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A Calendar of Events for Biblical and Religious Studies
Submit your events to Sharon Johnson.

July 2014
7/14- 7/16 Matthew Henry: The Bible, Prayer, and Piety
Matthew Henry (1662–1714) is remembered today by two major groups of scholars: by historians as a leading figure among early eighteenth century dissenters, and brother of the diarist, Sarah Savage; and by theologians and biblical scholars for his Exposition of the Old and New Testaments. This monumental work, which had already been published in 25 different editions by 1855, is used widely even today in print and online versions. Yet Henry’s famous commentary is by no means the only expression of his engagement with the Scriptures. Amongst his 30 further publications, most of which were published in the final years of his life (and many of which were later republished with extracts from his letters and diaries by Sir John Bickerton Williams), his many sermons and works on Christian Piety (including the still popular Method for Prayer, 1710) are saturated with Henry’s peculiarly practical approach to the Bible.
To commemorate the tercentenary of the death of Matthew Henry (22 June 1714) and his 25-year ministry in Chester (1687–1712), the University of Chester, in collaboration with Chester Cathedral Library and the University of Manchester, is holding an interdisciplinary conference (14th–16th July 2014) to bring together historians, biblical scholars, and theologians to explore the work, context, and legacy of Matthew Henry, especially as it relates to his engagement with and use of Scripture. With keynote lectures from Prof. Clyde Binfield, Dr Ligon Duncan, Dr David Wykes, and Prof. Jeremy Gregory, this conference will not only offer a fresh opportunity to appreciate Henry’s ministry within the local context of Chester, it will also evaluate Henry in a wider historical context, and consider his contribution to the interpretation of the Bible in the early 18th century and its legacy up to the present day.
For further information and booking, see www.chester.ac.uk/node/21521 Residential £160; Non-residential £95.

CALL FOR PAPERSProposals for 25-minute papers are invited on any aspect of Matthew Henry’s context, life and work, or reception, including but not limited to: • Religion and dissent in 17th- and 18th-century England (particularly Cheshire and Lancashire);• Use of the Bible in the 17th and 18th centuries;• The reception and impact of Matthew Henry’s work;• The Bible and prayer in the 17th and 18th centuries;• Matthew Henry’s contribution to Christian spirituality and prayer. We welcome contributions from both senior and junior scholars with interests in the history of the period and the reception of the Bible. Abstracts of not more than 300 words, together with the name and institutional affiliation of the proposer should be sent to MatthewHenry@chester.ac.uk by 28th February 2014.
7/30-8/1 Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXIII 2014
The Books of Samuel:  Stories - History - Reception History
President: Walter Dietrich
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August 2014
8/1 Fellowship Application Deadline
The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), the Fulbright commission for Israel, offers fellowships to American post-doctoral researchers in support of work in all academic disciplines to be carried out at Israeli universities during the course of the 2015-2017 academic years.
For full announcement: http://j.mp/Fulbright_SBLsite
8/1 The Journal of Ancient Judaism Call
The Journal of Ancient Judaism invites submissions for a special issue devoted to Jews in the ancient Mediterranean, outside the land of Israel and its environs, from the early fourth to the early seventh centuries. We particularly invite articles that identify and interrogate evidence for Jews and Jewish communities in localized geographic areas, asking a range of evidentiary, historical, and historiographic questions. We welcome work about their social networks, including communications and relations between such communities, as well as investigations of their location within the larger late antique and early medieval Mediterranean. We especially encourage contributions that combine engagement with historiographic and theoretical concerns with the surviving evidence, including material evidence.
We invite submission both of completed manuscripts and of detailed proposals (500-750 words). All articles will be peer-reviewed according to the Journal’s usual practices. Completed manuscripts may be no longer than 7500 words, including footnotes. The Journal will consider including images as space permits.
Please email all proposals, as both Word docs and PDFs, to Maxine Grossman (mgrossma@umd.edu) and to Ross Kraemer (Ross_Kraemer@brown.edu) no later than August 1. Completed manuscripts are due by June 1, 2015. Authors with questions about the suitability of particular topics are welcome to email Ross Kraemer, guest editor of the issue.
Style and formatting should follow the guidelines found on the JAJ website (http://www.v-r.de/en/magazine-2-2/journal_of_ancient_judaism-500060/#section_ausfuhrliche_informationen), and on the back of any issue of JAJ. Hebrew text must be in the SBL Hebrew font, while Greek text may be in any unicode font.
The issue is currently planned to appear in 2016.
8/6-8/9 The Bible in American Life Conference
The culmination of a three-year study, the conference will have as its touchstone The Bible in American Life Report released in February 2014. This report, the result of survey questions on both the General Social Survey and the National Congregations Study III, offers sociological data about the role of the Bible in the daily lives of Americans. Conference papers need not interact with the report directly, but we encourage proposals that consider some of the report’s findings in their larger historical, cultural, sociological, or theological contexts.
The Bible in American Life Project seeks to provide the first large-scale investigation of the Bible in American life. It is driven by the recognition that though the Bible has been central to Christian practice throughout American history, many important questions remain unanswered in scholarship, including how people have read the Bible for themselves outside of worship, how denominational and parachurch organizations have influenced interpretation and application, and how clergy and congregations have influenced individual understandings of scripture. These questions are even more pressing today as denominations are losing much of their traditional authority, technology is changing people’s reading and cognitive habits, and subjective experience is continuing to eclipse textual authority as the mark of true religion.
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September 2014
9/17- 9/20 Thirteenth International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa
The call for papers for the Thirteenth International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa is now open. The congress will be held in Rome at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. It will be focused on the In Canticum canticorum. Proposals are due by the end of May 2014. Contact persons: Giulio Maspero and Miguel Brugarolas.
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October 2014
10/9-10/10 The Knowledge of God: East and West. Dogmatic and Spiritual Dimensions
The Conference intends to be a theological forum for Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Ukrainian Greek Catholic and Protestant theologians to discuss different approaches to the “knowledge of God” based on Western and Eastern traditions.
The Conference will take place at the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology of the Ukrainian Catholic University, L’viv, Khutorivka St. 35a.

