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SBL is pleased to announce that about 95 sessions have decided to be held virtually as part of the 2021 Annual Meeting. These sessions will be held concurrently with in-person sessions, Saturday, November 20 to Tuesday, November 23. In addition, some of these sessions may be held Friday, November 19. The full, preliminary schedule of both virtual and in-person sessions is also now available. All virtual sessions will be accessed through the 2021 Annual Meeting Mobile App and Virtual Planner.

Below is the list of virtual sessions as of 6 August. Please note that this list is subject to change. Each listing below represents one session; most program units listed below are offering a combination of virtual and in-person sessions.

African Biblical Hermeneutics Unit
Contributions of Justin Ukpong and John Mbiti to African Biblical Hermeneutics
 
African Biblical Hermeneutics Unit
Biblical and African Constructions of Bodies in Light of Human Trafficking in Africa
 
African Biblical Hermeneutics Unit
Disabilitites Studies, the Bible, and African Understandings of Health and Wholeness
 
African Biblical Hermeneutics Unit
African Intertextual Readings of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament 
 
African-American Biblical Hermeneutics Unit
Sessions on the Legacy of Randall Bailey 
 
African-American Biblical Hermeneutics Unit
 
Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative Unit
Review Panel for Maia Kotrosits, The Lives of Objects
 
Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative Unit
 
Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World Unit
The Affect of Objects II
 
Archaeology of Roman Palestine Unit
The Material Culture of Pilgrimage in Roman and Byzantine Jerusalem 
 
Art and Religions of Antiquity Unit
The Legacy and Scholarship of Dura-Europos 100 Years Later

Art and Religions of Antiquity Unit
Crafting Religion in the Western Empire 
 
Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics Unit
Book Review: Reading Ecclesiastes from Asia and Pasifika
 
Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics / Contextual Biblical Interpretation / Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Interpretation / Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures
Talk with the President
 
Beyond Publishing: How Else to Prepare for the Academic Job Market
 
Bible and Film Unit
Biblical Reception in Film (1/2)
 
Bible and Film Unit
Biblical Reception in Film (2/2)
 
Bible and Film Unit 
 
Bible and Popular Culture Unit
Pop Culture Potpourri 
 
Bible and Practical Theology Unit
Addressing Contemporary Issues through the Intersections of Bible and Practical Theology
 
Bible and Visual Art Unit
Open Session
 
The Bible in Ancient (and Modern) Media  
Review Panel of Huebenthal, Reading Mark's Gospel as Text from Collective Memory
 
Bible, Myth, and Myth Theory Unit / Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Unit
Gnostic Literature and the Study of Ancient Myth
 
Biblical Exegesis from Eastern Orthodox Perspectives Unit
Divine Plurality in the Hebrew Bible/Septuagint and Its Christian Interpreters
 
Biblical Exegesis from Eastern Orthodox Perspectives Unit
Fresh Perspectives on John Chrysostom as Biblical Exegete  
 
Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics Unit
What Can Biblical Greek Linguistics Learn from ...?
 
Biblical Law Unit
Close Readings of Biblical Law
 
Biblical Lexicography Unit
Review of the Cambridge Greek Lexicon (CUP 2021)
 
Biblical Literature and the Hermeneutics of Trauma Unit
 
Book History and Biblical Literatures
Books Known Only by Title 
 
Book History and Biblical Literatures / The Historical Paul
Ancient Epistolography and Material Philology
 
Book of Acts Unit
 
Book of the Twelve Prophets
The Book of the Four: Revisiting the Consensus  
 
Children in the Biblical World Unit
Open Session
 
Children in the Biblical World / Israelite Prophetic Literature Units
Violence against Children and/or Women with the Prophetic Texts
 
Christian Apocrypha Unit
Open Session
 
Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah Unit / The Bible in Ancient (and Modern) Media Unit
An Invited Book Review Panel on Laura Carlson Hasler's Archival Historiography in Jewish Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2020).
  
Comparative Method in Biblical Studies Unit
The How & Why of Comparison
 
Contextual Biblical Interpretation Unit
LGBTQIA+ Activism and the Bible
 
Contextualizing North African Christianity Unit
Preachers and Prophets
 
Cultic Personnel in the Biblical World Unit / Hebrew Scriptures and Cognate Literature Unit
Music in the Cult
 
Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Unit

Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Unit
 
Disputed Paulines Unit
The Disputed Paulines: New Questions
 
Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy Unit / Social Scientific Criticism of the New Testament Unit
Labor in Early Christianity 
 
Early Jewish Christian Relations Unit
Careers in Early Jewish Christian Relations
 
Ecological Hermeneutics Unit
Commenting on the Commentaries: Bill McKibben on Jonah, Psalms, Acts, and Colossians 

Early Jewish Christian Relations
Careers in Early Jewish Christian Relations 
 
Ecological Hermeneutics
Commenting on the Commentaries: Bill McKibben on Jonah, Psalms, Acts, and Colossians 
 
