January 28, 2015 Newsletter
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Bible Odyssey

As you may know, we continue to post new content to Bible Odyssey. Here are some of this week’s new entries:

Adam Gopnik on The Woman Caught in Adultery (video)

J. Blake Couey on Isaiah, son of Amoz

Richard Bautch on Exile and Art

Chris Keith on Jesus and Literacy

and Paul Borgman on Sodom and Gomorrah

These last three are responses to our popular "Ask a Scholar" feature.

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Marcus Borg 1942-2015
Marcus J. Borg, a scholar who popularized a liberal intellectual approach to Christianity with his lectures and books about Jesus as a historical figure, died on Wednesday at his home in Powell Butte, Ore. He was 72. His publisher, HarperOne, said the cause was idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
more at the New York Times >>

Annual Meeting Travel Grant
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.

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 >>

The first meeting is February 6-8, Midwest region, and registration is open.

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 >>

ACLS Public Fellows Competition

ACLS has opened the fifth annual Public Fellows competition. In 2015, the program will place 22 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at partnering nonprofits and government agencies, where the fellows will participate in the core work of these organizations while benefitting from professional mentoring and career development opportunities. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance and additional funds toward professional development.

SBL Membership and Subscriptions

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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. You can see the results of last year’s snapshot here.

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.

Call for Papers

BAJS Conference 2015
Atheism, Scepticism, and Challenges to Monotheism
5-7 July 2015, The University of Manchester, UK

This conference is hosted by the British Association for Jewish Studies, in cooperation with the Centre for Jewish Studies and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester, and with the Institut für Jüdische Philosophie und Religion, Universität Hamburg.

The STRICT deadline for submitting an abstract is 5pm on Wednesday 1 April 2015.
More information >>

ICI Books posted in January

Valuable and Vulnerable: Children in the Hebrew Bible, Especially the Elisha Cycle
Parker, Julie Faith. Valuable and Vulnerable: Children in the Hebrew Bible, Especially the Elisha Cycle. Brown Judiac Studies, 355. Providence: Brown Judaic Studies 2013.

The Holy Seed Has Been Defiled
Johnson, Willa M. The Holy Seed Has Been Defiled: The Interethnic Marriage Dilemma in Ezra 9-10. Hebrew Bible Monographs, 33. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011.

The Letter to the Romans: Salvation as Justice and the Deconstruction of Law
Waetjen, Herman C. The Letter to the Romans: Salvation as Justice and the Deconstruction of Law. New Testament Monographs, 32. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011.

Textual History and the Reception of Scripture in Early Christianity
de Vries, Johannes and Martin Karrer, eds.  Textual History and the Reception of Scripture in Early Christianity. Septuagint and Cognate Studies, 60. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.

The Forgotten Kingdom: The Archaeology and History of Northern Israel
Finkelstein, Israel. The Forgotten Kingdom: The Archaeology and History of Northern Israel. Ancient Near East Monographs, 5. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.

ICI On-line books program >>

  • 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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