October 2014 Newsletter
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Bible Odyssey
SBL member and Bible Odyssey board member Timothy Beal got a great write-up about Bible Odyssey and classroom use in Cleveland's Plain Dealer

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

The SBL Handbook of Style, 2nd Ed.
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Since its initial publication in 1999, The SBL Handbook of Style has had a significant impact on the varied and intersecting fields of biblical studies. With the modest goal of collecting information to facilitate the work of scholars and students writing within these disciplines, the first edition quickly became a singular authority for making stylistic decisions and, without dictating conformity, nevertheless helped to bring about stylistic consistency.

Fifteen years later, the second edition of The SBL Handbook of Style has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest practices among scholars, editors, and publishers as well as to take into account current trends in scholarly publishing. Combining the expertise of publishing professionals and specialists in biblical studies and related fields, the second edition of The SBL Handbook of Style has been meticulously supplemented with important new subject matter that fills gaps in the first edition. Chapters and sections have been reorganized and restructured to be more intuitive and logical. The result is an essential resource for anyone aspiring to research and write in the fields of biblical studies, ancient Near Eastern studies, and late antiquity.

Hardcover $39.95
ISBN 9781589839649
368 pages

To view a list of additions and rule changes in the second edition, click here.

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 and the The Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship are now open for submissions until 10 January 2015. Both awards include a $1,000 monetary award and the paper is delivered at the 2015 SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

The Carol and Eric Meyers Endowed Scholarship Fund

Longstanding SBL and ASOR members Eric and Carol Meyers were recently feted at Duke for their dedication and service to the field. The celebration also launched a new scholarship fund in their honor that will support volunteers on archaeological digs in the eastern Mediterranean. For more information, go to ASOR's website.

SBL Calendar

Events for Biblical and Religious Studies

Annual Meetings

KiddieCorp Childcare
SBL is pleased to provide a children’s program through KiddieCorp during the 2014 Annual Meeting hosted by SBL and AAR. Their goal is to provide your children with a program they want to attend, while providing you with that critical “peace of mind” feeling so you can attend event activities. Activities include arts & crafts, music & movement, board games, story time and dramatic play. Activities are appropriate for each age group, using safe, sturdy equipment that you can feel comfortable with.
The program is for children ages 6 months through 12 years old and will be available November 22-24, 2014 at the Omni San Diego Hotel. Snacks and beverages will be provided and meals can be supplied by parents or purchased when checking in your child each day.
To register please click here. The advance registration deadline is October 24, 2014. Availability is limited and handled on a first-come, first served basis.

Professional Photograpy at the Meeting
Everyone needs a headshot, and you can get one for only $37. You can quickly get your photo taken by a professional photographer while you are at the Annual Meeting on November 23rd or 24th. The photographer will be located at Booth #1105 in the SBL and AAR Exhibit Hall in the San Diego Convention Center. To see examples, learn more about what you will receive, and to preregister, please click here.

The deadline to make your hotel reservation is fast approaching! If you would like to stay within one of the SBL designated hotels at the SBL rate, please be sure to make your reservation by October 31.
If you haven’t registered for the Annual Meeting please click here . The housing information will be available for you during the registration process.
If you have registered for the Annual Meeting and need to add a hotel, or edit your current reservation (change dates, add a roommate, change a hotel, etc.) click here . If you don't have any hotel reservations and wish to add, click on the dates you wish to stay and a list of hotels will appear that are available. If there is a particular hotel you wish to choose and it does not appear after you enter the dates it means this hotel does not have all of the dates available.
To cancel a hotel registration prior to October 31, please select the no housing required option on the hotel reservation page. Please do not contact the hotel directly until after November 9. They will not have your housing information until that time.

New Titles from SBL Press

Migration and Diaspora: Exegetical Voices of Women in Northeast Asian Countries
Hisako Kinukawa
The papers in this collection were presented at the third meeting of the Society of Asian Biblical Studies held at the Sabah Theological Seminary, Malaysia in 2012. The essays represent the work of women/feminist scholars in biblical hermeneutics in this region who have raised questions against traditional, male-centered interpretations, offering distinct perspectives based on their experiences of pain, subjugation, and a forced sacrificial philosophy of life.

Paper $19.95, ISBN 9781628370089
Hardcover $34.95, ISBN 9781628370102
E-Book (pdf) gratis, ISBN 9781628370096
80 pages • International Voices in Biblical Studies 6

Other titles in this series: Women at Work in the Deuteronomistic History (Bachmann); Reading Ezra 9–10 Tu’a-Wise: Rethinking Biblical Interpretation in Oceania (Vaka’uta); Global Hermeneutics? Reflections and Consequences (Holter and Jonker)

Paul as Infant and Nursing Mother: Metaphor, Rhetoric, and Identity in 1 Thessalonians 2:5-8

Jennifer Houston McNeel
Paul employed metaphors of childbirth or breastfeeding in four out of the seven undisputed epistles. In this book, McNeel uses cognitive metaphor theory and social identity analysis to examine the meaning and function of these maternal metaphors. She asserts that metaphors carry cognitive content and that they are central to how humans process information, construct reality, and shape group identity.

Paper $29.95, ISBN 9781589839663
Hardcover $44.95, ISBN 9781589839687
216 pages • Early Christianity and Its Literature 12

Other titles in this series: The Galilean Economy in the Time of Jesus (Fiensy and Hawkins); Paul and Scripture: Extending the Conversation (Stanley); Rethinking Paul's Rhetorical Education: Comparative Rhetoric and 2 Corinthians 10–13 (Schellenberg)


The Shape and Shaping of the Book of Psalms: The Current State of Scholarship
Nancy L. Declaisse-Walford, editor
Drawing inspiration from Gerald H. Wilson’s The Editing of the Hebrew Psalter, this volume explores questions of the formation of the Psalter from the perspective of canonical criticism. Though called “canonical criticism,” the study actually employs a number of historically traditional and nontraditional approaches to reading the text including form criticism, historical criticism of individual psalms as well as of the whole Psalter, and redaction criticism.

Paper $36.95, ISBN 9781628370010
Hardcover $51.95, ISBN 9781628370034
284 pages • Ancient Israel and Its Literature 20

Other titles in this series: Daughter Zion: Her Portrait, Her Response (Boda, Dempsey, and Flesher); Constructing and Deconstructing Power in Psalms 107–150 (Tucker); Formation and Intertextuality in Isaiah 24–27 (Hibbard and Kim)

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