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May 15, 2013 e-newsletter
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Achtemeier Award 2013 Announced

We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship has been awarded to Joshua W. Jipp, Assistant Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His paper is entitled, “Christ the King as Living Law: Paul’s the ‘Law of Christ’ and Ancient Kingship Discourse.”
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International Meeting

Don't forget to register today for the 2013 International Meeting in St. Andrews! You can now pre-order books, with this form, in order to save on shipping by picking them up in St Andrews. Information about the meeting, program highlights, and the online program can be found on the International Meeting homepage.

Annual Meetings: Hotel Reservation Scam Warning

We would like to make you aware of a situation that has been brought to our attention. There is a company Convention Housing Services, who has been contacting our exhibitors and attendees to assist with hotel reservations. They are disguising themselves as the AAR & SBL Housing Bureau. They are claiming they can get better rates, that rooms are limited or other sales pitch methods. They are NOT the official housing bureau and are NOT affiliated with the SBL Annual Meeting.

If you receive a call from this company claiming to represent the SBL, be aware that this may be a scam and DO NOT MAKE THE RESERVATION.
Convention Housing Services is NOT affiliated with SBL in any capacity.

The SBL Annual Meeting official Housing Bureau is the Visit Baltimore Housing Services. The Visit Baltimore Housing Services will book rooms at the hotels within the block with previously negotiated rates in which AAR & SBL have contracted years in advance. The Housing Bureau will never contact you via the phone and solicit your business. They will contact you via phone if you contact them and ask them to return your call.

If you have already made hotel reservations through Convention Expo Travel, SBL is unable to guarantee the validity of the reservation. If you would like to cancel your reservations, please contact the hotel directly. Additionally, contact your credit card company and tell them NOT to pay the 20% penalty if it is put through by Convention Housing Services.

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

International Cooperation Initiative

Welcome Fortress Press!
SBL is pleased to announce that Fortress Press has become the most recent partner in our Online Books project. Fortress will be providing access to John J. Collins' Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (2004), which is a much needed resource for students and scholars in ICI countries. We look forward to posting this book to the depository this month, and anticipate other titles from Fortress in the future.

The ICI Member Handbook has been posted to the ICI web page or you may link here.

New publication in International Voices in Biblical Studies:

Women at Work in the Deuteronomistic History
Mercedes L. García Bachmann

The Deuteronomistic History includes a host of workers who harvest and glean, fetch water and cook, spin and weave, heal the sick and much more. The mostly anonymous women who performed this work for others are sometimes mentioned only in a single verse. Consequently, they often are as unrecognized in modern scholarship as they seem in the biblical text. To help readers appreciate the place that these workers played in their ancient socio-economic and literary contexts, this work examines the key texts in the Deuteronomistic History that mention women in service occupations: slaves and dependents, cooks, wet nurses, childcare givers, prostitutes, and scribes. In the process, readers will discover, perhaps surprisingly, that these women were honored not in relation to matters such as sexual purity or marital faithfulness but on account of the valuable service that they provided.

Mercedes L. García Bachmann is Professor of Old Testament at the Instituto Universitario ISEDET in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the author of numerous articles and co-editor of Puntos de encuentro (ISEDET).

Download this open-access book or purchase a print copy through the SBL online bookstore.

The following books were added to the Online Book depository in April:

Fuller Dow, Lois K. Images of Zion: Biblical Antecedents for the New Jerusalem. New Testament Monographs 26. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010.

Goulder, Michael. Five Stones and a Sling: Memoirs of a Biblical Scholar. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009.

Kloppenborg, John S. and Judith H. Newman, eds. Editing the Bible: Assessing the Task Past and Present. Resources for the Biblical Study, number 69. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012.

MacDonald, Dennis R., Two Shipwrecked Gospels: The Logoi of Jesus and Papias’s Exposition of Logia about the Lord. Early Christianity and Its Literature, number 8. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012.

Olyan, Saul M., editor. Social Theory and the Study of Israelite Religion: Essays in Retrospect and Prospect. Resources for Biblical Study, number 71. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012.

