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

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Why Join SBL?

Connect to SBL’s extensive community of scholars, teachers and other professionals in biblical studies. For a 130 years, SBL has served the interests of its members and the field at large. SBL members are part of an vital network that provides access to targeted career services, the latest news of the field, font tools and digital texts for scholarship and timely,critical reviews of the latest scholarship. When you attend SBL’s Annual or International Meeting, you have the opportunity to expand your professional network, participate in compelling sessions covering the full range of biblical studies, and hone your skills in professional-development workshops.   

Full Membership $105.00
Join as a full member if you are a professional scholar and interested in participating fully in the society. This includes attending and presenting papers at meetings, full access to career resources and participating in the governance of the Society.

Student Membership $60.00
Currently enrolled students receive the benefits of a full membership but student members are limited to presentation of one paper per Annual Meeting. Submission of a copy of your student ID is required within two weeks of the start of your membership. 
Public Membership $55.00
Public memberships are for those interested in the many on-line benefits of SBL membership. Public members are restricted from many aspects of membership and cannot participate in the governance of the Society or propose papers for any SBL meeting although they can attend.

Membership Benefits

Membership Information
There are three categories of membership:

Categories Rate ICI Reduced Rate***
Full $105.00 $15.00
Student $60.00 $10.00
Public $55.00 N/A
Which membership should I choose?

If you have any questions regarding membership, email us or call 1-866-727-9955 (toll free in the U.S.) or 1-404-727-9498 (international).

***Members in qualifying countries may pay the reduced rates through the International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) if the standard rates are unaffordable. The membership form with the reduced rates can be found on the ICI Online Books page.
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Special note to students from ICI countries matriculating outside your home country and others temporarily away from their residence: In order to receive the SBL ICI membership rate, please contact Navar Steed indicating your country of permanent residence and the circumstances of your current educational or residential situation. An ICI membership form can be emailed to you if you qualify for the reduced ICI rate
Donate to SBL
The generous contributions from our volunteer leaders, members, and friends are greatly appreciated.  Through your support the Society is able to:
  • Grant SBL Awards to young scholars

  • Provide resources for the International Cooperation Initiative, which works to promote the exchange of ideas, scholarship, and leadership between scholars and students globally

  • Meet the needs of teachers in US public education who are developing Bible courses for ninth through twelfth grades.

  • Develop cutting edge fonts and other tools
We thank our donors and volunteers for making these and other achievements possible.
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