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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.

August 2015
8/10-8/11 Interreligious Relations: Biblical Perspectives
The Norwegian Summer Academy for Biblical Studies International Meeting 2015 will be held at Ansgar University College, Kristiansand, Norway.
Deadline for registration: 1 July 2015
Registration: Ansgar Sommerhotel & Konferansesenter Fredrik Fransonsvei 4, N-4635 KristiansandTelephone: +47 38 10 64 00, or: +47 40 02 16 21 or E-mail:
Questions to the conference, contact:
Professor Dr. Markus Zehnder or
Professor Dr. Hallvard Hagelia
8/23-8/29 Call for panels: XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions
We invite contributions from all disciplines of religious studies and related fields of research to allow for broad, interdisciplinary discussion of the Congress topic to register their panels for the XXI World Congress of the IAHR. Panels should address one of the four thematic Congress areas: Religious communities in society: Adaptation and transformation; Practices and discourses: Innovation and tradition; The individual: Religiosity, spiritualities and individualization; or Methodology: Representations and interpretations.
Deadlines will be announced on the website:
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8/24 Fellowship Application Deadline
The University Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to announce the continuation of the Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred during the tenure of the awards and is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 150-mile radius of Sacramento. The fellowship application deadline is August 24, 2015. No late applications will be considered.

For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and application instructions, see: Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection.
September 2015
9/2 Sociedad Latinoamericana para las Ciencias Bíblicas (SOLACIB)
Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 pmCentral American Theological Seminary, Room C-1 (Bolivar Avenue 30-42, Zone 3, Guatemala)Theme: An introduction to discourse analysis and its impact on the narratology of the Old Testament. Contact Prof. Abner B. Bartolo H. at or for more information.
9/11-9/13 Oceania Biblical Studies Association
Conference will be held at Piula Theological College, Upolu, Samoa, in the beautiful South Pacific.
Email the Secretary for OBSA: Nasili Vaka’uta for more information.
9/15 Call for Papers Deadline
Religious Convergence in the Ancient Mediterranean brings together scholars in religion, archaeology, philology, and history to explore case studies and theoretical models of converging religions. Palermo, Italy-June of 2016.
Send paper title and brief abstract to:
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9/18-9/20 Third International Women's Ordination Worldwide Conference
The 3rd Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW) Conference, and the first in the U.S., will convene in Philadelphia, PA from September 18-10, 2015. The conference theme is Gender, Gospel, and Global Justice. The meeting is hosted by the Women's Ordination Conference (U.S.A.) Executive Directors and Board. The conference will feature multiple well-known scholars and activists, including scholars Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Tina Beattie, Phyllis Zagano, Ursula King, and activists Roy Bourgeois, Teresa Kane and Teresa Forcades ("Europe's most radical nun) and others. Numerous workshops will be offered in addition to the general sessions. Registration may be completed online.
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9/18-9/19 Paul and Economics
This is an interdisciplinary conference that brings together NT scholars, classicists, and economic historians to examine economic issues relevant to the interpretation of Paul’s letters; to be held at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
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9/24-9/28 Society of Biblical Scholars (SBS) & Institute for Biblical Preaching (IBP) in Africa
(at St. Paul’s University, Kenya) This year’s SBS conference, and IBP seminar, organized by Hokma House—Centre for Biblical Research (Jos, Nigeria), will be hosted by St. Paul’s University (Limuru, Kenya). Paper and panel proposals are invited on the inter-disciplinary theme: ‘Engaging Scripture, Transforming Culture: Exegesis, Criticism, Hermeneutics, and Theology’. How can biblical exegesis, criticism, hermeneutics and theology shape and contribute more meaningfully to our engagement of the scriptures, esp. in Africa? Presenters and panelists may focus on one or more of these four areas, but will need to be conversant with the history, development and current state of research in each area in order to be able to evaluate the current enterprise of biblical studies, esp. in Africa, and propose major ways forward for the discipline. The second part of the theme explores the role of exegesis, criticism, hermeneutics and theology in transforming culture. Papers outside the theme are welcome! SBS membership is not required to attend or participate in this year’s meeting. New members are welcome to apply for membership.
Contact: Rev. Dr. Randee Ijatuyi-Morphé, Director, and Professor of Biblical Studies, ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Nigeria (;; Rev. Dr. K. Gatumu, Senior Lecturer, SBS/IBP Liaison @SPU (
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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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