November 18, 2020 Newsletter
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Kudos to Stefan C. Reif

Stefan C. Reif, fellow of St Johnís College, Cambridge, and honorary research professor at the Haifa and Tel Aviv universities, was appointed officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to scholarship as founder and director of the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, University of Cambridge.

Kudos to Sr. Barbara Reid, OP

Sister Barbara Reid, OP, was elected to the presidency of Catholic Theological Union (CTU). In accepting the post, she succeeds the Rev. Mark R. Francis, CSV, who is retiring from the office on December 31, 2020. Sr. Barbara will be the first woman religious to be president of CTU.

2021 International Meeting Call for Papers

The call for papers for the 2021 International Meeting in Canterbury, England is now open. More Information.

The Humanities in American Life: A Survey of of the Publicís Attitudes and Engagement

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences has just released an important survey on The Humanities in American Life: A Survey of of the Public’s Attitudes and Engagement. The full report is posted here. Included in that survey is the public’s engagement with religion. A summary of key findings related to religion and religious studies is available here.

Save Ancient Studies in America

SASA regularly produces new, interesting video content for both lay, educational, and scholarly audiences. Visit SASA's YouTube Channel to watch episodes from series of SASA-produced videos, including "Ideas for Ancient Studies," "Ancient Kitchen," "Ancient FanFiction," and recordings of thier past live events.
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ASCSA William Sanders Scarborough Fellowships: Deadline Extended

This fellowship is intended to help foster diversity in the fields of Classical and Hellenic Studies and the Humanities more broadly by supporting students and teachers from underrepresented groups in their study and research at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Fellowship recipients need not be specialists in the field of Classical Studies. Deadline extended to Dec. 1, 2020.
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New Africana Scholarship Resources

To support the advancement of minoritized scholarship as well as minoritized students interested in pursuing biblical studies, SBL is developing a collection of resources on Africana Scholarship. These resources are linked under the Education drop-down on the SBL site. There you can find the archived videos of the two sessions from the Black Scholars Matter Symposium as well as three new pages, which will be continually be updated: Resources for Students Interested in Pursuing a PhD in Biblical Studies, Bibliography for Africana Scholarship, Anti-racism, and Minoritized Biblical Interpretation, and Contacts for Black Church Studies Programs.

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The SBL Virtual Annual Meetings Platform is now LIVE!

The SBL Virtual Annual Meeting Platform is live, meaning you can browse all available sessions and participating publishers, conduct specific searches, and start building your schedule!

To log in and build your schedule, view attachments, or participate in the session chats, you’ll need to be a registered attendee.  (Haven’t registered yet?  You can do so here.)

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The SBL Virtual Annual Meeting will be held online November 29 to December 10, 2020.  For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, or to register for the meeting, please go here.

The Online Program Book is Now Available!

The Preliminary online Program Book is now available!

Please note that the schedule is still subject to change.

An abridged print version of the Program Book will be mailed to members who register by September 30 and request the printed book. 

SBL Awards Season Begins

As of October 1, the following awards are open for submission.

Please visit the award pages for submission requirements and additional information.

New from SBL Press

Visit Our Virtual Annual Meeting Bookstore!
SBL Press is pleased to welcome you to our Virtual Annual Meeting Bookstore as part of the Annual Meetings 2020, hosted by SBL and AAR. Visit the bookstore to check out our new titles for 2020, page through the introductions, and order SBL Press and BJS titles for 30 percent off using the code AM2020 now through December 31.

Encounters in the Dark: Identity Formation in the Jacob Story
Noel Forlini Burt

Encounters in the Dark: Identity Formation in the Jacob Story traces the many moments of darkness in the life of Jacob from the darkness of his mother’s womb to the triumphant scene of wrestling God by the Jabbok River. Through an exploration of key moments in Jacob’s story, Noel Forlini Burt follows his journey from home to exile and back home again. Jacob’s story symbolizes the larger story of Israel’s own wrestling with God in the darkness of exile and return.

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Caring for the Dead in Ancient Israel
Kerry M. Sonia

In Caring for the Dead in Ancient Israel, Kerry M. Sonia examines the commemoration and care for the dead in ancient Israel against the broader cultural backdrop of West Asia. This cult of dead kin, referred to as ancestor cult in some previous studies, in ancient West Asia comprised a range of ritual practices in which the living provided food and drink offerings, constructed commemorative monuments, invoked the names of the dead, and protected their remains.

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