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August 23, 2011 e-newsletter

Annual Call for Nominations to SBL Leadership Positions

SBL Members are encouraged and invited to submit nominations to fill open positions on SBL committees and boards. Please follow this link for instructions.


Early Bird Registration rate ends August 31
Register now for the Annual Meeting in San Francisco! Registration rates will rise on September 1. You will save $25 on Member registration and $20 on Student registration if you register in August.

Sign-up for these workshops!
SBL's Publishing Workshop: When you register for the Annual Meeting, sign-up for this workshop, which introduces the twin pillars of the academic career. First, it surveys the essentials of academic publishing by exploring the basic elements of a book contract, copyright law, and responsibilities of an author and a publisher. Second, the workshop evaluates the characteristics of typical scholarly writing and shows how writing well can enhance your odds of being heard in the white noise of academia. Anyone wanting to learn more about writing, editing, and publishing will find this workshop useful. The fee includes the four-hour workshop, course materials, and a copy of the SBL Handbook of Style.

Wabash Center's Designing an Introductory Course Syllabus Workshop: Advance registration limited to 60 SBL and AAR graduate students and faculty in their first years of teaching – register online at 21500. This workshop will examine the introductory course in its multiplicity through the common element of all courses: the syllabus. The syllabus will allow us to ask a variety of questions about contextual demands of institution, guild, departmental, and personal goals. Participants will be required to bring a syllabus from an introductory course they are currently teaching or TA-ing (or from an introductory course they would like to teach).

Local Opportunity in San Francisco at the Annual Meeting
If you're looking for something both academic and effervescent, consider delving into ancient Near Eastern history through an ancient brew project. This article explores the work of the University of Pennsylvania's "Beer Archaeologist," Dr. Patrick McGovern, which involves research into ancient fermented beverages and their relation to agriculture, medicine, and trade routes. Only 2.3 miles from the Moscone Center, the Anchor Steam Brewery offers its own brew project, Ninkasi, brewed from a hymn to the beer goddess using Sumerian techniques.

Membership and Subscriptions

Optional Profile 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. The August 2011 winners are:

Andrew Welch
Valerie Nicolet Anderson

As our privacy policy indicates, we will never divulge information from your profile 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 number 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!

The Review of Biblical Literature (RBL), founded by the Society of Biblical Literature, presents reviews of books in biblical studies and related fields. Appearing in digital form and in print, RBL is comprehensive, international, and timely.

  • Comprehensive: RBL includes reviews of various topical studies, multi-author volumes, reference works, commentaries, dictionaries, bible translations, software, and other resources for the classroom and research. Multiple and contrasting reviews are often presented. The material reviewed and our reviewers come from varied academic, social, and religious perspectives.
  • International: RBL provides a forum for international scholarly exchange and cutting edge innovations with reviews of German, French, Italian, and English books as well as reviews in those languages. Our editorial board includes members from across the globe.
  • Timely: RBL produces reviews of the most recent titles in biblical studies.

In order to receive the printed annual of the Review of Biblical Literature for 2011 your subscription and payment needs to be received by October 1, 2011. The subscription form can be found at: .

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ACLS Fellowship News

The 2011-12 ACLS fellowship competitions are now open. You will find the most updated and comprehensive information on the ACLS website: As in previous years, the majority of competition deadlines are in the early fall.

ACLS awarded nearly $15 million in research support to over 350 scholars worldwide during the past year. Fellows' profiles, along with research abstracts, are accessible at:


See full job listings


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August 2011
8/23- 8/25 From Ancient Manuscripts to the Digital Era. Readings and Literacies
This international conference, held at the University of Lausanne (CH), seeks to demonstrate the major impact of the Digital Era on knowledge, by studying the history of cultural technologies. The present evolution of the Ancient manuscript allows one to detect this turning-point, notably with the digital editions of Homer and the New Testament. The notions of authorship and critical edition are questionned : modern history and contemporary analysis have to be enrooted in ancient memory to reflect upon the digital turn. A public evening will conclude the conference on the 25th August. Org. Claire Clivaz (IRSB, Lausanne).More information
September 2011
9/1 Call for Papers Deadline
Creation, Conflict and Cosmos: A Conference on Romans 5- 8 in celebration of Princeton Theological Seminary's Bicentennial. Presentations will be offered by an outstanding group of international scholars, including:

John M.G. Barclay, Durham University
Martinus C. de Boer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Susan Grove Eastman, Duke University Divinity School
Neil Elliott, Fortress Press
Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Princeton Theological Seminary
J. Louis Martyn, Union Theological Seminary (emeritus)
Ben Myers, Charles Sturt University School of Theology, Sydney
Stephen Westerholm, McMaster University
Philip G. Ziegler, King’s College, University of Aberdeen

