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July 12, 2012 e-newsletter
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International Meeting

Registration for the International Meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is available online through Monday, July 16! Be sure to register now and make your travel plans.

If you have not signed up for a tour at the 2012 International Meeting, be sure to do so today! We are offering two tours.

The first tour is through the Bijbelsmuseum (Biblical Museum), one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands, which includes archaeological discoveries, artifacts from ancient Egypt, centuries-old models, and religious objects.

The second tour features a guided tour of the collections of Classical, Dutch, and Egyptian archaeology at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden.

Fill-out the form and fax it in today.

International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Liaison Network

The ICI Liaison Network welcomes two new representatives: Galen Hertweck from the Philippines, and Berekiah Olugbemiro from Nigeria. Tim Langille is working on establishing the Liaison Network. SBL members in ICI countries for which there is already a member in the Liaison Network are still encouraged to contact Tim to volunteer to further ICI and its goals. All SBL members, regardless of their country of domicile, are asked to suggest colleagues in ICI countries who might be willing to participate in this initiative. The goal of the Liaison Network is to establish open lines of communication that will promote awareness of the resources and opportunities made available through the ICI to scholars, teachers, and students and to communicate and develop an awareness of the scholarly work done in ICI countries.

Report on Contingent Faculty Working Conditions in Higher Education

The Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) has released the results of its Fall 2010 Survey of Contingent Faculty Members, Instructors, and Researchers. The survey inquired about course assignments, salaries, benefits, and general working conditions as members of the contingent academic workforce experience them at the institutional level. Such data are critical to our work in SBL, the future of our Society, and the Society’s context within higher education. This report provides critical data to the higher education field, disciplinary associations, advocacy groups, contingent faculty members, instructors, and researchers. It is available on both the CAW and SBL websites.

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

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 July 2012  winners are:

Karen Harding
Emmanuel Ukaegbu-Onuoha

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 131:3 of the Journal of Biblical Literature your subscription and payment must be received no later than August 15th 2012. 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.

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.
  • Authoritative: RBL reviews are written by the most qualified scholars available, whether a member of the SBL or the broader scholarly guild, and are vetted to ensure their quality by a highly regarded editorial board.

In order to receive the printed annual of the Review of Biblical Literature for 2012 your subscription and payment needs to be received by October 15, 2012. 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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July 2012
7/15- 7/20 The 8th Congress of the Société d'Etudes Samaritaines
will take place in Erfurt (Germany), jointly organized by the SÉS and the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Faculty of Theology. The Congress of the SÉS meets every four years and is the most important meeting of experts working in the field of Samaritan studies worldwide.

Lectures may deal with any aspect of the Samaritan community, their contemporary life and living conditions, their history, their religion and their laws, their literature and languages etc. Scholars who wish to give a paper at this conference are invited to submit their proposal before 2nd January 2012. The proposal should state the paper's topic, purpose, and main argu¬ments, to be evaluated for acceptance by the scientific committee of the conference. A lecture should not exceed 30 min (plus 10 min discussion). SÉS-membership is not required at the time of submitting. Junior scholars are especially encouraged to submit a proposal.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Stefan Schorch
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg Theologische Fakultät D - 06099 Halle (Saale) Germany for more information.

