15 April 2021 Newsletter
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SBL Press Spring Sale

Our Virtual Regional Meeting Bookstore is open 1 March through 30 April . Visit the bookstore to check out our new and recent SBL Press and Brown Judaic Studies titles. 
Place your mail, fax, or phone order using this order form by 30 April. If you prefer to order from the SBL Press Store, use the promo code SPRING2021 at checkout to receive your discount.

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/.

Call for Papers

Save Ancient Studies Alliance has partnered with Digital Hammurabi to create a new type of online conference for ALL Ancient Studies scholars, scheduled for Sunday - Monday, 15-16 August 2021. 

We aim to bring together scholars who do not normally have the opportunity to present and engage with scholarship, including:

  • those who completed a PhD and are now professionals in other fields,
  • those who left PhD programs, or have had to take time out of their studies,
  • contingent faculty,
  • academics from marginalized groups,
  • teachers, professors, and staff from all educational institutions,
  • cultural resource management professionals, and
  • independent scholars.

All scholars of the ancient world are welcomed and encouraged to submit a proposal for a paper or panel in the subject areas of Religion, Culture, or History of the Ancient Mediterrenean and Near East. Topics can range from the discussion of an academic paper to a discussion on the successes and struggles of teaching an ancient curriculum.

More Information

Theological Librarianship, an online, open access journal of Atla, invites submissions of original essays from graduate students. The winning essay will be published in the Fall 2021 issue. Essays should address topics that lie within the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies and that potentially impact libraries. Submissions are due no later than 1 June 2021.
More Information


Hector Avalos (1958-2021)

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ACLS statement condemning Anti-Asian violence

SBL added its endorsement to the ACLS statement condemning Anti-Asian violence. The ACLS statement responds to acts of hate and xenophobia against Asian persons by encouraging scholarship that treats the historical past and considers methods of supporting anti-racism. Read more about the ACLS statement here).

Outstanding Mentor Award

The Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession is in search of the recipient of the next Outstanding Mentor Award. Nominations of women who have been exceptional role models to other women are welcome. Nomination letters are due 1 May 2021. Learn more this award here).

New from SBL Press

The Middle Maccabees: Archaeology, History, and the Rise of the Hasmonean Kingdom
Andrea M. Berlin and Paul J. Kosmin, editors

This volume lays out the charged, complicated beginnings of the independent Jewish state founded by the Maccabees in the second century BCE. Contributors offer focused analyses of the archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic, and textual evidence, framed within a wider world of conflicts between the Ptolemies of Egypt, the Seleucids of Syria, and the Romans. The result is a holistic view of the Hasmonean rise to power that acknowledges broader political developments, evolving social responses, and the particularities of local history.

Paperback • Hardcover • E-book

With the Loyal You Show Yourself Loyal: Essays on Relationships in the Hebrew Bible in Honor of Saul M. Olyan
T. M. Lemos, Jordan D. Rosenblum, Karen B. Stern, and Debra Scoggins Ballentine, editors

Contributors to this volume come together to honor the lifetime of work of Saul M. Olyan, Samuel Ungerleider Jr. Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. Essays by his students, colleagues, and friends focus on and engage with his work on relationships in the Hebrew Bible, from the marking of status in relationships of inequality, to human family, friend, and sexual relationships, to relationships between divine beings.
Paperback • Hardcover • E-book

Rhetoric and Scripture: Collected Essays of Thomas H. Olbricht 
Lauri Thurén, editor

This book offers a unique overview of the development of rhetorical criticism both in North America and internationally through the work of pioneering New Testament scholar Thomas H. Olbricht. Nineteen essays cover four areas related to rhetorical criticism: the history of biblical rhetorical analysis, the rhetorical analysis of biblical texts, the characteristics of rhetorical analysis, and types of biblical rhetorical criticism. A foreword by Lauri Thurén and a memorial essay by Carl R. Holladay contextualize Olbricht’s work. Anyone interested in the rhetorical study of the New Testament will find this volume inspiring and informative.
Paperback • HardcoverE-book

New from Brown Judaic Studies

Studies in Rabbinic Narratives, Volume 1
Jeffrey L. Rubenstein, editor

Rabbinic literature includes hundreds of stories and brief narrative traditions. These narrative traditions often take the form of biographical anecdotes that recount a deed or event in the life of a rabbi. Modern scholars consider these narratives as didactic fictions—stories used to teach lessons, promote rabbinic values, and grapple with the tensions and conflicts of rabbinic life. Using methods drawn from literary and cultural theory, including feminist, structuralist, Marxist, and psychoanalytic methods, contributors analyze narratives from the Babylonian Talmud, midrash, Mishnah, and other rabbinic compilations to shed light on their meanings, functions, and narrative art.


New from Bible Odyssey

Eat This Scroll (Ezekiel and Revelation)
Mount Nebo

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