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SBL e-Newsletter
A bi-monthly newsletter for members of the Society of Biblical Literature

February 19 , 2010

International Meeting

Registration is now open for the International Meeting in Tartu, Estonia.

SBL Publications Spring Sale

Almost all new, recent, and backlisted SBL and BJS titles are available to SBL members at a thirty percent discount during the spring sale.

Download the order form, then mail, fax, or phone your order by May 15.

If you prefer to order at the SBL Store, make sure to use the promo code XXXXXX at checkout to receive your discount.
Regional News

The Society of Biblical Literature has issued a statement about the requirement that it formulate new policies and procedures regarding the administration of regions. Read the statement here

The 2010 Regional Scholars have been announced.

Congratulations to Timothy P. Henderson of the Upper Midwest Region and David Moffitt from the Southeastern Region.

2010 Regional Meetings

Central States Region March 21-22St. Louis, MO
Eastern Great Lakes Region April 8-9 Akron, OH
Mid Atlantic Region March 10-11New Brunswick, NJ
Midwest Region February 12-14Valparaiso, IN
New England Region (register on-line) April 16Newton Centre, MA
Pacific Coast Region March 13-15 Tempe, AZ
Pacific Northwest Region May 7-9Victoria, BC
Rocky Mnts - Great Plains Region April 9-10 Omaha, NE
Southeastern Region March 5-7Atlanta, GA
Southwestern Region March 12-14 Dallas, TX
Upper Midwest Region April 9-10St. Paul, MN

Global Paul Tour

Sign up deadline March 1 for the May 8-20, 2010, The Beginnings: Visit Damascus, Antioch, Southeastern Turkey And Beyond.

A series of academically oriented journeys is planned with lectures and discussions that will attempt to penetrate more deeply the theology of Paul through visitation of the sites at which the apostle was present together with a more profound study of and interaction with the Graeco-Roman world in which he carried out his missionary and pastoral activities.

Accompanying this tour will be two well-known international Pauline scholars: Karl Donfried and Philip Towner. Dr. Donfried is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Smith College and served as the McCarthy Professor at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome; Dr. Towner serves as Dean of the Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship at the American Bible Society.

NIDA Translation School 2010

Applications Open for Nida Translation Institute, Murcia, Spain.

Teaching the Bible

The February Edition of the SBL newsletter for high school teachers is posted. This month's focus is Wisdom literature.


The David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship

The David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship is open for submissions.

2010 Society Fund

Contributions to Society Fund support our core mission of fostering biblical scholarship. Click here to donate now.

Optional Profile Free Membership Drawing — January Winners!

Every month, we randomly select two members from the pool of those who have filled out the Optional Profile for a free one-year membership. January 2010 winners are:

Dr. Hershel Wayne House
Mr. Martin Lee

As our privacy policy indicates, we will never divulge this information to a third party. Thank you to all of you who have supplied this optional data. If you have not yet filled in the information (or you would like to update it), you may do so by logging into our website with your SBL Member # and going to the “my profile” tab, which will appear on the left hand side of the screen in the box where you logged in. While you are filling out the Optional Profile, please make sure all of your profile information is up to date!


2010 Brings Additional Benefits for SBL Members

Check out the many benefits and discounts you receive as an SBL member on the SBL Member Benefits page. In addition to discounts on our own publications and events, SBL members receive discounts on Bible software and many subscriptions, including Biblical Archaeology Review, ACLS Humanities E-Book, Expository Times, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Currents in Biblical Research, Studies in Christian Ethics, Feminist Theology, Journal for the Study of Pseudepigrapha, and Biblical Theology Bulletin.


March 2010
3/2 - 3/3 The Body In Sickness and In Health: Feminist Perspectives 
The Eighth Annual Phyllis Trible Lecture Series 
Wake Forest School of Divinity, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 
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3/5 - 3/7 SBL Southeastern Regional Meeting
Atlanta Marriott Century Center, Atlanta, GA
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3/8 - 3/9 Humanities Advocacy Day
The National Humanities Alliance 2010 Annual Meeting & Humanities Advocacy Day will take place March 8-9 in Washington DC. The event is a unique meeting ground for members of the Alliance and others interested in humanities policy and advocacy, including higher education leaders, college and university faculty, teachers, students, museum professionals, librarians, and independent scholars.

