If You’re Happy and You Know it, Make Twinkle Fingers…

“The Church of England has been accused of ‘dumbing down’ after drawing up a new service in which worshippers use Post-it notes, clap like football fans and move their fingers like ‘twinkling stars’. The new liturgy will be used in hundreds of churches for the first time today to celebrate the role of godparents. But in an outspoken attack, the former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, said it reflected the Church’s ‘now familiar desire for being trendy’…”

Etc.

The Devil at Work

“When I was a boy the story was once told about Satan’s inability to start a quarrel between a man and his wife who loved each other deeply. He achieved his purpose through an old woman, who placed a sharp knife under the pillow of each of them. Then she told each [about the knife under the other’s pillow]. The man found the knife [under his wife’s pillow] and killed his wife.

Then Satan approached the old woman and held out a pair of shoes to her on a long stick. When she asked why he didn’t come closer Satan replied, ‘You’re worse than I am, for you’ve done to the man and his wife what I couldn’t do.’ “So we see that the devil is always hostile to whatever our Lord God does.” — Martin Luther

Parents Keep Leaving Guns Laying Around, and Small Kids Keep Killing People

This past week, a Milwaukee toddler fatally shot his mother after finding a handgun in the back seat of the car they were riding in. The case drew a lot of national attention given the unusual circumstances: Little kids rarely kill people, intentionally or not.

But this type of thing happens more often than you might think. Since April 20, there have been at least seven instances in which a 1- , 2- or 3-year-old shot themselves or somebody else in the United States…

Last year, a Washington Post analysis found that toddlers were finding guns and shooting people at a rate of about one a week. This year, that pace has accelerated. There have been at least 23 toddler-involved shootings since Jan. 1, compared with 18 over the same period last year.

In the vast majority of cases, the children accidentally shoot themselves. That’s happened 18 times this year, and in nine of those cases the children died of their wounds.

Keep leaving those guns where tiny kids can get them, parents, and maybe your child can be a statistic too…

Welcome to the ‘It’s Just 6 Months Till #SBL2016’ Carnival

anthonyThe posts collected in this month’s Carnival are all SBL-centric.  What did the SBL do?  What did it post, or email or publicize?  And it’s all assembled here to whet your appetite for the half-a-year-away-Conference-of-a-Lifetime meeting in San Antonio, which was named for St Anthony (the patron Saint of Lost people).  According to the Catholics,

Saint Anthony of Padua (born Fernando Martins de Bulhões; 1195 – 13 June 1231), also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. He was born into and raised by a wealthy family in Lisbon and died in Padua, Italy.

Noted by his contemporaries for his forceful preaching and expert knowledge of scripture, he was the second most quickly canonized saint after Peter of Verona. He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 16 January 1946. He is also the patron saint of finding things or lost people.

In San Antonio, let’s hope lots of lost people find their way to the truth…  In the meanwhile, what’s SBL been up to with your money?

First, they tweeted this:

New Ithaka survey results on practices and perceptions related to scholarly communications and information usage sr.ithaka.org/publications/i….

Sounds fantastic!  I hope they make it into a book and then turn it into a movie!  Then an advert came in the email featuring these-

  • Hebrew for Biblical Interpretation, Arthur W. Walker-Jones
  • An Introduction to Aramaic, Corrected Second Edition, Frederick E. Greenspahn
  • Building Your New Testament Greek Vocabulary, Third Edition, Robert E. Van Voorst
  • Akkadian Grammar, Arthur Ungnad; Harry A. Hoffner Jr., translator
  • Proverbs: An Eclectic Edition with Introduction and Textual Commentary, Michael V. Fox
  • The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition, Michael W. Holmes
  • A User’s Guide to the Nestle-Aland 28 Greek New Testament, David Trobisch

Informing members of books is an important function of any learned society.  Next – around April 13, came this email-

SBL Press Spring Sale

Almost all new, recent, and backlisted SBL Press and Brown Judaic Studies titles are available to SBL members at a thirty 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 SPG2016 at checkout to receive your discount.

