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

November 2014
11/13 Frans Neirynck Lecture
Christopher M. Tuckett (Oxford), “For freedom Christ has set us free” (Gal 5,1): Freedom and Constraints in Paul’s Ethics and Hermeneutics
Venue: Catholic University of Leuven, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies,St-Michielsstraat 4, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium. The lecture will take place in the Kleine Aula at 6 pm and will be followed by a reception.
Admittance free, but registration required. For details please contact Prof. Dr. Joseph Verheyden . The conference is sponsored by the Frans Neirynck Foundation and the Leuven Centre for the Study of the Gospels.
11/13-11/15 Batchelder Conference for Biblical Archaeology
The focus of this year's event will be on the biblical city of Bethsaida and other recent discoveries. Bethsaida is one of the most frequently mentioned cities in the New Testament.One of the speakers at the conference will be Jon Seligman, who oversees excavation for the Israel Antiquities Authority.Attending the conference costs $10, and UNO students can attend free with their student identification. The conference's full schedule is available online.
11/21-11/25 "Scripture at the Crosshairs of Culture Wars," Westar Institute Fall 2014 National Meeting
Meets in San Diego, California, concurrent with the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting
See the Full Program and Register Online
 Public Lectures
• "Politics, Patriarchy and Power: When the Word of God Goes Wrong" Raheel Raza, from the award-winning documentary Honor Diaries
• "A New New Testament" Hal Taussig, author of A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts Academic Seminars
• Christianity Seminar: How does dismantling "gnosticism" as a modern construct challenge the conventional distinction between orthodoxy and heresy in early Christianity? Presenters include David Brakke, Denise Buell, Bernard Brandon Scott, and Hal Taussig.
• Seminar on God and the Human Future: What voice does the concept of God hold in the face of fundamental changes in human knowledge and culture? Presenters include Arthur J. Dewey, Lane McGaughy, Dennis E. Smith, and the members of the Jesus Seminar, Acts Seminar, and Paul Seminar.

AAR/SBL registrants can freely audit Westar seminars. Participation in Westar seminars, by non-Westar Fellows, is by invitation only. If you would like to participate in the conversation, please send a request to Westar's Academic Director David Galston . .
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
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December2014
12/3-12/5 International Colloquium: “The Quest for an Elusive Phenomenon. Docetism in the Early Church”
Topic: Scholarly literature on Docetism has long struggled, and continues to do so, in trying to define the concept and what it might refer to. This had led to “heroic” debates on whether some ancient texts are or are not “Docetic” or may have in view Docetic opponents. The colloquium will address the topic from a new perspective by focusing on the ancient documents themselves and by critically re-examining the historical contexts in which these were produced in combination with a re-assessment of the “hidden agendas” that have guided and motivated modern scholars in discussing this phenomenon.
The programme includes papers by Reimund Bieringer, Allen Brent, Paul Foster, Jörg Frey, Winfred Löhr, Maarten Menken, Jens Schroeter, Joseph Verheyden, and Francis Watson.
Venue: Catholic University of Leuven, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, St-Michielsstraat 4, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium. Registration: 50 Euro
There is a limited possibility for offering a paper (25 min.) on a topic related to the overall theme of the conference. For further information and details on the conference, please contact Prof. Dr. Joseph Verheyden .
The conference is sponsored by the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO-Vl), the Frans Neirynck Foundation, and the Leuven Centre for the Study of the Gospels.
12/10-12/12 Fourth International Symposium of the Leuven centre for the Study of the Gospels“Luke on Jesus, Paul, and Earliest Christianity: What Did He Really Know?”
Topic: Luke has often been said to be “the first Christian historian”, and this claim has as often also been disputed. Regardless of how one wishes to settle the question, it cannot be denied that Luke’s work does contain quite some information on the social world of first century citizens of the Empire and how the latter shapes, or interferes with, the daily life of individuals and communities. The conference addresses various aspects of this overall question.
The programme includes papers by Giovanni Bazzana, Cilliers Breytenbach, Christoph Heil, Jens Herzer, John Kloppenborg, Manfed Lang, Markus Oehler, Dieter Roth, and Daniel Smith.
Venue: Catholic University of Leuven, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, St-Michielsstraat 4, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium Registration: 50 Euro
There is a limited possibility for offering a paper (25 min.) on a topic related to the overall theme of the conference. For further information and details on the conference, please contact Prof. Dr. Joseph Verheyden .
The conference is sponsored by the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO-Vl), the Frans Neirynck Foundation, and the Leuven Centre for the Study of the Gospels.
12/15 Call for Papers Deadline
Proposals due for Holiness: On the Holy, the Holy One, Sanctification and Saints The Bi-annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality to be held at Saint Augustine College, Johannesburg, South Africa in May of 2015. Submissions on any topic of current interest within the field of Spirituality are invited. Particularly welcome are proposals for papers, panels and workshops on topics related to the specific theme of holiness.The conference will explore holiness through a range of questions: What is “the holy”? How have understandings of holiness developed; how are they critiqued? How have people in various contexts expressed and embodied their desire to grow in holiness, and how do they – or others – evaluate its fruits?
Proposals are especially encouraged in the following tracks:
(1) Analytical, historical, or comparative studies, for instance on the notion of holiness, of holy figures, and of artistic depictions of holiness;
(2) Studies of holiness, including case studies, from interdisciplinary perspectives, for instance from the vantage point of Psychology or Spiritual Direction;
(3) Studies of the relationship between holiness and social engagement;
(4) Contextual studies of “the holy” in indigenous spiritualities, particularly in African contexts and underrepresented groups;
(5) Studies of the Christian experience of the “the holy”, including practices of sanctification, within the natural world.