SBL Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
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3/12 - 3/14 SBL Southwestern Regional Meeting
Marriott Hotel DFW North, Dallas, Texas
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3/13- 3/15 SBL Pacific States Regional Meeting
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
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3/14 - 3/18 Biblical Exegesis and Hebrew Lexicography 
Gesenius' Hebrew Dictionary as Resource and Mirror of Old Testament Scholarship, throughout 200 Years since its first Publication. Conference at the University of Halle (Germany)
Wilhelm Gesenius (1786-1842), professor for Biblical studies at the University of Halle, was the founder of modern Hebrew lexicography and grammar. His numerous works on Hebrew and on further Semitic languages were most influential, especially his "Hebraeisch-deutsches Handwoerterbuch" and the "Thesaurus philologicus criticus linguae Hebraeae et Chaldaeae Veteris Testamenti". The conference, celebrating 200 years since the first edition of the "Handwoerterbuch" was published in 1810, will deal with different aspects of the lexicographical and exegetical work of Wilhelm Gesenius, its basis and its influence, its different editions, its re-worked editions, and its translations. The central question will be how Biblical exegesis influenced the dictionary and its development during its different editions, on the one hand, and how the dictionary influenced the critical exegesis of the Hebrew Bible, on the other.
More information here and here.
3/21-3/22 SBL Central States Regional Meeting
St. Louis Marriott West
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April 2010

Registration Deadline: Invention, Rewriting, Usurpation: Discursive Fights over Religious Traditions in Antiquity
An international conference held by the research project "The Discursive Fight over Religious Texts in Antiquity," University of Aarhus, Denmark

Keynote speakers: Harold W. Attridge (Yale), Daniel Boyarin (UC Berkeley), David Brakke (Indiana University, Bloomington), Karla Pollmann (St Andrews), and Tessa Rajak (University of Reading). 

For further information, see the conference webpage or contact:

Claiming Conceptual Space. Reimagining the Study of Religion and Theology: Changing Contexts and Social Discourse
Huguenot College, Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa

For further information contact Gerhard van den Heever  or Naas Swart; or see the conference site

4/9- 4/10 SBL Rocky Mountains-Great Plains Regional Meeting
Creighton University, Omaha, NE
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4/9 - 4/10 SBL Upper Midwest Regional Meeting
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
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Resurrection of the Dead: Biblical Traditions in Dialogue
An International Conference at the Universite´ Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium 
Scholarly debate over the significance of Biblical traditions concerning resurrection from the dead has been lively. The current conference allows for a continuation of research and discussion on the topic. Presentations will include both invited guests (main papers) and paper proposals in response to the « Call for Papers ». Presentations will be made in English or in French. Main Papers presented byClaire Clivaz (Lausanne/Genève); Adela Yarbro Collins (Yale University); John J. Collins (Yale University); José Costa (Paris III – Sorbonne); Gerd Lüdemann (Göttingen); Odette Mainville (Montréal); Daniel Marguerat (Lausanne/Genève); Tobias Nicklas (University of Regensburg); Heikki Räisänen (Helsinki); Tom Shepherd (Andrews University, MI); Geert Van Oyen (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve); André Wénin (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve)

For more information, e-mail: Geert Van Oyen  or  Tom Shepherd.

4/15 Call for Applications: Jewish Culture in the Ancient World
We are happy to announce a new research program on “Jewish Culture in the Ancient World”, founded by the Humanities Fund, Yad Hanadiv and the Israel Council of Higher Education. The program will run for three years at Haifa, Tel-Aviv and Bar-Ilan Universities, starting October 2010. Students accepted to this program will enroll in one of the universities, under the supervision of one of the program members. Students will receive scholarships and participate in a rich research program. 

The program offers scholarships (60,000 NIS per year, over three years) for three PhD students, one at each university. Scholarships will also be given to a limited number of MA and postdoctoral students, who are encouraged to apply. The program’s main focus, however, is on PhD-level research. Knowledge of Hebrew is required.

Program members: Prof. Albert Baumgarten (Bar-Ilan), Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov (Haifa), Prof. Gideon Bohak (Tel-Aviv), Dr. Sylvie Honigman (Tel-Aviv), Prof. Aryeh Kofsky (Haifa), Dr. Hillel Newman (Haifa), Prof. Adiel Schremer (Bar-Ilan) 

Last date for sending applications 15 April 2010
Admission will be announced by 13 May 2010 

For details and registration, please visit the program website. 
4/16 SBL New England States Regional Meeting
Andover-Newton Theological School 
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Functions of Roman Memory, providing graduate students and junior faculty with an opportunity to examine the role of memory in diverse areas of Roman civilization and to test current methodologies
University of Texas at Austin.
Call for Papers Deadline January 20, 2010 More information or see the project homepage

