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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.
Annual Meeting Program Committee

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The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) approves, reviews, and renews program units for the Annual Meeting and works with Council and the Executive Office to set policy and procedure for the Annual Meeting.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • To develop the program actively
  • To review program unit renewals and proposals
  • To evaluate the distribution of topics and sessions among program units 
  • To set and evaluate participation policies
  • To maximize participation without compromising quality
  • To consider the structure of the meeting and its capacity to incorporate new ways of thinking or methods of research
  • To consider alternatives to conventional lecture and panel formats
Committee handbook

Members of the committee:

Nicola Denzey Lewis

Tamara Eskenazi

Anselm Hagedorn - Chair

Paul Joyce

Steve Patterson

Erin Runions

Sarah Shectman

Jerry Sumney

Charles Haws - Staff Liaison
 
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