August 21, 2019 Newsletter
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RBL Login Procedure

In May 2019, SBL improved security of its main site with a new login procedure that requires an email address and a password, instead of an SBL member number. RBLís login procedure is now synched to SBLís. Please use your email address and SBL password to log in to RBL.


J. Richard Middleton, Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis at Northeastern Seminary, has been elected President of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (CSBS)

New SBL Member Benefit from JSTOR

JSTOR has invited SBL into a two-year pilot program that provides access for all SBL members to more than one hundred journals in JSTOR’s Religion and Theology Collection. To visit the collection, log in to the member benefits page and use the link in the JSTOR section. SBL is grateful to JSTOR for this member benefit through 2020.

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ACLS is now accepting applications for Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowships

This fellowship program aims to amplify the broad potential of doctoral education in the humanities by supporting doctoral faculty as they pursue publicly engaged scholarship and advocate for diverse professional pathways for emerging PhDs.
Learn more about the program

2019-20 ACLS competitions are now open for programs with fall deadlines

ACLS offers fellowship and grant programs that promote research across the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social science fields and support scholars from the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career.
Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria

Annual Meeting News

The last chance to take advantage of the Advance Registration rates for the SBL Annual Meeting 2019 is Thursday, August 22. If you haven’t registered for the SBL Annual Meeting 2019 yet, the Advance registration rates are in effect through the end of the day (11:59 pm Eastern Time), Thursday, August 22. After this day they will increase an additional $50 so please to make sure to register with this link. You will need your SBL Membership number and a valid Mastercard, Visa, or American Express credit card available when you register. Also, to receive the SBL member discounted rate you MUST log in to the SBL page too. Log in information is located on the left side of the page. 

Please be aware, if you do not log in, you’ll only see non-member and affiliate rates, which are much higher, so you must log in to the SBL page first to receive the discounted member rate.

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 SBL Annual Meeting is one of the largest events of the year in the fields of biblical scholarship, religious studies and theology. To view the online program book, please go here.

To review additional information about the SBL Annual Meeting 2019, including meeting dates & times, a hotel map and list of amenities, travel information, answers to frequently asked questions, people with disabilities information, etc. please click here. We urge you to bookmark this site as it will be updated frequently with the latest Annual Meetings 2019 information.

New from SBL Press

Prophets and Prophecy in the Ancient Near East
Martti Nissinen
With Contributions from C. L. Seow, Robert K. Ritner, and H. Craig Melchert

This volume brings together a representative sample of ancient Near Eastern written documents of prophecy from the second and first millennia BCE and provides nonspecialist readers translations, transliterations, and discussions of oracle reports and collections, quotations of prophetic messages in letters and literature, and texts that reference persons with prophetic titles. This second edition includes thirty-four new texts.

Prayers and the Construction of Israelite Identity
Susanne Gillmayr-Bucher and Maria Häusl, editors

This collection of essays from an international group of scholars focuses on how biblical prayers of the Persian and early Hellenistic periods shaped identity, evoked a sense of belonging to specific groups, and added emotional significance to this affiliation. Contributors draw examples from different biblical texts, including Genesis, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah, Psalms, Jonah, and Daniel.
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Trauma and the Failure of History: Kings, Lamentations, and the Destruction of Jerusalem
David Janzen

David Janzen blends history theory and trauma theory to apply them to the books of Kings and Lamentations, literary works that respond to an event in different ways. He argues that Kings tells a story that explains the horrific events of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem, but Lamentations reflects the perspective of trauma survivors and rejects any explanatory narrative, refusing to let the trauma be part of a past. Interpreters of the Bible and historians of ancient Israel should take this trauma into account, even though it can never be a part of the biblical histories that they write.

New Bible Odyssey Articles

Christian by Paula Fredriksen
Disabilities in the Bible by Meghan Henning
Exorcism in the Gospels by Graham H. Twelftree
Holy of Holies by William K. Gilders
Midian by Juan Manuel Tebes
Nebuchadnezzar by Shayna Sheinfeld
Romans 13:1-7 by Beverly Roberts Gaventa



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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