Category Archives: Conferences

SBL Annual Meeting Registration is Now Open

Registration & Housing for the Annual Meetings 2018 in Denver, CO is now open! You may access your registration page with this link. Please note that registration rates will increase on May 25, so take advantage of the Super Saver discount and register today!

With more than 1,200 academic sessions and workshops, along with one of the world’s largest exhibits of books and digital resources for biblical studies, the Annual Meetings is one of the largest events of the year in the fields of biblical scholarship, religious studies and theology.

There is not a designated headquarter hotel for the Annual Meetings 2018. Registration and the Exhibit Hall will be located at the Colorado Convention Center. Sessions will be held in the Colorado Convention Center, Sheraton Downtown, and Hyatt Regency Convention Center hotels. The Employment Center will be held in the Sheraton Downtown hotel.

To review additional information about the Annual Meetings 2018, including meeting dates & times, a hotel map and list of amenities, travel information, answers to frequently asked questions, etc., please click here . We urge you to bookmark this site as it will be updated frequently with the latest Annual Meetings 2018 information.

If you have questions, please contact us and we’ll be glad to assist you. We are looking forward to a great meeting in Denver!

SBL Annual Meeting Team

Luthers Heidelberger Disputation als Initial der südwestdeutschen Reformen

21.04.2018, 10-15 Uhr an der Europäischen Melanchthon-Akademie in Bretten: Studientag Luthers Heidelberger Disputation als Initial der südwestdeutschen Reformen.

More here.

There’s Plenty of Dead Sea Scrolls Conferencing Coming Up

All these are announcements made by Charlotte Hempel on the Twitter-

  1. 15th May Paris on “Where is ‘Ezra’ in the Dead Sea Scrolls?” with thanks to Claude Cohen-Matlofsky for the invitation 1 of 3 @The_EAJS@E_A_B_S@stecacareers
  2. 18th May Cambridge on “The Evidence of the Dead Sea Scrolls on Pre-Christian Meeting Places: Who? Where? And What Did They Get up To?” at a Study Day in Honour of the amazing Judith Lieu.… 2 of 3
  3. 22 May James A. Kirk Lecture @UofDenver hosted by Alison Schofield on “The Dead Sea Scrolls: How Special are the Texts and the People Behind this Treasure?” alongside Scrolls Exhibit in town!

CBA Annual Meeting News

Registration Invitations Coming Soon!
CBA has contracted with CUA to provide the registration website for our Annual General Meeting. You will receive an e-mail invitation from CBA with a link to the registration site once it goes live.

The registration cost is approximately $145, which includes socials and coffee breaks (after June 27, 11:59 PM EDT, a $25 late fee will be added). Please note that registration closes on July 8, 2018. THERE WILL BE NO ONSITE REGISTRATION.

ON CAMPUS: Regis University has several other groups on campus at the same time as CBA.. so on campus housing is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Each guest receives a blanket, flat sheet, fitted sheet, pillow case, disposable pillow, 1 bath towel, 1 face cloth, cup, soap with a one time fee of $15.

There are three locations available (a 14.75% city and state lodging tax will be assessed to the rates below):

  • West Hall (suite-style) at $37 per night
  • Residence Village (town-home suite) at $61 per night
  • DeSmet Hall (dorm) at $35 per night

Limited early arrival for the night of Friday, July 27 and late stay over for the night of Tuesday, July 31 are available in West Hall and Residence Village. The dorm rooms for DeSmet Hall are only available for the nights of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

OFF CAMPUS: The Regis University website lists several hotels in various regions of the greater Denver area. The hotels closest to the campus will be listed under the “North Denver Hotel” tab. Click here to visit the Regis University “Where to Stay” web page.

Hensley Henson Lectures 2018 with Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch

The Hensley Henson lectures for 2017-18 are based on Prof. MacCulloch’s six-year-long project of writing a new life of Thomas Cromwell. Grounded in a new examination of Cromwell’s vast and complex archive, they reassess the religion and religious policies of the man at the heart of the revolution in the early Tudor Church. They scrutinise his complex relationship with his King and the personal agendas that he pursued as the only Vice-Gerent in Spirituals in the history of the kingdom.

There are many surprises in the story of the first stages in the Tudor Protestant Reformation and in the dissolution of English, Welsh and Irish monasteries.

In four lectures, we will pursue them into the archives and assess their meaning.

Go if you can.  If you can’t, be sad, like I am, that you can’t….

49. Internationale Karl Barth Tagung

There’s all manner of info here.  And their Facebook page is here.

British New Testament Society Annual Meeting 2018 News

Dear colleagues,

The website for registration for the 2018 British New Testament Conference at St Mary’s University, Twickenham (London), Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 September, is now open, here. (For any who are planning to stay off campus, a ‘daily rate’ will soon be added to the registration website—please wait for this if that’s your intention.) Travel details by various means to the St Mary’s campus are here.

