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Buenos Aires, Argentina
July 20-24
San Diego, CA
November 22-25
Gale Yee will be awarded the 2015 Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies by the Graduate Theological Foundation.
Yee has served SBL in many volunteer positions including Council, Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee,general editor of Semeia Studies and the Annual Meeting Steering Committee.
She is currently a member of the SBL Research and Publications Committee and on the editorial board of the Ancient Israel and its Literature series.

Bible Odyssey Website has gone live to the general public! Visit us and share this link: Thanks to all members who contributed or gave us constructive feedback.

Robert M. Grant (1917-2014)

The Christian Science Monitor has published a timely op-ed article on SBL’s Qur’an Society initiative. See article here.

The Society of Biblical Literature has received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to explore the formation of an independent network of Qur’anic scholars, called the Society for Qur’anic Studies. Read the announcement here.

Also covered in:
Across Religions, Persistent Battles Over What the Faithful May Read
New York Times

For Koranic Studies, a Scholarly Society Is Born
Chronicle of Higher Education

A Big Tent Society
Inside Higher Ed

Bible scholars back more critical studies of Qur’an
Christian Century

Back to school with the Bible….and the Qur’an
Washington Post

Bible Odyssey Project News

Undergraduate/Graduate Level

Community Colleges and Biblical Studies by Geth Allison

Syllabi Collection for Teaching the Bible

New Teaching Initiative
Syllabus, a new peer-refereed journal,
intends to provide an outlet for recognition and support to faculty who excel in teaching. It will publish original course syllabi, essays, and shorter “tool box” entries. All are subjected to blind peer review.

Research Tools
Secondary Education

SBL member and SMU faculty member Mark Chancey has completed a study of Bible courses in Texas public high schools for the Texas Freedom Network. In 2007 the Texas legislature passed a bill that required public high schools to include some treatment of the Bible and its influence in their courses. This thorough study reveals the pressing problems related to teacher training, curricular development, and religious bias. You can read the full or abridged report here. 

Bible Electives in Public Schools: A Guide can now be viewed on-line (8.55MB) or print copies ordered by e-mailing Moira Bucciarelli. Mac users will need to view the pdf in Acrobat Reader, not Preview.

The Bible in Public Schools Initiative


The AAUP recently released its Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession. Note especially a supplemental data report entitled The Employment Status of Instructional Staff Members in Higher Education, Fall 2011, which compiles fall 2011 IPEDS data on employment status and provides breakouts by institutional categories, gender, and race or ethnicity. This report adds to the 2010 CAW survey in efforts to develop comprehensive national data on working conditions, careers, and compensation of academics in contingent appointments.

Job market stabilizes but with changes to public institution programs
We are pleased to announce the release of our second Jobs Report, tracking employment listing data in biblical, religious, and theological studies from 2011 through 2012. This report adds to the report released in November 2012 on data from 2001 through 2010. While the findings may not be predictive, we hope that you will find them instructive. We will continue to build and report on such data that are important for SBL members in many ways.

View a summary and the key findings of the report, as well as the full report here:
Job Advertisement Data 2011-2012

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To have the best mix of career resources we need to know you better-- There are many reasons why this is important. 
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Ancient Near East Monographs
SBL is the publisher of The Forgotten Kingdom (2013), the English edition of Israel Finkelstein’s Le royaume biblique oublié, winner of Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres’ “Prix Delalande-Guérineau.” The online, open access English edition can be downloaded from the website or purchased in print from the SBL store in paperback or hardcover. To learn more about this series, click here.

A User’s Guide to the Nestle-Aland 28 Greek New Testament
This guide, prepared by David Trobisch, introduces the complex new edition of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece 28th edition, explaining its structure, the text-critical apparatus and appendices, and the innovations of the new edition. Available in paperback or hardcover editions. 

See the current issue of Teaching the Bible, an SBL e-newsletter for high school teachers.

The SBL Interviews page has an audio interview with Ramsay MacMullen.

The 2013 Society Report is now available
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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.

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