Proposals for papers should include contact information of the proposer/s, a title and an abstract of not more than 150 words, sent to spirasa@gmail.com. Proposals for panels, sessions and workshops should include contact information of the proposer/s, a title, a proposal of 1,000 words, with an abstract of not more than 150 words for each individual paper, sent to spirasa@gmail.com. For questions about the conference and this call for papers, please contact Pieter de Villiers at pgdevilliers@mweb.co.za.
12/15 Request for Proposals: Jewish Philosophical Theology Grants 2015-2017 
The Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, in collaboration with the John Templeton Foundation, invites proposals for a funding initiative in “Jewish Philosophical Theology.” Our aim is to encourage research from both new and established scholars working on philosophical projects in the area of Jewish theology. We anticipate applications from philosophers interested in Jewish theology, but welcome applicants from other areas including Hebrew Bible and rabbinics, Jewish Studies and allied disciplines. Proposals can request between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects not to exceed two years in duration. We intend to make 7-10 awards. For project description and application guidelines, see http://herzlinstitute.org/en/jptrfp/. Deadline for letters of interest is December 15, 2014 for projects to begin in September 2015.
12/31 Call for Papers Deadline
The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem announces the 2015 Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize call for papers. This prize provides $650 for the best published article or paper presented at a conference by a Ph.D. candidate in Syro-Palestinian or biblical archaeology.
More information.
January 2015
1/1 Sabbatical Grant Application Deadline
A funded research opportunity is open to post-doctoral scholars throughout the Majority World, although preference will be given to those from South Asia. The Center for South Asian Research at SAIACS provides a space for small cohorts of scholars to gather for an extended period of time (4 months) with access to resources, to write and interact together for the purpose of producing publishable material for dissemination to the church and academy in South Asia, the broader Majority World and the West.
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1/7-1/9 British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology 2015 Conference
 The conference is co-organised by UCL, SOAS, the British Museum and the London Centre for the Ancient Near East.
Geographically, the conference spans from the Middle East to the Mediterranean and from North-Eastern Africa to the Black Sea.
The conference is structured around six broader themes: highland and lowland areas, adaptations, transformations, continuity period transitions, Bronze Age connections, coastal and harbour archaeology, archaeology and conflict

The British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology brings together professionals, students, and non-academics interested in the archaeology, history, and heritage of the Near East.

