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Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize 2014
The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem has announced the 2014 winner: Josephine A. Verduci, a Ph.D. candidate in the Classics and Archaeology Department in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her paper, "A Feather in Your Cap: Symbols of Philistine Warrior Status," was presented in November 2013 at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Baltimore.

SBL Releases New Font: BibLit

This font contains Latin, Greek, and Hebrew characters, including the characters suitable for the transliteration of Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean languages. When combined with appropriate software keyboards, SBL BibLit allows for the use of one font for all biblical languages.

2013 News

We are pleased to announce that the 2013 SBL Travel Grant recipients:
Shira Leibowitz Schmidt – Michlalah College - Jerusalem, Israel; Nicholas Al-Jeloo – University of Sydney, Australia; Fatima Tofighi – University of Glasgow, Iran; Ivor Poobalan – Colombo Theological Seminary, Sri Lanka
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We are pleased to announce that the 2013 David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship has been awarded to Jeremy M. Hutton (University of Wisconsin – Madison). His paper is entitled, “Upon the Roof of the Temple: Reconstructing Ancient Levantine Small-Scale Altar Usage.”
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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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SBL Author Awarded Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies
The Graduate Theological Foundation awarded Professor Christo Lombaard of the University of South Africa the prestigious Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies on May 3 in recognition of his book, The Old Testament and Christian Spirituality: Theoretical and Practical Essays from a South African Perspective, recently published by the Society of Biblical Literature as part of its series "International Voices in Biblical Studies." Named in honor of the world-renowned New Testament scholar and Dean of Harvard Divinity School, the late Rt. Rev. Dr. Krister Stendahl, the Medal is reserved for those outstanding scholars who have made a significant contribution to the field of Biblical Studies.

Sometimes It Is Whom You Know
by Rob Jenkins
From The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1, 2013

More Countries Are Asking Whether They Produce Too Many Ph.D.'s, by Geoff Maslen, The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 10, 2013

SBL/AAR Joint Labor PolicyTask Force
The SBL and the AAR continue tocollaborate, with very productive results, to develop an Annual Meeting labor policy.The JLPTF met on 16 January 2013 and approvedthe following minutes from its 18 November 2012 meeting. Progress continues and more will be reported as work proceeds.

The SBL and Brill End Their 2002 Co-Publication Agreement
Since 2002, the Society of Biblical Literature and Brill Academic Publishers have maintained a co-publication agreement under the terms of which SBL published its titles in paperback and Brill simultaneously published them in hardcover. Beginning in 2005, we expanded our cooperation, and SBL began publishing paperback editions of a limited number of Brill titles, with the result that now over fifty original Brill cloth editions are available in paperback directly from SBL.

This relationship has served both organizations well over the past eleven years, but it is now time to move in a new direction that more properly reflects the publishing goals of each organization, not to mention the growth experienced by SBL Publications as a whole. Therefore, by mutual consent, SBL and Brill have terminated the original (2002) co-publication agreement, effective 1 January 2013. Although Brill will no longer publish hardcover editions of new SBL titles, they will continue selling any titles already published through 31 December 2013. After that time, works originally included as part of the co-publication agreement will be available only from SBL. Hardcover editions, particularly for the library and institutional markets, will once again be part of the SBL publication program, alongside paperback and digital editions.

SBL’s paperback publication of a limited number of Brill titles each year is not affected by the termination of the original co-publication agreement. All titles that SBL has already published in paperback will remain available from the Society, and we plan to add at least ten new Brill titles each year.

As members may know, SBL is a member of the American Association of University Presses and enjoys an enviable place in academic publishing. The success of the SBL program is directly associated with the hard work of our authors and editors. That success is also a result of our colleagues at E. J. Brill. We want to express our gratitude for the quality of their publishing and the contribution they have made to SBL by exposing more of our work to the institutional market.

SBL has released a Jobs Report, tracking employment listing data in biblical, religious, and theological studies from 2001 through 2010.

2012 News
Important notice regarding the 2012 Annual Meetings Employment Center

The 2012 Society Report has been posted.

Frank Moore Cross, Jr. (1921-2012) 1974 SBL President
SBL members have alerted each other of the sad news that Frank Moore Cross has died.   His legacy and contribution to biblical studies is profound, and we extend our condolences to his family, friends, students, and colleagues.
Hershel Shanks honors Frank Moore Cross in an article published this week by Biblical Archaeology Review, reproduced here with permission.

A tribute to Frank Cross, written by Jonathan Rosenbaum,is available on the ASOR Blog


Walter Harrelson 1919-2012, 1972 SBL President
 Renowned Vanderbilt Old Testament scholar dies: a tribute in the Vanderbilt News by Ann Marie Deer Owens
Obituary in The Tennessean
A Remembrance By Kerry M. King for Wake Forest Magazine

Documents pertaining to the 2012 Chicago Annual Meeting


June 13 Hyatt Update
On March 30th, we alerted the SBL members to the expired labor contract at the two Hyatt AM conference hotels. The SBL and the AAR concurrent meeting staff have been staying on top of developments and helping address operational issues the contract situation raises. The SBL Council and the AAR Board have each been evaluating the situation and proposing near- and long-term policies. Some of you, for example, may have been alerted to the letter campaign and appeal by UniteHere claiming that the AAR Board of Directors has unanimously voted to support the workers in the Hyatt-UniteHere disagreement. You will also find in that letter, as well as on the AAR website, a link to the AAR Board discussion. The SBL Council has had many extended, in-depth, and well informed conversations about this issue. SBL has developed an FAQ, summarizing its discussions. While recognizing the dignity of workers everywhere, Council is addressing this situation and focusing on the concerns of attendees, recognizing that membership and registration fees are committed to furthering their professional interests.

In later June, subcommittees of the SBL Council and the AAR Board will meet to discuss their joint position, as well as positions each organization might take independently. SBL’s goal for this meeting is to ensure a successful Annual Meeting in Chicago. We will inform you immediately of the outcome of this meeting.

The Liberal Arts and Leadership by Mark Peltz, from Inside Higher Ed

2012 Travel Grant Recipients Announced

The 2012 David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship has been awarded to Yitzhaq Feder (University of Haifa). His paper is entitled, “Between Contagion and Cognition: Bodily Experience and the Conceptualization of Pollution in the Hebrew Bible.”

Dialogos, The Student Newsletter, May 4, 2012
The Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London, is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Paul Joyce of Oxford University to the position of the Samuel Davidson Chair in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at King's, with effect from September 2012. Dr Joyce is an internationally acclaimed Old Testament/Hebrew Bible scholar, specializing in the book of Ezekiel and, more recently, the book of Lamentations. He is the author of several books, including Ezekiel: A Commentary (Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 482; New York: T&T Clark / Continuum), and many articles. He brings to the post many years of teaching experience, an extensive experience of supervising DPhils and PhDs, and an exciting agenda for research and leadership in the subject area.

Mixed Ruling on Golan Forgery Case:
Jacob Wright, SBL member and member of the Bible Odyssey editorial board, writes about the Cyrus Cylinder in the Huffington Post.

Milton Schwantes 1946-2012

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