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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.

July 2017
7/15 Call for Papers
The Dead Sea Scrolls Seventy Years Later. Manuscripts, Traditions, Interpretations, and Their Biblical Context, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
The contributions may deal with any topic related to the Dead Sea scrolls, be it archeological, paleographic, literary, historical, social, biblical, or religious—again, in their widest understandings. The preferred approach is to present a particular theme from the perspective of the development of the related scholarly research, beginning with the first publications of a Qumran manuscript, or first/early interpretations concerning a particular topic related to Qumran research. Any other analysis or approach is also acceptable.
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7/17-7/20 SOTS Summer Meeting
The Society for Old Testament Study Centennial Summer Meeting will be held at King’s College London.
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7/18-7/22 Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash
This conference will seek to elucidate the classical Jewish theology of torah from heaven in light of recent challenges. We are especially interested in papers that seek a better understanding of the views presented in the Hebrew Bible, Talmud and Midrash, according to which the torah is to be seen as entering the world through, or being given shape by, God’s speech to Moses and Israel at Mt. Sinai.
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07/26-07/28 Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXVI, 2017
In the decades after the 1971 Colloquium on the Gospel of Mark which focused on Tradition and Redaction, scholarship has witnessed a proliferation of approaches. Alongside historical-critical methods narrative criticism and other readings have found a place in scholarship (feminist reading, reader response criticism, rhetorical analysis, post-colonial interpretations, performance criticism, reception history, social-scientific studies, Gospel and art). This wide range of methods calls for a fresh state of the art of research on Mark. The Colloquium raises the question of how these different approaches contribute to the ongoing search for the meaning of the second Gospel. New questions arise at the horizon or existing questions are presented in a new way. How can diachronic historical studies be integrated within synchronic readings? What is the relationship between history and story? What are the dominant currents in Markan scholarship, and are they connected to each other? The general issue of the relationship between meaning and method leads to more specific research topics. We think, for instance, of the role of the real reader in interpretation, the choice of a specific hermeneutical model, the integration of different disciplines, the function of inner- and intertextual references, the interrelationships of the canonical Gospels or the challenge how to disseminate scholarly information.
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August 2017
8/7-8/11 SBL International Meeting
Berlin, Germany
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8/7-8/11 European Association of Biblical Studies
The EABS Annual Conference 2017 will take place in Berlin, Germany.  EABS will meet jointly with ISBL.
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8/7 Conference on Apocalyptic Literature and Mysticism: Investigating a Turn in Recent Apocalyptic Research

Yale Divinity School and the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, will be hosting a conference on this theme. The conference focuses on the relationship between apocalyptic literature and Merkavah Mysticism/mystical movements/texts. The conference will take place on at the University of the Free State. Speakers include John Collins, Adela Collins, Greg Sterling, Jörg Frey and Pieter de Villiers.
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Vision, Narrative, and Wisdom in the Aramaic Texts from Qumran

The Copenhagen Qumran Initiative and the Theological Faculty of the University of Copenhagen are organizing an international symposium focusing on the Aramaic texts from the Qumran Caves.

The texts from the Qumran Caves written in Aramaic make up a variegated corpus with several literary genres represented. These texts are interesting not only because of their literary contents and their historical significance, but also because they throw new light on the history of the Aramaic language, and the linguistic situation in Palestine in the late Second Temple period. Some of the texts are related to biblical literature in Hebrew in ways that are not always easily grasped. Arguably, some of the Aramaic texts may represent earlier versions of the cognate Hebrew compositions. While focusing attention on vision texts and the “testament” genre, the symposium will attempt to cover a wide range of topics related to this fascinating material.

We welcome papers on topics related to Aramaic Qumran texts. If you are interested in participating, and in presenting a paper, please contact Kasper Siegismund,


September 2017
9/8-9/10 Biblical Interpretation for Caribbean Renewal

Jamaica Theological Seminary will host an interdisciplinary theology conference on its campus 14-16 West Avenue, Constant Spring, Kingston 8, Jamaica W.I. The conference is co-sponsored with the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology and the United Theological College of the West Indies.

