September 20, 2017 Newsletter
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Brian K. Blount Receives Humanitarian Award

SBL Council member and Union Presbyterian Seminary President and Professor of New Testament Brian K. Blount is being honored with a Humanitarian Award by the Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. The award is presented to those who have demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Anyone who has met Brian has experienced his wisdom, passion, and commitment to justice in communities and in higher education. Congratulations, Brian!

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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

If your doctorate is in Archaeology or Art History, this two-year fellowship at the Met may be of interest. The candidate must hold a doctoral degree (or international equivalent) conferred within five years from the start date of the fellowship (that is, September 1 of the year following the application deadline).

Project Description: Ancient Near Eastern Art
To research the collection of ancient Iranian art as part of the preparation and planning for the reinstallation of the permanent galleries. The fellow will work with a team of three Ancient Near Eastern Art Met curators to help identify outside partners whose holdings and/or scholarship are important to The Met collection. The fellow will also work closely with the Education Department to develop gallery programs highlighting ancient Iran. Applicants should be able to bring fresh perspectives and creative methods to engage audiences in order to suggest innovative possibilities for the reinstallation of the galleries. Applicants should have a demonstrated record of achievement in the study of ancient Iranian art.
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National Humanities Center Call for Applications

The National Humanities Center is the only independent institute devoted entirely to advanced study in the humanities and offers up to forty residential fellowships a year to distinguished scholars. The application deadline is October 18, 2017. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by October 18, 2017. More information and to apply
You can find further information about the Center here.

Annual Meetings

Have you registered for the Annual Meetings 2017 yet? If so, make sure to bookmark the Annual Meetings Information page for the latest information on hotels, meeting locations, answers to frequently asked questions, and updated announcements.
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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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