March 23, 2015 Newsletter
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Bible Odyssey
New content recently added to Bible Odyssey. Check it out!

Reza Aslan on biblical zeal and on false messiahs
Harry Attridge on Paul and Christianity
New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik on Jesusí character

Philippe Guillaume with an interesting take on the story of Nabothís Vineyard
Margaret Cohen answers a reader question about dietary laws
David Carr writes movingly about the cry of Abelís blood
Brian C. Jones investigates the question where was Moab?
Julye Bidmead explains the basics of royal succession
Hilary Lipka considers the evidence for David and Bathsheba: affair, or rape?
Shalom Holtz examines the legality of Nabothís trial

Top 10 schools using Bible Odyssey in the classroom this month:
1. Pepperdine University
2. University of St. Thomas
3. Anderson University
4. The Catholic University of America
5. Elizabethtown College
6. University of Notre Dame
7. Wright State University
8. Fordham University
9. Harvard University
10. University of California, San Diego

Thanks to all those who have assigned Bible Odyssey content in their classrooms!

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Annual Meeting Employment Center Drops Fees to Candidates

SBL and the American Academy of Religion have eliminated all Employment Center fees for candidates. Beginning in 2015, all active members of the American Academy of Religion or the Society of Biblical Literature who have registered for the Annual Meeting will be able to register as candidates with the Employment Center free of charge. Registered candidates will continue to be able to post their CVs on the Employment Services website for employer review and will receive an onsite edition of Employment Listings at the Annual Meetings. This decision reflects our concern to reduce the cost of interviewing onsite and to make conference attendance more affordable for our members.
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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

We are pleased to announce that 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.

Agade Mailing List Now Available on SBL Website

Jack M. Sasson, the Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Judaic and Biblical Studies at Vanderbilt University, has been collecting and distributing the Agade Mailing List for almost two decades, dating back to his position at The University of North Carolina, which still hosts the email distribution list. The Agade list forwards news and information of interest to scholars in biblical studies, Near Eastern studies, late antiquity, Judaica, classics, and archaeology, with items, too, in broad intellectual history and even popular culture. It is a valuable source of announcements, and these many guilds are in debt to Professor Sasson.

With many thanks to Jack for his permission, SBL will import the emails as they are sent as well as archive by week, month and year. SBL will not supplement, eliminate, or otherwise emend the number or content of the announcements, and presents them in the order of their delivery.

You can find a link to this resource in the News & Calendar box on the SBL home page, or you can access it directly via this link.

ICI Books Added to Repository in March

Bergren,Theodore A. A Latin-Greek Index of the Vulgate New Testament. Resources for Biblical Study 26. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1991.

Bing, Peter, and Regina Hoschele, translators. Aristaenetus, Erotic Letters. Writings from the Greco-Roman World 32. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014.

Havea, Jione, David J. Neville, and Elaine M. Wainwright, eds. Bible, Borders, Belonging(s): Engaging Readings from Oceania. Semeia Studies 75. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014.

Holtz, Shalom E., translator. Neo-Babylonian Trial Records. Writings from the Ancient World 35. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014.

Koosed, Jennifer L., ed. The Bible and Posthumanism. Semeia Studies 74. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014.

Reymond, Eric D. Qumran Hebrew: An Overview of Orthography, Phonology, and Morphology. Resources for Biblical Study 76. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014.

To see ICI books listed by series

More information on the International Cooperation Initiative (ICI)

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