November 8, 2017 Newsletter
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SBL Council

Please see the Council News and Update following the October 2017 meeting.


2018 Annual Campaign Launch!

In October SBL launched the 2018 Annual Campaign with a goal of enhancing its body of work, the Society. However, we can't do it without you! Click here to show your support with a gift, and help create the best version of SBL today.


NEH @ the Annual Meeting

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers grants to scholars and others engaged in humanistic research and teaching. Twenty-six grant programs support individuals, teams, and institutions doing work for other scholars, students, or the general public. Fundable projects include research for monographs, scholarly editions, preserving or digitizing archival collections, professional development for teachers, museum exhibits and documentaries. The NEH has a long record of supporting important scholarship in religious studies, including a variety of disciplinary approaches and religious traditions.  A program officer will be available at this year's annual meetings to talk one-on-one about grant programs and possible applications. Visit the NEH booth (#2613) in the exhibit hall or write Daniel Sack at dsack@neh.gov for an appointment. More information on the NEH and grant programs is at neh.gov.


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Call for Papers

2018 Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize Call is open. All submissions must be received no later than December 31, 2017.
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2017 Annual Business Meeting

We encourage Annual Meeting registrants to attend the SBL Annual Business Meeting on Sunday, November 19th, at 7:30 8:30 a.m., in the Hynes Convention Center room 105 (plaza level), with SBL President, Michael Fox, presiding. In addition to updates and an overview of 2017, as well as a look ahead, members will vote on the slate of candidates for Council, including the new Vice President/President-elect.

Call for Nominations

Nominating Committee will begin developing a list of candidates to serve on SBL’s standing committees and Council. That work begins at the Annual Meeting and extends through 2018 for new positions open in 2019. Please see the call for nominations and nominate yourself or a colleague.


Annual Meeting Book Sale

Almost all new, recent, and backlisted SBL Press and Brown Judaic Studies titles are available to SBL members at a thirty percent discount during the Annual Meeting Fall Sale. Download the order form, then mail or fax your order by December 15, 2017. If you prefer to order by phone or at the SBL Press Store, make sure to use the promo code FL2017 at checkout to receive your discount.


At the Annual Meetings in Boston

Print your badge prior to arrival and wear your badge every day.  The badge is your pass to all conference sessions, speakers, and the exhibit hall.  We encourage our attendees to print their badge prior to arrival and have sent links and instructions to all registrants on how to do this.  If you did not receive this email, please contact us at annualmeeting@sbl-site.org.

Use our mobile app.  Download our mobile app and have everything you need to know about the Annual Meeting directly on your mobile device. You can start preparing early by viewing session listings and building your personal itinerary ahead of time. Learn about event buzz (or even generate some yourself!) and communicate with other attendees before and during the Annual Meeting.  Use this app to view exhibitor info and map locations or take session notes.  Click here for more details and to download the app!

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Wikipedia Workshop
Have you ever noticed that entries for female biblical scholars are underrepresented on Wikipedia? Do you wish you knew how to create and edit Wikipedia entries? Then come to the Wiki, Women, and Bible Workshop and Happy Hour (S19-347), a Wikipedia editing session focused on creating and expanding Wikipedia entries on female biblical scholars. Bring your laptop and join us in learning how to create and edit entries on your favorite female biblical scholars. 

Visit the Facebook event page to RSVP.

The workshop is cosponsored by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Publishers, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession, and the Student Advisory Board.

New Annual Meeting Program Unit Applications

Applications for new program units for the Annual Meeting are due January 15. Submit your application here.  


Now available from SBL Press

Beyond the Texts: An Archaeological Portrait of Ancient Israel and Judah    
William G. Dever

William G. Dever offers a welcome perspective on ancient Israel and Judah that prioritizes the archaeological remains to render history as it was—not as the biblical writers argue it should have been. Drawing from the most recent archaeological data as interpreted from a nontheological point of view and supplementing that data with biblical material only when it converges with the archaeological record, Dever analyzes all the evidence at hand to provide a new history of ancient Israel and Judah that is accessible to all interested readers.

Hardcover $49.95, ISBN 9780884142188
Kindle, ASIN B076FRSWSC
Google Play, ISBN 9780884142171
772 pages • 2017

Fighting for the King and the Gods: A Survey of Warfare in the Ancient Near East Charlie Trimm

Fighting for the King and the Gods provides an introduction to the topic of war and the variety of texts concerning many aspects of warfare in the ancient Near East. These texts illustrate various viewpoints of war and show how warfare was an integral part of ancient life. Trimm examines not only the victors and the famous battles but also the hardship that war brought to many. While several of the texts treated here are well known (e.g., Ramesses II’s battle against the Hittites at Qadesh), others are known only to specialists. This work will allow a broader audience to access and appreciate these important texts as they relate to the history and ideology of warfare.

Paper $89.95, 9781628371840
Hardcover $109.95, 9780884142386
Kindle, ASIN B07672NS31
Google Play, ISBN 9780884142379
748 pages • 2017 • Resources for Biblical Study 88

Judea under Roman Domination: The First Generation of Statelessness and Its Legacy
Nadav Sharon

This study focuses on a relatively neglected but momentous period in Judean history: 67–37 BCE, which saw the end of the Hasmonean dynasty and the beginning of the Roman domination of Judea, leading up to the kingship of Herod. In this period renowned Roman figures such as Pompey the Great, Julius Caesar, Gaius Cassius (a conspirator against Caesar), and Mark Anthony led the Roman Republic on the eve of its transformation into an empire, each having his own dealings with—and holding sway over—Judea at different times. Beyond a historical reconstruction, this volume explores the impact of the Roman conquest on the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls, enhances the understanding of later Judean-Roman relations and the roots of the Great Revolt, and examines how this early period of Roman domination had an impact on later developments in Judean society and religion.

Paperback $79.95, ISBN 9781628371765
Hardcover $99.95, ISBN 9780884142225
Kindle, ASIN B07678Y8ZR
Google Play, ISBN 9780884142218
552 pages • 2017 • Early Judaism and Its Literature 46

John and Judaism: A Contested Relationship in Context    
R. Alan Culpepper and Paul N. Anderson, editors

Written during the period of the emergence of Christianity and its separation from Judaism, the Gospel of John bears witness to their contested relationship. This volume contains cutting-edge essays written by an international group of scholars who interpret for students and general readers what John tells us about first-century Judaism, the separation of the church from Judaism, and how John’s anti-Jewish references are interpreted today.

Paper $60.95, 9781628371864
Hardcover $80.95, 9780884142423 
Kindle, ASIN B07671WGSL
Google Play, ISBN 9780884142416
464 pages • 2017 • Resources for Biblical Study 87


Handbook SBL HANDBOOK OF STYLE   REVISED, UPDATED, EXPANDED

Extensive changes and additions render the first edition outdated
Essential for publishing in ancient Near Eastern, biblical, and early Christian studies
Definitive answers to questions of style, spelling, transliteration, and citation

Hardcover $39.95  •  ISBN 9781589839649  •  368 pages

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