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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.
A Calendar of Events for Biblical and Religious Studies
Submit your events via email to Sharon Johnson.  Minor editorial revisions may be made for stylistic purposes and for reasons of length. Submissions must include a link for more information - either a website or an email link. We cannot host PDF documents.

November 2015
11/2-11/4 Practical Knowledge and Medical Practices in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures
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11/18-11/19 Bible, Empire, and Reception History
Columbia Theological Seminary will host a conference exploring the production and use of the Bible in various historical contexts of empire. It will consider the use of postcolonial criticism in interpreting biblical texts and its implications in modern contexts. The conference will consist of four sessions, each focusing on a particular geographical or historical set of contexts.
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11/20-11/22 Taking the Scholarship of Religion Public
Westar Institute, home of the Jesus SeminarHeld in conjunction with the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia

This national meeting brings religion scholars together with members of the public in an uncensored, cutting-edge exploration of radical historical and theological questions. Academic seminars are FREE to audit by AAR/SBL registrants. Qualified scholars are welcome to participate in the discussions at the table but must make arrangements in advance with Westar's academic director David Galston
For a small fee, AAR/SBL registrants can also attend special guest lectures by Harvey Cox ("How to Read the Bible") and Jack Miles ("If Jesus is God, what God is he?").
To learn more about seminar topics and guest lectures, visit the national meeting program online.
11/21-11/24 2015 SBL Annual Meeting
Atlanta, Georgia
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December 2015
12/20-12/23 Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash,
The conference will take place in Jerusalem and will explore "The Questions of God’s Perfection." The conference will explore whether understanding God as perfect being is appropriate as a basis for Jewish theology and for religious belief more generally, bringing together perspectives on this question from philosophers, theologians,scholars of Bible and scholars of rabbinic literature. Invited participants will be Oliver Crisp, James Diamond, Jerome Gellman, Lenn E. Goodman, Moshe Halbertal, Yoram Hazony, Brian Leftow, Berel Dov Lerner Alan Mittleman, David Shatz, Eleonore Stump, Alan Torrance, Shmuel Trigano, and Howard Wettstein. Scholars wishing to present papers at the conference should submit abstracts of 500-1,000 words together with a current CV to
Call for Papers
The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem announces the 2016 Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize call for papers. This prize provides $650 for the best published article or paper presented at a conference that treats a topic in the field of Syro-Palestinian or biblical archaeology. Authors must be Ph.D. candidates. They may be of any nationality but the article or paper must be in English. Co-written or co-presented pieces may be submitted if all the authors or presenters are doctoral candidates; the prize, if awarded, will be divided equally among authors or presenters. All submissions must be in PDF format only. All submissions must include BOTH the cover sheet AND the paper. All submissions must be received no later than December 31, 2015. The prize will be announced on Sean’s birthday, March 9, 2016.
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January 2016
February 2016
2/5-2/7 SBL Midwest regional meeting
Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois  
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2/18-2/20 Holy Hero(in)es. Literary Constructions of Heroism in Late Antique and Early Medieval Hagiography
International conference at Ghent University (Belgium)-The ERC research group Novel Saints (Ghent University) builds on and contributes to a recent trend in scholarship of studying late antique and early medieval hagiography (4th-12th cent.) as literature. We welcome paper proposals for our first, international conference, which will deal with literary constructions of characters as hero(in)es in different types of late antique and early medieval hagiographical narrative (Lives, Martyr Acts, hagiographical romances, etc.). We envisage contributions on hagiography from different linguistic traditions (Latin, Greek, Syriac, Georgian, Coptic, Armenian, Persian and Arabic). The conference aims to explore definitions of and aspects/concepts relevant to heroism in Christian narrative. What does it mean to be a hero(ine) in these narratives? Are there different types of hero(in)es (and of heroism)? To what extent can narratological concepts provide useful tools for evaluating hagiographical constructions of heroism? The other central question is how saints (and/or, possibly, other characters) are characterized, shaped, imagined and/or constructed as hero(in)es.
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March 2016
3/15 Call for Papers
Open Theology ( invites submissions for the topical issue 'Bible Translation', under the general editorship of Dr. Mark L. Strauss (Bethel Seminary San Diego). The vast majority of Bible readers access the Scriptures in a translation, rather than in the original languages (Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic). Yet issues related to the theory and practice of translation are not widely discussed in biblical studies circles. We invite linguists, international Bible translators, and biblical scholars to discuss the history, theory, practice, and recent developments in the field of Bible translation. HOW TO SUBMIT Submissions are due by March 15, 2016. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Theology, please use the on-line submission system choosing as article type: ‘Special Issue Article: 'Bible Translation'. All contributions will undergo a critical review before being accepted for publication.
Further questions about the thematic issue can be sent to Mark L. Strauss. In case of technical questions please contact Managing Editor of the journal at .Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk
3/16-3/19 Spring National Meeting
Westar Institute, home of the Jesus SeminarSanta Rosa, California. Featuring guest speakers Mary Evelyn Tucker, John D. Caputo, and Dennis R. MacDonald. More information forthcoming. More information.
April 2016
May 2016
5/23-5/27 6th Enoch Graduate Seminar
Will be held in University of Texas, Austin, TX and Chaired by Jonathan Kaplan and Kelley Coblenz Bautch, with speakers including Gabriele Boccaccini and Matthias Henze. Please ask your Ph.D. students/candidates and post-docs to apply by submitting their paper proposals (500-1000 words) from all fields of Second Temple Judaism (Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Christian origins, Jewish- Hellenistic literature, etc.) and, for the first time, early Islamic studies, to Professor Isaac Oliver at Proposal deadline: December 15, 2015.
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June 2016
6/19-6/24 John the Jew: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as a Form of Jewish Messianism
The 6th Enoch Seminar Nangeroni Meeting will be held in Camaldoli, Italy. Chaired by Gabriele Boccaccini, Benjamin Reynolds, and Deborah Forger, with the participation of, among others, James Charlesworth, Kelley Coblentz-Bautch, James Davila, Matthias Henze, Angela Kim Harkins, Crispin Fletcher Louis, Grant Macaskill, James McGrath, Andrei Orlov, Adele Reinhartz, and Loren Stuckenbruck. If you are interested in participating in the meeting, please contact Ben Reynolds ( and Deborah Forger (
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6/23-6/26 Religious Convergence in the Ancient Mediterranean
This international conference brings together scholars in religion, archaeology, philology, and history to explore case studies and theoretical models of converging religions.

