20 October 2021 Newsletter
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The upcoming SBL Annual Meetings 2021 is fast approaching.  If you haven’t registered for the meeting yet, there is still time!  Go here for registration information. 

If you’ve already registered, here are a few reminders:

If you are attending the In-Person Meeting:

  • Your name badge will be emailed to you to the email address located on your registration record in November. In an effort to cut down on personal contact at the SBL Annual Meeting, we are urging you to please print your badge before arrival to San Antonio.
  • We will be closing our housing links on October 21.  If you still haven’t booked your housing yet, or need to make changes, please do before October 21
  • Any cancellations or transfers need to be completed by October 21.  Please send your requests to annualmeeting@sbl-site.org.
  • For any name badge or hotel changes, go to the registration link provided in your confirmation page.  Once you are on your confirmation page, select the Modify registration button located at the top of the page.
  • The Book Exhibit Hall will include daily morning coffee breaks at 9:30 am, and a Marketplace will be open from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm offering sandwiches, salads, sodas, muffins, yogurt, candy and fruit.  The up-to-date list of exhibitors and floorplan will be located on the Annual Meeting Mobile App which will be available soon!
  • For the most updated information on SBL’s Covid-19 protocols and information regarding testing sites, please go here

If you are attending Virtual Only Sessions

  • We will be launching the online Virtual Meeting Planner and Annual Meetings Mobile App soon.  As soon as these are available, we will send instructions on how to use these to access virtual sessions.  Instructions will be sent to the email address located on your registration record.

Program books will be mailed in late October to those who selected to receive one.  We also urge you to visit our online program book, which lists both In-Person and Virtual Only Sessions.
Any cancellations or transfers of your registration need to be completed by October 21.  Please send your requests to annualmeeting@sbl-site.org.  For more information about the SBL Annual Meetings 2021 visit our website

Call for Nominations for Council and Committees of Council

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), Educational Resources and Review Committee, International Cooperation Initiative Committee, Research and Publications Committee, Status of Women in the Profession Committee, and 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.

The Nominating Committee reviews nominations and nominates to Council members of standing committees and representatives to other organizations as required. The Nominating Committee also nominates to the Society the President, Vice-President, and Council members. Elections for nominees are held at the Annual Business Meeting. (Program Committees nominate and vote on Program Unit Chairs and report to Nominating Committee and Council. The Research and Publications Committee nominates and votes on Book Series Editors and reports to Nominating Committee and Council. Members who attend the Business Meeting will 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 https://www.sbl-site.org/aboutus/committees.aspx and select a committee to read its description.

SBL Awards

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

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

NCUR 2022 @home Abstract Submission Portal is Now Open!

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) welcomes abstracts for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The early-bird deadline for abstracts for this interactive undergraduate conference is 20 October 2021. The final deadline for abstracts is 19 November 2021.

All are also welcome to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). NCUR will take place 4-8 April 2022. Registration will open the week of 15 November 2021. Learn more here

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Edom at the Edge of Empire: A Social and Political History
Bradley L. Crowell

Ancient Edom is best known as the southeastern neighbor of Iron Age Judah that appears in the Hebrew Bible either as Israel’s sibling or its reviled enemy. Edom at the Edge of Empire offers an interdisciplinary approach to southern Levantine history that combines biblical, epigraphic, archaeological, and comparative evidence to reconstruct the history of a collection of nomadic tribes and workers in the Wadi Faynan as it relates to the later polity centered around the city of Busayra in the mountains of southern Jordan. This is the first book to incorporate the important evidence from the Wadi Faynan copper mines into a comprehensive account of Edom’s history, providing a key resource for students and scholars of the ancient Near East and the Hebrew Bible.

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Impurity and Purification in Early Judaism and the Jesus Tradition
Thomas Kazen

This collection of twelve essays by Thomas Kazen focuses on issues of purity and purification in early Judaism and the Jesus tradition. During the late Second Temple period, Jewish purity practices became more prominent than before and underwent substantial developments. Kazen advances the ongoing conversation and debate about a number of key issues in the field, such as the relationship between ritual and morality, the role and function of metaphor, and the use of evolutionary and embodied perspectives.

Feminism, Queerness, Affect, and Romans: Under God?
Jimmy Hoke

In Feminism, Queerness, Affect, and Romans: Under God? Jimmy Hoke reads Romans with an innovative, intersectional approach that produces distinctive meanings for passages that probe how queer wo/men who first encountered Paul’s letter could have engaged with it. Hoke turns a feminist and queer gaze toward Paul’s conception of faith and ethics, making explicit how Paul’s theology throughout Romans has been affectively motivated by imperial notions of gender, race, and sexuality. By engaging affect theory, Hoke brings to life not only ideas and words but the feelings and sensations that moved in-between some of the earliest Christ-followers, revealing how queer wo/men were there among them and what that means for queer wo/men today.

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The Christ Party in the Corinthian Community 
Ferdinand Christian Baur
David Lincicum, editor

The Christ Party in the Corinthian Community by Ferdinand Christian Baur (1792–1860), one of the founders of modern New Testament scholarship, is now available in English for the first time. In this ground-breaking work, Baur argued for a diversity of views in the earliest strata of the Christian tradition that shaped the modern study of Paul in lasting ways. In addition to Baur’s essay, this edition includes the first English translation of Ernst Käsemann’s introduction to Baur’s Historisch-kritische Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament.
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The Struggle over Class: Socioeconomic Analysis of Ancient Christian Texts
G. Anthony Keddie, Michael Flexsenhar III, and Steven J. Friesen, editors

This volume brings together scholars from the fields of New Testament and early Christianity to examine Christian texts in light of the category of class. Historically rigorous and theoretically sophisticated, The Struggle over Class presents a range of approaches to, and applications of, class in the study of religious texts and communities. Essays examine the epistles, the gospels, Acts, apocalyptic texts, and patristic literature for what they reveal about the socioeconomic contexts of the Greco-Roman World.


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