SBL Annual Meeting

Registration & Housing for the Annual Meetings 2016 in San Antonio is now open! You may access your registration page with this link. Please note that registration rates will increase on May 20, so take advantage of the Super Saver discount and register today!

With more than 1,200 academic sessions, and workshops, along with one of the world’s largest exhibits of books and digital resources for biblical studies, the Annual Meetings is one of the largest events of the year in the fields of biblical scholarship, religious studies and theology.

Registration, the Exhibit Hall and the Employment Center will be located at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  Sessions and other meeting activities will be held at the Convention Center as well as the Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, Hilton del Palacio, Marriott Rivercenter and Marriott Riverwalk.  To review additional information about the 2016 Annual Meetings, including a hotel map and list of amenities, please click here.

We are looking forward to a great meeting in San Antonio!

SBL International Meeting

See the schedule here.. Sessions for the SABS meeting on Saturday, July 2 will be held at the Methodist Theological University, and sessions for the main International Meeting will be held on Sunday through Thursday (July 3 – July 7) at Yonsei Univeristy in downtown Seoul. The two locations are about one mile apart. Registration is also available here. If you have questions or concerns about the schedule, please contact Charlie Haws, Director of Programs, at charles.haws@sbl-site.org. Questions about registration, tours, etc., should be directed to internationalmeeting@sbl-site.org

New Snapshot of Practices and Perceptions related to Scholarly Communications and Information Usage

Results of the sixth iteration of the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey were just announced. The survey, a tool for tracking attitudes and self-reported practices of scholars on a variety of issues over time, focuses on how research, teaching, and information usage practices of faculty members are changing. Its population is a random sample of faculty members from all arts and sciences fields and most professions at colleges and universities in the United States that grant a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Key findings are listed on p. 6 of the PDF version of the report, which we summarize below.

  • Discovery starting points for faculty research remain in flux with strong use of specific electronic research resources/databases, general purpose search engines, and online library websites/catalogs.
  • Interest in supporting students and their competencies and learning outcomes shows signs of surging.
  • Faculty members prefer to be self-reliant in their data management and preservation processes.
  • There is no observable trend towards a format transition for monographs.
  • Traditional scholarly incentives continue to motivate behaviors around research and its dissemination.

The full report is available at http://www.sr.ithaka.org/publications/ithaka-sr-us-faculty-survey-2015/. SBL was a supporting organization for this survey.

New Title from SBL Press

Don’t forget to visit the Kindle Store and Google Play to search for available SBL Press and Society of Biblical Literature titles.

Featured title:

Communication, Pedagogy, and the Gospel of Mark
Elizabeth E. Shively and Geert Van Oyen, editors

On the 14th SBL mailed notice of several books the Press has published both recently and previously:

  • Daily Life in Biblical Times, by Oded Borowski
  • The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel, by Israel Finkelstein and Amihai Mazar, edited by Brian Schmidt
  • Biblical Peoples and Ethnicity: An Archaeological Study of Egyptians, Canaanites, Philistines, and Early Israel (ca. 1300–1100 B.C.E.), by Ann E. Killebrew
  • The Forgotten Kingdom: The Archaeology and History of Northern Israel, by Israel Finkelstein
  • Between Text and Artifact: Integrating Archaeology in Biblical Studies Teaching, Milton C. Moreland
  • Who Were the Babylonians?, by Bill T. Arnold

A nice collection.

 

On the 21st they emailed another advert, listing these books for sale from the Press of SBL-

  • The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts, Second Edition, James P. Allen
  • The Witchcraft Series Maqlû, Tzvi Abusch
  • Prophets and Prophecy in the Ancient Near East, Martti Nissinen
  • Law Collections from Mesopotamia and Asia Minor, Second Edition  , Martha T. Roth
  • Hittite Myths, Second Edition, Harry A. Hoffner Jr.
  • Ugaritic Narrative Poetry, Simon B. Parker, editor

Nifty!

And, again on the 21st, this appeared in the tweetings!

The @SBLsite Student Advisory Board has several positions opening this year. Check your inboxes for more info!

An email and a tweet on the SAME DAY!  SBL is picking up pre-meeting steam fo’ sho’!