7/22-7/26 SBL International Meeting (ISBL)
The Universiteit van Amsterdam will host the 2012 SBL International Meeting. SBL will organize this meeting in conjunction with the 2012 annual conference of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS) and the triennial joint meeting of the Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap in Nederland en België (OTW) and the Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS).
For more information
7/22-7/26 European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS)
EABS meeting will be in conjunction with the International SBL meeting (ISBL). Registration and accommodation, as well as proposal for lectures, will all be done through the SBL site.
More information
7/26-7/28 Symposium of the Society of Indonesian Biblical Scholars (ISBI)
Topic: Bible and Ethics (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Place: Wisma Samadi, Klender, Jakarta
Registration through  or
7/26-7/28 Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXI International Biblical Conference
Topic: Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the Scriptures
Venue: KU Leuven, Faculty of Theology
Proposals for offered papers should be submitted to the president before April 1, 2012
President: Prof. Dr. Eibert Tigchelaar 
Secretary CBL: Prof. Dr. Reimund Bieringer
For more information please contact the secretary or check the CBL conference webpage.
7/31 Call for Papers Deadline
The Institute of Pilgrimage Studies in conjunction with the International Consortium for Pilgrimage Studies invites abstracts for their first annual Symposium to be held October 12-14, 2012 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The topic of the conference is "Traveling Traditions: Pilgrimage across Time and Cultures." We encourage submission of papers involving research and creative activity on journey to a sacred center or travel for transformation from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. Abstracts from religious studies, anthropology, language and literatures, art history, kinesiology, classical studies, history, sociology, theater and dance as well as others will be considered. Individual presentations will last ca. 15 minutes, with time for discussion in between papers.

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7/31-8/4 Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS) is an international society of New Testament scholars from around the world. The 2012 annual meeting will be held in Leuven, Belgium.
More information
August 2012
8/6-8/7 Summer Conference on "Violence as an Ethical Challenge in the Bible"
The Norwegian Summer Academy for Biblical Studies (NSABS) announces its first international meeting to be held in Kristiansand, Norway.
Invited speakers are Joshua Berman (Bar Ilan University, Israel), Lennart Boström (Örebro Missionsskola, Sweden), Karin Finsterbusch (Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany), Friedmann Eissler (Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Germany), Lars Olov Eriksson (Johannelunds Teologiska Institution, Sweden), Georg Fischer (Universität Innsbruck, Austria), Terence Fretheim (Luther Seminary, USA), Hallvard Hagelia (Ansgar Teologiske Høgskole, Norway), Dana M. Harris (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, USA), Knut Heim (Trinity College Bristol, UK), Robert Hubbard (North Park University, USA), Årstein Justnes (Universitet i Agder, Norway), Gordon McConville (University of Gloustershire, UK), Kirsten Nielsen (Århus Universitet, DK), Kristin Moen Saxegaard (Church of Norway), Martin Webber (Evangelische-theologische Faculteit Leuven, Belgium), Tommy Wasserman (Örebro Missionsskola, Sweden), Karl William Weyde (Menighetsfakultet, Norway), Peter Wick (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany), Markus Zehnder (Ansgar Teologiske Høgskole, Norway).
The provisional schedule of the conference can be found here.
8/15-8/17 Gender studies at the interface of the humaniora
University of Johannesburg is hosting the conference to provide a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue on the status of gender research within the Humanities. The intention is to bring together academics, researchers, students, and activists, to explore how women's experiences in South African society have been structured, impacted, controlled or ignored.
More information..
8/23- 8/26 Stockholm 2012: "Ends and Beginnings."
The 11th European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR ) Annual Conference, Södertörn University, Stockholm with a Special Panel Session: Pentateuchal Mysticism? Ancient Israelite Priestly Initiation
More information..
8/27- 8/29 Rereading the Relecture? (Post)chronistic Influence in the Latest Redactions of the Books of Samuel.
This symposium, at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena (Germany), explores the latest inner-biblical revisions affectingthe conception of the history of the early monarchy in Israel. Thefocus will be on the books of Samuel and 1 Chronicles. Can 1 Chr beunderstood as a relecture of 1-2 Sam? If so, did its existence asa parallel account of 1-2 Sam give rise to literary feedback intoits source? And, finally, how can these presumable"post-chronistic" traces be identified?

During the meeting general questions of the relationship between1-2 Sam and 1 Chr are addressed as well as methodological issueswhich are challenged by a number of case studies.

