April 29, 2015 Newsletter
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Bible Odyssey

New content this week on Bible Odyssey—take a look!

Pamela Barmash on Cain
Eve Levavi Feinstein on Bathing
Marvin Sweeney on Kingship
Robin Branch Gallaher on Unnamed Women
And Jackie Hidalgo on Postcolonial Theory

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Read JBL 134.1 at JSTOR

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Events for Biblical and Religious Studies

SBL Member wins Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Award

The American Council of Learned Societies announced the results of the 2014-2015 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship competition. Congratulations to SBL member Megan Johanna Daniels (Classics, Stanford University). She won one of the 70 awards, which include a $30,000 stipend plus up to $8,000 for research and university fees, to advanced graduate students in their final year of dissertation writing. Fellows from 29 universities and nearly 20 fields of humanistic study were selected from a pool of close to 1,000 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer review process.
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ICI Books Added to Repository in April

Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship
Avalos, Hector. Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship. Bible in the Modern World 38. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011.

Textual Memory: Ancient Archives, Libraries and the Hebrew Bible
duToit, Jaqueline S. Textual Memory: Ancient Archives, Libraries and The Hebrew Bible. The Social World of Biblical Antiquity, 2/6. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010.

Emotions in Biblical Law: A Cognitive Science Approach
Kazen, Thomas. Emotions in Biblical Law: A Cognitive Science Approach. Hebrew Bible Monographs 36. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011.

Reading 1-2 Peter and Jude: A Resource for Students
Mason , Eric F. and Troy W. Martin, eds. Reading 1-2 Peter and Jude: A Resource for Students. Resources for Biblical Study 77. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014.

To find these books, log-in and go to the ICI online books page and select the series page.

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Annual Meeting Registration is Now Open

Registration & Housing for the Annual Meetings 2015 in Atlanta is now open! You may access your registration page with this link. Please note that registration rates will increase on May 22, so take advantage of the Super Saver discount and register today!

More than 1,000 academic sessions, additional meetings, receptions, workshops, and tours will be offered at the Annual Meetings 2015. Activities, events, receptions, and sessions will be held at various downtown hotels. The Annual Meeting Exhibits and Registration areas will be located at the Hyatt Regency. All locations are within walking distance of one another.

To review additional information about the 2015 Annual Meetings, please click here.
We are looking forward to a great meeting in Atlanta!

SBL Press Spring Sale Ends Friday

Almost all new, recent, and backlist SBL and BJS titles are available to SBL members at a 30 percent discount during the spring sale. Download the order form, then mail, fax, or phone your order in by this Friday- May 1. If you prefer to order at the SBL Store, make sure to use the promo code SPG2015 at checkout to receive your discount.

SBL International Meeting— Buenos Aires, Argentina
Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24

Registration for The International Meeting is now open.
Note: We recommend that you review the registration, housing, and travel information on this site prior to registering for the conference.

Click here to register for the conference.

Student Volunteers
We are now offering student members the opportunity to volunteer at the International Meeting. Volunteer benefits include free conference registration and a complimentary 1-year SBL membership.
Please contact Samantha Spitzner for more information on how to volunteer.

New Books from SBL Press

The Prophets Speak on Forced Migration
Mark J. Boda, Frank Ritchel Ames, John Ahn, and Mark Leuchter, editors
In this collection of essays dealing with the prophetic material in the Hebrew Bible, scholars explore the motifs, effects, and role of forced migration on prophetic literature. Students and scholars interested in current, thorough approaches to the issues and problems associated with the study of geographical displacement, social-identity ethics, trauma studies, theological diversification, hermeneutical strategies in relation to memory, and the effects of various exilic conditions will find a valuable resource with productive avenues for inquiry.

Paper $34.95, ISBN 9781628370515
Hardcover $49.95, ISBN 9781628370539
238 pages • Ancient Israel and Its Literature 21

The Psalms of Solomon: Language, History, Theology
Eberhard Bons and Patrick Pouchelle, editors
This volume includes revised essays originally presented at the First International Meeting on the Psalms of Solomon. Researchers whose work focuses on the Psalms of Solomon, experts on the Septuagint, and scholars of Jewish Hellenistic literature take a fresh look at debates surrounding the text. Authors engage linguistic, historical, and theological issues, including the original language of the Psalms, their historical setting, and their theological intentions, with the goal of expanding our understanding of first-century BCE Jewish theology.

Paper $34.95, ISBN 9781628370423
Hardcover $49.95, ISBN 9781628370447
240 pages • Early Judaism and Its Literature 40

The Witchcraft Series Maqlû
Tzvi Abusch
The Mesopotamian series Maqlû, “Burning,” is one of the most significant and interesting magical texts from the ancient Near East. While containing almost one hundred incantations and accompanying rituals directed against witches and witchcraft, it actually represents a single complex ceremony.  The ceremony was performed during a single night and into the following morning at the end of the month of Abu (July/August), a time when spirits were thought to move back and forth between the netherworld and the world of the living. This edition of the text contains a detailed introduction as well as an annotated transcription and translation.

Paper $29.95, ISBN 9781628370812
Hardcover $44.95, ISBN 9781628370829
216 pages • Writings from the Ancient World 37

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