May 16, 2018 Newsletter
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Council Update

The SBL Council gathered for its spring meeting in Atlanta on April 20-22. Here is an update on that meeting.


John Collins has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. See more

Mark Brett to be JBL General Editor beginning 2019

SBL Calendar

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     Aaron D. Panken (1965-2018)

     James H. Cone (1938-2018)

2018 National Humanities Conference

Registration for the 2018 National Humanities Conference is now open. We encourage SBL members to participate in the important dialogues and learn about the create ways our work in the humanities is brought into communities around the U.S.

2018 SBL Membership Report

ICI News

April 2018 ICI Newsletter

ICI Books Added in April:

Francisco, Héctor R.. Historia, religión y política en la Antigüedad Tardía: La historiografía monofisita de los siglos V y VI. Byzantina & Orientalia Studia 2. Buenos Aires, Bergerac, 2011. 

Francisco, Héctor R. editor. La Historia de Karkhā deBēth Selōkh  y otros textos relativos a los mártires persas. Byzantina & Orientalia Studia 3. Buenos Aires, Instituto Multidisciplinario de Historia y Ciencias Humanas, 2016. 

Markl, Dominik editor. The Decalogue and its Cultural Influence
Bible Monographs, 58. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013.

Scholz, Susanne editor.  Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect: I. Biblical Books. Recent Research in Biblical Studies, 5. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013.

Robbins, Vernon K., Walter S. Melion, and Roy R. Jeal ,eds. The Art of Visual Exegesis: Rhetoric, Texts, Images. Emory Studies in Early Christianity 19. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017.

Recent SBLHS2 Blog Posts

Usage of the Word Only

Citing Journals and Magazines: Issue Numbers

Formatting Headings and Subheadings

Modern Author Names

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Study the Humanities

The National Humanities Alliance has released a beta version of Study the Humanities, their new website featuring qualitative and quantitative data on the value of studying the humanities as an undergraduate.
After previewing the website and soliciting feedback at their Annual Meeting they are now looking for feedback from all of their members before releasing it more broadly.

Annual Meeting Registration is Open

Registration & Housing for the Annual Meetings 2018 in Denver, CO is now open! You may access your registration page with this link. Please note that registration rates will increase on May 25, so take advantage of the Super Saver discount and register today!

With more than 1,200 academic sessions, and workshops, along with one of the world's largest exhibits of books and digital resources for biblical studies, the Annual Meetings is one of the largest events of the year in the fields of biblical scholarship, religious studies and theology.

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.  We urge you to bookmark this site as it will be updated frequently with the latest Annual Meetings 2018 information

SBL Press Spring Sale

Almost all new, recent, and backlisted SBL Press and BJS titles are available to SBL members at a 30 percent discount during the spring sale. Download the order form, then mail, fax, or phone your order by May 31. If you prefer to order at the SBL Press Store, make sure to use the promo code SPG2018 at checkout to receive your discount.

Status of Women in the Profession Outstanding Service in Mentoring Award

The Status of Women in the Profession Committee (SWP) is looking for nominees for its Outstanding Service in Mentoring Award. SWP honors women that have served as excellent mentors to women in the field, and needs your nominations. If you would like to recommend a nominee, let us know! Please send your nomination with a descriptive letter of endorsement to April Deconick. For more information on this award and past recipients, click here.

International Meeting News

Register for the International Meeting. ( For best results, please register using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.)
More information on the International Meeting including the location, housing and tour options.
We hope to see you at the University of Helsinki, July 30-3 August, 2018!

Upcoming International Meeting Locations

2019 (23-26 July): Bangalore, India
2020 (5-9 July): University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia
2021 (25-29 July): University of Kent, Canterbury, England
2023 (3-7 July): University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

SBL Archives

The SBL institutional archives have been relocated to the Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology, at Emory University. Learn more about the archives in the Candler announcement.

Congratulations to the 2018 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2018 Award Recipients
The 2018 David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship has been awarded to Rebecca Scharbach Wollenberg for her paper entitled, “The Book That Changed: Narratives of Ezran Authorship as Late Antique Biblical Criticism.”
More Information

The 2018 Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship has been awarded to Garrick Allen for his paper entitled, “Monks, Manuscripts, Muhammad, and Digital Editions of the New Testament.”
More Information

It is with great pleasure that SBL offers these awards – a singular honor from colleagues and peers! We would also like to thank our members whose contributions make these awards possible. If you would like to know more about the Achtemeier and Freedman awards read more here.

Available this month from SBL Press

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew Grammar: A Student's Guide to Phonology and Morphology
Eric D. Reymond

This grammar is intended for intermediate or advanced students of Hebrew who wish to learn more about the history of the Hebrew language, specifically its phonology and morphology. Reymond focuses on aspects of Hebrew that will promote a student’s retention of words and their inflection as well as those that will reinforce general principles of the language. The book provides tables of the inflection of individual words for most classes of nouns and adjectives as well as tables that set similar verbal inflections side by side.

Paper $44.95, 9781628371895
Hardcover $59.95, 9780884142508
Kindle, ASIN B07C3G6D1N
Google Play, ISBN 9780884142492
354 pages • 2018 • Resources for Biblical Study 89

Perchance to Dream: Dream Divination in the Bible and the Ancient Near East
Esther J. Hamori and Jonathan Stökl, editors

This book examines the interpretation of dreams that were thought to contain divine messages in the ancient Near East. The essays, written by scholars specializing in different regions and bodies of literature, shed light on dream divination in the Bible, the Talmud, and in writings from Canaan, Mesopotamia, and Hittite Anatolia. Contributors include Franziska Ede, Esther J. Hamori, Koowon Kim, Christopher Metcalf, Alice Mouton, Scott B. Noegel, Andrew B. Perrin, Stephen C. Russell,  Jonathan Stökl, and Haim Weiss.

Paper $34.95, ISBN 9781628372076
Hardcover $49.95, ISBN 9780884142881 
Open Access, ISBN 9780884142874
232 pages • 2018 • Ancient Near East Monographs 21

JSTOR Member Benefit

As part of your Society of Biblical Literature membership, save 50% on the annual JPASS plan, your personal access to the JSTOR archive. With more than 1,900 scholarly journals, JSTOR is one of the world’s leading academic databases. Millions of users worldwide rely on JSTOR for research, fact checking, and book reviews. This discounted subscription includes unlimited reading access and 120 article downloads. JSTOR adds new titles every month so you’ll have a growing collection of the world’s leading peer-reviewed journals only a click away. You must link to JSTOR from the SBL site to get the discount: login and click the membership benefits button in the welcome box.


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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