The Society has eleven regional groups. These groups are autonomous groups of SBL members who have come together to meet locally. Some groups are affiliated with other biblical and religious societies.
Any SBL member may attend any Regional Meeting but information is only sent automatically to members within the region.
2017 Regional Meeting Schedule
is the Chair of the Regional Coordinators Committee.
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Regions Administration and Structure
Regional gatherings have long been
integral to the Society’s activities and its members’ interests, and they have
grown and evolved in numerous ways.
They, however, were confronted with the need to change their mode of
operation in 2002 with the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. While these regulations challenged the
decentralization of the Society that the regions favored, the Society’s Council
and Executive Director committed themselves to maintaining the independence and
distinctiveness of the North American regions and to supporting regional
ownership and creativity. In this
regard, Council appointed a Task Force on Regions in its October 2009 fall
council meeting and charged the task force with making recommendations on how
to comply with federal mandates while preserving the strengths of the
The Task Force committed itself to
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promote SBL’s engagement on a regional level in North America in order to
foster biblical scholarship
reduce risk and liability issues confronted in the course of such
enable the Society to allocate resource dollars more effectively on
encourage and promote the independence and distinctiveness of the regions
support regional ownership and creativity; and
help scale and replicate regional initiatives and programs in other
regions and at the national and international levels
Regional Scholars Program
The Regional Scholars' Program has been developed by the Society of Biblical Literature's Council of Regional Coordinators to recognize promising younger scholars in the field of biblical studies. Its objective is to encourage their intellectual development through a mentoring program and to provide practical assistance in securing a place to present their work at the Society's Annual Meeting.
To qualify for the SBL Regional Scholars Program scholars should be at least ABD and no more than four years past the receipt of their Ph.D. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.
Information on the application process is available from the Regional Coordinator of each region.