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July 27, 2011 e-newsletter


Ancient Near East Monographs Announces a New Publication

SBL has published the first English-language volume in the Ancient Near East Monograph series. Edited by Alan Lenzi, Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction, is a resource for students of the Bible who have only an intermediate level of linguistic aptitude, but wish to work with ancient Near Eastern textual materials in the original languages. This book provides a tool that offers glosses on vocabulary, grammatical notes, basic literary commentary, and comparative suggestions about how the text connects to biblical material. The introduction gives a panoramic overview of Akkadian prayers and hymns, their cultural and literary background, and the history of modern scholarship's use of these texts for understanding the Hebrew Bible. The volume offers extensive linguistic, literary, and cultural commentary for the hymns and prayers in a line-by-line manner.

Ancient Near East Monographs is published under the auspices of SBL's International Cooperation Initiative as an online, open-access series. The volumes are also available in print versions through the SBL print-on-demand program. The series is a co-publication venture with the Centro de Estudios de Historia del Antiguo Oriente at the Universidad Católica Argentina. For more information on the series, please visit


International Meetings

Eager anticipation for the 2011 International Meeting in London, UK translated into excitement and satisfaction as registration eclipsed prior records, attendance per session climbed from previous years, and the weather proved pleasant. For attendees of the International Meeting over the past several years, the last point is rather notable: the summer sun baked attendees in Rome and Tartu, but not so in London. King's College London—the host of this year's meeting—provided ample room for the record number of attendees, keeping everyone in one building, which facilitated high attendance per session and easy movement among sessions and through the Exhibit Hall. Sessions by general topic: Early Judaism and Christianity, 29.0%; Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible, 27.8%; Method and Theory, 20.5%; Language, Text, and Translation, 19.3%; and Teaching and Technology, 3.4%.

Thanks to all who attended the 2011 International Meeting! It was productive and enjoyable, and we hope to see you at the Universiteit van Amsterdam July 22-26, 2012 for next year's meeting. Registration for the 2012 International Meeting will open at the Annual Meeting this November. Watch the IM page for more information.

Annual Meetings

Register for the Annual Meeting this summer and save!

Registration rates for the Annual Meeting in San Francisco will remain at the Early Bird rate of $175 for members and $100 for students through August 31.  Take advantage of your free time this summer and register for this stimulating meeting.  When you register online, you may also sign up for tours, reserve housing at one of the conference hotels, and register as a candidate for the Employment Center.

Membership and Subscriptions

MEMBERSHIP: 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 2011 winners are:

Michael Biggerstaff
Else K. Holt

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!

SUBSCRIPTIONS: 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 Fall issue (130:3) of the Journal of Biblical Literature your subscription and payment must be received no later than August 15, 2011. 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, Suite 350 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.

International Cooperation Initiative

The International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) is pleased to welcome Gorgias Press as the newest partner in our Online Books program. Gorgias Press is an independent academic publisher of books and journals covering several areas related to religious studies, the world of ancient western Asia, classics, and Middle Eastern studies. Specific areas of their current specializations are studies in Ancient Near East, Arabic and Islam, Archaeology, Bible, Classics, Early Christianity, Judaism, Linguistics, Syriac, and Ugaritic. The addition of Gorgias titles to the Online Books depository enhances the list and broadens the types of scholarship that SBL offers scholars and students in ICI countries.

If you, or someone you know, has benefited from the Online Books project, please tell us about it, or send a note directly to the publishers who partner with us (see for a complete list). A word of thanks goes a long way in encouraging further participation, not only by our current partners, but by other potential partners as well.


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July 2011
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 the Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS) will take place at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
More information
8/3- 8/11 Koine Greek Instructors: Fluency Workshop in Fresno, CA
Yes, speaking and hearing ancient Greek is a good thing. And now – a workshop specifically designed to grow oral fluency in Koine Greek, run by the Biblical Language Center and Fresno Pacific University.
Teaching Greek in Greek at the rate of natural speech offers advantages in efficiency, attainment levels, and broader student success throughout the various stages of language learning. However, there is a prerequisite to build our skills in this area of rapid, classroom communication in Greek. This workshop is designed to help Greek teachers bridge a gap from typical Greek training to the needs of immersion methodologies.
More information
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 Call for Papers Deadline
Creation, Conflict and Cosmos: A Conference on Romans 5- 8 in celebration of Princeton Theological Seminary's Bicentennial. Presentations will be offered by an outstanding group of international scholars, including:

John M.G. Barclay, Durham University
Martinus C. de Boer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Susan Grove Eastman, Duke University Divinity School
Neil Elliott, Fortress Press
Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Princeton Theological Seminary
J. Louis Martyn, Union Theological Seminary (emeritus)
Ben Myers, Charles Sturt University School of Theology, Sydney
Stephen Westerholm, McMaster University
Philip G. Ziegler, King’s College, University of Aberdeen

Short papers will be read in simultaneous sessions. To offer a paper, submit a 200-word abstract by September 1, 2011 to
More information.
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.
9/12- 9/14 Re-interpreting Hellenistic Judaism in the Nineteenth through Twenty-First Centuries
Institute for Culture and History, University of Amsterdam & the Centre for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, Trinity College Dublin will host a colloquium in Amsterdam that will focus on the modern reception of Hellenistic Judaism in terms ofwho, what, why, when and where, by specifically concentrating on the works of Josephus, Philo and Maccabees, but simultaneously opening up their reception to include special books, art and music. More information
9/19- 9/22 In Search of Well-Being: Perspectives on Health and Religious Traditions
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).

More information
October 2011
10/31 Workshop Call for Papers Deadline
The Program in Judaic Studies in collaboration with the Brown University Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship is pleased to announce plans for a two-day workshop devoted to investigating the ways in which the digital humanities has or can change the study of religion in antiquity. The workshop will take place on February 13-14, 2012, at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

We invite proposals for papers and presentations that explore the intersection of ancient religion and the digital humanities. We are particularly interested in presentations of projects that have the potential to open up new questions and avenues of research. Can digital tools not only allow us to do our work faster and more thoroughly but also enable entirely new kinds of research? How might different digital data (e.g., textual, geographic, and material culture) be used together most productively? The workshop will concentrate primarily on research rather than directly on pedagogy or scholarly communication. One session will be devoted to “nuts and bolts” issues of funding and starting a digital project.

The focus of the workshop will be on the religions of West Asia and the Mediterranean basin through the early Islamic period. Proposals relating to other regions, however, will also be considered.

More and updated information 

Please submit proposals of up to 300 words by October 31, 2011, to Michael Satlow  

November 2011
11/11 Shakespeare & the Bible
a symposium on the 1611 Bible at Rhodes College, Memphis TN. Invited speakers include Robert Alter, Brian Cummings, Hannibal Hamlin, and Naomi Tadmor.
More information
11/16- 11/19 ASOR Annual Meeting
The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) will hold their Annual Meeting at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA
More information
11/17- 11/19

Adventist Society for Religious Studies
The 2011 meeting will convene in San Francisco, California. The theme for the meeting is: “Gates and Walls: Inclusivity and Exclusivity and the People of God.” 
more information

11/18- 11/22 SBL Annual Meeting,
The SBL Annual Meeting will be held in San Francisco, California.
More information
December 2011

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