August 20, 2018 Newsletter
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Program Unit Applications

Applications for new program units for the International Meeting are due September 1. Renewal applications for program units of both the Annual Meeting and the International Meeting whose term is expiring are also due September 1. More information is available on the program unit page of the SBL website.

2019 Regional Scholar Award Recipients

Congratulations to Jason R. Price of the Pacific Coast region and Alex Weisberg of the Mid-Atlantic region.
The presentation given by Jason R. Price was titled “The Smashed Tablets as Defunct Cultic Objects.” 
The presentation given by Alex Weisberg was titled “Reading and the Cyclical Destabilization of the Sabbath of the Land: The Reception of Exodus 23:10-12 in Mekhilta de-Rabbi Ishmael, Kaspa 3.”

National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residential fellowships. Mid-career, senior, and emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work from all areas of the humanities are encouraged to apply here. The application deadline is October 17, 2018.

ICI News

July 2018 ICI Newsletter

Books Added to the ICI Repository in July:

  • The Straight Mind in Corinth: Queer Readings across 1 Corinthians 11:2–16 by Gillian Townsley, 2017, SemeiaSt 88
  • Sargon II, King of Assyria by Josette Elayi, 2017, SBLABS 22
  • The Book of the Twelve and Beyond: Collected Essays of James D. Nogalski by James D. Nogalski, 2017, SBLAIL 29
  • When Texts Are Canonized by Timothy H. Lim, 2017, BJS 359

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Annual Meeting Update

The last chance for the Advance registration rates for the SBL Annual Meeting is Thursday, August 23!   If you haven’t registered for the SBL Annual Meeting 2018 yet, the Advance registration rates are in effect through the end of the day (11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, August 23. 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.

There is not a designated headquarter hotel for the Annual Meetings 2018. Registration and the Exhibit Hall will be located at the Colorado Convention Center. Sessions will be held in the Colorado Convention Center, Sheraton Downtown, and Hyatt Regency Convention Center hotels. The Employment Center will be held in the Sheraton Downtown hotel. To review additional information about the Annual Meetings, 2018, including meeting dates & times, a hotel map and list of amenities, travel information, answers to frequently asked questions, etc. please click here.

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The 2018 International Meeting in Helsinki, Finland

The 2018 International Meeting, held jointly with the European Association of Biblical Studies, and hosted by the University in Helsinki, was a great success. The meeting was attended by 1,043 scholars from more than fifty countries, with 850 papers presented in more than 225 sessions organized by the program units of both SBL and EABS. Special thanks to Dr. Outi Lehtipuu, Senior Lecturer at the University of Helsinki, who served as the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee. Thanks also to the meeting’s sponsors:

  • Academy of Finland Centres of Excellence
  • ATLA
  • Baylor University Press
  • Helsinki Convention Bureau
  • Helsinki Region Transport
  • Peeters Publishers
  • The University of Helsinki

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New from SBL Press

Invention of the First-Century Synagogue
Lidia D. Matassa
Jason M. Silverman, and J. Murray Watson, editors

This work critically reevaluates the scholarship surrounding the identification of first-century synagogues at five key sites: Delos, Jericho, Herodium, Masada, and Gamla. These sites are consistently used in modern scholarship as comparators for all other early synagogues. Matassa reviews the scholarly discourse concerning each site, inspects each site, and thoroughly examines the excavation reports. Through close inspection of the material evidence she uncovers misunderstandings of the site remains and concludes that excavators incorrectly identified synagogues at Delos, Jericho, Masada, and Herodium. In the case of Gamla, however, the identification may be correct.

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Lucifer of Cagliari and the Text of 1-2 Kings
Tuukka Kauhanen

The textual history of the Hebrew Bible is complex, and the books of 1 and 2 Kings present one of the most challenging cases. Together with Hebrew and Greek sources, the Latin witnesses are of utmost importance. A useful fourth-century Latin text is Lucifer of Cagliari, who in his writings extensively quotes from Kings and occasionally includes readings that go back to now-lost Greek and Hebrew texts. In this book, Tuukka Kauhanen compares Lucifer’s quotations with all known textual material for Kings. In addition to establishing Lucifer’s position as one of the best textual witnesses, the study resolves a number of problems concerning the oldest form of the text of the Books of Kings.

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Studies in the History of the Greek Text of the Apocalypse
Josef Schmid
Juan Hernández Jr., Garrick V. Allen, and Darius Müller
, translators

Josef Schmid’s landmark publication, Studien zur Geschichte des Griechischen Apokalypse-Textes, has been the standard work for understanding the Apocalypse’s Greek manuscript tradition and textual history for more than sixty years. Despite the fact that most major studies on the Apocalypse of John are based on Schmid’s work, the work itself has long been out of print, making it difficult for the broader scholarly community to reassess Schmid’s conclusions in light of recent manuscript discoveries and technological advances. This book addresses this problem by providing a clear and accessible English translation, corrections throughout the text, updated data where necessary, and an introduction to help the reader understand Schmid’s place within the history of text-critical study of the Apocalypse.

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Biblical Animality after Jacques Derrida
Hannah M. Strømmen

According to Genesis, humans are made in God’s image but animals are not. Hannah M. Strømmen challenges this view by critiquing the boundary between humans and animals in the Bible through the work of philosopher Jacques Derrida. Building on Derrida’s The Animal That Therefore I Am, Strømmen brings to light significant moments where the lines between the divine, human, and animal are ambiguous. A rich range of biblical texts are covered, from Noah as the first carnivorous man in Genesis 9 to the vision of clean and unclean animals in Acts 10 and from Daniel’s political and apocalyptic animals to Revelation’s beasts.

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New from Brown Judaic Studies

The Aggada of the Bavli and Its Cultural World
Geoffrey Herman and Jeffrey L. Rubenstein, editors

The Babylonian Talmud (Bavli), the great compilation of Jewish law edited in the late Sasanian era (sixth–seventh century CE), also incorporates a great deal of aggada, that is, nonlegal material, including interpretations of the Bible, stories, folk sayings, and prayers. The Talmud’s aggadic traditions often echo conversations with the surrounding cultures of the Persians, Eastern Christians, Manichaeans, Mandaeans, and the ancient Babylonians, and others. The essays in this volume analyze Bavli aggada to reveal this rich engagement of the Talmud with its cultural by biblical critics.

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