15 March 2022 Newsletter
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SBL Mentor Awards

CUREMP Mentor Award

Many biblical scholars of color provide exceptional mentoring service to other scholars of color in the context of doctoral programs and/or in less formal but significant ways. They provide invaluable advice at various stages of one's career, help develop important networks, offer support in the process of navigating intricacies of the guild, and serve as role models. CUREMP seeks to honor such outstanding mentors.

If you wish to nominate someone for this award, please send their name along with a letter of nomination to Raj Nadella. The letter should describe the ways the nominee helped your professional advancement and why you think the nominee stands out as an exceptional mentor. You are welcome to nominate your current or former doctoral advisor or someone who has mentored you in less formal ways. Anyone can nominate but the nominees should have been scholars/faculty members at the time of mentoring. The committee might supplement nominations from its historic and ongoing work as needed. Nominations must be received by 31 May 2022. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered for the following year.

CSWP Mentor Award

Each year at the SBL Annual Meeting, CSWP honors women who have been excellent mentors to women in the field. These mentors have provided invaluable guidance, advice, and encouragement. They serve as role models and assist other women in navigating career choices, building professional networks, and developing strategies for personal growth and work-life balance. By virtue of their mentorship, they have taken us a step further in promoting gender equity, gender diversity, and women’s professional status in the field. CSWP honors mentors in order to recognize their contributions and to encourage mentoring relationships.

To nominate a member, please send your nomination with a descriptive letter of endorsement to Meira Kensky (mkensky@coe.edu). Your letter should include specific examples of how the mentor supported you and others in some of the ways outlined above (or other ways). We welcome letters written by multiple senders; letters should describe the impact the mentor has had on the nominator(s) over the course of their career. Nominations should be received by 01 June 2022. 

New from Bible Odyssey

The End of the World: A Physics of Destruction by Fire (2 Peter 3:1–13)

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Humanities in Class Digital Library

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ACLS Community Message for March 2022

We encourage all to read the ACLS Community Message for March 2022. This month’s communication includes a number of resources to support displaced scholars. The Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies’ (ASEEES) resource site for displaced Ukrainian scholars is among these resources.

*The ACLS has released statements in response to both the bomb threats against HBCUs and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. SBL is a signatory to both of these statements. The Society is also a signatory to the Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES), and the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages’ (AATSEEL) joint statement of opposition to banning scholars based on citizenship.

SBL Press Spring Sale

All SBL Press and Brown Judaic Studies titles are available to SBL members at a 30 percent discount during the Spring Sale. View the complete introductions to new and recent titles on the SBL Press Book Booth site. Visit the SBL Press store, and use the promo code SPRING22 at checkout to receive your discount now through 30 April 2022.

New from Brown Judaic Studies

Legal Writing, Legal Practice: The Biblical Bailment Law and Divine Justice
Yael Landman

Prescriptive law writings rarely mirror the ways a society practices law, a fact that raises special problems for the social and legal historian. Through close analysis of the laws of bailment (i.e., temporary safekeeping) in Exodus 22, Yael Landman probes the relationship of law in the biblical law collections and law-in-practice in ancient Israel and exposes a vision of divine justice at the heart of pentateuchal law. Landman further demonstrates that ancient Near Eastern bailment laws continue to influence postbiblical Jewish law. This book advances an approach to the study of biblical law that connects pentateuchal and ancient Near Eastern law collections, biblical narrative and prophecy, and Mesopotamian legal documents and joins philological and comparative analysis with humanistic legal approaches, in order to access how people thought about and practiced law in ancient Israel.

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