October 14, 2020 Newsletter
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Kudos to Rubén R. Dupertuis, Selected as a 2020 CUR–Arts and Humanities Faculty Mentor Awardee

Rubén R. Dupertuis, associate professor and department chair of religion at Trinity University in Texas, has been selected as a 2020 Council on Undergraduate Research–Arts and Humanities Faculty Mentor Awardee, for his work with undergraduate researchers.

Call of Nominations for Council and Committees of Council

The Nominating Committee reviews nominations and nominates to Council for election members of standing committees and representatives to other organizations as required.  The Nominating Committee also nominates to the Society for election at the Annual Business Meeting the President, Vice-President, and Council members. (Program Committees nominate and vote on Program Unit Chairs and report to Nominating Committee and Council. Research and Publications Committee nominates and votes on Book Series Editors and reports to Nominating Committee and Council. Members at the Business Meeting receive a report of all votes by Council, Research and Publications, and Program Committee. For more information on Policies and Governance, see the SBL Policy Manual.) For a list of the various committees and their responsibilities, see http://sbl-site.org/SBLcommittees.aspx and select a committee to read its description.

The Nominating Committee will begin its work submitting names to Council to fill positions open January 2022. SBL Members are encouraged and invited to submit nominations. Members may nominate themselves. All nominees must be members in good standing of the SBL. The following committees will have positions open in 2022:

SBL Council
Vice President of SBL
Educational Resources and Review Committee
International Cooperation Initiative Committee
Research and Publications Committee
Status of Women in the Profession Committee
Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee

Nominations should include: a summary of the nominee’s participation in SBL; a statement describing the nominee’s interest in that particular group; and a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae. To submit a nomination, please email nominations@sbl-site.org.

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.

ACLS Job Openings

ACLS is seeking to fill two program officer openings in their US Programs division. At least one should have supervisory experience. 
Program officers in US Programs manage the design, implementation, and administration of programs that offer support to scholars nationally and internationally, working both inside and beyond the academy.
A full description and link to apply can be found on the ACLS website.

Save Ancient Studies

SBL supports the mission and work of Save Ancient Studies in America (SASA). Have a look at SASA’s first newsletter Oracle and sign up for updates.

2020-21 ACLS Fellowship and Grant Competitions

Competitions with fall deadlines are now open and accepting applications.

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SBL Calendar

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

Navar Steed, SBL’s Manager of Membership and Subscriptions, passed away on 13 October 2020. Many members know Navar, especially as the warm and welcoming presence at the SBL membership desk at the Annual Meeting. She will be greatly missed.

SBL Virtual Annual Meeting

SBL Virtual Annual Meeting
November 29 to December 10, 2020
Register Here! 

Do you have questions about the meeting schedule, virtual platform, participating publishers, or the Mobile App and SBL Central?  Check out all of the latest information and frequently asked questions 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.

Leading Edge Fellowship Program – Applications due November 2, 2020

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has announced the Fall 2020 competition for the Leading Edge Fellowship program. The program promotes the visibility and value of the humanities PhD beyond the academy by offering opportunities for PhDs to contribute to projects at organizations around the country, to help communities respond to issues caused by the COVID-19 crisis and advance public understanding of the pandemic. In this cycle of the program, ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs in religious studies, theology, ethics, and related fields.
Go to: https://www.acls.org/Competitions-and-Deadlines/Leading-Edge-Fellowships for complete position descriptions, eligibility criteria, and application information.

New from SBL Press

Women of Assur and Kanesh: Texts from the Archives of Assyrian Merchants
Cécile Michel 

In this collection Cécile Michel transliterates, translates into English, and provides commentary for more than three hundred texts found at Kültepe in Central Anatolia. These letters and legal documents reveal the ancient world of the wives and daughters of merchants and their economic and social activities in nineteenth-century BCE Assur and Kanesh.

Paperback • Hardcover • Kindle •  Google Play

Saul, Benjamin, and the Emergence of Monarchy in Israel: Biblical and Archaeological Perspectives
Joachim J. Krause, Omer Sergi, and Kristin Weingart, editors

Reconstructing the emergence of the Israelite monarchy involves interpreting historical research, approaching questions of ancient state formation, synthesizing archaeological research from sites in the southern Levant, and reexamining the biblical traditions of the early monarchy embedded in the books of Samuel and Kings. This collection of essays brings together textual exegesis with archaeological perspectives on Saul and Benjamin in order to reconstruct the rise of the early monarchy in Israel and the way it was commemorated in the biblical narrative.

Theology and Anthropology in the Book of Sirach
Bonifatia Gesche, Christian Lustig, and Gabriel Rabo, editors

Twelve essays in English and German shed light on the theology and anthropology of Sirach. The present volume includes the proceedings of an international conference held in Eichstätt, Germany, in 2017. 

Dead Sea Scrolls, Revise and Repeat: New Methods and Perspectives
Carmen Palmer, Andrew R. Krause, Eileen Schuller, and John Screnock, editors

This book examines the identity of the Qumran movement by reassessing former conclusions and bringing new methodologies to the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The essays in this volume reassess the categorization of rule texts, the reuse of scripture, the significance of angelic fellowship, the varieties of calendrical use, and celibacy within the Qumran movement. Contributors consider identity in the Dead Sea Scrolls from new interdisciplinary perspectives, including spatial theory, legal theory, historical linguistics, ethnicity theory, cognitive literary theory, monster theory, and masculinity theory.


New from Bible Odyssey

Twelve Tribes of Israel
Is the Hebrew Bible Plagiarized?
Curse of Ham

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