May 2010
5/7- 5/9 SBL Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
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Invention, Rewriting, Usurpation: Discursive Fights over Religious Traditions in Antiquity
An international conference held by the research project "The Discursive Fight over Religious Texts in Antiquity," University of Aarhus, Denmark

Keynote speakers: Harold W. Attridge (Yale), Daniel Boyarin (UC Berkeley), David Brakke (Indiana University, Bloomington), Karla Pollmann (St Andrews), and Tessa Rajak (University of Reading).
For further information, see the conference webpage or contact:
June 2010
6/1 - 7/26 2010 Online Course for Theological Faculty Teaching Online
The course is facilitated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Distance Education Certificate Program - a nationally recognized leader in instructional design for e-learning environments. By arrangement with the Wabash Center they will offer an 8 week online class for seminary faculty to learn about and experience effective practices for teaching online. For detail see: 2010 Online Course. 
Please contact Thomas Pearson with questions:
6/4 Symposium on Everett Ferguson
Everett Ferguson’s Baptism in the Early Church offers an exhaustive survey of the literary and material evidence for baptismal practice in the first five centuries of Christian history. This symposium, hosted by the Christian Scholars’ Conference, brings together leading scholars to engage this magisterial work and to honor its author’s contribution to ecumenical theological scholarship. 
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6/6-6/12 Nida School for Translation Studies (NSTS), University of Murcia Murcia, Spain
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6/14-6/16 The Society of Asian Biblical Studies (SABS) will hold its next meeting at the Divinity School, Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong. For further information, please or contact Monica Melanchthon or Tat -siong Benny Liew . SABS seeks to bring together scholars interested in and committed to Biblical Studies in various contexts of Asia/Oceania, including those in diaspora. 
Call for Papers- deadline is December 30, 2009
6/14 - 6/15 Re-Writing the Bible: Devotion, Diatribe and Dialogue
University of Glasgow. Keynote panellists include Michael Schmidt, Michael Symmons-Roberts, Kei Miller, Sara Maitland and Michelene Wandor
Please send abstracts (approx. 200 words) to, by no later than19th April 2010. More information
July 2010
7/05-7/07 Astrology in the Ancient Near East
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Twenty Ninth International Conference on the theme of Astrology in the Ancient Near East, with a special focus on the use of the Zodiac in the Syro-Mesopotamian arts, to held at the University of Oxford. 

If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: 
ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. ++1865-514041. Fax ++1865-516824. Email: 
7/08-7/09 Zoroastrians
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirtieth Ninth International Conference on the theme of The Zoroastrians, to held at the University of Oxford, 08-10 July 2010.
The conference aims to study Zoroastrian religion and culture, and it will start on Thursday 08 July at 9am, finishing on Saturday 10 July at 1pm. Each speaker's paper is limited to 30 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. 
If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address: 
ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. ++1865-514041. Fax ++1865-516824. Email: 
7/08-7/10 Themes in Biblical Narrative: The Day of Atonement – International Conference at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany. Organizers: Thomas Hieke (Mainz), Tobias Nicklas (Regensburg). 
See web page for more information.
7/25- 7/29 SBL International Meeting, Tartu, Estonia 
SBL will be meeting in conjunction with the European Association of Biblical Studies
7/25-7/29 Judaism in the Mediterranean Context 
Ninth European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS) Congress
Ravenna, Italy 
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7/26-7/28 Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LVIV The book of Joshua and the land of Israel
University of Leuven - Belgium 
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Indonesian Biblical Scholars Meeting in Jakarta
The theme is The Development of the Wisdom's Tradition in the Bible. 
For more information e-mail Yonky Karman

7/29-7/31 The 14th Congress of International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS) will be held in Helsinki, Finland together with the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT)1-6 August 2010). 
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August 2010
8/1-8/6 The 20th Congress of IOSOT (International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament)will be held in Helsinki, Finland.
There will be 15 main speakers and two panel sessions. Call for papers 
Joint Congresses are International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS) 29-31 July, International Organization for Masoretic Studies (IOMS) on 2 August, International Organization for Qumran Studies (IOQS) 2-4 August and International Organization for Targumic Studies (IOTS) 4-6 August. 
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8/2 Twenty-Third Congress of the International Organization for Masoretic Studies (IOMS), which will be held in conjunction with the Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) in Helsinki.
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8/9 - 8/11 Who Do You Think You Are?
A Conference On Gender And The Transmission Of Identity In The Hebrew Bible And Dead Sea Scrolls
King's College London


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