The Society of Biblical Literature was founded in 1880 to foster biblical scholarship.
Search SBL

About SBL

The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Meeting Program Units

2014 International Meeting

Vienna, Austria

Meeting Begins: 7/6/2014
Meeting Ends: 7/10/2014

Call For Papers Opens: 10/28/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 2/12/2014
Requirements for Participation

Expressions of Religion in Israel

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers:

For the 2014 meeting in Vienna, Expressions of Religion in Israel is looking for papers that explore the relationship among cultic personnel, especially those looking for potential rivalry between Levites and priests. Such an investigation would consider the various trends and conceptions of identity among these groups. Whereas evidence of rivalry may be shown in biblical literature, we also encourage papers that would demonstrate glimpses of rivalry in the material culture, in archaeology, in iconography, and perhaps even in the arts. The social sciences also offer insight into the stratification of religious leadership and the tensions that exist between groups, not all of which is harmful, within a religion such as Yahwism. This is an open call for papers.

Expressions of Religion in Israel is also hosting a special panel entitled "Taking Stock and Thinking Ahead: The Study of Israelite Religion Now and in the Future" in which six invited specialists in the area of Israelite religion will present 20 minute position papers outlining their views on our accomplishments as a sub-field and where we need to go from here. For example, what are the questions that we have yet to address and the issues that have become passé.

Program Unit Chairs

 Mark Alan Christian
 Antje Labahn

Propose a Paper for this Program Unit

If you are a SBL member, you must login before you can propose a paper for this or any other session. Please login by entering your SBL member number on the left in the Login box.

SBL membership is required to participate in the meeting. In its efforts to foster biblical scholarship and to facilitate mutual cooperation among colleagues, SBL offers reduced membership rates to individuals from certain countries through the Society's International Cooperation Initiative (ICI). Individuals in these countries may pay the reduced fees of $15 for full membership and $10 for student membership. If you are a not a member of SBL but live or work in an ICI country and are interested in participating in the meeting, please consider becoming an ICI member.

For all other persons wanting to propose a paper, you must communicate directly with the chair of the program unit to which you want to propose. Chairs have the responsibility to make waiver requests, and their email addresses are available above. SBL provides membership and meeting registration waivers only for scholars who are outside the disciplines covered by the SBL program, specifically most aspects of archaeological, biblical, religious, and theological studies.

Questions About Membership?

  • Call 866-727-9955 Toll Free in the US
  • Call 404-727-9498 Outside the US
  • Fax us at 404-727-2419
  • Email us at

© 2015, Society of Biblical Literature. All Rights Reserved.