April 13, 2016 Newsletter
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Bible Odyssey

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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.

As an active member of SBL you have online access to the Journal of Biblical Literature and the Review of Biblical Literature from our website. Simply login with your member number and follow the links to read Journal of Biblical Literature (JBL)  and Review of Biblical Literature (RBL). The next issue of the JBL will be published in June. The Print version of RBL will be published in December. If you wish to receive the print version of the JBL you need to subscribe by May 15, 2016. If you wish to receive the printed version of RBL you will need to subscribe by November 1, 2016. You can check your subscription status by logging in to the website with your member number then clicking on Join or Renew under the Membership Tab at the top of the page. The next page will show the next issue of JBL and RBL for which you would need to subscribe.

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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.

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.

SBL Annual Meeting

Registration & Housing for the Annual Meetings 2016 in San Antonio is now open! You may access your registration page with this link. Please note that registration rates will increase on May 20, so take advantage of the Super Saver discount and register today! 

With more than 1,200 academic sessions, and workshops, along with one of the world's largest exhibits of books and digital resources for biblical studies, the Annual Meetings is one of the largest events of the year in the fields of biblical scholarship, religious studies and theology. 

Registration, the Exhibit Hall and the Employment Center will be located at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  Sessions and other meeting activities will be held at the Convention Center as well as the Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, Hilton del Palacio, Marriott Rivercenter and Marriott Riverwalk.  To review additional information about the 2016 Annual Meetings, including a hotel map and list of amenities, please click here.

We are looking forward to a great meeting 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 charles.haws@sbl-site.org. Questions about registration, tours, etc., should be directed to internationalmeeting@sbl-site.org

New Snapshot of Practices and Perceptions related to Scholarly Communications and Information Usage

Results of the sixth iteration of the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey were just announced. The survey, a tool for tracking attitudes and self-reported practices of scholars on a variety of issues over time, focuses on how research, teaching, and information usage practices of faculty members are changing. Its population is a random sample of faculty members from all arts and sciences fields and most professions at colleges and universities in the United States that grant a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Key findings are listed on p. 6 of the PDF version of the report, which we summarize below.

  • Discovery starting points for faculty research remain in flux with strong use of specific electronic research resources/databases, general purpose search engines, and online library websites/catalogs.
  • Interest in supporting students and their competencies and learning outcomes shows signs of surging.
  • Faculty members prefer to be self-reliant in their data management and preservation processes.
  • There is no observable trend towards a format transition for monographs.
  • Traditional scholarly incentives continue to motivate behaviors around research and its dissemination.

The full report is available at https://www.sr.ithaka.org/publications/ithaka-sr-us-faculty-survey-2015/. SBL was a supporting organization for this survey.

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.

Featured title:

Communication, Pedagogy, and the Gospel of Mark
Elizabeth E. Shively and Geert Van Oyen, editors
Using Mark as a test case, nine seasoned scholars apply their interpretative approaches to the art of teaching, sharing from their personal experience in the classroom. This resource enables biblical studies instructors to reflect on the relationship between research and teaching, to explore various interpretative approaches, and to begin to engage pedagogical issues in our changing world. Although framed as a test case on Mark, this book’s ideas may be adapted for teaching any biblical text, and by anyone who teaches the Bible in an academic context.

Paper $29.95, ISBN 9780884141143
Hardcover $44.95, ISBN 9780884141167
Kindle, ASIN B01DARWF48
Google Play, ISBN 9780884141150
240 pages • Resources for Biblical Study 83

Do you have a question, comment, or suggestion about the SBL Handbook of Style, 2nd edition?
If so, please contact SBL Press at SBLHS2@sbl-site.org.

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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