ICI at the SBL International Meeting:
An informal ICI session to exchange ideas and provide feedback will be held at the SBL International Meeting, July 8, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Meeting Room 10 - MBS (17). Please notify Ehud Ben Zvi if you plan to participate.

Career Development

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Students—stay tuned for updates about student-focused planning at the Annual Meeting, including new plans for the student members reception!

After a great workshop on understanding and managing the hiring process, the Career Development Committee is putting together a session on the state of the academic job market and alternative academic careers. Stay tuned as plans develop!

Directors of Graduate Studies—You are an important liaison between your department and university administration. You advocate for the needs of the graduate program and its students and help establish academic priorities and allocate resources for students. What information do you need to do your job? What can the Society do for you? Contact Charlie Haws, Associate Director of Programs, at if you have feedback. We hope to have a conversation at the Annual Meeting in November.

Membership and Subscriptions

Address Change
We have dropped the use of our post office box. Please send all mailings for SBL directly to Society of Biblical Literature, The Luce Center, 825 Houston Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30329 . Please be sure to use the most recent membership and subscription form.

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 May 2013 winners are:

Edwin Yamauchi
Ronald W. Jones

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 Journal of Biblical Literature is the flagship journal of the field. It is published quarterly and includes scholarly articles and critical notes by members of the Society. Essential reading for over a century, it is now available online and in print.

In order to receive the printed issue 132:2 of the Journal of Biblical Literature your subscription and payment must be received no later than May 16, 2013. The subscription form can be found at: .
You may fax or email your form to the office. Our Fax number is 404-727-2419 or you may email the form to If you prefer, you may renew your subscription online, by logging into the website at and following the directions. You may also of course mail your subscription form to us at 825 Houston Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30329 for later issue subscriptions.

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.In order to receive the printed annual of the Review of Biblical Literature for 2013 your subscription and payment needs to be received by October 15, 2013. The subscription form can be found at: .
You can print the form, fill it out and mail it with your payment or payment information to 825 Houston Mill Road, Atlanta , GA 30329. Or, you can fax it to 404-727-2419. If you prefer you can renew your subscription online by logging into the website at and following the directions.

Special subscription rates to JBL and RBL are available to institutions in ICI countries. Download the ICI order form here.


