January 14, 2015 Newsletter
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Bible Odyssey
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In the past month, these were the top 10 countries visiting the site:

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  2. UK
  3. Canada
  4. Australia
  5. India
  6. Philippines
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In the past month, the top 10 most-visited content was:
# of clicks Last name/Title   
259 Suriano/The Samaria Ostraca 
192 Keener/Can Anything Good Come out of Nazareth?
174 Germany/Second Temple Judaism Timeline 
143 Shectman/How Do Biblical Scholars Read the HB?  
135 Burt/Proverbs 31 as an Acrostic Poem
125 Breed/Earliest Versions and Translations…   
123 Webster/Mary of Magdala and Last Temptation…  
122 Green/Jesus’ Crucifixion in Luke’s Gospel 
117 Reynolds/Abraham in Judaism, Christianity, & Islam  
116 Lemos/Weddings and Marriage Traditions 

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CHANGE to Annual Meeting Travel Grant application
A change to the deadline schedule and application process for the Annual Meeting Travel Grants has been put in place to bring the process in line with dates for Annual Meeting paper acceptance dates.

December 2014: Call for Papers opens. Annual Meeting Travel Grant application opens.
1 March 2015: Deadline – E-mail with Intention to submit and CV.
5 April 2015: Deadline – Application form and recommendation letter.
1 May 2015: Award decisions will be announced.

More information >>

SBL Calendar
Events for Biblical and Religious Studies

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Upcoming Meetings

Regional Meetings
North American regional meetings begin in February and run through April.
View the list of dates and locations for these meetings >>

IM 2015 Call for Papers
The call for papers for the 2015 International Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina is available. The deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
View the 2015 International Meeting Call for Papers >>

AM 2015 Call for Papers
The call for papers for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia is also available now.
View the 2015 Annual Meeting Call for Papers >>

NEH Public Scholar Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced a new grant opportunity, the Public Scholar Program.

This grant will support well-researched books in the humanities that have been conceived and written to reach a broad readership.

Books supported:

  • a narrative history
  • tell the stories of important individuals
  • analyze significant texts
  • provide a synthesis of ideas
  • revive interest in a neglected subject
  • examine the latest thinking on a topic

Most importantly, they should present significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers.
This grant is open to both independent scholars and individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions.

It offers a stipend of $4,200 per month for a period of six to twelve months.
The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period. Applicants must have previously published a book or monograph with a university or commercial press, or articles and essays that reach a wide readership.
Application guidelines and a list of F.A.Q.’s
The application deadline for the first cycle is March 3, 2015.

Teaching Interfaith Understanding Seminars

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) has announced two multidisciplinary seminars on Teaching Interfaith Understanding for full-time faculty members. The seminars will broaden faculty members’ knowledge and perspective to help them strengthen the teaching of interfaith understanding, develop new courses and other resources, and encourage the development of a growing network of faculty members who are committed to teaching this subject.
The seminars, offered by CIC and IFYC and generously supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, will cover most costs of participation for those faculty members who are selected.
Click here for more information and the nomination forms needed
Application deadline is February 6, 2015

New Title from SBL Press

The Jews under Roman Rule: From Pompey to Diocletian: A Study in Political Relations
E. Mary Smallwood
Smallwood traces Judaism’s constantly shifting political, religious, and geographical boundaries under Roman rule from Pompey to Diocletian. Smallwood illustrates how the shift from Roman pagan rule to Christian Roman rule affected Judaism’s position, pushing it from being a long-standing nationalistic tradition that was tolerated to one that was viewed as something that needed to be repressed and confined. This is the SBL Press edition of the hardcover published by Brill.

Paper $76.95, ISBN 9781628370294
614 pages

To order, go to the SBL Press Store or click on the link for the desired format above.

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Phone: 877-725-3334 (North America); 802-864-6185 (elsewhere)
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SBL Membership and Subscriptions

Login with your member number and check to see when your membership and subscriptions are due to expire. Begin the New Year by updating your member profile. Remember that if you fill out the member data form you are automatically entered in a drawing to win one of two iPads. The drawing for 2014 took place on January 5, 2015.

We want to congratulate Dr. Eric F. Mason, Judson University (Elgin, Illinois, USA) and Dr. Ariel Feldman, Brite Divinity School (TCU, Fort Worth, Texas, USA) for winning the 2014 iPad drawing! Fill out your member profile and automatically be entered to win this year’s drawing.

Is it time to renew your subscriptions with SBL? Remember as a member you always have access to the Journal of Biblical Literature and the Review of Biblical Literature on our website. You only need to subscribe if you want the paper editions to be sent to you. If you wish to receive the first issue of the Journal of Biblical Literature for 2015 you need to subscribe by February 15, 2015. Subscriptions for Review of Biblical Literature 2015 need to be received by September 15, 2015.

  • 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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