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6/26-6/30 The Early Reception of Paul the Jew
The 7th Enoch Seminar Nangeroni Meeting will be held in Rome, Italy. Chaired by Isaac Oliver, with the participation of, among others, Albert Baumgarten, Gabriele Boccaccini, Daniel Boyarin, Kathy Ehrensperger, Gabriella Gelardini, Judith Lieu, Anders Klostergaard Petersen, David Sim, and Matthew Thiessen.
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July 2016
7/3-7/7 2016 SBL International Meeting
Seoul, South Korea
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7/4-7/6 The Aramaeans B.C.: History, Literature, and Archaeology
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Forty Third International Conference on the history and the cultural heritage of the Aramaeans B.C.: History, Literature, and Archaeology, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, on 4th – 6th July 2016.The conference will start on Monday July 04th at 9am, finishing on Wednesday July 06th at 1pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address:ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. 01865-514041 Email:
August 2016
8/2-8/5 General Meeting of Studiorum Novi Testament Societas
Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS) will hold their 2016 General Meeting in Montreal, Canada.
For updates and information, see SNTS
8/9-8/11 Ethnicity/Race/Religion: Identities, Ideologies, and Intersections in Biblical Texts and Interpretation
Centre for Biblical Studies, University of Exeter, UK
How do ethnicity and race feature in constructions of identity in biblical texts? How have ideologies of race shaped biblical interpretation past and present? And how has the Bible and its interpretation contributed to racial ideologies and racist practices? These are the key issues to be explored in this international conference. Religion and ethnicity or race – the terms are contested and unavoidably loaded – are facets of identity that intersect and overlap in complex and varied ways. They are neither identical nor entirely separable, but clearly bound up in some of the most intractable and prominent conflicts in the contemporary world.
One of the aims of the conference is to explore and to problematize the extent to which the dominant models of biblical scholarship remain ‘Western’ in their assumptions, and to consider what breaking out of these might entail.
Speakers: Professor Musa Dube, University of Botswana Dr Ma. Marilou S. Ibita, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies, Quezon City, the Philippines. Dr Gregory Cuéllar, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, USA.
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September 2016
9/4-9/9 International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT)
For the first time in its more than 50-years history the IOSOT will convene on African soil in 2016. The triennial meeting will take place at the University of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa. Updates and more information will be posted on the official website. Register there with your e-mail address to receive automatic updates and the Call for Papers. Questions contact: Prof Louis Jonker
October 2016
November 2016
11/19-11/22 2015 SBL Annual Meeting
San Antonio, Texas
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