Short papers will be read in simultaneous sessions. To offer a paper, submit a 200-word abstract by September 1, 2011 to
More information.
9/1- 9/3 British New Testament Society
University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG1 4FQ, United Kingdom
More information
9/5- 9/9 8th International Congress of Hittitology
The Congress will take place in Warsaw, Poland at the University of Warsaw.
More information
9/6- 9/9 Annual Meeting of the New Testament Society of South Africa
The NTSSA will meet at the University of North West in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
For further information, please visit our webpage.
9/12- 9/14 Re-interpreting Hellenistic Judaism in the Nineteenth through Twenty-First Centuries
Institute for Culture and History, University of Amsterdam & the Centre for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, Trinity College Dublin will host a colloquium in Amsterdam that will focus on the modern reception of Hellenistic Judaism in terms ofwho, what, why, when and where, by specifically concentrating on the works of Josephus, Philo and Maccabees, but simultaneously opening up their reception to include special books, art and music. More information
9/19- 9/22 In Search of Well-Being: Perspectives on Health and Religious Traditions
University of South Africa, Pretoria, RSA
Presentations are invited on the following areas:
• New Testament and early Christian perspectives on healing and well-being
• Religious traditions and human well-being: towards salvation or damnation
• Well-being and health in an age of the HIV/AIDS pandemic
• Collective well-being and quality of life: globalisation and ecology
• Cross disciplinary and cross-cultural explorations of well-being
• Individuals, societies and environment: faith and the pursuit of well-being
• How do we define well-being in the 21st century?
• Is well-being the new religion of the 21st century?

Please submit abstracts of appr. 200 words via e-mail attachment to Prof Pieter F.Craffert ( and/or Prof. Pieter J.J. Botha ( April 30, 2011.

For more information please contact Prof. Pieter Craffert (tel.: +27 12 429 4062 /+27 83 324 4485) or Prof. Pieter Botha (tel. +27 12 429 4062 or +27 12 803 0933).
9/21- 9/22 Emerging Normativities: Examining the Formation of Proto-Orthodox Christianities and Rabbinic Judaisms 200-800 CE
St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The confirmed plenary speakers are Daniel Boyarin (UC Berkeley) and Anders Runesson (McMaster University).
For more information (PDF) about the conference
9/30- 10/1 “Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation”
 A “multiple views” symposium on how to read the creation narratives of Genesis 1 and 2, taking place at the Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, TN.

Principal speakers are
(1) Prof. John Walton of Wheaton College/Wheaton Graduate School (“cosmic temple” approach);
(2) Prof. Tremper Longman III of Westmont College (theistic evolution);
(3) Prof. Richard Averbeck of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (“literary/intertextual” approach);
(4) Prof. C. John Collins of Covenant Theological Seminary (“analogical days” approach); and
(5) Prof. Todd Beall of Capital Bible Seminary (literal/”recent creationist” approach).

More information
October 2011
10/31 Workshop Call for Papers Deadline
The Program in Judaic Studies in collaboration with the Brown University Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship is pleased to announce plans for a two-day workshop devoted to investigating the ways in which the digital humanities has or can change the study of religion in antiquity. The workshop will take place on February 13-14, 2012, at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

We invite proposals for papers and presentations that explore the intersection of ancient religion and the digital humanities. We are particularly interested in presentations of projects that have the potential to open up new questions and avenues of research. Can digital tools not only allow us to do our work faster and more thoroughly but also enable entirely new kinds of research? How might different digital data (e.g., textual, geographic, and material culture) be used together most productively? The workshop will concentrate primarily on research rather than directly on pedagogy or scholarly communication. One session will be devoted to “nuts and bolts” issues of funding and starting a digital project.

The focus of the workshop will be on the religions of West Asia and the Mediterranean basin through the early Islamic period. Proposals relating to other regions, however, will also be considered.

More and updated information 

Please submit proposals of up to 300 words by October 31, 2011, to Michael Satlow  

10/31 Call for Papers
Prophecy and Politics in Ancient Israel and in Ancient Cultures
The Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa is holding an international conference May 28- 31 2012. The intention of the conference is to examine the biblical prophets and prophecy in ancient cultures in general—within the geographical compass of Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Levant—from the beginnings of writing until the first century CE. The focus will be on the attitudes of ancient writers and readers to political-historical events.

A one day excursion is planned: In the footsteps of Elijah, Elisha and the necromancer of En-Dor. We would like to interest you in this conference, and we invite you to propose a lecture. Please let us know of your interest by 31 October 2011, by E-mail or regular mail.

Please reply through one of the following addresses:

Prof. Dr. Gershon Galil, Department of Biblical Studies, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel

Dr. Dan'el Kahn, Department of Biblical Studies, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel

Dr. Ilan Abecassis, Department of Biblical Studies,University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel

Dr. Shirly Natan-Yulzary, Department of Biblical Studies,University of Haifa and Beit-Berl College, Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905; Beit Berl, 44905 , Israel

November 2011
11/11 Shakespeare & the Bible
a symposium on the 1611 Bible at Rhodes College, Memphis TN. Invited speakers include Robert Alter, Brian Cummings, Hannibal Hamlin, and Naomi Tadmor.
More information
11/16- 11/19 ASOR Annual Meeting
The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) will hold their Annual Meeting at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA
More information
11/17- 11/19

Adventist Society for Religious Studies
The 2011 meeting will convene in San Francisco, California. The theme for the meeting is: “Gates and Walls: Inclusivity and Exclusivity and the People of God.” 
more information

11/18- 11/22 SBL Annual Meeting,
The SBL Annual Meeting will be held in San Francisco, California.
More information
December 2011

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