See the flyer here.
8/28- 8/30 Oceania Biblical Studies Association Annual Meeting
will be held at the Sia'atoutai Theological College in Tonga.
More information or
September 2012
9/1 Call for Papers
The editorial board of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, a peer-reviewed electronic journal, invites submissions for its 2012 volume. SCJR publishes scholarship on the history, theology, and contemporary realities of Jewish-Christian relations and reviews new materials in the field, providing a vehicle for exchange of information, cooperation, and mutual enrichment in the field of Christian-Jewish studies and relations.

Interested authors are encouraged to contact the editors in advance. For publication in the 2012 volume, papers should be submitted by September 1, 2012 through the journal's website. Papers submitted after September 1, 2012 may be considered for publication in a future volume. All papers will be subject to peer-review before acceptance for publication.
More information..
9/6–9/8 Digital Humanities Congress 2012
This is a new conference to promote the sharing of knowledge, ideas and techniques within the digital humanities.Hosted by the University of Sheffield's Humanities Research Institute
More information
9/9-9/10 The Bible in the Public Square
The Duke Center for Jewish Studies is hosting an international conference at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Scholars will address the role of the Bible in everything from Public Schools and American Politics, to the Middle East and Popular Culture.

Speakers and moderators include Yaakov Ariel (UNC-Chapel Hill), Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University), Mark A. Chancey (Southern Methodist University), Rubén R. Dupertuis (Trinity University), John Fea (Messiah College), Shalom Goldman (Duke University), Charles C. Haynes (First Amendment Center), Motti Inbari (UNC-Pembroke), Carol Meyers (Duke University), Eric M. Meyers (Duke University), David Morgan (Duke University), Adele Reinhartz (University of Ottawa), Melissa Rogers (Wake Forest University and The Brookings Institution), and David W. Stowe (Michigan State U.).
More information about the conference, including a schedule, can be found here.
October 2012
10/12-10/14 Traveling Traditions: Pilgrimage across Time and Cultures
The Institute of Pilgrimage Studies in conjunction with the International Consortium for Pilgrimage Studies is hosting their first annual Symposium to be held at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

More information

November 2012
11/17- 11/20 SBL Annual Meeting
Chicago, Illinois
December 2012
12/12-12/14 The Panoply of Judaisms in the 1st-3rd Centuries (Christians, Rabbis and Synagogues)
This international meeting will happen at the Institute of the Biblical Sciences (University of Lausanne, CH) and is co-organized by Claire Clivaz, Simon Mimouni and Bernard Pouderon.

Speakers will be: Marie-Françoise Baslez, Ra'anan Boustan, Bogdan Bucur, Claire Clivaz, José Costa, Jörg Frey, Emmanuel Friedheim, David Hamidovic, Hervé Inglebert, Daniel Marguerat, Simon Mimouni, Ron Naiweld, Etienne Nodet, Bernard Pouderon, Annette Yoshiko Reed, Benjamin Bertho, Simon Butticaz, Charlotte Touati.

The profound change that research is currently undergoing demands a shift in thinking about all forms of Judaism, not just the rabbinic or Christian movements but also synagogue Judaism. For several centuries, both the Christians and the Rabbis 'attempted' to achieve a Utopian unity, as improbable as it is impossible, by defining their boundaries in terms of notions such as heresy and canon. In so doing, they each diminished the influence of synagogue Judaism and in places smoothed it over to the point of apparently effacing it forever. It is in the light of these changes in perspective that the organisers of this colloquium would like to reconsider all the forms of Judaism after 70CE , with the aim of taking stock of the increasingly numerous shifts occurring in this area of high-level research.

See Program, information and inscription here.
12/20-12/21 The Society for Biblical Studies in India (SBSI) will hold its biennial conference in Bangalore, Whitefield at the Ecumenical Christian Center. The Theme for this conference is: Biblical Jubilee: Indian Liberation Hermeneutics.
For more information contact Rev. Dr. K. Jesurathnam, Secretary, SBSI.

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