18 May 2022 Newsletter
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Super Saver Registration rate ends May 26!

Don’t miss the discounted Super Saver Registration Rate for the upcoming SBL Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, November 19-22.  You may access the registration and housing page with this link:  SBL Annual Meeting Registration Link.

This year’s meeting theme is RECONNECT 2022.  By attending this meeting, we want to provide unparalleled opportunities to engage with leading scholars, colleagues and friends while attending over 900 academic sessions and workshops, the Book Exhibit Hall featuring several top publishers, and various social functions and other events

Visit the 2022 Annual Meeting Website for More Information

This information includes dates and times, a hotel map and list of amenities, travel discounts, people with disabilities information, and answers to frequently asked questions. 

We look forward to Reconnecting with you in Denver!  Super Saver registration rates will increase May 27 so register now for additional savings!

The Bible and Current Events

Abortion and Miscarriage in the Ancient Near East
Kristine Henriksen Garroway explains the variety of ways miscarriage and abortion were understood in the ancient Near East.

Paul's Letters and Modern Race Relations
The interview with Love L. Sechrest unpacks how Paul’s letters inform contemporary race relations.

The Bible and Violent Extremism
Frances Flannery discusses biblical text that have been exploited the most by violent extremists.

The Bible and Homosexuality
Bruce Wells addresses a reader’s question in this Ask a Scholar article.

Statement Concerning Scholars At Risk

The Society is deeply concerned for the people of Ukraine and condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We recognize and support organizations dedicated to protecting the work of scholars in need. Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of individuals and institutions of higher education committed to protecting and advocating for scholars at risk. SAR provides a list of resources purposed to assist scholars affected by the invasion of Ukraine. SBL encourages its members to support colleagues around the world who face the grave effects of war and conflict.

*SBL is a signatory to the AHA statement against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Hugh R. Page Jr. Appointed Vice President for Institutional Transformation at the University of Notre Dame

SBL Council member Hugh R. Page Jr. was recently appointed the University of Notre Dame's first vice president for institutional transformation and advisor to the president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.. In this new role, Dr. Page will work with University leadership to create and coordinate an integrated diversity, equity and inclusion strategy at the University of Notre Dame and its various colleges/divisions. Kudos to Dr. Page on this appointment!

James VanderKam Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

2021 SBL President James VanderKam has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Dr. VanderKam is a renowned scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls and a longtime volunteer of the Society. He has certainly made an indelible contribution to the guild. Congrats, Dr. VanderKam, on this well-deserved honor!

New from Bible Odyssey

Ananias and Sapphira
Ancient Sepent
Faith (Word Study)
Garden of Eden Story Elements Connecting Serpent to Satan
Illicit Sex (Word Study)
Priests and Levites
Satan: From Title to Proper Name
Solomon's Wisdom
Spiritual Warfare in Ephesians 6

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Humanities in Class Digital Library

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

Two Creations in Genesis

Created in the Image of God


New from SBL Press

Reading Biblical Texts Together: Pursuing Minoritized Biblical Criticism 
Tat-siong Benny Liew and Fernando F. Segovia, editors

This volume, edited by Tat-siong Benny Liew and Fernando F. Segovia, expands the work begun in They Were All Together in One Place? Toward Minority Biblical Criticism (2009) by focusing on specific texts for scholarly engagement and exchange. Essays by scholars of racial/ethnic minoritized criticism of the Bible highlight the various factors and dynamics at play in the formation of power relations within and through four biblical texts: two from the Hebrew Bible (Genesis 21 and 1 Kings 12) and two from the New Testament (John 4 and Revelation 18). The voices in this volume expand our understandings of minoritization from a global perspective.


Rabbinic Literature
Tal Ilan, Lorena Miralles-Macia, and Ronit Nikolsky, editors

This latest volume in the Bible and Women series is devoted to rabbinic literature from late Jewish antiquity to the early Middle Ages. Using the most up-to-date methodologies of rabbinic literature analysis, some essays analyze biblical law and gender relations as they are reflected in the rabbinic sages’ argumentation, while others examine either the rabbinic portrayal of a certain woman or a group of women or the role of biblical women in a specific rabbinic context.

Paperback • Hardcover • E-book

The Development of Biblical Hebrew Prepositions
H. H. Hardy

The Development of Biblical Hebrew Prepositions presents an analysis of the sources and diachronic developments of forty-one prepositions in the Hebrew Bible from the viewpoint of grammaticalization within a historical-linguistics framework. The study contributes a detailed corpus-based accounting of the variation evidenced by the usages of Biblical Hebrew prepositions and provides a descriptive model of the emergence of this linguistic subsystem.

Paperback • Hardcover • Open Access

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