16 September 2021 Newsletter
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2021 Annual Meetings registration rates increasing September 24th!

Don’t miss the Regular Registration Rate for the upcoming 2021 Annual Meetings!  Prices will increase on September 24, so register now to receive the lowest rate.

As governmental and medical recommendations may continue to impact your planning for the 2021 Annual Meeting, we are being as flexible as possible to accommodate the varying needs of members. We are pleased to offer both In-Person and Virtual Only options in order to allow everyone to choose their preferred way to participate. Go here to see more information about these options and to view online programs and virtual sessions that are currently being offered.

Current updates:

  • The date to make registrations changes, including full refunds and updating hotel preferences, or changes in registration types, has been extended to October 21, 2021. You can register now and alter your plans as you see fit through that date with no penalty. 
  • SBL and AAR are currently working with facility management as well as civic and public health authorities in San Antonio to monitor guidance and provide additional preventative measures within the various properties that will be hosting the meeting.  Please view the current Covid-19 Safety Protocols here.  As guidance changes, we will continue to keep the Annual Meeting website up-to-date with meeting requirements, recommendations, and best practices.

Access the registration page at 2021 Annual Meeting RegistrationRegular registration rates will increase September 24 so register now for additional savings!

Annual Meeting Update: Current Safety Protocols and Flexibility for Participation

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Summer Webinars

This summer, the Society released four pre-recorded webinars on pressing issues in the field: “Globalizing Biblical Studies in the Twenty-First Century,” “Disabilities Studies and the Bible,” “Africana Biblical Hermeneutics,” and “Horizons of LGBTIQ+ Hermeneutics.” We extend our thanks to the scholars who organized and participated in these timely discussions. Find the recordings for these important conversations here.

CUREMP Mentoring Awards

Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Outstanding Mentor Award recipients:

The SBL and its Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP) are delighted to announce the 2021 recipients of SBL's Outstanding Mentor Award—Drs. Randall Bailey and Gale Yee. CUREMP launched the award in 2020 to honor scholars of color who provide exceptional mentoring to other scholars by helping them to develop important professional networks and offering invaluable support in the process of navigating intricacies of the guild. Bailey and Yee were selected for this inaugural award as a result of the nomination process and in recognition of the significant ways they are influencing the field of biblical studies through their scholarship, teaching, and mentoring of other scholars in various parts of the world.

      CUREMP mentor Bailey-2021        

Randall C. Bailey is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Bible at Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, where he taught for 35 years. He has also taught as Visiting Professor in South Africa and Brazil. He has served as Co-Chairperson of the African American Biblical Hermeneutics Group of the Society of Biblical Literature, on the Semeia Editorial Board, and on CUREMP. Bailey is the author of David in Love and War: The Pursuit of Pursuit of Power in 2 Samuel 10-12, as well as many essays and articles. He is the co-editor of They Were All Together in One Place? Toward Minority Biblical Criticism; Yet with a Steady Beat: Contemporary U.S. Afrocentric Biblical Interpretation; The Africana Bible: Reading Israel's Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora; The Recovery of Black Presence: An Interdisciplinary Exploration. He has also edited two collections and was Guest Editor of volumes of the The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center (devoted to the writings of young Black biblical scholars). As an ideological critic, his writings have focused on the intersectionalities of race/ethnicity, gender, class, sexualities and power in the biblical texts and their interpreters. At ITC, Bailey mentored dozens of students, who have been accepted into graduate programs, earned PhDs or ThDs and are teaching in seminaries and universities around the world.

Gale A. Yee is Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies emerita, Episcopal Divinity School. She is the author of Poor Banished Children of Eve: Woman as Evil in the Hebrew Bible; Jewish Feasts and the Gospel of John; Composition and Tradition in the Book of Hosea; “The Book of Hosea” commentary in The New Interpreters Bible. Vol. VII, as well as many articles and essays. She is the editor of Judges and Method: New Approaches in Biblical Studies, which is now in its second edition (2007), a co-editor for the Texts@Context series, the Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament and Apocrypha (2014), and The Hebrew Bible: Feminist and Intersectional Perspectives (2018) for Fortress Press,and former General Editor of Semeia Studies. A new book is coming out in the fall: Towards and Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics: An Intersectional Anthology (Cascade Books). In 2019, she was president of the Society of Biblical Literature. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2020. She lives at Pilgrim Place, a retirement community in Claremont, CA, known for its social activism.


        CUREMP mentor Yee-2021

Emerging Voice Fellowship Award

Eric Harvey photoWe are pleased to announce that Eric Harvey has been awarded a 2021 ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship. The Emerging Voice Fellowship awards recent PhDs in the humanities or humanistic social sciences a one-year position at a select institution in ACLS’s Research University Consortium. Congratulations on this award, Dr. Eric Harvey!

Learn more about this fellowship here.

Meet the 2021 Emerging Voices Fellows here.

New from Bible Odyssey

Universalism in the Prophets
Polygamy in the Hellenistic Period
Psalms of Solomon
Red Sea
River Euphrates

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New from SBL Press

Narrative Mode and Theological Claim in Johannine Literature: Essays in Honor of Gail R. O’Day
Lynn R. Huber, Susan E. Hylen, and
William M. Wright IV, editors

In this collection of essays and sermons on the Gospel of John and Revelation, friends, colleagues, and former students of Gail R. O’Day engage the possibilities raised by her interest in integrating historical, literary, theological, and homiletic methods. Contributors explore the relationship between narrative mode and theological claim through both historical contextualization and literary analysis to offer new insight into potential meanings.

Paperback • Hardcover • E-book

The Art of Biblical Interpretation: Visual Portrayals of Scriptural Narratives
Heidi J. Hornik, Ian Boxall, and Bobbi Dykema, editors

For centuries Christians have engaged their sacred texts as much through the visual as through the written word. Yet until recent decades, the academic disciplines of biblical studies and art history largely worked independently. This richly illustrated volume bridges that gap with the interdisciplinary work of biblical scholars and art historians. Focusing on the visualization of biblical characters from both the Old and New Testaments, essays illustrate the potential of such collaboration for a deeper understanding of the Bible and its visual reception.

Humanities in Class Digital Library

These SBL resources have been added to the Humanities in Class Digital Library:

In Memoriam

George F. Bass (1932-2021)
Elizabeth A. Clark (1938-2021)

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