Ethics and Biblical Interpretation Unit
The Bible and Museums
 
Exile (Forced Migrations) in Biblical Literature Unit / Space, Place, and Lived Experience in Antiquity Unit
The Lived Experience of Exile
 
Formation of Isaiah Unit
Isaiah and Exile
 
Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible Unit
Critical Intersectionality
 
Genesis Unit
Sibling Rivalry
 
Genesis Unit

Genesis Unit
 
Gospel of Mark Unit
Apocalyptic Dimensions of Mark's Gospel: Kingdom, Angels, and Demons
 
Greco-Roman Religions Unit
Do Religions Die? Theorizing Death and Demise of Greek and Roman Religions
 
Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World Unit / Corpus Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti Unit
Gynecological Theories in Early Christianity
 
Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World Unit
Healthcare in the Ancient World: Perspectives and Problems  
 
Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology 
 
Hebrew Scriptures and Cognate Literature Unit
 
Hellenistic Judaism Unit / International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies
Book Review Panel of Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint (HTLS). Volume 1. Ed. Eberhard Bons (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020)
 
Ideological Criticism Unit
 
The Influence and Impact of Bernadette J. Brooten’s Love Between Women 
 
International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies
Prophets, Transmission and Literary Context
 
Jesus Traditions, Gospels, and Negotiating the Roman Imperial World Unit
Imperial Criticism 
 
Jewish Christianity Unit / Christian Judaism Unit
Review Panel: Matt Jackson-McCabe's Jewish-Christianity: The Making of the Christianity-Judaism Divide
 
Jewish, Christian, and Graeco-Roman Travel in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Early Byzantine Periods (300 BCE–600 CE) Unit
Biblical Perspectives on Ancient Mobility
 
Johannine Literature Unit
 
Josephus Unit
Issues Related to the Brill Commentary
 
Korean Biblical Colloquium
Biblical Studies and Ethics in Concert with Min Jin Lee's Pachinko 
 
Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Interpretation Unit / Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible
Unit
Gender/Sexuality Studies and New Directions in Latina Biblical Criticism
 
Letters of James, Peter, and Jude Unit 
Canonicity of the Catholic Epistles and Salvation, Suffering, and Criminality in 1 Peter
 
LGBTIQ+ Task Force
LGBTIQ+ Colleagues Creating Connections 
 
LGBTI/Queer Hermeneutics / Racism, Pedagogy, and Biblical Studies / Paul and Politics Units
Impact of Hortense Spillers’s Work (1/2)
 
LGBTI/Queer Hermeneutics / Racism, Pedagogy, and Biblical Studies / Paul and Politics Units
Impact of Hortense Spillers’s Work (2/2)
 
Lived Religiousness in Antiquity Unit
Does It Make Sense to Distinguish between "Christian" and "Pagan"?
 
Masoretic Studies Unit
 
Masoretic Studies Unit
 
Matthew Unit
Matthew within Judaism: Perspectives and Prospects
 
Meals in the HB/OT and Its World
Isolation and Gathering at Meals
 
Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship
Conceiving Scripture: Responses to Richard Newton's Identifying Roots
 
Metaphor Theory and the Hebrew Bible Unit
Graduate Student Workshop
 
Mind, Society, and Religion: Cognitive Science Approaches to the Biblical World Unit / Psychology and Biblical Studies Units
Death, Mourning, and Beyond
 
Minoritized Criticism and Biblical Interpretation Unit
Minoritized Hermeneutics of Human Care
 
Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity Unit
Open Session
 
Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Unit
Open Session
 
National Association of Professors of Hebrew / Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew Unit
Syntactic, Semantic, and Pragmatic Issues
 
National Association of Professors of Hebrew / Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew Unit
Book Event, Zev Garber and Kenneth Hanson, The Annotated Passover Haggadah (GCRR Press, 2021) 
 
New Testament Textual Criticism
New Philology and the New Testament
 
Novum Testamentum Graecum: Editio Critica Maior Unit
Progress on the Editio Critica Maior
 
Numismatic Evidence and Biblical Interpretation Unit
Imperial Iconography
 
Numismatic Evidence and Biblical Interpretation Unit
Provincial Iconography
 
Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship 
 
Pauline Epistles Unit / Pauline Theology Unit
Doing History and Doing Theology in the Study of Paul
 
Paul within Judaism 
What does "within Judaism" Mean? 
 
