March 13, 2019 Newsletter
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Theta Alpha Kappa Graduate Fellowship Award Announcement

Chapters of Theta Alpha Kappa may nominate seniors or recent alumni who continue study religion or theology at the graduate level for the 2019 Graduate Fellowship Award. Applications are to be submitted through the online application form by 11:59 pm EST, April 23, 2019. See Theta Alpha Kappa’s website for more information.


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Registration for the 2019 International Meeting is now open.

This year the meeting will be hosted by the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Gregorian University and sponsored by Baylor University Press, Columbia Theological Seminary, and the Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship.

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Click here for more information on the meeting including the meeting registration hours, hotel list, and tour information.  Tour registration is available through the registration process. Please click here for tour descriptions.

We hope to see you in Rome, July 1–5, 2019!

Georgia 3Rs Program

The Georgia 3Rs Project is an initiative of the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute bringing a humanities-based study of the Bible and religion to public high school classroom. Lesson plans developed by the Education Resources and Review Committee and SBL members are now in use in its programs. Find out more about the Religious Freedom Center, its programs, and its workshops in this brochure.

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 SPG2019 at checkout to receive your discount.

Bible Odyssey

Check out a few of our recent posts:
Rachel by Amanda Mbuvi
First Temple by Dan Pioske

New from SBL Press

House of Weeping: The Motif of Tears in Akkadian and Hebrew Prayers
David A. Bosworth  

David A. Bosworth draws on scientific research on weeping to understand references to a petitioner’s tears in biblical and other ancient Near Eastern prayers. Weeping reflects helplessness and being overwhelmed with emotion, and tears often motivate others to help. Because people turn to prayer at times of extreme distress, weeping and prayer may reinforce one another as strategies to move the deity to offer assistance. When prayers that mention weeping assume that the deity is angry, tears are a means of calming divine wrath.  

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Biblical Studies in the Context of the Humanities: Resources



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

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