August 12, 2015 Newsletter
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Bible Odyssey
New content recently added :

Wil Gafney on Hagar

Stephen Cook on the rise of resurrection beliefs

Jacqueline Hidalgo on Postcolonial critiques of archaeology

Billie Jean Collins on Egyptians and Hittites

Jennifer Koosed on the death of Jezebel

Daniel McClellan on names of God

Shuichi Hasegawa on the House of Omri

Byron McCane on sarcophagi

Cory Crawford on the function of place

Brent Landau asks:  Was Luke a historian?

Explore the full range of topics on our browse A-Z page

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SBL Educational Tools

SBL highlights useful tools on the internet that foster biblical scholarship. You can find treasure trove of resources, many of which are produced by our members, on the SBL home page under “Educational Resources.” The most recent addition to this list is a site produced by Marc Brettler, Tools for Studying the Hebrew Bible, and you can access it on the SBL website from the main links page as well as the Ancient Languages and Hebrew Bible links pages here.

SBL Calendar

Events for Biblical and Religious Studies

Obit for Dale Patrick

National Humanities Alliance

The National Humanities Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of their new NHA website! The new website makes it simpler for humanities advocates to make their voices heard, offers multiple ways to explore and promote the rich humanities work happening throughout the country, and provides opportunities to support our advocacy efforts.

ICI News

July ICI Newsletter  
SBL – ICI Informe de Julio

Support SBL with Amazon Purchases

ICI Books added in July:

The Bible in the Public Square: Its Enduring Influence in American Life
Chancey, Mark A., Carol Meyers, and Eric M. Meyers, eds. The Bible in the Public Square: Its Enduring Influence in American Life. Biblical Scholarship in North America 27. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2014.

Sourcebook for Ancient Mesopotamian Medicine
Scurlock, JoAnn, translator. Sourcebook for Ancient Mesopotamian Medicine. Writings from the Ancient World 36. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2014.

The Old Greek of Isaiah: An Analysis of Its Pluses and Minuses

Van Der Vorm-Croughs, Mirjam. The Old Greek of Isaiah: An Analysis of Its Pluses and Minuses. Septuagint and Cognate Studies 61. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2014.

Annual Meeting Registration Deadline

The last chance for Advance registration rates for the SBL Annual Meeting is Thursday, August 13!   If you haven’t registered for the SBL Annual Meeting 2015 yet, the Advance registration rates are in effect through the end of the day (11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, August 13. After this day they will increase an additional $50 so please make sure to Register Now.  Please make sure to have your SBL Membership number and a valid Mastercard, Visa or American Express credit card available when you register.
You may also make a hotel reservation at one of our available conference hotels when you register. The Annual Meeting Exhibits and Registration areas will be located at the Hyatt Regency.   Activities, events, receptions and sessions will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Downtown, Sheraton Downtown and Westin Peachtree Plaza.  All locations are within walking distance of one another. 
More than 1,000 academic sessions, additional meetings, receptions, workshops, and tours will be offered at the Annual Meetings 2015.  To review additional information about the 2015 Annual Meetings, please click here. If you have questions, please contact us and we’ll be glad to assist you. 

Register Now and make plans to enjoy time with your colleagues in a great city.  See you in Atlanta!

Two SBL Members win the NEH Public Scholar Award

• Timothy Beal, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, “Revelation: A Biography,” $29,400.

• Eric Cline, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., “Digging up Armageddon: The Story of Biblical Megiddo from Canaanites to Christians,” $25,200.
See more information >>

SBL Press E-books

Don’t forget to visit the Kindle Store and Google Play to search for available SBL Press and Society of Biblical Literature titles.

Featured titles:

The Bible in the Public Square, edited by Mark A. Chancey, Carol Meyers, and Eric M. Meyers

Amazon Kindle ASIN: B011JALI1E
Google Play ISBN: 9781589839830

The Hittites and Their World, Billie Jean Collins
Amazon Kindle ASIN: B009O74KUG
Google Play ISBN: 9781589836723

Daily Life in Biblical Times, Oded Borowski
Amazon Kindle ASIN: B008E05IOG
Google Play ISBN: 9781589836761

Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction, edited by Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray
Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00JRJWWX8
Google Play ISBN: 9781589836747

The SBL Handbook of Style, Society of Biblical Literature
Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00WVGD4AY
Google Play ISBN: 9781589839656


SBL Membership and Subscriptions

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If so, please contact SBL Press at

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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