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May 2013
5/16- 5/19 The Association of Ancient Historians (AAH) Annual Meeting
The 2013 meeting of the AAH will be hosted by The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
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5/23 Call for Papers Deadline
Producing Christian Culture: Gospel Text and Gospel Commentary in Medieval Perspective
A conference organised under the aegis of the Catholic Studies Centre, Durham Univeristy, the IMRS and Loyola University, and in association with Bedes's World, De Paul University, the Bible Society.Held in conjunction with the exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels during the summer of 2013:4th—6th July 2013
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5/30- 6/2 St. Ambrose Conference on Bible and Justice
St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa will bring together scholars, clergy, and students from around the world to explore how the ancient texts of the Bible might address a variety of modern justice concerns, with a focus on gender, empire, poverty, and the environment. Along with our keynote speakers, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Richard Horsley, Elsa Tamez, and David Horrell, this conference will work to consider the relevance of the Bible to modern justice issues, while promoting bridges between biblical studies and various endeavors for a just world. A call for abstracts is now open for both professional and undergraduate sessions. For more information, please visit the conference website at: 
June 2013
6/7 Melanesian Association of Theological Schools CFP Deadline
The biennial conference of the Melanesian Association of Theological Schools to be held at the Kefamo Conference Centre, Goroka, 25-28 June 2013. Papers will be accepted in four broad areas of theological enquiry—Old Testament, New Testament, theology (systematic and historical), and applied theology (ministry, ethics, missiology).
Persons who hold or are currently undertaking a postgraduate degree in a theology-related field are invited to present 30 minute papers which will be followed by five minutes of questions from the audience.
Abstracts of 250 words should be sent by post, fax, or email (as Word attachments) to:
Dr. Scott Charlesworth
School of Theology
Pacific Adventist University
Private Mail Bag
Boroko NCD
Papua New Guinea
(675) 328 0200 / 328 0305 [Tel.]
(675) 328 1257 [Fax]
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6/12- 6/16 AAUP's Conference on the State of Higher Education
The American Association of University Professors' (AAUP) Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education and annual business meeting will be held in Washington DC.
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July 2013
7/1-7/5 The Metaphorical Use of Language in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature
International Society for the Study of Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature (ICDCL 2013)
Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Haus, Ziegelstr. 30,10117 Berlin, Germany
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7/4- 7/6 Peter in Earliest Christianity
A conference sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins, University of Edinburgh (immediately before the SBL International Meeting in St. Andrews). Speakers include: Timothy Barnes, Markus Bockmuehl, Sean Freyne, Larry Hurtado, Peter Lampe, Tobias Nicklas, and Margaret Williams. Topics include: the historical Peter, Peter in Galilean and Roman archaeology, and Peter in the first three Christian centuries. Offers of short papers (20 minutes) may be submitted to Dr. Helen Bond before March 15, 2013. Registration opens October 1, 2012. Registration fee, which covers conference fee, coffee breaks, and Friday lunch, is £40 before April 15, 2013, and £50 after April 15, 2013 (and £35 for students any time). There will also be a conference dinner Friday evening, for which the fee is £25 payable at registration.
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7/7- 7/11 SBL International Meeting
Held in St. Andrews, Scotland
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7/15- 7/17 Christian Contribution to the Arab Renaissance during the Second Millennium
The ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirty Seventh International Conference on Christian Contribution to the Arab Renaissance during the Second Millennium, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, 15-17 July 2013.The conference will start on Monday 15th July at 9am, finishing on Wednesday 17th July at 6pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion.
All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review.
If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact the Aram Society, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. 01865-514041 Fax. 01865-516824.
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7/16- 7/18 Paul’s Graeco-Roman Context
The Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense is an annual international conference on Biblical Studies jointly organised by the theological faculties of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Université Catholique de Louvain. The meetings take place in the Faculty of Theology at the KU Leuven and are alternately dedicated to a topic in Old and in New Testament Studies.
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7/22-7/25 SOTS Summer Meeting
The Summer Meeting of the Society for Old Testament Study will be held at Bangor University, Bangor.
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7/23-7/27 Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
The annual meeting of the Society for New Testament Studies, the peak international body for New Testament scholarship and research, will be held in Perth, Western Australia, at Murdoch University.
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7/29–7/31 The Decapolis: History and Archaeology
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirty Fiftth International Conference on the theme of The Decapolis: History and Archaeology, to be held at Oxford University. The conference aims to study the movement of nomads and their settlements in the Syrian Orient; and it will pay a special attention to the migration of Arab nomads from the Arabian Peninsula to the Fertile Crescent in the pre-Islamic period.

The conference will start on Monday July 29th at 9am, finishing on Thursday, July 31st at 6pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 30 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. 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. 01865-514041 Fax. 01865-516824. Email ARAM
7/30-8/2 EABS Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting of the European Association of Biblical Studies
Hosted by The University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
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August 2013
8/4–8/9 International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT)
The 21st Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) will take place at the University of Munich, Germany. As usual it will be joint with the Congresses of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS, 1.-3. of August), of the International Organization for Qumran Studies (IOQS), the International Organziation for Masoretic Studies (IOMS), the International Organization for Targum Studies (IOTS) and the International Syriac Language Project (ISLP).
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8/29-8/31 British New Testament Society
2013 conference will be held at the University of St. Andrews. Details forthcoming.
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September 2013
9/3-9/6 EASR Annual Conference
The 12th EASR Annual Conference will be hosted by the Bristish Association for the Study of Religions at Liverpool Hope University, 3-6 September 2013.
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October 2013
November 2013
11/23- 11/26 SBL Annual Meeting
The SBL Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of biblical scholars in the world. Each meeting showcases the latest in biblical research, fosters collegial contacts, advances research, and focuses on issues of the profession. The Annual Meeting will be held in Baltimore, Maryland
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December 2013
January 2014
1/2-1/5 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America
LSA’s 2014 Annual Meeting will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1/2- 1/5 AIA and APA Joint Annual Meeting
The Joint Annual Meeting (AM) of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the American Philological Association (APA) will be held in Chicago, IL at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel. The academic program will begin on January 3.
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