June 14, 2017 Newsletter
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KUDOS to Carl Holladay

Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament Carl R. Holladay has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.The honorees will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7, 2017, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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2017 Travel Grant Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 SBL Travel Grant recipients:
• Vaitusi Nofoaiga – Malua Theological College (Samoa)
• Tshokolo Johannes Makutoane – University of the Free State (South Africa)
• Sola Ademiluka – Kogi State University (Nigeria)
• Gregory Basker – University of Serampore (India)
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Meeting Announcements

Mark your calendars, the last day to register for the Annual Meetings 2017 at the Early Bird registration rate is Thursday, June 29 (11:59 Eastern Standard Time)! After this day the rates will increase an additional $50 so please make sure to Register Now. You’ll need 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 Meetings Exhibits, Employment Center and Registration areas will be located at the Hynes Convention Center. Sessions & workshops will be held at the Hynes Convention Center as well as various hotel properties. For more information about the Annual Meetings 2017, including event details & locations, announcements, travel information & discounts, and answers to frequently asked questions, please go to our Annual Meetings Website.

The Annual Meeting program is now online here. Find your sessions and register to attend!

New Books from SBL Press

Uncovering Ancient Footprints: Armenian Inscriptions and the Pilgrimage Routes of the Sinai
Michael E. Stone

Michael E. Stone conducted a number of expeditions to the Sinai peninsula searching for ancient inscriptions. In this book Stone describes his search, crowned by the discovery of the most ancient Armenian inscriptions known. Here Stone describes not only the inscriptions discovered along his journeys but also the Sinai, its past and present, its human inhabitants, its flora and fauna, and its history. Though once common, well-informed travel books to the Middle East with a broad academic interest and a specific focus have become rare. Stone’s diary of his expeditions in the Sinai fill this gap with vivid descriptions, poetry, and illustrations.

Paper $34.95, ISBN 9781628371734
Hardcover $49.95, ISBN 9780884142164
Kindle, ASIN B0717B5JZ7
Google Play, ISBN 9780884142157
184 pages • 2017

When Texts Are Canonized
Timothy H. Lim, editor

This unique collection of essays from an international group of scholars bridges the all-too-common gap in canon research between biblical criticism and biblical theology by focusing on the connection between canonical process and canonicity. Contributors address issues that are at the heart of the hermeneutics of canon, including the historical, theological, and ethical ramifications of canonization. Papers probe why certain books were included in the canon while others were not and explore what criteria were used to select the books of the canon. Other papers examine the consequences of canonization, including the effects of elevating writings to the status of “Holy Scriptures.” This collection as a whole contributes to a better understanding of the complex processes that led to the canonization of the Hebrew Bible, explores concepts of early canonicity, and reconsiders the reopening of the canon of the New Testament.

Paper $29.95, ISBN 9781946527004
Hardcover $44.95, ISBN 9781930675957
Kindle, ASIN B07226YNCG
Google Play, ISBN 9781930675995
188 pages • 2017 • Brown Judaic Studies 359

The Art of Visual Exegesis: Rhetoric, Texts, Images
Vernon K.  Robbins, Walter S. Melion, and Roy R. Jeal, editors

Essays from biblical scholars and art historians provide resources for understanding the relation of texts to artistic paintings and images. Additionally, contributors offer resources for understanding language that prompts mental picturing and visual objects that prompt mental imaging and meditation. Readers will master the tools necessary for integrating multiple approaches both to biblical and artistic interpretation.

Paper $69.95, ISBN 9781628371727
Hardcover $89.95, ISBN 9780884142140
Kindle, ASIN B071D8J5H7
Google Play, ISBN 9780884142133
540 pages • 2017 • Emory Studies in Early Christianity 19

Handbook of Classical Rhetoric in the Hellenistic Period (330 B.C.-A.D. 400)
Stanley E. Porter, editor

SBL Press now offers a paperback edition of Brill’s comprehensive introduction to classical rhetoric as practiced in the Hellenistic period. The three sections define the major categories of rhetoric, analyze rhetorical practice according to genre, and treat individual writers in the rhetorical tradition.

Paper $99.95, ISBN 9781628371802
918 pages • 2017


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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