May 15, 2019 Newsletter
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Werner Kelber to be awarded 2019 Walter J. Ong Award

Jonathan L. Walton named Dean of Wake Forest University School of Divinity

New Login Requirements for SBL Site

In order to improve the security of the main SBL website, the login procedure has been updated. You must now login with your email address and a password. You will no longer be able to login using your SBL member number. The first time you use the new login, you will need to create your new password.

New Member Profile Report

In 2013, the Society of Biblical Literature developed a set of questions to understand the breadth of SBL membership in order to better serve its members. SBL staff report annual snapshots under “Society Data Review.”

You will find the 2019 Membership Data Report, with a summary of key findings, here.

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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Recent SBLHS2 Blog Posts

Snippet Text Collections

On kaige

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.

SBL Calendar

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@SBLPress will be posting new publications, e-book releases, and special sales.


David A. Sánchez (1960 – 2019)

colleague tributes

Klaus Koch
 (1926 – 2019)


Annual Meeting Registration & Housing

Mark your calendars, the last day to register for the Annual Meetings 2019 at the Super Saver registration rate is Thursday, May 23 (11:59 Eastern Standard Time)!  After this day the rates will increase an additional $50 so please make sure to Register Now.  You’ll need to have your SBL Membership number and a valid Mastercard, Visa, or American Express credit card available when you register.  You’ll also need to make sure to Log In to the SBL website with your member number in order to receive the membership discount, otherwise it will not show.

For more information about hotels available, meeting locations, travel discounts, and disability and assistance suggestions, as well as frequently asked questions, please visit our Annual Meetings 2019 website here.

2019 International Travel Award Recipients

The SBL International Travel Awards offer opportunities to current SBL members outside North America to attend the Annual or International Meeting, to participate in the program, to enhance their professional development, and to build their network with fellow scholars. Congratulations to the following individuals on receiving the award.

Sunday Oluyinka Sangotunde
Alroy Mascrenghe
Laila Vijayan
Cristian Cardozo Mindiola
Slindile Thabede
Ivana Arsic
Liljana Jovanovic
Juan Alberto Casas Ramirez

Support the travel awards program.

2019 International Meeting

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.

Click here to register for the conference. Note: for best results, please register using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

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!

New from Bible Odyssey

Check out a few of our recent posts:
Is the New Testament Anti-Jewish? by Amy-Jill Levine
Slavery in the Hebrew Bible by Zev Farber
Court Tales by Lawrence M. Wills

New from SBL Press

A Filipino Resistance Reading of Joshua 1:1-9
Lily Fetalsana-Apura 

Lily Fetalsana-Apura recontextualizes Joshua 1:1–9, a text that has been used to legitimize Western conquests and imperialism, as a resistance text using contextual hermeneutics. Going beyond historical questions, she reads the Former Prophets as countering and resisting impositions of surrounding imperial forces. Fetalsana-Apura interprets Joshua 1:1–9 as exhorting strength and courage against exploitation and domination by empire and outlines the ways that its meaning can be translated as resisting empire to marginalized and exploited communities such as the Philippines.  

Paperback • Hardcover • Open Access E-Book

Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Biblical Heroes
Michael E. Stone 

The Armenian tradition is particularly richly endowed with tales of biblical heroes such as such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Solomon, Daniel and Susanna, and more. Michael E. Stone translates these stories from medieval manuscripts into English and shows how some ancient traditions dating to the Second Temple period were transmitted and transformed by Armenian authors. The texts reflect the richness of Armenian creativity stimulated by piety and learning. 

Paperback • Hardcover • Kindle • Google

Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature
Meredith J. C. Warren  

In this book Meredith J.C. Warren identifies and defines a new genre in ancient texts that she terms hierophagy, a specific type of transformational eating where otherworldly things are consumed. Multiple ancient Mediterranean, Jewish, and Christian texts represent the ramifications of consuming otherworldly food, ramifications which were understood across religious boundaries. Reading ancient texts through the lens of hierophagy helps scholars and students interpret difficult passages in Joseph and Aseneth, 4 Ezra, Revelation 10, and the Persephone myths, among others.

Paperback • Hardcover • Kindle • Google

Documents from the Luciferians: In Defense of the Nicene Creed
Colin M. Whiting 

This volume includes English translations of several documents written by the Luciferians, a group of fourth-century Christians whose name derives from the bishop Lucifer of Cagliari, that highlight connections between developments in Christian theology and local Christian communities in the course of the fourth century. The most important document, the Luciferian petition called the Libellus precum, has never been published in English. The theological tract De Trinitate was last published in English in an otherwise unknown anonymous version from 1721. An introduction provides an overview of the development of late antique theology and Christianity, a discussion of Luciferian beliefs, and discussions of the texts. 

Paperback • Hardcover • Kindle • Google

Landscapes of Korean and Korean American Biblical Interpretation
John Ahn, editor  

This volume of essays introduces Korean and Korean American biblical interpretation to scholars and students. The contributions reflect a range in readings, including historical, textual, feminist, sociological, theological, and postcolonial. The volume creates new inroads by bridging Korean and Korean American  biblical scholarship. It seeks to be a pathfinder by establishing new grounds for fostering critical and contextual biblical scholarship by Koreans and Korean Americans.  

Paperback • Hardcover • Open Access E-Book

Celebrate 125 Years of Women’s History in the SBL

SBL is celebrating 125 years of women in the Society with a new book of reflections from those who identify as women. SBL will supplement the volume with a digital archive. Check out the FAQ for additional information about this project and the archive.

Preorder your hardcover or paperback copy of Women and the Society of Biblical Literature.



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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