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A Calendar of Events for Biblical and Religious Studies
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May 2017
5/5-5/7 2017 SBL Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting
Will be held at St. Mary's University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Pacific Northwest region includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, and Yukon Territory.
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5/15 Deadline for Scholarship Applications

Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden, launches a new doctoral programme in Biblical Studies, with specializations in either Hebrew Bible or New Testament, beginning in fall 2017. Initially, two scholarships are available and applications are due May 15th. Applicants with alternative funding or sponsorship will also be considered. Potential applicants, please contact prof. Thomas Kazen ( for more information.
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5/22-6/2 NSTS 2017
Nida School of Translation Studies 2017 meets at San Pellegrino University Foundation in Italy with a theme of Translation and Cultural Conversions. This theme invites creative, generative explorations of the many powerful and ethically-charged sites of change and exchange that characterize translational contexts, from traditional notions of religious conversion to contemporary concepts of digital and media conversion, from transformative processes of identity to transformational rewritings of literary texts and the evolution of cultural canons.
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5/31-6/3 Ocularism and the Metaphysics of Light.
Panel sessions from a wide range of fields, including but not limited to: Philosophy; Theology; History; Literature; Classics; Biblical Studies; Liturgical Studies; and Art History.
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June 2017
6/18-6/23 The 9th Enoch Seminar

The 9th Enoch Seminar, “From tôrah to Torah: Variegated Notions of Torah from the First Temple Period to Late Antiquity,” will take place from June 18-23, 2017 at the beautiful Monastero di Camaldoli in Tuscany. Participation in the 9th Enoch Seminar is very limited and by invitation only, but we do have a few open spots. If you would like to participate, please contact Jason Zurawski at your earliest convenience.

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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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7/18-7/22 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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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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August 2017
8/7-8/11 SBL International Meeting
Berlin, Germany
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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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December 2017

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