For more information, please visit the BANEA website.
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
2/2 Research Fellowships at The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston
Applications are now available for Summer 2015 Research Fellowships at The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston. Fellowships are open to academic scholars, independent researchers, and graduate students. The collections center on the papers of Mary Baker Eddy and records documenting the history of Christian Science. Areas of research may include women’s history, spirituality and health, religious studies, nineteenth-century history, architecture, journalism, and others. Stipend provided. Application and supporting materials must be postmarked by February 2, 2015. For further information regarding Library collections and the fellowship program, please visit http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/fellowships or contact 617-450-7316, fellowships@mbelibrary.org.
2/18-2/20 International Colloquium: “Shadowy Characters and Fragmentary Evidence. The Search for Early Christian Groups and Movements”
Topic: Early Christianity has produced a considerable and variegated corpus of texts and documents. A number of these have been preserved only in an often very fragmented state. Others seem to be lost forever and are known only by name. Still others do not even have the status of a text, but only that of a hypothetical source, created and designed to explain a particular phenomenon. The conference will address questions of methodology in dealing with such texts and sources.
The programme includes papers by Jean-Daniel Dubois, Andrew Gregory, Judith Hartenstein, Judith Lieu, Tobias Nicklas, Christopher Tuckett, and Ismo Dunderberg.
Venue: Catholic University of Leuven, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, St-Michielsstraat 4, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium Registration: 50 Euro
There is a limited possibility for offering a paper (25 min.) on a topic related to the overall theme of the conference. For further information and details on the conference, please contact Prof. Dr. Joseph Verheyden .
The conference is sponsored by the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO-Vl), the Frans Neirynck Foundation, and the Leuven Centre for the Study of the Gospels.
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
4/16-4/17 Muted Voices: Neglected Texts and Early Christian Identities
Durham University, England. A two-day conference on neglected epistolary texts and early Christian identities. These texts include (but are not limited to) James, Hebrews, 1-2 Peter, as well as the non-canonical texts of Epistle of Barnabas and 1 Clement (among others). In an era where a Pauline- or Gospel-centered reading is often the starting point for ‘the’ normative/orthodox reading, this gathering hopes to privilege these ‘muted’ texts to explore Christian identities from another perspective. The conference will take a multi-faceted approach, investigating identities via a number of avenues: theological, anthropological, sociological, reception historical, and political readings. Our world-class invited speakers will facilitate this discussion through plenary addresses, and we encourage you to contribute by submitting your abstract of no more than 200 words to mutedvoices2015@gmail.com by 18th January 2015.

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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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5/21- 5/24 Holiness: On the Holy, the Holy One, Sanctification and Saints: The Bi-annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
Saint Augustine College, Johannesburg, South Africa. Announcing its second biannual conference, the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS), in collaboration with the Spirituality Association of South Africa (SPIRASA), warmly welcomes researchers on Spirituality to a meeting at the campus of St. Augustine College in Johannesburg, South Africa. Submissions on any topic of current interest within the field of Spirituality are invited. Particularly welcome are proposals for papers, panels and workshops on topics related to the specific theme of holiness.Titles and abstracts for proposals for papers, panels, sessions and workshops are awaited until 15 December 2014
Proposals for papers should include contact information of the proposer/s, a title and an abstract of not more than 150 words, sent to spirasa@gmail.com. Proposals for panels, sessions and workshops should include contact information of the proposer/s, a title, a proposal of 1,000 words, with an abstract of not more than 150 words for each individual paper, sent to spirasa@gmail.com. For questions about the conference and this call for papers, please contact Pieter de Villiers at pgdevilliers@mweb.co.za.
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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