Paul within Judaism
 
Pentateuch Unit
Leviticus 10
 
Pentateuch Unit
Post-humanist Possibilities Unit
 
Poverty in the Biblical World Unit
 
Prayer in Antiquity Unit 
Book Review Panel of Andrew Mellas, Liturgy and Emotions in Byzantium: Compunction and Hymnody, Cambridge University Press, 2020
 
Pseudepigrapha Unit/ Biblical Exegesis from Eastern Orthodox Perspectives Unit
Rediscovering Paleia Traditions 
 
Pseudepigrapha Unit
Invisible Manuscripts: Textual Scholarship and the Survival of 2 Baruch: A Conversation
 
Psychology and Biblical Studies Unit
Aging, Death, and Mourning
 
Q Unit
Open Session
 
The Qur’an: Surah Studies (IQSA) 
Open Session
 
Qur’an and Biblical Literature Unit
Open Session
 
Qur’an and Biblical Literature Unit
Studying the Quran and Biblical Literature: Methodological Perspectives and Reflections
 
Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics (IQSA)
Quranic Narrative and Hermeneutics
 
Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics (IQSA)  
 
Redescribing Christian Origins Unit
Willi Braun: Jesus and Adiiction to Origins, A Retrospective 
 
Redescribing Christian Origins Unit / Greco-Roman Religions Unit / Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions Unit
Cultural Production and Social Networks within Greco-Roman Religion: The Religion of Enslaved Peoples and Freedpersons
 
Religious Competition in Late Antiquity Unit 
Ecclesiastical Histories as Competitive Texts
 
Religious Competition in Late Antiquity Unit  
Book Review: Ross Shepard Kraemer’s The Mediterranean Diaspora in Late Antiquity: What Christianity Cost the Jews" (Oxford UP, 2020)
 
Religious Experience in Antiquity Unit
 
Rhetoric and the New Testament Unit
Book Review: Monastic Education in Late Antiquity edited by Lillian I. Larsen and Samuel Rubenson (Cambridge, 2018)
 
Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Unit
Engaging Rhetorical Dialects (Rhetorolects)
 
Ritual in the Biblical World Unit
Ritual in the Biblical World 
 
Ritual in the Biblical World Unit 
 
Senses, Cultures, and Biblical Worlds Unit
The Sense of Touch
 
Senses, Cultures, and Biblical Worlds Unit / Philology in Hebrew Studies Unit
Philology and the Senses
 
Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom Unit
 
Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism Unit
New Directions in Samaritan Studies
 
Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism Unit
Making Marriage Religious in Late Antiquity  
 
Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism Unit
Beyond Literacy in Antiquity: Dura Europos as Test Case 
 
Social Sciences and the Interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures Unit
Review of Isabel Cranz's Royal Illness and Kingship Ideology in the Hebrew Bible
 
Social Scientific Criticism of the New Testament Unit
Open Session 
 
Synoptic Gospels Unit
Pondering the Small and the Young
 
Teaching Biblical Studies in an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context Unit
The Challenge of a New Generation
 
Textual Criticism of Samuel – Kings Unit
1 Samuel and 1 Kings
 
Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible Unit
Difficult Heritage: Stereotypes and Rhetoric in Modern Literature of Textual Criticism
 
Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible Unit
Memory, Orality, and Textuality in the Textual History of the Hebrew Bible 
 
Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible Unit 
Between Literal Rendering and Interpretative Translation: How the (Late) Ancient Versions Understood Their Vorlage/Base Texts  
 
Theological Interpretation of Scripture Unit
Book Panel on Reading the Bible Theologically, by Darren Sarisky (CUP 2019) and The God of the Old Testament by Walter Moberly (Baker, 2020)
 
Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures Unit
Book Review on John J. Collins' Biblical Values
 
Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy Unit
Gender and Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy
 
Utopian Studies Unit
Current Needs and Future Directions 
 
Utopian Studies Unit
Utopian Constructions of Law in Ancient Judaism  
 
Violence and Representations of Violence in Antiquity Unit 
Violence in the Afterlife
 
Violence and Representations of Violence in Antiquity Unit
Afterlives of Trauma 
 
Westar Institute 
Panel Discussion on After Jesus before Christianity  
 
Westar Institute 
Christ of the People
 
Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions Unit
Proverbs, Job, and Qoheleth
 
Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions / Egyptology and Ancient Israel
Egyptology and Ancient Israel, Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions
 
Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions Unit / Philology in Hebrew Studies Unit
Discussion of Edward Greensteins's Job: A New Translation
 
Womanist Interpretation Unit
Remembering and Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of Womanist Interpretation
 
Womanist Interpretation Unit
When Did We See You Naked? Crucifixion and Sexual Violence: Womanist Contributions and Beyond
 
Women in the Biblical World Unit
Mayer Gruber’s Women in the Biblical World, 26 Years Later: Its Impact on Scholars, Clergy, and Seminarians
 
Women in the Biblical World Unit
Women and Migration in the Biblical World 
 
Writing Social-Scientific Commentaries of the New Testament Unit
Review of Philip Esler, 2nd Corinthians. A Social Identity Commentary. T&T Clark Social Identity Commentaries on the New Testament
 
Writing Social-Scientific Commentaries of the New Testament Unit
Social Identity Papers
 
 
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