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November 2014
11/22- 11/25 SBL Annual Meeting
The SBL Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of biblical scholars in the world. Each meeting showcases the latest in biblical research, fosters collegial contacts, advances research, and focuses on issues of the profession. The Annual Meeting will be held in San Diego, California
More information will be forthcoming 
December2014
January 2015
1/9 Call for Papers Deadline
New Testament Scholarship in the Nordic Countries: New Trends And Tasks. Nordic New Testament Conference, Aarhus University, Denmark.

For information and call for papers, please visit the conference website.
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
4/8-4/10 Ministerium Sermonis’: International Conference on North African Patristic Sermons
On 8-10 April 2015 the research units History of Church and Theology and Literary Studies: Latin Literature of the University of Leuven will organize, in collaboration with the Augustinian Historical Institute of Malta, an International Conference on North African Patristic Sermons. This conference, which will be supported by the Scientific Committee of the Series Latina of the Corpus Christianorum (Brepols Publishers) and the review Augustiniana (Heverlee/Leuven), will bring together scholars who have recently made important contributions to the study of patristic homiletics.

The conference will take place in Malta, at the Augustinian Historical Institute. It is meant as a sequel to the conferences organised in Leuven/Turnhout (30-31 May 2008) and Rome (15-17 September 2011) entitled ‘Ministerium sermonis’, the proceedings of which have been published in Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia 53 and 65 (Brepols, Turnhout 2009 and 2012). While the previous two conferences focussed on Augustine’s preaching, the 2015 conference will be dedicated to the broader field of patristic sermons in Latin North Africa.
If you would like to deliver a lecture during this conference, please send the provisional title, abstract (max. 500 words) and a concise CV (max. 500 words) before 1 June 2014, to:Shari.Boodts@arts.kuleuven.be
May 2015
5/7-5/9 East-West Theological Forum
The 4th conference of the East-West Theological Forum will be held on 7-9 May 2015 at Sogang University, Seoul, Korea.
The 2015 conference has been called for on the theme: "Crisis and Hope: The Church in a Changing World". We cordially invite you to our coming conference and to submit papers for EWTF Prize (10,000 US$) or proposals for parallel session. 
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5/29-6/2 New Testament Scholarship in the Nordic Countries: New Trends And Tasks

Nordic New Testament Conference at Aarhus University, Denmark. The conference assembles New Testament scholars from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden together with international guests.

For further information contact Assoc. Prof. Kasper Bro Larsen
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June 2015
6/21-6/26 Eighth Enoch Seminar: Apocalypticism and Mysticism

The Eighth Enoch Seminar will convene at the Villa Cagnola in Gazzada, Italy (near Milan), from 21 to 26 June, 2015. The meeting is organised by Daniel Boyarin (Berkeley, USA), Lorenzo DiTommaso (Montreal, Canada), and Elliot Wolfson (Santa Barbara, USA), under the guidance of the Founding Director of the Enoch Seminar Gabriele Boccaccini (Michigan, USA).
The Seminar topic is apocalypticism and mysticism, their natures and relationship, in Judaism and Christianity from the Second Temple period through the late antique and early mediaeval centuries. The aim is to discuss the main issues in light of new evidence, methodologies, and approaches, oriented by a desire to advance the discussion along a broad front. While we do not expect to address every issue or answer every question, we do anticipate that the published results of our Seminar will stand as a foundational study for future research. As participation is by invitation only, we invite all interested specialists to contact the Seminar secretary, Jason Zurawski as soon as possible, at the latest by 1 December 2014. Those interested in presenting a short paper should include a proposal containing a paper title and brief abstract. Plenary and short papers circulate in advance and are not read in the sessions, which are devoted primarily to discussion. Additional information will be posted on the Enoch Seminar and 4 Enoch websites over the course of the year.

July 2015
August 2015
8/23-8/29 Call for panels: XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions
We invite contributions from all disciplines of religious studies and related fields of research to allow for broad, interdisciplinary discussion of the Congress topic to register their panels for the XXI World Congress of the IAHR. Panels should address one of the four thematic Congress areas: Religious communities in society: Adaptation and transformation; Practices and discourses: Innovation and tradition; The individual: Religiosity, spiritualities and individualization; or Methodology: Representations and interpretations.
Deadlines will be announced on the website:
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