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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.

June 2023
6/1 Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Young Scholars Awards Workshop
In connection with the 2023 Baron Awards ceremony, this workshop will feature junior laureates engaging and exchanging with senior colleague Emanuel Tov and other distinguished colleagues. Anyone interested is welcome and cordially invited to join the Zoom meeting.
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6/21–6/23 Interpreting Sacred Texts in Contemporary Africa: Concepts, Methods and Approaches
This international conference, to be held from June 21–23, 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.
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. Registration is now open.
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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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7/10–8/6 2023 Ancient Voices Summer School
The Classical Association of Scotland will offer Latin and Greek at all levels and an exciting array of other languages which typically are lesser-studied owing to a lack of access. Classes are around 2 hours per week and are offered at the lowest possible price point. Languages available for study include Greek, Latin, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Sumerian, and Egyptian hieroglyphs.
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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. Registration is now open.
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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
12/31 Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World CFP Closes
The Fifteenth Conference on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World will take place in Ada, Ohio (US) from June 26–30, 2024. The theme for the conference is “Special Grammar.” Albert Lord used the phrase “special grammar” to refer to the verbal art used by South Slavic guslari, Homeric bards, and other performers of oral traditions and he asserted that this special grammar was an adaptation of practices in everyday conversation (Lord, Singer of Tales, 35-36). Papers in response to this theme are invited on topics related to the ancient Mediterranean world or, for comparative purposes, other times, places, and cultures. Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Anonymous abstracts of up to 350 words (not including bibliography) should be submitted as Word files by 31 December 2023. Please send abstracts to:


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