February 13, 2018 Newsletter
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International Meeting Call for Papers
The call for papers for the International Meeting will close at 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on February 13. Submit your proposal today.

Annual Meeting Call for Papers
Co-hosted by the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion, the 2018 Annual Meetings will be held on November 17-20 in Denver, Colorado. The call for papers for the 2018 Annual Meeting remains open. Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on March 6. You can review the program units participating in 2018 here.

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Available this month from SBL Press

The First Urban Churches 3: Ephesus    
James R. Harrison and L. L. Welborn, editors

This third installment of The First Urban Churches, edited by James R. Harrison and L. L. Welborn, focuses on the urban context of Christian churches in first-century Ephesus. Building on the methodologies introduced in the first volume, contributors illustrate how an investigation of inscriptions, papyri, archaeological remains, coins, and iconography helps readers understand properly the challenges, threats, and opportunities that the early Ephesian believers faced in that city. The essays demonstrate decisively the difference that such an approach makes in grappling with the meaning and context of the New Testament writings, particularly Ephesians, Acts, and Revelation.

Paper $46.95, ISBN 9780884142348
Hardcover $61.95, ISBN 9780884142362 
Kindle, ASIN B079J3MSTL
Google Play, ISBN 9780884142355
382 pages • 2018 • Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement 9

Previous volumes in the series

The First Urban Churches 1: Methodological Foundations

James R. Harrison and L. L. Welborn, editors

This collection of essays outlines what constitutes the proper methodologies for use in establishing a nuanced, informed portrait of ancient urban life in each volume of The First Urban Churches. Volumes in the series will examine the urban context of churches in different cities of the first-century Roman world. Scholars discuss how to use different types of primary evidence, ranging from inscriptions and papyri to iconography. Readers will come away with a better understanding of how scholars assemble an accurate picture of the cities in which the first Christians flourished.

Paper $34.95, ISBN 9781628371024
Hardcover $49.95, ISBN 9781628371031 
Google Play, ISBN 9781628371048
360 pages • 2015 • Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement 7

The First Urban Churches 2: Roman Corinth
James R. Harrison and L. L. Welborn, editors

Volume 2 of The First Urban Churches examines the urban context of Christian churches in first-century Roman Corinth. Scholars propose reconstructions of the past and its social, religious, and political significance based on the material evidence of Corinth. The essays clearly demonstrate the difference that such an approach makes in grappling with the meaning and context of the Corinthian epistles in the New Testament.

Paper $51.95, 9780884141112
Hardcover $71.95, 9780884141136
Kindle, ASIN B01N0915IU
Google Play, ISBN 9780884141129
370 pages • 2016 • Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement 8



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
                        Kindle ASIN B00WVGD4AY  •  Google Play  ISBN 9781589839656

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