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SBL e-Newsletter
April 20, 2011 e-newsletter

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Annual Meetings

The Super Saver rate expires at midnight on Saturday, April 30. Register now and save $25 on your conference fee.

Free AV…til June 30th!
AV equipment requests for the Annual Meeting can be accommodated at no charge through June 30. In early May SBL will send out emails to all presenters to confirm your AV orders. After June 30th though, presenters and participants will be charged a $100 fee per request or change to AV orders. To request AV or change your current AV order before June 30th, contact the SBL Programs Coordinator at

Win great prizes by reserving a hotel room through SBL
for the Annual Meeting

Reserving your hotel room for the Annual Meeting when you register for the conference saves the Society money. SBL receives free meeting space in hotels based on the number of hotel reservations our members make. To encourage you to reserve through SBL, we are offering incentive prizes this year. If you make a hotel reservation online when you register or by sending in the SBL registration and housing form, you may win one of five prizes:

  • a 4-night complimentary stay at the conference hotel of your choice during the meeting;
  • a $500 exhibit hall shopping spree;
  • 3 free Annual Meeting registrations.

The prize drawing will be held on October 24, 2011. Find a colleague (or a group of colleagues) to share a room with to help reduce your costs, and make your reservation now.

San Francisco Tours
San Francisco is a beautiful city with incredible views, a cosmopolitan environment, and numerous cultural sites. We are excited to offer a variety of tours designed to help you explore. Click here for the tour registration form that includes descriptions and pricing.

Child Care Available at the Annual Meeting
We are proud to provide childcare service at the Annual Meeting for the convenience of our members. Childcare is available at an hourly or daily rate. It will be located in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Please visit the Kiddie Corp website for more information.

International Meetings

The IM online program is now available! Click here to view the program, which enables you to search by a participant's last name, by day, or by keyword. You can also browse through a participant index here.

The London special sessions and exhibitions include:

  • Four sessions on the genius of the KJV as Bible translation and its literary influence
  • Lecture and conversation with Valerie Henitiuk, Senior Lecturer in Literature and Translation and Associate Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia
  • Presentation by Donald Jackson, Senior Illuminator to Her Majesty's Crown Office, on the Saint John's Bible and exhibition of a Saint John's Bible facsimile at KCL
  • Lecture by Nick Spencer of the public theology think tank Theos
  • University of Sheffield's exhibition "Telling Tales of King James' Bible: 1611-2011."

Many more important and interesting events await you at the 2011 SBL International Meeting!

Regional Meetings
Upcoming SBL Regional Meetings:

New England Regional Meeting: Hosted at Andover-Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA on April 29. For more information, go to the New England/Eastern Canada Regional Website, here.

Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting: Hosted at Gonzaga University in Seattle, WA on May 13-15. For information, go to the Pacific Northwest Regional page, here.

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Publications News

The Journal of Biblical Literature Spring 2011 issue is posted. See the JBL page to log in.

Spring Sale Ongoing
Almost all new, recent, and backlist SBL and BJS titles are available to SBL members at a 30 percent discount during the spring sale.

Download the order form,
then mail, fax, or phone your order by May 31.

If you prefer to order at the SBL Store, make sure to use the promo code SPG2011 at checkout to receive your discount.


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Membership News

Kudos to Timothy Peoples, an Adrian College undergraduate, whose paper, "Pedagogy of the Bible in the Liberal Arts Context: Paradigms and Perspectives," was accepted for the Annual Meeting in San Francisco. He will present his paper in a session of the program unit Teaching Biblical Literature in an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context. Timothy is a recipient of the national Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program, and his faculty mentor is Dr. Scott S. Elliott, assistant professor in the department of Philosophy and Religion. Timothy's story was reported in the Adrian, Michigan, Daily Telegram.

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 April 2011 winners are:

  • Vincent Medina
  • Avram Shannon

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!

New Member Benefit: Religion & Education is now offered to SBL members at a discounted rate. Religion & Education is an academic, peer-reviewed journal that advances public understanding and dialogue on religion and education. Articles represent work in: public or private education at elementary, secondary, or higher education institutions; community organizations and settings; and organizations working in religion or spirituality.

To subscribe to Religion & Education at $30, SBL members should contact Customer Service at, or at 1-800-354-1420. Let them know that you are a member of SBL.

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April 2011
4/29 SBL New England/Eastern Canada Regional Meeting
Andover-Newton Theological School, Newton, Massachussetts
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4/30 MATS 2011 Call for Papers Deadline
The Final Deadline for the Call for Papers for the inaugural Melanesian Association of Theological Schools conference, to be held at Pacific Adventist University from 21-24 June 2011.

