February 20, 2019 Newsletter
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Happy Birthday to James Hester, who turned 80 years old last week and has been a member of SBL for 51 years!

2018 SBL-AAR Job Advertisement Data Report

The 2018 Jobs Report from the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion is now available. This report includes employment listing data from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 for the Academic Year (AY) 2018. While not representative of all positions in our fields, the data provide important information for employers, candidates, and those active in biblical, religious, and theological scholarship. Read the full jobs report here.

IAHR World Congress 2020

The 22nd Quinquennial World Conference of the International Association for the History of Religion (IAHR) will be in Dunedin, New Zealand August 23–29, 2020. The call for papers is now available.


As part of your Society of Biblical Literature membership, save 50% on the annual JPASS plan, your personal access to the JSTOR archive. With more than 1,900 scholarly journals, JSTOR is one of the world’s leading academic databases. Millions of users worldwide rely on JSTOR for research, fact checking, and book reviews. This discounted subscription includes unlimited reading access and 120 article downloads. JSTOR adds new titles every month so you’ll have a growing collection of the world’s leading peer-reviewed journals only a click away. You must link to JSTOR from the SBL site to get the discount: login and visit the member benefits page.

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2019 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

The call for papers for the 2019 Annual Meeting is open. You can review the program units participating in 2019 here and enter your proposals before the 11:59:59 PM EST deadline on March 6.

Status of Women in the Profession Outstanding Service in Mentoring Award

The Status of Women in the Profession Committee (SWP) is looking for nominees for its Outstanding Service in Mentoring Award. SWP honors women that have served as excellent mentors to women in the field, and needs your nominations. If you would like to recommend a nominee, let us know! Please send your nomination with a descriptive letter of endorsement to Christl Maier. For more information on this award and past recipients, click here.

Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association

IQSA is proud to announce the release of the second issue its flagship journal, the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association by Lockwood Press. JIQSA, vol. 2 (2017) is co-edited by Michael Pregill and Vanessa De Gifis (Wayne State University) and features new research on the Qur’an. The editors offer an insightful introductory essay in remembrance of Andrew Rippin, IQSA’s inaugural president and “esteemed colleague, revered mentor, and scholarly inspiration to many members of the IQSA community” (Pregill, 3). Subscribe here

Recent SBLHS2 Blog Posts

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SBL Press News

Bible Odyssey
Check out a few of our recent posts:

Sheol by Shawna Dolansky
Jubilee Year by William K. Gilders 
Solomon by Sarah Malena

New from SBL Press

Plant Metaphors in the Old Greek of Isaiah
Benjamin M. Austin

Benjamin M. Austin analyzes all the plant metaphors in Isaiah and classifies them according to the metaphor translation techniques used by the Septuagint translator. Austin illustrates how the translator took the context of each metaphor into account and demonstrates that the natural features of the plants under discussion at times influenced their translation. He argues that the translator tried to translate metaphors vividly and with clarity, sometimes adjusting them to match the experience of his audience living in Egypt. Austin also examines metaphors in terms of their vehicles (the objects of comparison), so that the translation of similar metaphors can be compared.

Paperback • Hardcover • Kindle • Google Play



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
                        Kindle ASIN B00WVGD4AY  •  Google Play  ISBN 9781589839656

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