S.-based institutions that are mostly tenure-track. The market has varied recently with a small uptick in entry-level and contingent positions and a small downtick in upper-level positions. Course load for the average faculty has decreased, as has the degree to which various skills and experiences are required by hiring institutions.

Holding a Ph.D., prior teaching experience, and interdisciplinary teaching or research abilities continue to be central to a candidate’s repertoire. Indeed, data from the most recent year show that 90% of appointees were hired with the Ph.D. completed. With an average number of applications per position each year since 2005 between 42 and 95, candidates can expect to compete with several dozen peers. They can have confidence, however, that the job applied for will be filled (jobs that remained unfilled had decreased to 3.7% for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 AY) and that the job landed will most likely be a tenure-track position (over three-fourths (76.2%) of appointments were tenure-track).

Member Profile Report

Prior to the expanded member profile launched in 2013 that members fill out voluntarily, the Society could identify only a few categories of information about its members. Additional information from the member profile help us better understand who our members are, what they do, and where they are. If this data is provided regularly, we can annually compile reports on our member demographics and career contexts. We can compare and extrapolate issues involving tenure and the rise of contingent faculty, time to degree, and trends in the many disciplines practiced by SBL members. Finally, with this data we will identify the schools and departments in which our members teach. We will then survey departments to map further the state of the field, the dimensions of the job market, size of faculty, types of faculty, etc. 2014 Member Profile Report

Four New Titles from SBL Press

Communities in Dispute: Current Scholarship on the Johannine Epistles
R. Alan Culpepper and Paul N. Anderson (editors)
This anthology includes papers presented at the McAfee School of Theology Symposium on the Johannine Epistles (2010). Contributions on the relationship between the Gospel of John and the Letters of John, Johannine theology and ethics, the concept of the Antichrist, and the role of the elder round out the collection. This is a must-have book for libraries and New Testament scholars.

Paper $39.95, ISBN 9781628370157
Hardcover $54.95, ISBN 9781628370171
216 pages • Early Christianity and Its Literature 13

Latino/a Biblical Hermeneutics: Problematics, Objectives, Strategies
Francisco Lozada Jr. and Fernando F. Segovia (editors)

In this collection of essays, contributors seek to analyze the vision of the critical task espoused by Latino/a critics. The project explores how such scholars approach their vocation as critics in the light of their identity as members of the Latino/a experience and reality. Sixteen scholars—representing a broad spectrum of the Latino/a American formation, along various axes of identity—address the question in whatever way they deem appropriate: What does it mean to be a Latino/a critic?

Paper $46.95, ISBN 9781589836549
Hardcover $61.95, ISBN 9781589839274
386 pages • Semeia Studies 68

Psalm Studies, Volume 1
Sigmund Mowinckel (author), Mark E. Biddle (translator)

Though not as well known as The Psalms in Israel’s Worship, the seminal studies that prepared the ground for Mowinckel’s later work are translated here into English. Volume 1 includes “Awen and the Psalms of Individual Lament” and “YHWH’s Enthronement Festival and the Origin of Eschatology.”

Paper $59.95, ISBN 9781589835085
Hardcover $79.95, ISBN 9781589838017
504 pages • History of Biblical Studies 2

Psalm Studies, Volume 2
Sigmund Mowinckel (author), Mark E. Biddle (translator)

Volume 2 of Psalm Studies includes English translations of “Cultic Prophecy and Prophetic Psalms,” “The Technical Terms in the Psalm Superscriptions,” “Blessing and Curse in Israel’s Cult and Psalmody,” and “The Psalmists.”

Paper $53.95, ISBN 9781589835108
Hardcover $73.95, ISBN 9781589838024
424 pages • History of Biblical Studies 3

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