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent by post, fax, or email (as Word attachments) to: Ms. Sandra Iga, Secretary - School of Theology, Pacific Adventist University, Private Mail Bag, Boroko NCD, Papua New Guinea. Tel: (675) 328 0324/328 0342 Fax: (675) 328 1257 Email:

For detailed information about the conference and the meeting to reconstitute the association to be held on the last day of the conference see or contact Scott Charlesworth (
May 2011
5/1 Deadline to the the new 1 year MA program in Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University
The Department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel-Aviv University invites applications for its new one-year Masters program in Jewish Studies for international students. This is the only Jewish Studies Masters program in Israel that is conducted entirely in English.

The program offers a series of comprehensive encounters with the classical texts of Jewish cultures from biblical to modern times. Its intellectual home in the department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel Aviv University, the single largest integrative Jewish Studies department in the world today, enables us to cover a wide range of periods, methodologies, and scholarly interests, while maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence.
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5/2 The King James Version: A Quatercentenary Celebration
University of California, Berkeley, Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall, 1-5pm

1:00 “The Question of Eloquence in the King James Version”
Robert Alter, Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature

2:00 “The Felicity of Error in KJV”
Ronald Hendel, Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies

3:00 “The KJV and Heterodox Religion: The Case of the Panacea Society 1919–1934”
Jane Shaw, Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

4:00 “To Lie Down in Green Pastures: The KJV and Literary Translation”
Robert Hass, Professor of English
5/4- 5/7 Why Does the Past Matter?
The UMass Center for Heritage and Society, with the cooperation of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation (ICIP), is organizing an International Conference: Why Does the Past Matter? to be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
For more information about the conference, including conference theme, bios of our 2011 honorees, and tentative program information.
5/5- 5/7 The King James Bible and Its Cultural Afterlife
The English Department at The Ohio State University will host an international conference in 2011 on the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James (or Authorized) Version of the Bible. Held in Columbus, Ohio during the first weekend in May, the conference will focus on the making of the KJV in the context of Reformation Bible translation and printing as well as on the KJV’s long literary and cultural influence from Milton and Bunyan to Faulkner, Woolf, and Toni Morrison. Events will include plenary lectures and discussions, scholarly panels, roundtable seminars, and readings by contemporary writers. An accompanying exhibit will be mounted by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.
For More information
5/5-5/8 The Annual Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians (AAH) will be held at and hosted by Mercyhurst College, Erie PA
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5/13- 5/15 SBL Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting
Eastern Washington University- Spokane Campus, Spokane, Washington
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5/16- 5/28 2011 Nida School for Translation Studies
Since 2007, the Nida Institute, the scholarly arm of the American Bible Society, has sponsored the Nida School of Translation Studies, which meets annually for two weeks at the San Pellegrino Institute, Misano Adriatico (Rimini), Italy. The School, following in the tradition of CETRA, advances translation studies research and training through an intimate study environment, Nida Professorships, focused lectures, tutorials, directed reading
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5/21- 6/3 Syria for Scholars
Join colleagues in Biblical Studies on a two-week tour of Syria. Rich in sites of importance for the study of the Hebrew Bible and early Christianity, highlights include: Damascus, an excursion to Baalbek in Lebanon, Ras Shamra (Ugarit), Crac des Chevaliers (the world’s best preserved Crusader castle), Apamea, Tel Mardikh (Ebla), Aleppo, Mari, Dura Europas, and Palmyra.
For a detailed itinerary and pricing information contact Steve McKenzie or visit (Academy International Travel). Login information: Group ID: Syria, Password: travel. You can register online to participate in the tour.
5/29- 5/31 The CSBS/SCÉB 2011 Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies/La société canadienne des études bibliques will be held at University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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5/31 Call for Papers Deadline
Adventist Society for Religious Studies

