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October 29, 2012 e-newsletter
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Announcing the Launch of a New Qur'anic Studies Blog

By now many of you have read or heard about the initiative to establish a learned society dedicated to the study of the Qur'an. The International Qur'anic Studies Association (IQSA) will be co-directed by Emran El-Badawi and Gabriel Reynolds with logistical help and guidance from John Kutsko, executive director of the Society of Biblical Literature. IQSA will allow Qur'anic Studies scholars from around the world to meet, share cutting edge research and collaborate on projects. It will also publish a bilingual English-Arabic journal and put scholars of the Islamic and Western Worlds in conversation with one another.

As the infrastructure and governance of IQSA come together over the next 3 years, we would like to invite scholars, students and members of the public to visit our new blog ( and be involved. Viewers may learn more about IQSA's plans and share their feedback. In order to stay connected, keep informed of important announcements (membership, new QS projects, etc.) viewers are strongly encouraged to "follow IQSA by email," on Twitter, and Facebook. With your help there are no limits to how beneficial and innovative IQSAWEB can be to the academy, as well as the public.

In Memorium

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

There will be a special session at SBL honoring the memory of Frank Moore Cross (1921-2012), on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 5:00 p.m. (room TBA). Friends and colleagues are invited to pay tribute to the memory of this great scholar, mentor and teacher.

SBL Books on E-Readers

SBL Publications is pleased to announce that the following titles are now available for Kindle, Nook, and iPad through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes, as well as the Chicago Distribution Center:

Daily Life in Biblical Times
Oded Borowski

The Hittites and Their World
Billie Jean Collins

Biblical Peoples and Ethnicity: An Archaeological Study of Egyptians, Canaanites, Philistines, and Early Israel, 1300-1100 B.C.E.
Ann E. Killebrew

History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume 1: From the Old Testament to Origen
Henning Graf Reventlow

History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume 2: From Late Antiquity to the End of the Middle Ages
Henning Graf Reventlow

History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume 3: Renaissance, Reformation, Humanism
Henning Graf Reventlow

History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume 4: From the Enlightenment to the End of the Twentieth Century
Henning Graf Reventlow

Sources for the Study of Greek Religion: Corrected Edition
David G. Rice and John E. Stambaugh

Nestle-Aland 28th Edition Now Available from the German Bible Society

Following intensive preparatory work, the new edition of the Novum Testamentum Graece ("Nestle-Aland") has been published by the German Bible Society. Thus this standard and globally preeminent reference among Greek New Testament editions is available in a fundamentally revised and improved edition.

One focus of the revision was on the critical apparatus whose structure was simplified. For instance, the combination of variants using "sed" or "et" and the distinction between consistently cited witnesses of the first and second order have now been removed. In addition, the readings of the newly discovered Papyri 117–127 are listed for the first time, opening up interesting perspectives particularly for the Acts of the Apostles.

In the Catholic Epistles, this edition has been made consistent with the "Editio Critica Maior". This led to more than 30 modifications in the main text and resulted in a critical apparatus that is newly compiled in its entirety for this section and includes a new selection of witnesses and variants.

The cross-references in the margin were also systematically revised and supplemented mainly with references to early Jewish literature.

For more information, please select this link or visit

There will be a special session at the SBL Annual Meeting in Chicago, at which the editors will explain the leading principles of the revision and present a digital edition (S19-214: Critical Editions of the German Bible Society: Nestle-Aland 28th Edition). This session will be held on Monday 19th, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, room W194b - McCormick Place.


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The Employment Center, sponsored by SBL and the American Academy of Religion, provides the opportunity for employers and those seeking employment to register for interviews at the Annual Meetings, as well as interview facilities, job listings, candidate credentials, and a messaging service. The point is for both candidates and employers to reduce costs of travel and time by facilitating the engagement of both parties in multiple interviews in a neutral environment. As the Annual Meetings are the major congressional venue for reporting current research, meeting colleagues, and making new connections, they also offers candidates the opportunity to obtain professional development—by engaging scholars, hearing lectures, giving papers, and participating in sessions.

Learn more about the Employment Center, job listings, and employer and candidate registration for the Annual Meetings here.


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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.
January 2013
1/3-1/6 Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting (LSA)
Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts

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1/3-1/6 Archaeological Institute of America and the American Philological Association
114th AIA and APA Joint Annual Meeting will be held in Seattle, Washington
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1/17-1/18 Call for Papers: Christology: Ancient and Modern, Explorations in Constructive Theology
Los Angeles Theology Conference, Biola University, La Mirada, CA. Christology was the central doctrine articulated by the early councils, and it remains the subject of vigorous theological investigation today. This first annual Los Angeles Theology Conference seeks to make a positive contribution to contemporary dogmatics in intentional engagement with the Christian traditions. A panel of accomplished plenary speakers will survey the field and seek to articulate the sources, norms, and criteria for constructive theological work. Those with completed doctorate degrees in the fields of systematic theology are also invited to submit paper proposals on this year's theme.
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February 2013
2/8- 2/9 SBL Midwest Regional Meeting
Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois
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March 2013
3/8- 3/10 SBL Southwestern Regional Meeting
Marriott DFW, North Dallas, Texas
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3/13- 3/15 SBL Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting
Sheraton Baltimore City, Baltimore Maryland
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3/15- 3/17 Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR)
Regional meeting will be held at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina
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3/15- 3/18 Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society
Portland, Oregon, Portland Hilton & Executive Tower
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3/17- 3/18 SBL Central States Regional Meeting
St. Louis Marriott, ST. Louis, Missouri
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3/23- 3/25 SBL Pacific Coast Regional Meeting
Regional meeting will be held at Hope International University in Fullerton, California
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April 2013
4/4- 4/5 SBL Eastern Great Lakes Regional Meeting
Clarion Hotel Lake Erie, Erie Pennsylvania
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4/5- 4/6 SBL Rocky Mountains- Great Plains Regional Meeting
Denver Seminary, Denver, Colorado
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4/5- 4/6 SBL Upper Midwest Regional Meeting
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
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