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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.

May 2015
5/21-5/23 Sacra privata. From pagan religiosity to early Christian domestic cult
University of Vienna, Austria
The three-day international conference brings together scholars from different scientific fields comprising New Testament Studies, Christian Archaeology, Ancient History of Religion and Church History. By analyzing archaeological and literary sources the lectures will discuss the phenomenon of domestic religion from various perspectives reaching from the Egyptian, Hellenistic and Roman time to early Christianity.Speakers are Edward Adams, Christoph Auffarth, Andreas Bendlin, Sible De Blaauw, John Bodel, David Frankfurter, Marco Frenschkowski, Verena Fugger, Katharina Greschat, Caroline Johnson-Hodge, Judith Lieu, Margaret Y. MacDonald, Andrew McGowan, Andreas Müller, Andreas Pülz, Günther Schörner, Ulrich Volp, Norbert Zimmermann; organized by Markus Öhler and Norbert Zimmermann For registration, accommodation and further information concerning the conference please see
5/21- 5/24 Holiness: On the Holy, the Holy One, Sanctification and Saints: The Bi-annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
Saint Augustine College, Johannesburg, South Africa. Announcing its second biannual conference, the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS), in collaboration with the Spirituality Association of South Africa (SPIRASA), warmly welcomes researchers on Spirituality to a meeting at the campus of St. Augustine College in Johannesburg, South Africa. Submissions on any topic of current interest within the field of Spirituality are invited. Particularly welcome are proposals for papers, panels and workshops on topics related to the specific theme of holiness.Titles and abstracts for proposals for papers, panels, sessions and workshops are awaited until 15 December 2014
Proposals for papers should include contact information of the proposer/s, a title and an abstract of not more than 150 words, sent to Proposals for panels, sessions and workshops should include contact information of the proposer/s, a title, a proposal of 1,000 words, with an abstract of not more than 150 words for each individual paper, sent to For questions about the conference and this call for papers, please contact Pieter de Villiers at
5/29-6/2 New Testament Scholarship in the Nordic Countries: New Trends And Tasks

Nordic New Testament Conference at Aarhus University, Denmark. The conference assembles New Testament scholars from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden together with international guests.

For further information contact Assoc. Prof. Kasper Bro Larsen
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June 2015
6/5-6/7 Early Jewish Writings in Context: Gendered Perspectives
Organizers: Marie-Theres Wacker (University of Muenster, Germany) and Eileen Schuller (Hamilton, Canada)
Jewish Writings from Hellenistic-Roman times that did not become part of the Jewish Canon have sometimes been undervalued as books “at the margins” of the Bible or overestimated as literature revealing dangerous secrets about the origins of Christianity. De facto, these writings came into being “in the context” of an already growing corpus of normative (biblical) literature and can be considered as an early form of biblical reception. On the other hand, motifs, traditions and concepts from these writings “besides the Bible” found their reception in Judaism, Christianity and also in Islam. This is true especially with regard to images of women and men and more generally for concepts of gender and gender relations, hot topics for ancient and contemporary religious communities as well as for secular societies. The international research colloquium “Early Jewish Writings in Context” places itself at the cutting edge of literary analysis (including historical perspectives) and reception history with a gender specific focus on both.
Papers will be given by Magdalena Díaz Araujo (Argentina), Veronika Backmann (Germany), Maxine Grossman (United States), Tal Ilan (Germany), Moisés Mayordomo (Switzerland), Adele Reinartz (Canada), Barbara Schmitz (Germany), Ruth Scoralick (Germany)Angela Standhartinger (Germany), Joan Taylor (England), Hanna Tervanotko (Finland), Marie-Theres Wacker (Germany).
The colloquium promotes young academics: interested doctoral students are welcome; it will be part of the interdisciplinary master program “Ancient Cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean” at WWU Muenster.
The contributions will be published as a volume edited by Marie-Theres Wacker and Eileen Schuller in the project The Bible and Women: An Encyclopedia of Exegesis and Cultural History
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6/21-6/26 Eighth Enoch Seminar: Apocalypticism and Mysticism

