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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.

April 2018
4/13-4/14 SBL Upper Midwest Regional Meeting
University of St. Thomas,St. Paul, MN
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4/20 SBL New England/Eastern Canada Region
Yale Divinity School,New Haven, CT
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04/20-04/21 What’s So Funny? Discovering and Interpreting Humor in the Ancient World
Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
This conference is a forum for scholars across disciplines to discuss humor and its functions in both textual and material sources across the ancient Mediterranean, from the early Near East through late antiquity. Presentations will explore the use of humor in a variety of contexts, including gender, education, politics, and religion.
Keynote Speakers
Christine Hayes (Yale University)
Amy Richlin (University of California, Los Angeles)
Ian Ruffell (University of Glasgow)
Jack M. Sasson (Vanderbilt University)

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4/29-5/3 Orion Center International Symposium
To mark seventy years since the initial discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, an international symposium will be held in Jerusalem, hosted by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Vienna, New York University, the Israel Antiquities Authority and The Israel Museum.
The overarching symposium theme will be “The Wilderness”—as a real place; as the location of biblical episodes, most notably during the formative years of Israel's wandering from Egypt to the Promised Land; as a motif; and as a concept (sometimes idealized, sometimes demonized).
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May 2018
5/11-5/13 SBL Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting
Pacific Lutheran University,Tacoma, WA
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June 2018
6/12-6/15 The Future of Syriac Studies and the Legacy of Sebastian P. Brock  
On the occasion of the 80th birthday of Sebastian P. Brock, Sankt Ignatios Theological Academy & Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden, is hosting a major conference on “The Future of Syriac Studies.” Sebastian Brock has agreed to be present and participate and it is expected that this will be a significant and memorable event for Syriac studies.
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July 2018
7/25-7/27 Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXVII, 2018 (President: Pierre Van Hecke, Leuven) 
For many centuries, the Song of Songs was by far one of the most commented biblical books, especially taking into consideration its limited length. After a period of diminished interest, recent scholarship is rediscovering the book. The present colloquium aims at bringing together the leading voices in contemporary Songs scholarship and by fostering the dialogue between them, at inaugurating a new phase in the research.  
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7/16-7/20 Society of Asian Biblical Studies Conference 
Focusing on the theme: Bible and Empire in Asia: Past and Present; SABS will meet at the STFT Widya Sasana, Malang, East Java, Indonesia and accommodation will be at the Wisma St Maria Magdalena Postel, Malang.  
More information or email Tat Siong Benny Liew
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
8/6 Biblical Scholarship in Secular and Post-Secular Societies 
The Department of Theology and the Center for Faith and Human Flourishing at LCC International University invite you to participate in a one-day conference in Klaipeda, Lithuania, on August 6, 2018. A special welcome is extended to colleagues attending the EABS/ISBL meetings in Helsinki.
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September 2018
9/25-9/27 CFP: Religious and Philosophical Conversion in the Ancient Mediterranean Traditions
The Conference on Religious and Philosophical Conversion explore will explore conversion or converting experience in the environment of the ancient Hellenistic world(s) with attention to early Judaism and early Christianity/the New Testament. Presentations will undertake both historical and philological reconstructions relying on source material and utilizing interdisciplinary approaches.
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October 2018
10/23-10/24 Resurrection in the Bible and Ancient Mediterranean World
A Conference of the Institute of Biblical Studies, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. The main theme of the symposium will be resurrection in the Bible and extra-biblical traditions of the ancient Mediterranean World. The topics covered by conference papers can include: the shape and character of the idea of resurrection in the Bible and extra-biblical literature; the historical, anthropologico-cultural and theological analysis of the ancient texts and traditions on resurrection; the genesis and development of the idea of resurrection in the Hebrew Bible; the historical, socio-cultural and theological analysis of the idea of resurrection in New Testament texts together with their moral and ecclesiological implications; resurrection in Early Christian writings and traditions.
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November 2018
11/17-11/20 SBL Annual Meeting
in Denver, Colorado.
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December 2018

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