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A Calendar of Events for Biblical and Religious Studies
Events that are of interest to SBL members may be submitted to Eric McDonnell. Inclusion in the calendar does not constitute an endorsement by SBL of the event. Minor editorial revisions of the event description may be made for stylistic purposes or the sake of brevity. Submissions must include either a website link or email link for more information. We cannot host PDF documents.

March 2023
3/9–3/10 Humanimal Virtual Conference: The Bible & "Animal" Others
Nonhuman animals pervade the Bible. Despite this, they have often been overlooked in biblical scholarship, written off as background or as symbols for human concerns. This conference offers a corrective to this oversight by hosting a conversation about “animal” others in biblical texts, Second Temple literature, and the Bible’s reception. The conference is free, but registration is required.
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3/11 Rethinking Class in Intersectional Activism and Faith-Based Community Organizing
The Center & Library for the Bible and Social Justice and the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice will host this online seminar to honor and continue to reflect on the scholarly legacy of CLBSJ’s co-founder, Rev. Dr. Norman K. Gottwald.This online seminar will continue discussions begun at the Society for Biblical Literature annual meeting on the effects that Dr. Norman Gottwald’s 1992 presidential address, Social Class as an Analytic and Hermeneutical Category in Biblical Studies, has had on the role of class analysis in biblical studies.
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3/20–3/23 Wisdom at the Interface between God and Humans
An international conference at the University of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany, this event explores the Divine-Human Dimensions of Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient World. Participation is possible both in person and via Zoom.
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3/27–3/31  SBL Global Virtual Meeting 
Launching for the first time in 2023, SBL is planning a brand new Global Virtual Meeting. As a meeting designed from the ground up for a virtual environment, it can offer experiences, opportunities, mentoring possibilities, presentation formats, and accessibility that are not possible in an in-person meeting. This means emphasizing the possibilities of both live and asynchronous participation, as well as exploring new modes of participation that differ from those of past SBL meetings.
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April 2023
4/5–4/7 Oceania Biblical Studies Association (OBSA) 2023 Conference: Bible, Crises, Healing
OBSA will hold two conferences in 2023. This first one will be held at Kanana Fou Theological Seminary on the themes of Bible, Crises, and Healing.
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4/13–4/15 Religion in Modern Education: Conflict, Policy, and Practice
This conference, hosted at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, invites scholars to consider the immediate and enduring impacts that the value, consideration, accessibility, and format of religious education may have on religious practices, on public spheres of activity, and on the relationship between religion and society. The call for abstracts closes February 14, 2023.
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May 2023
June 2023
6/21–6/23 Interpreting Sacred Texts in Contemporary Africa: Concepts, Methods and Approaches
This international conference, to be held from June 29 to July 1, 2022 is being organised by the Department for the Study of Religions, University of Ghana, Legon and the Département d'écriture sainte of the Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jesus, (ITCJ), Abidjan. Papers will interpret sacred texts within changing contexts in Africa. The deadline for abstract submissions is March 31, 2023. Abstracts may be submitted to
6/22–6/24 Epistemology of the Ancient Fertile Crescent
Reflection on knowledge is often assumed to origin in the formation of Greek philosophy since pre-Socratic times. Based on this insight, earlier cultural stages in the ancient Near East, including ancient Israel, are described as archaic. Against this view, new approaches to the study of epistemologies in these cultures have emerged in the recent years. The aim of the conference “Epistemology of the Ancient Fertile Crescent” is to bring these new approaches into dialogue to create a concise picture of epistemological processes in the cultures of this region.
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July 2023
7/3–7/7 2023 SBL International Meeting
The SBL International Meeting is held annually outside North America. It provides a unique forum for international scholars who are unable to attend the North American meeting and for all who wish to engage more directly SBL's growing international membership and scholarship. This year's meeting is held at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa.
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7/10–7/13 2023 European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference
The 2023 EABS Annual Conference will be held in Syracuse, Sicily.
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7/18–7/20 Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXXII: Early Christianity in Civic Space
The Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense is an annual international conference on biblical studies jointly organised by the theological faculties of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Université Catholique de Louvain. The meetings take place in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the KU Leuven and are alternately dedicated to a topic in Old and in New Testament Studies. The deadline for short paper proposals is March 31, 2023.
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7/25–7/29 2023 Society for New Testament Studies General Meeting
The next General Meeting of the SNTS will be held in Vienna, Austria. SNTS greatly values meeting as one society for the entire duration of the conference. This includes coming together not only for the academic programme, but also for lunches, dinners, coffee breaks, and social events organised by a Local Organising Committee (LOC).
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August 2023
8/30–9/1 Oceania Biblical Studies Association (OBSA) 2023 Conference: Bible, Climate, and Health
OBSA will hold two conferences in 2023. This second one will be held at Malua Theological College on the themes of Bible, Climate, and Health.
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September 2023
October 2023
10/27–10/28 2023 Holy Spirit Academic Symposium
The Center for the Study of the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today at Biola University will host an interdisciplinary discussion that aims to traverse the landscapes of the psychological, neurological, spiritual and biblical-theological, culminating in a collective exploration of the Holy Spirit in the healing of the human body. The call for papers closes January 31, 2023.
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November 2023
11/18–11/21 2023 SBL Annual Meeting
Co-hosted by the American Academy of Religion, the SBL Annual Meeting brings together professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons, to its venue each year. This year's meeting will be at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. The call for papers closes March 14, 2023.
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December 2023
12/7–12/8 Perceptions of Writing in Papyri: Crossing Close and Distant Readings Online Conference
This online conference will analyze how digital culture has changed the perceptions of writing styles in papyri. Studies conducted by modern scholars have always been the main way of evaluating papyri, determining their dates and content. We will evaluate the current ways scholars view the aesthetics of papyri in a world where close and distant readings are intersecting more every day. Please submit paper proposals of ca. 300 words by April 30, 2023, to and


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