The Eighth Enoch Seminar will convene at the Villa Cagnola in Gazzada, Italy (near Milan), from 21 to 26 June, 2015. The meeting is organised by Daniel Boyarin (Berkeley, USA), Lorenzo DiTommaso (Montreal, Canada), and Elliot Wolfson (Santa Barbara, USA), under the guidance of the Founding Director of the Enoch Seminar Gabriele Boccaccini (Michigan, USA).
The Seminar topic is apocalypticism and mysticism, their natures and relationship, in Judaism and Christianity from the Second Temple period through the late antique and early mediaeval centuries. The aim is to discuss the main issues in light of new evidence, methodologies, and approaches, oriented by a desire to advance the discussion along a broad front. While we do not expect to address every issue or answer every question, we do anticipate that the published results of our Seminar will stand as a foundational study for future research. As participation is by invitation only, we invite all interested specialists to contact the Seminar secretary, Jason Zurawski as soon as possible, at the latest by 1 December 2014. Those interested in presenting a short paper should include a proposal containing a paper title and brief abstract. Plenary and short papers circulate in advance and are not read in the sessions, which are devoted primarily to discussion. Additional information will be posted on the Enoch Seminar and 4 Enoch websites over the course of the year.

6/29-6/30 International Symposium Digging up Jericho: Past, Present & Future
Jericho is an iconic site with a long and impressive history stretching from the Epipalaeolithic to the present day. Once dubbed the ‘Oldest City in the World’, it has been the focus of intense archaeological activity and media interest in the 150 years since its discovery. From the 1950s, when Kathleen Kenyon’s work at the site drew attention for its rigorous application of archaeological method, to the more recent Italian-Palestinian Expedition and the Kirbat al-Mafjar Archaeological Project, Jericho and its surrounding landscape has always played a key role in our understanding of this fascinating region. These diverse threads of the heritage, archaeology and history of the Jericho Oasis will be drawn together in a two-day symposium, hosted jointly by the Council for the British Research in the Levant, the Institute of Archaeology UCL, and the Non-Professional Archaeological Photographs-project. Sessions will be held on the general themes of Historical Perspectives, Current Fieldwork, Specialized Studies and Cultural Heritage, with a series of internationally speakers exploring the significance and legacy of this influential site.
Venue: Institute of Archaeology (University College London), 31-34 Gordon Square, London, UKWC1H 0PY United Kingdom
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July 2015
7/5-7/7 BAJS 2015: Atheism, Scepticism, and Challenges to Monotheism
This conference is hosted by the British Association for Jewish Studies, in cooperation with the Centre for Jewish Studies and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester, and with the Institut für Jüdische Philosophie und Religion, Universität Hamburg.

Jews from across a wide spectrum of perspectives have wrestled with the questions posed by atheism and scepticism down through the centuries. Since, arguably, atheism is not recognised in the Hebrew Bible, the related theme of ‘challenges to Jewish monotheism’ is suggested with regard to the ancient world. Philosophical scepticism and atheism (in both theory and practice) raise questions for Jews about the nature of authority, modes of enquiry and textual analysis, intellectual exchange with non-Jewish culture (including polemics), and shifting conceptions of heresy, nonconformity, and irreligion. What is the relationship in the Jewish imagination between atheism and scepticism? What are the limits of scepticism in rabbinic thought and methodology? What does it mean to be an atheistic Jew? How have Jews engaged with historical-critical and scientific discourse? There have been many different Jewish responses to such questions, ranging from stout defences of monotheistic Judaism, to radical reformulations of Jewish religion, to theological resignation and apostasy, to the establishment of alternative universalist systems of thought by ostensibly non-Jewish Jews. These responses, which include the varieties of Jewish religion but also non-religious ways of being Jewish, appear in many different forms including philosophical, theological, sociological, psychological, legal, mystical, and literary genres.

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7/12-7/15 European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting
Cordoba, Spain. More information is available here.
Information for students is available here.
7/20-7/24 2015 SBL International Meeting
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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7/28-7/31 70th General Meeting of Studiorum Novi Testament Societas
Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS) will hold their 2015 General Meeting at VU University of Amsterdam. The presidential address will be given by Prof. Judith Lieu of Cambridge University. Main papers in plenary sessions will be given by Prof. Jean-Daniel Dubois (Paris), Prof. Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt), Prof. David Horrell (Exeter), and Prof. Tobias Nicklas (Regensburg).
For more information, see the SNTS website.
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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September 2015
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.
9/24-9/28 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
11/21-11/24 2015 SBL Annual Meeting
Atlanta, Georgia
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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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7/3-7/7 2016 SBL International Meeting
Seoul, South Korea
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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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December 2016

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