November 4, 2014 Newsletter
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SBL on Twitter

After some research and discussion about social media, SBL now has two official twitter accounts: @bibleodyssey and @SBLsite. The former will communicate content related to Bible Odyssey and promote biblical studies generally. The latter will be a combined channel for communication to SBL members from the SBL Press, Professions, Congresses, and Membership departments. If you are on twitter, join the conversation!

JBL Forum

The current issue of JBL (133.3) contains a series of articles debating source criticism. Now you are invited to join in the conversation! Visit the JBL Forum to interact with other SBL members about critical issues in biblical studies.

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 .

New Journal

The Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting (JJMJS), A new journal:

  • interdisciplinary
  • peer-reviewed
  • free of charge
  • open access
seeks to facilitate and to encourage such scholarly investigations across disciplinary boundaries, and to make the results of cutting-edge research available to a worldwide audience.

JJMJS is published in cooperation with Eisenbrauns and will be available in hard copy as well. At the website, you will find a Forum where readers may share ideas and interact with articles.

For more information, contact

SBL Calendar

Events for Biblical and Religious Studies

ICI Forum at the Annual Meetings

Current International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) participants and anyone interested in knowing more about the program are invited to attend the ICI Forum discussion at the Annual Meeting, November 22, 9:30–10:30, San Diego Ballroom Salon A in the Marriott Marquis. For information about ICI, contact Leigh Andersen or visit the ICI page.

International Meeting

The Call for Papers for the 2015 International Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina is open.

New Titles from SBL Press

Untold Tales from the Book of Revelation: Sex and Gender, Empire and Ecology
Stephen D. Moore
This collection of previously published essays is a companion to The Bible in Theory: Critical and Postcritical Essays (2010). Chapters engage postmodernism, deconstruction, new historicism, autobiographical criticism, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, masculinity studies, queer theory, and “posttheory”—methods Moore believes present unprecedented challenges to the monochrome model of Revelation scholarship based on traditional historical-critical methods.

Paper $39.95, ISBN 9781589839908
Hardcover $54.95, ISBN 9781589839915
302 pages • Resources for Biblical Study 79

Other titles in this series: The Bible in Theory: Critical and Postcritical Essays (Moore); Reading 1–2 Peter and Jude: A Resource for Students (Mason and Martin); Method and Meaning: Essays on New Testament Interpretation in Honor of Harold W. Attridge (McGowan and Richards)

Hidden Truths from Eden: Esoteric Readings of Genesis 1–3
Caroline Vander Stichele and Susanne Scholz (editors)
Since the sixteenth century CE, the field of biblical studies has focused on the literal meaning of texts. This collection seeks to rectify this oversight by integrating the study of esoteric readings into academic discourse. Case studies focusing on the first three chapters of Genesis cover different periods and methods from early Christian discourse through zoharic, kabbalistic, and alchemical literature to modern and post-postmodern approaches.

Paper $36.95, ISBN 9781628370126
Hardcover $51.95, ISBN 9781628370140
298 pages • Semeia Studies 76

Other titles in this series: Beauty and the Bible: Toward a Hermeneutics of Biblical Aesthetics (Bautch and Racine); Discourses of Empire: The Gospel of Mark from a Postcolonial Perspective (Leander); The Bible in/and Popular Culture: A Creative Encounter (Culbertson and Wainwright)

Studia Philonica Annual XXVI, 2014
David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling (editors)
The Studia Philonica Annual is a scholarly journal devoted to the study of Hellenistic Judaism, particularly the writings and thought of the Hellenistic-Jewish writer Philo of Alexandria (circa 15 BCE to circa 50 CE). Each volume includes articles on aspects of Hellenistic Judaism written by experts in the field, an extensive bibliography, and book reviews.

Hardcover $51.95, ISBN 9781628370188
286 pages • Studia Philonica Annual 26

Other titles in this series: Studia Philonica Annual XXV, 2013 (Runia and Sterling); Studia Philonica Annual XXIV, 2012 (Runia and Sterling); Studia Philonica Annual XXIII, 2011 (Runia and Sterling)

LXX Isaiah 24:1-26:6 as Interpretation and Translation: A Methodological Discussion
Wilson de Angelo Cunha
In this volume Cunha argues that the differences found between the Septuagint text of Isaiah and the Hebrew of the Masoretic Text must be weighed against the literary context in which they are found. The author demonstrates that LXX Isa 24:1–26:6 can be seen as a coherent ideological composition that differs greatly from the way scholars have interpreted MT Isa 24:1–26:6. This coherence comes across through the use of certain lexemes and conjunctions throughout the passage. The book lays the case that a scribe or translator already had an interpretation before he started the process of translation that shaped his translation of the Hebrew text into Greek.

Paper $32.95, ISBN 9781628370225
Hardcover $47.95, ISBN 9781628370249
592 pages • Septuagint and Cognate Studies 62

Other titles in this series: Textual History and the Reception of Scripture in Early Christianity: Textgeschichte und Schriftrezeption im frühen Christentum (de Vries and Karrer); XIV Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, Helsinki, 2010 (Peters); “Translation Is Required”: The Septuagint in Retrospect and Prospect (Hiebert)

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