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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.

October 2015
10/7-10/8 New Creation Colloquium
Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids MI
Biblical scholars, theologians, church historians, philosophers and literary scholars are invited to submit proposals for papers to be presented at a colloquium on the theme of “New Creation.” Papers may deal with any aspect of the Christian eschatological doctrine of the redemption of all things. This includes discussion of key Old and New Testament texts and contexts, individuals or movements within Christian history that have articulated the doctrine, literary texts which bear on the issue, the ethical and social consequences of the doctrine, and the connection between this belief and Christian spirituality, liturgy and pastoral care. Contact Martin Spence, 616-949-5300 or
November 2015
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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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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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
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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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March 2016
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
June 2016
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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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
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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