There is a plan afoot to offer two visits on Thursday before the conference formally begins (in similar manner to the visit to the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin in 2017), and more details will follow. One is a guided visit to the National Gallery led by Dr Michelle Fletcher, who is Research Assistant in the King’s College London project to produce a visual commentary on the Bible—many of you will know Michelle as a regular member of the conference. The other is a visit to the British Library to learn about their collection of biblical manuscripts. As you can see from the registration pages, there is the possibility of arriving a day early, on Wednesday, and/or leaving a day later, on Sunday—and that may be helpful for those travelling to London from a distance who would like to join in with one or both of these visits. More details to follow.

If you have questions about the local arrangements, please contact Professor Chris Keith, who chairs the organising committee, here.

In other news, your committee were asked to nominate people for the REF panel for Theology and Religious Studies, and we have this week heard the good news that Professor David Horrell of the University of Exeter has been included in the ‘first cut’ panel to devise criteria for the panel to work with. Warm congratulations to David on this appointment. More information here. There will be a further opportunity to nominate potential members in 2020, once the panel has a sense of the volume of material to be considered in various sub-disciplines of TRS, and your committee will work further on this at that point.

This comes with warm good wishes for the Easter break.

Steve Walton
BNTS Secretary

If You’re In Zurich, Go to the Prophezei

Etc.  Go to this.  And tell me how it is.  Because I’m jealous.

Christ Keith Is Tall So You’ll Be Able to See Him No Matter Where You Sit!

Plus, I think he has pictures of cannibals!!!!

2019 Hawarden “Old Testament in the New” Annual Conference: Save the Date!

Via the organizer-

The 2019 Annual Seminar on the Use of the OT in the NT will take place at Gladstone’s Library from the evening of Thursday 11th April till after lunch on Saturday 13th April. More details will follow in due course, but please save the date.

Best wishes,
Susan Docherty

Paper Accepted

You’ll want to be at the Calvin Congress this August when I drop a bomb on the theological landscape with my paper on Zwingli.

It is my pleasure to inform you that your short paper proposal for the 2018 Calvin Congress in Philadelphia has been accepted. The organizers look forward to meeting you in Philadelphia!

My paper will be a bomb.  Or bomb.  Who can tell…  Whatever happens, it’s predestined.  So, come on out and watch the inevitable.  Date and time TBA.

A Day Conference at the University of Geneva on the Apocalypse

The Université de Genève tweeted

@UNIGEnews – L’#Apocalypse foisonne d’images symboliques qui peuvent parfois dérouter. Afin d’expliquer le message et les principales images de cette œuvre, le théologien Jacques Descreux donnera une conférence le 27 mars à l’UNIGE.

100 Years of Barth’s ‘Romans’ Commentary- Call for Papers

Via Christophe Chalamet-

Call for Papers — “Karl Barth’s Römerbrief 100 years later: Retrospect and Prospect” June 5-7 2019, Geneva, CH. Submit your proposals by Sept 15 2018!

The Bible and Apartheid

You are invited to this conference in Zurich on that topic:

Discussing the New Melanchthon Edition

The web may have its problems but the fact that people in the States can video conference with folk in China or Germany sure isn’t one of them.  Indeed, it’s a blessing.

There’s a lot of work to do for the Edition, but the discussion today was immensely helpful.

A-J Levine is Speaking At Butler University

And you should go.  Seriously.  She’s excellent.  All the details are here.

The British New Testament Society 2018 Meeting Call for Papers

Dear colleagues,

The Call for Papers for this year’s British New Testament Conference is now open. The conference will be taking place at St Mary’s University, Twickenham (London), Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 September 2018.

The Call for Papers for each session is below. Proposals of not more than 300 words should be sent directly to the Seminar Chairs by Friday 20 April 2018. Please direct any enquiries about the call directly to the relevant seminar chairs and not to me.

Proposals for the Simultaneous Short Papers should be sent to me on, and not to this address.

We very much look forward to seeing you in Twickenham in September.

Best wishes,


Professor Steve Walton
Secretary, British New Testament Society


St Mary’s University, Twickenham (London), 6-8 September 2018

Proposals for papers are invited for the British New Testament Conference 2018 to be held in Twickenham, London from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 September. Paper proposals with a title and an abstract of not more than 300 words should be sent directly to the relevant Seminar chairs by Friday 20 April 2018. Proposals for the Simultaneous Short Paper session should be sent to the Secretary, Professor Steve Walton ( Specific seminar contact details and calls for papers are below.

The Book of Acts
Sean Adams (
Matthew Sleeman ( We welcome seminar papers approaching Acts from a variety of angles and using a variety of methods: historical, literary, textual-critical, theological, archaeological, the social world, possible links/parallels with other biblical and ancient writings, and so on. We also include topics for discussion which relate Acts to the wider contexts of Luke-Acts and the Pauline corpus, where they are relevant and helpful to the study of Acts. Offers of papers are welcome both from research students (this is a great opportunity to ‘try out’ your ideas) and from more established scholars.

