April 8, 2015 Newsletter
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Bible Odyssey

Our most recent web analytics snapshot for most-viewed content in the past 28 days shows that people really, really want to know who was the beloved disciple!

Any other trends you notice that we might pay attention to? Email Moira

  Author/Title Views
1. Skinner/Who Was the Beloved Disciple 1,500
2. Green/Jesus’ Crucifixion in Luke’s Gospel††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 752
3. Breed/What Are the Earliest Versions and Translations of the Bible?††††† 571
4. Knust/The Woman Caught in Adultery†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 471
5. DeConick/The Gospel of Judas†††††† 419
6. Sala/The Road to Jericho†††† 378
7. Breed/How was the Bible Written and Transmitted?†††††††††††††††††† 356
8. Iverson/The Healing of a Blind Man††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 354
9. Germany/Second Temple Judaism††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 326
10. Chilton/Judas 320

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German Bible Society publishes new OT and NT Readerís Editions

Have you taken a Hebrew or Greek class but forgotten most of what you learned? Are you a pastor who wants to incorporate regular study of the original languages into your preaching and teaching, but your language skills are rusty? Are you a scholar who needs a quick reference for research purposes? The German Bible Society has recently published Readerís Editions of the two most trusted orginal language editions of the Old and the New Testament, the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia and the UBS Greek New Testament. They are invaluable language reference tools for students, pastors, and scholars who wish to read the Bible in its original languages.
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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

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 by 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

Proverbs: An Eclectic Edition with Introduction and Textual Commentary
Michael V. Fox
This first volume of The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition series features a critical text of Proverbs with extensive text-critical introductions and commentaries. This and future HBCE volumes bring together a scholar’s critical decisions into an eclectic text, drawing from many manuscripts or placing entire variant texts side by side. A common approach for critical editions of other ancient books, including the New Testament, the eclectic approach and scope used in the HBCE is a first of its kind for the Hebrew Bible.

Hardcover $69.95, ISBN 9781628370201
500 pages • The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition 1

Meaning and Context in the Thanksgiving Hymns: Linguistic and Rhetorical Perspectives on a Collection of Prayers from Qumran
Trine Bjørnung Hasselbalch
Hasselbalch asserts that current theories about the social background of the Thanksgiving Hymns are unable to explain its heterogeneous character. Instead the author suggests a reading strategy that leaves presumptions about the underlying social contexts aside to instead consider the collection’s hybridity as a clue to understanding the collection as a whole.

Paper $40.95, ISBN 9781628370546
Hardcover $55.95, ISBN 9781628370560
326 pages • Early Judaism and Its Literature 42

The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts, Second Edition
James P. Allen
James P. Allen provides a translation of the oldest corpus of ancient Egyptian religious texts from the six royal pyramids of the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties (ca. 2350–2150 BCE). Based on all available sources including texts discovered in the last decade, this revised edition incorporates the traditional numbering system of the texts with the new numbers from the latest 2013 concordance. Allen's revisions take into account recent advances in the understanding of Egyptian grammar and reflect the primarily atemporal verbal system of Old Egyptian that expresses the timeless quality the ancient authors understood the texts to have.

Paper $44.95, ISBN 9781628371147
Hardcover $59.95, ISBN 9781628371154
394 pages • Writings from the Ancient World 38

Jesus and Mary Reimagined in Early Christian Literature
Vernon K. Robbins and Jonathan M. Potter, editors
This book presents essays that show how prophetic and priestly emphases in Luke and Acts, and emphasis on Jesusís existence prior to creation in the Gospel of John, are reworked in some second- and third-century Christian literature. Early Christians interpreted and expressed the storylines of Jesus, Mary, and other important figures in ways that created new images and stories. Contributors show the effect of including rhetography, the rhetoric of a text that prompts images and pictures in the mind of a hearer or reader, in interpretation of texts.

Paper $44.95, ISBN 9781628370638
Hardcover $60.95, ISBN 9781628370652
362 pages • Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement 6

SBL Membership and Subscriptions

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Do you have a question, comment, or suggestion about the SBL Handbook of Style, 2nd edition?
If so, please contact SBL Press at SBLHS2@sbl-site.org.

Extensive changes and additions render the first edition outdated
Essential for publishing in ancient Near Eastern, biblical, and early Christian studies
Definitive answers to questions of style, spelling, transliteration, and citation

Hardcover $39.95  •  ISBN 9781589839649  •  368 pages

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