March 18, 2020 Newsletter
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2020 SBL Member Benefit from JSTOR

JSTOR has invited SBL into a two-year pilot program that provides access for all SBL members to more than one hundred journals in JSTOR’s Religion and Theology Collection. To visit the collection, log in to the member benefits page and use the link in the JSTOR section. SBL is grateful to JSTOR for this member benefit through 2020.

Status of Women in the Profession Outstanding Service in Mentoring Award

The Status of Women in the Profession Committee (CSWP) is looking for nominees for its Outstanding Service in Mentoring Award. CSWP 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.

SBL Press Spring Sale

SBL Press and BJS titles are available to SBL members at a 30 percent discount during the annual spring sale. Place your mail, fax, or phone order using this order form by May 31. If you prefer to order at the SBL Press Store, use the promo code SP2020 at checkout to receive your discount.

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Regional Meetings

The Rocky Mountain – Great Plains (March 27-28), Upper Midwest (April 4), and Pacific Northwest (May 15-17) regional meetings have been canceled. Please email with questions.

Online Teaching

SBL is aware that many of you find yourselves teaching online for the first time due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, and we are committed to addressing your most urgent needs. We have begun sending out weekly newsletters that highlight Bible Odyssey resources by our members that you can use to support your virtual classrooms. SBL is also developing a list of external online resources to assist you during this difficult transition. A link to this page will be available here. If you are familiar with any online resources that might assist your fellow members or if you would be willing to answer questions about online teaching your colleagues might have, please contact us at SBL will continue to monitor the situation as we work on a larger plan to address member needs in this area.

“He Inscribed Upon a Stone”: Celebrating the Work of Jim Eisenbraun

Eisenbrauns is a veritable household name for scholars of the Bible, archaeology, and Near Eastern studies. The retirement of Jim and Merna Eisenbraun (the reason for the plural Eisenbrauns) and the transition of the imprint to Pennsylvania State University Press is an opportunity to celebrate and pay tribute. When SBL asked authors, editors, and staff associated with Eisenbrauns if they would contribute to a volume celebrating Jim’s legacy, over one hundred responses resulted in this tribute. The volume is free to download here.

International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR)

The IAHR invites participation in the 22nd Quinquennial World Congress at the University of Otago in New Zealand. More about the program can be found here. The November 2019 IAHR e‐Bulletin Supplement is available here.

New from SBL Press

Paul and the Resurrected Body: Social Identity and Ethical Practice
Matt O’Reilly

Matt O’Reilly makes the case that the social dimension of future bodily resurrection is just as important, if not more so, than individual salvation and resurrection. Through a close reading of key texts in the letters to the Corinthians, Romans, and Philippians, O’Reilly argues that resurrection is integral to Paul’s understanding of Christian social identity. In Paul’s theological reasoning, a believer’s hope for the future depends on being identified as part of the people of God who will be resurrected.

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New from Bible Odyssey

Syrophoenician Woman
Gender and the Hebrew Bible
Tisha Ba’Av

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