The Society of Biblical Literature was founded in 1880 to foster biblical scholarship.
Search SBL

About SBL

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.
Meeting Program Units

2013 International Meeting

St. Andrews, Scotland

Meeting Begins: 7/7/2013
Meeting Ends: 7/11/2013

Call For Papers Opens: 10/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 2/12/2013
Requirements for Participation

Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Paper proposals are welcome on all topics appropriate for the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism section, but we especially encourage the submission of paper proposals on the topic of “Views on Man and the Cosmos in Nag Hammadi Writings and Related Texts”. The scholarly effort of the last 30 years has made sufficiently clear that the Nag Hammadi Library is far from offering a monolithic worldview. In fact it includes a wide spectrum of views and positions regarding almost every single aspect of human being’s reality: the relation of humankind to God and the divine realm, its present condition in the cosmic world, its future salvation and the means to achieve this, among other things, are dealt with in a variety of ways. What are the views on man in this corpus? Are the bipartite and tripartite anthropological patterns the only traceable frameworks? Or can we find other thought patterns as well? What can we say about the provenance of the relevant anthropological views and how did they develop? And what about the views on the cosmos? Do we find the same bipartite and tripartite patterns, or are there also other views? What is the relationship of the worldviews in these documents and the cosmological and astrological views current in the ancient world, more specifically in late antiquity? Do the texts present a consistent view of man and the cosmos, e.g. in interrelating man and the cosmos as micro- and macro-cosmos?

Program Unit Chairs

 Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta
 Andre Gagne

Propose a Paper for this Program Unit

If you are a SBL member, you must login before you can propose a paper for this or any other session. Please login by entering your SBL member number on the left in the Login box.

SBL membership is required to participate in the meeting. In its efforts to foster biblical scholarship and to facilitate mutual cooperation among colleagues, SBL offers reduced membership rates to individuals from certain countries through the Society's International Cooperation Initiative (ICI). Individuals in these countries may pay the reduced fees of $15 for full membership and $10 for student membership. If you are a not a member of SBL but live or work in an ICI country and are interested in participating in the meeting, please consider becoming an ICI member.

For all other persons wanting to propose a paper, you must communicate directly with the chair of the program unit to which you want to propose. Chairs have the responsibility to make waiver requests, and their email addresses are available above. SBL provides membership and meeting registration waivers only for scholars who are outside the disciplines covered by the SBL program, specifically most aspects of archaeological, biblical, religious, and theological studies.

Questions About Membership?

  • Call 866-727-9955 Toll Free in the US
  • Call 404-727-9498 Outside the US
  • Fax us at 404-727-2419
  • Email us at

© 2015, Society of Biblical Literature. All Rights Reserved.