May 13, 2016 Newsletter
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Bible Odyssey

New content is rolling in again!

Dexter Callender discusses the complexity within ha-adam in his new article on Adam

Mark D. Ellison writes on the various ways Adam gets put to work in the NT

Maura Sala, after having written about the road to Jericho takes on the Walls of Jericho

Michael Satlow writes on the origins of the Sadducees (and takes Pope Francis to task)

Elsa Támez contributes our first Spanish-language article on Mary and graduate student Samuel Auler translates it into English for us (gracias!)

Terry Giles gamely explains the origin of the Samaritan Pentateuch for general audiences

and John Fitzgerald gives us a twofer with his piece on Lazarus

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ACLS Names 66 Dissertation Completion Fellows

The American Council of Learned Societies announced the 2016 cohort of Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows. The fellows each receive a $30,000 stipend and up to $8,000 in research funds and university fees. More information

SBL Calendar

A listing of worldwide events of interest to biblical and religious studies scholars.

SBL Membership and Subscriptions

Have you updated your member profile for this year? Profile information helps SBL better serve you and the academy; please keep your information up to date. You can see the results of last year’s report here. We are working on the data for this year’s report so do please fill out, or update your profile if you have not done so already.

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SBL Annual Meeting

The last chance for the Super Saver registration rates for the SBL Annual Meeting is Thursday, May 19!   If you haven’t registered for the SBL Annual Meeting 2016 yet, the Super Saver registration rates are in effect through the end of the day (11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, May 19. 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 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.   Activities, events, receptions and sessions will be held at the Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, Marriott Rivercenter, Marriott Riverwalk, and Hilton Palacio del Rio.  All locations are within walking distance of one another. For a detailed hotel map and amenity chart please click here.

More than 1,000 academic sessions, additional meetings, receptions, workshops, and tours will be offered at the Annual Meetings 2016.  To review additional information about the 2016 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 San Antonio!

SBL International Meeting

See the schedule here.. Sessions for the SABS meeting on Saturday, July 2 will be held at the Methodist Theological University, and sessions for the main International Meeting will be held on Sunday through Thursday (July 3 – July 7) at Yonsei Univeristy in downtown Seoul. The two locations are about one mile apart. Registration is also available here. If you have questions or concerns about the schedule, please contact Charlie Haws, Director of Programs, at Questions about registration, tours, etc., should be directed to

Congratulations to the 2016 Award Recipients

2016 SBL Travel Grant recipients:

  • Deborah Adegbite – Bethel Institute of Theology and Biblical Research (Nigeria)
  • Carlos David Castillo Mora – Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana (Costa Rica)
  • Abir Lal Mitra – Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • Carlos Sosa – Universidad Mariano Gálvez (Guatemala)

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The 2016 David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship has been awarded to Alice Mandell (Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles) for her paper entitled, “The Adoption of the ‘Adoption’ Formula in Inner-biblical Discourse.”

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The 2016 Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship has been awarded to Michael Cover (Assistant Professor of Theology, Marquette University) for his paper entitled, “The Death of Tragedy: The Form of God in Euripides’ Bacchae and Paul’s Carmen Christi.”

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 David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship Honorable Mention
We are also pleased to acknowledge the superior work of Jennie Grillo (Assistant Professor, Duke Divinity School), and give honorable mention for her paper entitled “Afterlives and Otherworlds in the Tales of Daniel.” 

It is with great pleasure that SBL offers these awards – a singular honor from colleagues and peers! We would also like to thank our members whose contributions make these awards possible. If you would like to know more about the Achtemeier and Freedman awards read more here.

SBL Press Spring Sale

Almost all new, recent, and backlisted SBL Press and Brown Judaic Studies titles are available to SBL members at a thirty percent discount during the spring sale that ends May 31.

Download the order form, then mail, fax, or phone your order by May 31. If you prefer to order at the SBL Store, make sure to use the promo code SPG2016 at checkout to receive your discount.

New Title from SBL Press

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

Priests and Cults in the Book of the Twelve
Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, editor

This book discusses the depictions of the cult and its personnel in the twelve prophetic books commonly referred to as “the Book of the Twelve” or “the Minor Prophets.”  The articles in the volume explore the following questions: How did these prophetic writers envision the priests and the Levites? What did they think about the ritual aspects of ancient Israelite faith, including not only the official temple cult in Jerusalem but also cultic expressions outside the capital? What, in their views, characterized a faithful priest and what should the relationship be between his cultic performance and the ways in which he lived his life? How does the message of each individual author fit in with the wider Israelite traditions? Finally, who were these prophetic authors, in which historical contexts did they live and work, and what stylistic tools did they use to communicate their message?

Paper $39.95, ISBN 9781628371345
Hardcover $54.95, ISBN 9780884141549
Open Access, ISBN 9780884141532
268 pages • April • Ancient Near East Monographs 14

Do you have a question, comment, or suggestion about the SBL Handbook of Style, 2nd edition?
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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