April 15, 2020 Newsletter
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Kudos to Jorunn Økland

Jorunn Økland has been elected a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Jorunn serves on the SBL Council, and her work combines theory, a wide and deep understanding of antiquity and material culture, and leadership in feminist/gender studies. Congratulations!

SBL Press Books for Online Teaching

As you transition to online teaching and conducting your research remotely, remember that many SBL Press e-books are available for faculty and student use through your institutional library. Check your on-line catalog or contact your librarian to inquire about access to e-books through EBSCO, JSTOR, and ProQuest. SBL Press titles are available for individual purchase from Google Play and Amazon, and volumes of the Ancient Near East Monographs and International Voices in Biblical Studies series are free to download from our website.

SBL Press Spring Sale

SBL Press and BJS titles are available to SBL members at a 30 percent discount during the annual spring sale. Place your mail, fax, or phone order using this order form by May 31. If you prefer to order at the SBL Press Store, use the promo code SP2020 at checkout to receive your discount.

Statement on COVID-19 and Academic Labor

In March 2020, twenty-four organizations, including SBL, signed on to the Statement on COVID-19 and Academic Labor

In Memoriam

Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. (1942-2020)

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SBL Annual Meeting Program Books Online

SBL is grateful to Emory University for its outstanding curation of SBLís institutional archives. Special thanks to Brandon Wason (Curator of Archives and Manuscripts, Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology), SBLís Archivist, for shepherding the digitization of SBLís Annual Meeting Program Books. This is an outstanding resource for researching the history of the field. You can find the AM Program Books back to 1952 here.

2019 SBL-AAR Job Advertisement Data Report

The 2019 Jobs Report from the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion is now available. This report includes employment listing data from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, for the Academic Year (AY) 2019. While not representative of all positions in our fields, the data provide important information for employers, candidates, and those active in biblical, religious, and theological scholarship. Moreover, we fully expect that this report will not be representative of hiring practices this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts student enrollment and faculty hiring. However, because the annual report has value in helping to identify trends, it is provided to members and institutions
Read the full jobs report here.

Alum Access to Atla’s Research Tools

SBL wants to highlight a service that Atla provides to institutions that subscribe to Atla for Alum research tools. This subscription provides institutions’ alumni/ae the ability to access the same Atla products they used as students.  The most popular offerings are Atla’s full-text  journal collections, Atlas and Atlas PLUS. Browse or search this  list of subscribing schools to see if your alma mater provides access to alums. For further information or to explore ways for your alma mater to subscribe, please contact: https://www.atla.com/about/contact-us/.

Status of Women in the Profession Outstanding Service in Mentoring Award

The Status of Women in the Profession Committee (CSWP) is looking for nominees for its Outstanding Service in Mentoring Award. CSWP honors women who 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 Christl Maier. For more information on this award and past recipients, click here.

International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR)

The 22nd Quinquennial World Congress at the University of Otago in New Zealand has been cancelled.

New from SBL Press

Genre and Openness in Proverbs 10:1-22:16
Suzanna R. Millar

In Genre and Openness in Proverbs 10:1–22:16, Suzanna R. Millar argues that the sayings in these chapters have a hybrid genre, “didactic proverb.” These sayings train a student’s mind by opening up a number of complex possible interpretations while being multifunctional and widely applicable. By incorporating paremiology, the technical study of the proverb genre, Millar sheds light on important issues within these chapters, including character development, the connection between act and consequence, and the acquisition of wisdom.

Paperback • Hardcover • Kindle • Google Play

A History of Ancient Moab from the Ninth to First Centuries BCE
Burton MacDonald

A History of Ancient Moab from the Ninth to First Centuries BCE incorporates archaeological, epigraphic, biblical, and postbiblical evidence to construct a picture of Moabite history beginning with the Moabites' origin in the Transjordan through their emergence on the international stage. Analysis of inscriptional and archaeological discoveries shows that, although their territory was not rich in resources, their service to the Assyrian Empire made them prosperous.


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