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SBL e-Newsletter
May 9, 2011 e-newsletter

In this Issue

NEH Grant Announcement

SBL has been awarded an NEH grant for a new website that will showcase the work of SBL members and communicate the value that biblical scholars bring to the study of the Bible and to the humanities. More information >>

New SBL Regional Administration Policy Approved

In its October 2009 meeting, the Council of the Society of Biblical Literature voted to create a Task Force on Regions, and charged it with making recommendations to the Council on how to comply with mandated federal reporting and accounting regulations as they apply to SBL regions. In discussing the Task Force and its charge with the Committee of Regional Coordinators at the 2009 Annual Meeting, the question was phrased as follows: "What is the best way to foster biblical scholarship through regions within the parameters of newly enforced federal regulations?" This question operated as the principle by which the Task Force considered its work and made its recommendations.

The members of this task force were Jeannine Brown, Bradley Chance, Jeffrey Kuan, Diane Lipsett. John Strong chaired the Task Force. Staff members included Charlie Haws, Susan Madara, Kent Richards, and John Kutsko.

We are grateful to the Task Force and all who contributed to the careful and thoughtful work that went into the North American Regions Administration and Structure . This policy was approved by Council on 16 April 2011, after the final report of this Task Force's recommendations.

Center and Library for The Bible and Social Justice

The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice, located at the Stony Point Conference Center, Stony Point, NY, will open to the public October 21-23, 2011. The mission of the Center and Library is to bridge the existing gap between critical study of the Bible and faith-oriented groups working for social justice. The library, around which an educational program will be developed, consists of a first-class collection of books in biblical studies and related disciplines on the theme of Bible and Social Justice. An inaugural volume of essays by donors and supporters will be published in October by Wipf & Stock. For fuller information consult For book or cash donations, contact Norman Gottwald, Treasurer, 765 Hilldale Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94708,, 510-528-5512.


Annual Meetings

Win great prizes by reserving a hotel room through SBL
for the Annual Meeting

Reserving your hotel room for the Annual Meeting when you register for the conference saves the Society money. SBL receives free meeting space in hotels based on the number of hotel reservations our members make. To encourage you to reserve through SBL, we are offering incentive prizes this year. If you make a hotel reservation online when you register or by sending in the SBL registration and housing form, you may win one of five prizes:

  • a 4-night complimentary stay at the conference hotel of your choice during the meeting;
  • a $500 exhibit hall shopping spree;
  • 3 free Annual Meeting registrations.

The prize drawing will be held on October 24, 2011. Find a colleague (or a group of colleagues) to share a room with to help reduce your costs, and make your reservation now.

International Meetings

Don't forget to register today! Many more important and interesting events await you at the 2011 SBL International Meeting.

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Publications News

Online Books Project
The International Cooperation Initiative is pleased to announce that Gorgias Press has become the latest academic publisher to join the Online Books project.

Gorgias Press, founded in 2001, is an independent academic publisher of books and journals covering several areas related to religious studies, the world of ancient western Asia, classics, and Middle Eastern studies. Specific areas of their current specializations are studies in Ancient Near East, Arabic and Islam, Archaeology, Bible, Classics, Early Christianity, Judaism, Linguistics, Syriac, and Ugaritic. Additionally, Gorgias Press produces reprints of rare and hard-to-locate resources.

SBL expects to begin adding titles from Gorgias Press to the Online Books offerings in June.

Spring Sale Ongoing
Almost all new, recent, and backlist SBL and BJS titles are available to SBL members at a 30 percent discount during the spring sale.

Download the order form,
then mail, fax, or phone your order by May 31.

If you prefer to order at the SBL Store, make sure to use the promo code SPG2011 at checkout to receive your discount.


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Society Fund

As the academic year comes to a close remember those who have made a significant impact in your life and career. Honor a colleague or professor with a contribution to the Society Fund. Your contributions enable us to expand our programs for all who are committed to humanities scholarship, communication, and education. Honor someone today.