The 2011 meeting of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies will convene in San Francisco, California on November 17-19, 2011. The theme for the meeting is: “Gates and Walls: Inclusivity and Exclusivity and the People of God.” The Society invites proposals for brief scholarly papers which will be presented at the meeting. Priority will be given to those papers which discuss any aspect of what it means, in the Seventh-day Adventist context, to be “in” or “out” of the people of God; and/or how an individual may pass, or be blocked from passing, between the inside and outside.
Papers from all disciplines are elicited. The format allows for a 15-minute oral presentation with additional time for questions and discussion. A 200-word abstract should accompany the proposals. Proposals and abstracts should be submitted in WordPerfect or MS Word format to John Reeve at
For more information
June 2011
6/8- 6/12 AAUP Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education
The American Association of University Professors will meet at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
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6/19- 7/29 The Advanced Summer program for the Study of Jewish-Christian Encounters in the First Centuries CE,
is a 6 week English-language program, designed for advanced students (M.A., M.Div., M.A.R, Ph.D., etc.) in ancient Judaism and early Christianity from the United States and Europe. The program will provide English-speaking students with basic scholarly skills in the Hebrew language and in rabbinic literature and culture. It will expose them to current scholarship and to leading Israeli scholars in these fields, as well as to various archeological sites.
The studies will take place at the Tel Aviv University campus, located in the heart of Tel Aviv. Accommodations are available at the recently renovated on-campus housing.
Application deadline: March 15th, 2011
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6/20- 7/1 Colloquium on Material Culture and Ancient Religion (COMCAR)
The theme for this year's colloquium is, "Archaeology & Identity in Roman Achaia: Corinth, Athens, and Related Sites." The dozen specialists include the directors of excavations at Corinth, Isthmia, Kenchreai, and the Athenia agora. The colloquium is open to faculty with continuing appointments and to advanced doctoral students with teaching appointments. For itinerary, application form, costs, and other information, visit the COMCAR website
6/21- 6/24
Melanesian Association of Theological Schools (MATS) Inaugural Conference

The inaugural Melanesian Association of Theological Schools conference will be held at Pacific Adventist University from 21-24 June 2011.

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent by post, fax, or email (as Word attachments) to: Ms. Sandra Iga, Secretary - School of Theology, Pacific Adventist University, Private Mail Bag, Boroko NCD, Papua New Guinea. Tel: (675) 328 0324 Fax: (675) 328 1257 Email:

For more information about the conference and the meeting to reconstitute the association to be held on the last day of the conference see or contact Scott Charlesworth
6/23- 6/25 On Sea And Ocean: New Research In Phoenician Seafaring
In the absence of written records, the Phoenicians are seen through either the prism of Greek, Roman, and Biblical literature or their material remains as analyzed through archaeology. During the past decade, nautical archaeological aspirations have turned toward the presence and capabilities of the Phoenicians sailing the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean with the goal of creating a better understanding of their role in the ancient world.

The Marburg Center for the Ancient World, the Archäologisches Seminar at Phillips-Universität Marburg, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Unterwasserarchäologie (DEGUWA) invite papers for a symposium on current and new evidence of Phoenician seafaring. Papers in German, English, French, and Italian on Phoenician maritime endeavors-- and their Punic iterations-- are welcomed, particularly those concerning archaeological discovery and analysis as well as new avenues of theory and research. Accepted and presented papers will be published in a volume of the proceedings.

Abstracts of approximately 75 words should be submitted by 15 March 2011 to the organizers at
6/26- 6/30 Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash
The department of Philosophy, Political Theory and Religion (PPR) at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem is hosting this interdisciplinary conference. 2011. More information
6/26- 6/29 Sixth North American Syriac Symposium
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
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July 2011
7/1- 7/2 Empire, Migration and Oceanic Biblical Interpretation
A conference of the Oceania Biblical Studies Association (OBSA) to be held at Malua Theological College in Samoa. The deadline for all paper proposals is May 31st, 2011. For further information, please contact Dr Nasili Vaka’uta ( or send an email to
7/3-7/8 SBL International Meeting, London, England
7/4-7/8 57th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale
Rome, Italy
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7/7-7/9 The Bible in the Seventeenth Century: The Authorised Version Quatercentenary (1611-2011)
Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies: University of York

Speakers Include: Sharon Achinstein, Hugh Adlington, David Appleby, Gordon Campbell, Elizabeth Clark, Karen Edwards, Lori Anne Ferrell, Christopher Haigh, Paul Hammond, Hannibal Hamlin, Tom Healy, Mark Knights, Peter Lake, Barbara Lewalski, Erica Longfellow, Judth Maltby, Scott Mandelbrote, Peter Marshall, Peter McCullough, Nick McDowell, David Norton, Roger Pooley, Joad Raymond, Anne Prescott, Jane Shaw, Jonathan Sheehan, Alison Shell, Yvonne Sherwood, Deborah Shuger, Nigel Smith, Peter Stallybrass, Alex Walsham, Helen Wilcox, Susan Wiseman, Blair Worden, Stephen Zwicker More information
7/9 2nd Derby Symposium on Social Scientific and Cultural Studies Approaches in Biblical Studies
University of Derby, UK.
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7/11-7/13 Who do you think you are?
Gender and the transmission of identity in the Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and other related literature

Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture presents a three-day conference on the Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and other related literature (Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, rabbinic writings, and other post-biblical literature), to be held at the Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE from Monday 11 July to Wednesday 13 July 2011. Main speakers will include Professor Ida Fröhlich, Dr Susanne Scholz, Dr Deborah Rooke. Deadline 10 June 2011.
Queries? Contact
Registration details and programme listed under ‘Centre for Christianity and Culture’ and then ‘Conferences’.
7/11-7/13 Religion in the Persian Period: Emerging Judaisms and Other Trends"
A conference at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield. Papers that explore some aspect of religion within any area of the Persian empire are welcome.
. See PDF for more information.
7/13- 7/14 Foundations for the Future:
Learning and teaching conference organised by the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies (PRS). Keynote speaker: Baroness Mary Warnock
A reminder that we are keen to receive proposals for this conference from anyone with an interest in learning and teaching in our disciplines (philosophy, theology, religious studies, history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine, and biblical studies). Bursaries of up to £100 will be available to assist with speaker expenses in attending.
Details about the conference and information about how to submit your proposal are available from the conference webpage:
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7/18-7/21 Summer SOTS Meeting
The Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS) will meet at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford. The meeting includes a joint day with the British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS)
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7/26-7/28 Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LX International Biblical Conference
Topic: The Apocryphal Gospels within the Context of Early Christian Theology, Venue: KU Leuven, Faculty of Theology
Proposals for offered papers should be submitted to the president before April 1, 2011
President: Prof. Dr. Jens Schroeter (HU Berlin): ; Secretary CBL: Prof. Dr. Joseph Verheyden (KU Leuven): For more information please contact the secretary or check the CBL conference webpage at
August 2011
8/2- 8/6 Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
The 66th General Meeting of Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS) will take place at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
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8/8- 8/11 The Annual Meeting of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS)
The Annual Meeting will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece
February 15 is the final date to submit paper proposals
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8/23- 8/25 From Ancient Manuscripts to the Digital Era. Readings and Literacies
This international conference, held at the University of Lausanne (CH), seeks to demonstrate the major impact of the Digital Era on knowledge, by studying the history of cultural technologies. The present evolution of the Ancient manuscript allows one to detect this turning-point, notably with the digital editions of Homer and the New Testament. The notions of authorship and critical edition are questionned : modern history and contemporary analysis have to be enrooted in ancient memory to reflect upon the digital turn. A public evening will conclude the conference on the 25th August. Org. Claire Clivaz (IRSB, Lausanne).More information
September 2011
9/1- 9/3 British New Testament Society
University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG1 4FQ, United Kingdom
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9/5- 9/9 8th International Congress of Hittitology
The Congress will take place in Warsaw, Poland at the University of Warsaw.
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9/6- 9/9 Annual Meeting of the New Testament Society of South Africa
The NTSSA will meet at the University of North West in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
For further information, please visit our webpage.
9/19- 9/22 In Search of Well-Being: Perspectives on Health and ReligiousTraditions
University of South Africa, Pretoria, RSA
Presentations are invited on the following areas:• New Testament and early Christian perspectives on healing and well-being
• Religious traditions and human well-being: towards salvation or damnation
• Well-being and health in an age of the HIV/AIDS pandemic
• Collective well-being and quality of life: globalisation and ecology
• Cross disciplinary and cross-cultural explorations of well-being
• Individuals, societies and environment: faith and the pursuit of well-being
• How do we define well-being in the 21st century?
• Is well-being the new religion of the 21st century?

Please submit abstracts of appr. 200 words via e-mail attachment to Prof Pieter F.Craffert ( and/or Prof. Pieter J.J. Botha ( April 30, 2011.

For more information please contact Prof. Pieter Craffert (tel.: +27 12 429 4062 /+27 83 324 4485) or Prof. Pieter Botha (tel. +27 12 429 4062 or +27 12 803 0933).
9/21- 9/22 Emerging Normativities: Examining the Formation of Proto-Orthodox Christianities and Rabbinic Judaisms 200-800 CE
St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The confirmed plenary speakers are Daniel Boyarin (UC Berkeley) and Anders Runesson (McMaster University).
For more information (PDF) about the conference
9/30- 10/1 “Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation”
 A “multiple views” symposium on how to read the creation narratives of Genesis 1 and 2, taking place at the Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, TN.

Principal speakers are
(1) Prof. John Walton of Wheaton College/Wheaton Graduate School (“cosmic temple” approach);
(2) Prof. Tremper Longman III of Westmont College (theistic evolution);
(3) Prof. Richard Averbeck of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (“literary/intertextual” approach);
(4) Prof. C. John Collins of Covenant Theological Seminary (“analogical days” approach); and
(5) Prof. Todd Beall of Capital Bible Seminary (literal/”recent creationist” approach).

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