October 3, 2017 Newsletter
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SBL Council News

The SBL Council convenes its fall meeting on October 21-22, 2017, in Atlanta, GA. In addition to attending to regular business, such as reviewing reports from SBL departments and the Executive Director, the Council will continue working on a statement on academic boycotts, which it anticipates having ready by the end of the year. The Council will also continue ongoing strategic discussion about the opportunities and challenges the field of biblical studies faces, as well as its work with SBL staff on long-term development and fundraising goals. Finally, the Council will host a conversation with Anselm Hagedorn, Chair of the SBL Annual Meeting Program Committee, about the committee's ongoing work and how the Council can best support the committee’s considerable efforts.

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Call for Papers

2018 Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize Call is open. All submissions must be received no later than December 31, 2017.
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SBL Calendar

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In Memoriam

Dennis E. Smith (1930-2017) 

Klaus Baltzer (1928-2017) 

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Awards Open for Submission

As of October 1st, many of the award programs available to members of SBL are open for submission. Check out the webpages of the SBL – De Gruyter Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History, the Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship, and the David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship. Submit your application today!
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2018 Regional Scholar Award Recipients

Congratulations to Jill Hicks-Keeton of the Southwest region, Jennifer Elizabeth Singletary of the New England and Eastern Canada region, and Chontel Syfox of the Midwest region. The presentation given by Dr. Hicks-Keeton was titled “Paul’s Gentile Mission and Jewish Identity: The Evidence of Joseph and Aseneth.” The presentation given by Dr. Singletary was titled “Objects of Trust: Divinized Objects, Qualities, and Attributes in the Judean Archives from Elephantine and Jeremiah 7:4-14 and 48:13.” The presentation given by Chontel Syfox was titled “Noah as Physician and Apothecary: Ancient Jewish Medical Ideas in the Book of Jubilees.”

Annual Meetings

SBL Housing for the Annual Meeting closes October 20th!  If you need to make any changes to your current reservation, or make a new reservation, please do so before October 20th!  Go here for more details about the Annual Meetings 2017.

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New Books from SBL Press

Texts and Contexts of the Book of Sirach / Texte und Kontexte des Sirachbuches
Gerhard Karner, Frank Ueberschaer, Burkard M. Zapff, and Burkard M. Zapff, editors

Thirteen essays, some in German and others in English, tackle the complicated history of textual transmission of the Book of Ben Sira. This book presents the proceedings of an international conference held in 2014 in Eichstaett/Germany on the text of Ben Sira within its historical contexts.

Paper $50.95, ISBN 9781628371826
Hardcover $70.95, ISBN 9780884142300 
Kindle, ASIN B0757XFS82
Google Play, 9780884142294
342 pages • 2017 • Septuagint and Cognate Studies 66

Redescribing the Gospel of Mark
Barry S. Crawford and Merrill P. Miller, editors

This collaborative work on Mark is the final volume of studies by members of the Society of Biblical Literature’s consultation and later seminar on Ancient Myths and Modern Theories of Christian Origins. As with previous volumes, the provocative proposals on Christian origins offered by Burton L. Mack are tested by applying Jonathan Z. Smith's distinctive social theorizing and comparative method. Essays examine Mark as an author’s writing in a book culture, a writing that responded to situations arising out of the first Roman-Judean war after the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 CE. 

Paper $89.95, 9781628371635
Hardcover $109.95, 9780884142041
Kindle, ASIN B072FVJNW7
Google Play, ISBN 9780884142034
708 pages • 2017 • Early Christianity and Its Literature 22

The Book of the Twelve and Beyond: Collected Essays of James D. Nogalski
James D. Nogalski

This collection of essays on the Book of the Twelve represents the work of James D. Nogalski over the course of his career. Essays in The Book of the Twelve and Beyond are arranged methodologically and chronologically to facilitate dialogue and to provide a valuable resource for classroom use. 

Paper $49.95, ISBN 9781628371642
Hardcover $64.95, ISBN 9780884142065 
Google Play, ISBN 9780884142058 
380 pages • 2017 • Ancient Israel and Its Literature 29


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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