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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
 
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The Bible in the Public Square: Its Enduring Influence in American Life
Mark A. Chancey, Carol Meyers, and Eric M. Meyers, editors
Essays from the perspectives of American history, the history of ideas, film studies, visual studies, cultural studies, education, and church-state studies provide essential research for those interested in the intersection of the Bible and American culture. Professors of biblical studies, Judaism, English, and history analyze the tensions in American society regarding the Bible and its role in public lifePaperHardcover
 
 
Mark, Mutuality, and Mental Health: Encounters with Jesus
Simon Mainwaring
Mainwaring explores the societal contexts of those who suffer poor mental health, and in particular the relational dynamics of how identity, agency, and dialogue are negotiated in personal encounters. This work seeks to serve as an experiment, such that interested readers might better understand the dynamics of relational power that pervade encounters with persons with poor mental health.PaperHardcover
 
 
Warfare, Ritual, and Symbol in Biblical and Modern Contexts
Brad E. Kelle, Frank Ritchel Ames, Jacob L. Wright (editors)
Contributors investigate what constituted a symbol in war, what rituals were performed and their purpose, how symbols and rituals functioned in and between wars and battles, what effects symbols and rituals had on insiders and outsiders, what ways symbols and rituals functioned as instruments of war, and what roles rituals and symbols played in the production and use of texts.PaperHardcover
 
 
Constructing and Deconstructing Power in Psalms 107–150
W. Dennis Tucker Jr.
W. Dennis Tucker Jr. examines the role of Persian imperial ideology in the creation of psalms in Book 5 of the Psalter and in the shaping of the book of Psalms as a whole. Although much research has been conducted on the relationship between the Persian empire and the creation of biblical texts, the book of Psalms has been largely absent from this discussion. Tucker seeks to rectify this omission by illustrating that Book 5 constructed a subtle anti-imperial ideology in response to the threats imposed from all empires both past and present.PaperHardcover
 
 
Myth and Scripture: Contemporary Perspectives on Religion, Language, and Imagination
Dexter E. Callender Jr., editor
In this collection of essays, scholars suggest that using “myth” creates a framework within which to set biblical writings in both cultural and literary comparative contexts. Reading biblical accounts alongside the religious narratives of other ancient civilizations reveals what is commonplace and shared among them. The fruit of such work widens and enriches our understanding of the nature and character of biblical texts, and the results provide fresh evidence for how biblical writings became “scripture.”PaperHardcover
 
 
Sourcebook for Ancient Mesopotamian Medicine
JoAnn Scurlock
JoAnn Scurlock assembles and translates medical texts that provided instructions for ancient doctors and pharmacists. She unpacks the difficult, technical vocabulary that describes signs and symptoms as well as procedures and plants used in treatments. This fascinating material shines light on the development of medicine in the ancient Near East, yet these tablets were essentially inaccessible to anyone without an expertise in cuneiform. Scurlock’s work fills this gap by providing a key resource for teaching and research.PaperHardcover
 
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SBL Press publishes books with a scholarly focus as well as works intended to convey the finest biblical scholarship to wider audiences: students in college, university, and seminary courses; leaders in church and synagogue settings; and members of the general public interested in biblical study. SBL Press focuses on the needs of biblical scholars and students by creating resources for the classroom and research and fosters the professional development of biblical scholars by creating venues for publication, enhancing editorial skills, and providing critical responses to manuscripts submitted for publication.

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