Both Caribbean residents and others with an interest in the Caribbean are invited to propose papers on any aspect of the theme of “Biblical Interpretation for Caribbean Renewal.” We especially encourage papers that:

  • propose priorities for biblical interpretation in the Caribbean
  • address current practices of biblical interpretation in the Caribbean
  • engage particular biblical texts in light of Caribbean realities

The due date for receiving proposals is July 15, 2017.
Further information on submitting proposals may be found in the Call for Papers. 
For more information please visit the conference page on the website of the Jamaica Theological Seminary.

October 2017
10/5-10/8 2017 Byzantine Studies Conference
Will be held at University of Minnesota in Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
The BSC is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine studies and related disciplines, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. It is also the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA).
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10/25-10/26 The Dead Sea Scrolls Seventy Years Later. Manuscripts, Traditions, Interpretations, and Their Biblical Context
John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. The huge impact of the scrolls on the field of biblical studies (in its most expansive sense!) makes it imperative that we undertake today an effort to examine and review the large field of Dead Sea Scrolls studies. The seventieth anniversary of the first discoveries seems an opportune time. The conference creates a platform for scholarly exchange concerning the present state of professional research in the field of Qumran studies.
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November 2017
11/18-11/21 2017 SBL Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
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11/17-11/20 International Qur'anic Studies Association
International Qur'anic Studies Association (IQSA) Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the SBL/AAR Annual Meetings in Boston, Massachusetts
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11/30 CFP Deadline: What’s So Funny? Discovering and Interpreting Humor in the Ancient World
A conference to be held at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. See April 2018 entry for more information.
 Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by email to by 30 November 2017. Please include “Humor Conference Abstract” and your name in the subject line
December 2017
January 2018
1/2-1/4 The Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS)
The Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS) Winter Meeting will be held at the University of Nottingham in Cripps Hall. More information
1/4-1/7 Linguistic Society of America
The 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America will take place at the Grand America Salt Lake City in Utah.
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1/4-1/7 AIA and SCS Joint Annual Meeting
The Joint Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) (formerly known as the American Philological Association) will take place in Boston, Massachusetts. Meeting registration and hotel reservation information will be posted in late summer.
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February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
04/20-04/21 CFP: What’s So Funny? Discovering and Interpreting Humor in the Ancient World
A conference to be held at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Keynote Speakers:
  • Jack M. Sasson (Emeritus Professor, Vanderbilt University)
  • Ian Ruffell (Classics, University of Glasgow)
  • Amy Richlin (Classics, University of California at Los Angeles)
  • Christine Hayes (Religious Studies, Yale University)
Humor is a ubiquitous human phenomenon with a wide range of applications. Yet, what is deemed humorous is often culturally determined. This poses a significant challenge for scholars of ancient cultures. How do we identify what an ancient culture found funny? How did they use humor, and what drove their usage?
The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for scholars across disciplines to discuss and debate humor and its functions in both textual and material sources across the ancient Mediterranean, from the early Near East through late antiquity. We invite papers that address the above questions, or any others, on the topic of humor in an ancient Mediterranean context. Possible topics include:
  • Theoretical models for identifying and understanding humor and comedy in ancient cultures
  • Ancient definitions and theories of humor
  • Humor in political discourse, including propaganda, competition, and resistance
  • The role of humor in religion and ritual
  • Humor and social taboo: obscenities, scatology, and transgressive behaviors
  • Women, sexuality, and gender as sites of humor
  • Humor and social boundaries: elite and popular, native and foreign, center and periphery, divine and mortal, and other lines of membership
  • Humor’s function in narrative and in the relationship between storyteller and audience
  • Humor as entertainment in daily life, including inscriptions, performance, and celebration
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by email to by 30 November 2017. Please include “Humor Conference Abstract” and your name in the subject line
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
7/30-8/3 SBL International Meeting 
Will be held in Helsinki, Finland in conjunction with EABS.
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7/30-8/3 European Association of Biblical Studies
Helsinki, 30 July-3 August: joint conference with ISBL
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August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
11/17-11/20 SBL Annual Meeting
in Denver, Colorado.
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December 2018

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