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May 2011
5/13- 5/15 SBL Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting
Eastern Washington University- Spokane Campus, Spokane, Washington
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5/16- 5/28 2011 Nida School for Translation Studies
Since 2007, the Nida Institute, the scholarly arm of the American Bible Society, has sponsored the Nida School of Translation Studies, which meets annually for two weeks at the San Pellegrino Institute, Misano Adriatico (Rimini), Italy. The School, following in the tradition of CETRA, advances translation studies research and training through an intimate study environment, Nida Professorships, focused lectures, tutorials, directed reading
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5/21- 6/3 Syria for Scholars
Join colleagues in Biblical Studies on a two-week tour of Syria. Rich in sites of importance for the study of the Hebrew Bible and early Christianity, highlights include: Damascus, an excursion to Baalbek in Lebanon, Ras Shamra (Ugarit), Crac des Chevaliers (the world’s best preserved Crusader castle), Apamea, Tel Mardikh (Ebla), Aleppo, Mari, Dura Europas, and Palmyra.
For a detailed itinerary and pricing information contact Steve McKenzie or visit (Academy International Travel). Login information: Group ID: Syria, Password: travel. You can register online to participate in the tour.
5/29- 5/31 The CSBS/SCÉB 2011 Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies/La société canadienne des études bibliques will be held at University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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5/31 Call for Papers Deadline
Adventist Society for Religious Studies

The 2011 meeting of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies will convene in San Francisco, California on November 17-19, 2011. The theme for the meeting is: “Gates and Walls: Inclusivity and Exclusivity and the People of God.” The Society invites proposals for brief scholarly papers which will be presented at the meeting. Priority will be given to those papers which discuss any aspect of what it means, in the Seventh-day Adventist context, to be “in” or “out” of the people of God; and/or how an individual may pass, or be blocked from passing, between the inside and outside.
Papers from all disciplines are elicited. The format allows for a 15-minute oral presentation with additional time for questions and discussion. A 200-word abstract should accompany the proposals. Proposals and abstracts should be submitted in WordPerfect or MS Word format to John Reeve at
For more information
June 2011
6/8- 6/12 AAUP Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education
The American Association of University Professors will meet at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
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6/19- 7/29 The Advanced Summer program for the Study of Jewish-Christian Encounters in the First Centuries CE,
is a 6 week English-language program, designed for advanced students (M.A., M.Div., M.A.R, Ph.D., etc.) in ancient Judaism and early Christianity from the United States and Europe. The program will provide English-speaking students with basic scholarly skills in the Hebrew language and in rabbinic literature and culture. It will expose them to current scholarship and to leading Israeli scholars in these fields, as well as to various archeological sites.
The studies will take place at the Tel Aviv University campus, located in the heart of Tel Aviv. Accommodations are available at the recently renovated on-campus housing.
Application deadline: March 15th, 2011
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6/20- 6/24 For God and Glory: The Religion of Sports
Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington offers a five-day learning experience that explores the long-standing and complex relationship between religion and sports. Speakers include Dr. Christopher Evans, Fr. Patrick Kelly, S.J., Professor Alon Raab, and Dr. Ian Werrett.
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6/20- 7/1 Colloquium on Material Culture and Ancient Religion (COMCAR)
The theme for this year's colloquium is, "Archaeology & Identity in Roman Achaia: Corinth, Athens, and Related Sites." The dozen specialists include the directors of excavations at Corinth, Isthmia, Kenchreai, and the Athenia agora. The colloquium is open to faculty with continuing appointments and to advanced doctoral students with teaching appointments. For itinerary, application form, costs, and other information, visit the COMCAR website
6/21- 6/24
Melanesian Association of Theological Schools (MATS) Inaugural Conference

The inaugural Melanesian Association of Theological Schools conference will be held at Pacific Adventist University from 21-24 June 2011.

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent by post, fax, or email (as Word attachments) to: Ms. Sandra Iga, Secretary - School of Theology, Pacific Adventist University, Private Mail Bag, Boroko NCD, Papua New Guinea. Tel: (675) 328 0324 Fax: (675) 328 1257 Email:

For more information about the conference and the meeting to reconstitute the association to be held on the last day of the conference see or contact Scott Charlesworth
6/23- 6/25 On Sea And Ocean: New Research In Phoenician Seafaring
In the absence of written records, the Phoenicians are seen through either the prism of Greek, Roman, and Biblical literature or their material remains as analyzed through archaeology. During the past decade, nautical archaeological aspirations have turned toward the presence and capabilities of the Phoenicians sailing the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean with the goal of creating a better understanding of their role in the ancient world.

The Marburg Center for the Ancient World, the Archäologisches Seminar at Phillips-Universität Marburg, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Unterwasserarchäologie (DEGUWA) invite papers for a symposium on current and new evidence of Phoenician seafaring. Papers in German, English, French, and Italian on Phoenician maritime endeavors-- and their Punic iterations-- are welcomed, particularly those concerning archaeological discovery and analysis as well as new avenues of theory and research. Accepted and presented papers will be published in a volume of the proceedings.