The Acts and Synoptic Gospels seminar groups are happy to announce that they will be having a joint session as one of our three sessions scheduled for the 2018 Conference. In light of this collaboration, we are particularly interested in receiving paper proposals that engage with the theme of rhetoric in Luke-Acts. If you are interested in offering a paper for this joint session, please email either the co-chairs of the Synoptic Gospels or Acts groups. Papers may require a full seminar session for discussion (90 minutes) or take half a session (45 minutes).
We make papers available on the British New Testament Society web site a few weeks before the conference so that seminar members can read them in advance. At the seminar, the paper’s author presents a 10-15 minute summary before discussion, in order to maximise discussion time in the seminar.

David Moffitt (
Loveday Alexander ‎(
Whilst papers on any topic relating to Hebrews will be considered, the Hebrews Group particularly invites proposals relating to the topic of the interpretation of the tabernacle (heavenly and/or earthly) in Hebrews.

Helen Bond (
Justin Meggitt (

Johannine Literature
Cornelis Bennema (
Andy Byers (
The Johannine Literature seminar invites papers on the Gospel of John and/or the Johannine Epistles. Offers of papers are welcome both from established scholars and from research students and the seminar provides an excellent opportunity for feedback from experts in the field.

Usually, one full session is dedicated to the discussion of a major paper by invitation. In the remaining two sessions, there is scope for four to five papers. Papers are normally 30 minutes, allowing time for questions and discussion, but shorter papers of 20 minutes are also welcome.

The Book of Revelation
Michelle Fletcher (
Garrick Allen (

New Testament and Early Christianity
Dominika Kurek-Chomycz ‎(
Francis Watson (
The New Testament texts exist within the much broader phenomenon of early Christianity as a whole, and this seminar is concerned especially with aspects of the total phenomenon that go beyond the New Testament. These include non-canonical texts (e.g. the so-called Apostolic Fathers, New Testament Apocrypha, Old Testament Pseudepigrapha in Christian usage, Nag Hammadi and associated literature, early patristic texts); and wider historical themes (e.g. orthodoxy and heresy, canon formation, gender, ritual, identity, martyrdom, social setting, material culture).

In 2018, we plan to hold: (1) an open session; (2) a thematic session on martyrdom; (3) an invited paper session on Jesus’ resurrection in the Epistula Apostolorum. For sessions (1) and (2) we invite paper proposals along the lines of the goals of the seminar. For all panels, the abstract should state the paper’s thesis and outline the approach that will be taken.

New Testament and Second Temple Judaism
Susan Docherty (
Matthew Novenson (
For the 2018 meeting, we will have a session on current research on 1 Enoch (presenters including Sofanit Abebe and Elena Dugan), a review panel, held jointly with the Paul Seminar, on Jamie Davies’s Paul among the Apocalypses? (Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark, 2016) (reviewers including Elizabeth Shively and Crispin Fletcher-Louis), and one open-call session. For the open-call session, we invite paper proposals on any topic pertinent to the study of the New Testament and Second Temple Judaism.

New Testament: Use and Influence
Alison Jack (
John Lyons (
This year, the seminar will offer one ‘open call’ session, for which we would welcome proposals on any topic regarding the use and influence of the NT. The second session will involve an open invitation to BNTC attendees to participate in an organised project session (details of theme to follow). The third session will feature a round-table open discussion on the future/British NT Society future of reception history of the NT.

Peter Oakes (
Dorothee Bertschmann (
Papers are invited on any aspect of Pauline literature for the two open call sessions. We shall spend one session on a review panel held jointly with the NT and Second Temple Judaism seminar, on Jamie Davies’s Paul among the Apocalypses? (Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark, 2016).

Synoptic Gospels
Andy Angel (
Elizabeth Shively (
This year we focus on the intersection of the study of rhetoric and the Synoptic Gospels. First, we plan a joint session with the Book of Acts Seminar for which we invite proposals dealing with various aspects of the study of rhetoric in Luke-Acts. Second, we invite proposals dealing with various aspects of the study of rhetoric in the Synoptic Gospels. Third, we invite proposals on any topic on the Synoptic Gospels for an open session. Paper proposals for the joint session on rhetoric and Luke-Acts and should be sent to Elizabeth Shively. Paper proposals for the Synoptic Gospels sessions should be sent to Andy Angel or Elizabeth Shively, co-chairs of the Synoptic Gospels Seminar.

Simultaneous Short Papers
Steve Walton (
Proposals for 20-25 minute papers are invited for the simultaneous short papers session. Preference will be given to papers that do not easily fit into one of the established seminar groups. Proposing the same paper for this section and one of the seminar groups is not permitted.

Deadline Extended

The deadline for submitting short paper proposals for the Eighth Annual RefoRC Conference, May 24-26, 2018 at the University of Warsaw has been extended to March 14, 2018.

Read more here.

“Intertextuality and the Formation of the Psalter”

“Intertextuality and the Formation of the Psalter” at the University of Munich, Germany, 13-14 April 2018.

The conference will bring together current research in biblical studies on Psalms and the Psalter. It will engage with questions of methodology (with a special focus on intertextuality in ancient texts), theology, and composition in order to illuminate the formation and content of Psalms and the Psalter. The programme can be found on If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Alma Brodersen at”

Program for the 8th Refo500 Annual Meeting