September 19, 2019 Newsletter
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The British Academy has awarded the Burkitt Medal to Professor John J. Collins, who held the position of Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. The Burkitt Medal Committee voted unanimously to award this year’s prize to Professor Collins for his wide-ranging and distinguished contribution to Old Testament Studies and the study of Second Temple Judaism.

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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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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.

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New from SBL Press

Body as Landscape, Love as Intoxication: Conceptual Metaphors in the Song of Songs
Brian P. Gault

Song of Songs contains some of the most exquisite yet enigmatic poetry in the Hebrew Bible. One of the chief difficulties in interpreting the Song’s lyrics is the unusual imagery used to depict the lovers’ bodies. Why is the maiden's hair compared to a flock of goats (4:1), the man’s cheeks likened to garden beds of spice (5:13), and the eyes of both lovers described as doves (4:1; 5:12)? While scholars speculate on the significance of these images, a systematic inquiry into the Song’s body metaphors is curiously absent. Incorporating biblical and comparative data, this study seeks to uncover the meaning of these metaphors and explore their origins.

Paperback • Hardcover • Kindle • Google Play (Forthcoming)

Textual Signposts in the Argument of Romans: A Relevance-Theory Approach
Sarah H. Casson

In this new book Sarah Casson illustrates how the New Testament Greek connective gar offers a vital clue to the coherence of Romans. The book harnesses the cognitive approach of relevance theory to show how gar functions as an indispensable guide for tracing the significant points of Paul’s argument and for resolving questions about the coherence of verses and sections. The work engages with key debates regarding the purpose of Romans and challenges some recent influential interpretations.

Paperback • Hardcover • Kindle • Google Play

Stories of Minjung Theology: The Theological Journey of Ahn Byung-Mu in His Own Words
Ahn Byung-Mu

This autobiography combines the personal story of Ahn Byung-Mu, one of the foremost Asian theologians, with the history of the Korean nation in light of the dramatic social, political, and cultural upheavals of the 1970s. It records the history of minjung (the people’s) theology that emerged in Asia, Ahu’s involvement in it, and his interpretations  of major Christian doctrines such as God, sin, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit from the minjung perspective. The volume also contains an introductory essay that situates Ahn’s work in its context and discusses the place and purpose of minjung hermeneutics in a vastly different Korea.

Paperback • Hardcover • Open Access





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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