Abstracts of approximately 75 words should be submitted by 15 March 2011 to the organizers at
6/26- 6/30 Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash
The department of Philosophy, Political Theory and Religion (PPR) at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem is hosting this interdisciplinary conference. 2011. More information
6/26- 6/29 Sixth North American Syriac Symposium
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
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July 2011
7/1- 7/2 Empire, Migration and Oceanic Biblical Interpretation
A conference of the Oceania Biblical Studies Association (OBSA) to be held at Malua Theological College in Samoa. The deadline for all paper proposals is May 31st, 2011. For further information, please contact Dr Nasili Vaka’uta ( or send an email to
7/3-7/8 SBL International Meeting, London, England
7/4-7/8 57th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale
Rome, Italy
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7/7-7/9 The Bible in the Seventeenth Century: The Authorised Version Quatercentenary (1611-2011)
Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies: University of York

Speakers Include: Sharon Achinstein, Hugh Adlington, David Appleby, Gordon Campbell, Elizabeth Clark, Karen Edwards, Lori Anne Ferrell, Christopher Haigh, Paul Hammond, Hannibal Hamlin, Tom Healy, Mark Knights, Peter Lake, Barbara Lewalski, Erica Longfellow, Judth Maltby, Scott Mandelbrote, Peter Marshall, Peter McCullough, Nick McDowell, David Norton, Roger Pooley, Joad Raymond, Anne Prescott, Jane Shaw, Jonathan Sheehan, Alison Shell, Yvonne Sherwood, Deborah Shuger, Nigel Smith, Peter Stallybrass, Alex Walsham, Helen Wilcox, Susan Wiseman, Blair Worden, Stephen Zwicker More information
7/9 2nd Derby Symposium on Social Scientific and Cultural Studies Approaches in Biblical Studies
University of Derby, UK.
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7/11-7/13 Who do you think you are?
Gender and the transmission of identity in the Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and other related literature

Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture presents a three-day conference on the Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and other related literature (Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, rabbinic writings, and other post-biblical literature), to be held at the Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE from Monday 11 July to Wednesday 13 July 2011. Main speakers will include Professor Ida Fröhlich, Dr Susanne Scholz, Dr Deborah Rooke. Deadline 10 June 2011.
Queries? Contact
Registration details and programme listed under ‘Centre for Christianity and Culture’ and then ‘Conferences’.
7/11-7/13 Religion in the Persian Period: Emerging Judaisms and Other Trends"
A conference at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield. Papers that explore some aspect of religion within any area of the Persian empire are welcome.
. See PDF for more information.
7/13- 7/14 Foundations for the Future:
Learning and teaching conference organised by the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies (PRS). Keynote speaker: Baroness Mary Warnock
A reminder that we are keen to receive proposals for this conference from anyone with an interest in learning and teaching in our disciplines (philosophy, theology, religious studies, history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine, and biblical studies). Bursaries of up to £100 will be available to assist with speaker expenses in attending.
Details about the conference and information about how to submit your proposal are available from the conference webpage:
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7/18-7/21 Summer SOTS Meeting
The Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS) will meet at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford. The meeting includes a joint day with the British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS)
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7/20 – 7/23 Built on Rock or Sand? Q Studies – Retrospects, Introspects and Prospects
The Department of Catholic Theology at the University of Graz (Austria) will host an international conference in July 2011 on the current state and future directions of Q studies. Speakers include John S. Kloppenborg, Harry T. Fleddermann, Christopher Tuckett, Joseph Verheyden, Clare K. Rothschild and Paul Foster. Queries? Contact
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7/26-7/28 Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LX International Biblical Conference
Topic: The Apocryphal Gospels within the Context of Early Christian Theology, Venue: KU Leuven, Faculty of Theology
Proposals for offered papers should be submitted to the president before April 1, 2011
President: Prof. Dr. Jens Schroeter (HU Berlin): ; Secretary CBL: Prof. Dr. Joseph Verheyden (KU Leuven): For more information please contact the secretary or check the CBL conference webpage at
August 2011
8/2- 8/6 Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
The 66th General Meeting of Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS) will take place at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
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8/8- 8/11 The Annual Meeting of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS)
The Annual Meeting will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece
February 15 is the final date to submit paper proposals
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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
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9/5- 9/9 8th International Congress of Hittitology
The Congress will take place in Warsaw, Poland at the University of Warsaw.
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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.
9/19- 9/22 In Search of Well-Being: Perspectives on Health and ReligiousTraditions
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).

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