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The EABS is excited to announce the eleventh Graduate Symposium, which will take place at the Lammi Biological Station (LBS) of the University of Helsinki, in Lammi, Finland, from 12th-14th April 2019. The LBS is a world class research station situated 90 minutes north of Helsinki [Click here to find out more about the venue]. The symposium, which seeks to engender a supportive atmosphere for dialogue across a variety of biblical studies fields and subfields (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, its reception/interpretation history, the ancient Near East, and any relevant cognate areas, New Testament, its reception/interpretation history, early Christianity, Rabbinics, Patristics and any relevant cognate areas, also, areas such as Qumran studies, Alexandrian Judaism, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, etc.), welcomes PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers to present on a topic related to their research area(s). Participants may format their presentations according to their preference: paper, seminar discussion, poster or another form.

Every abstract will be anonymously reviewed by a team of scholars who will give feedback and suggestions for improvement, if necessary. Our goal is to assist in developing the abstracts to the best possible form and to encourage authors to submit them to research seminars of the 2019 EABS Annual Conference. We also encourage authors to enter the EABS Student Prize by submitting their papers for evaluation after the symposium. Only papers presented at the EABS Annual Conference are eligible for the Student Prize which is typically awarded at the opening ceremony of the Annual Conference. Also, only doctoral students are eligible for the Student Prize. Next year’s conference will be held in Warsaw, Poland from 11th-14th August 2019. Please click here for more information.

Each participant will be given 20-25 minutes to present their paper which will be followed by an extended discussion. We look forward to welcoming Professor Juha Pakkala (HB), Professor Jutta Jokiranta (HB, STJ, DSS), Professor Petri Luomanen (NT and Early Christianity), and Professor Outi Lehtipuu (NT and Early Christianity), all affiliated to the University of Helsinki. These scholars will offer feedback and share from their experiences in their respective fields. In addition, the symposium looks forward to continuing its tradition of holding a joint trans-Atlantic session with graduate students from the University of Emory.

Candidates should submit their abstracts and/or posters of no more than 300 words to by 11:59 pm (CET) on January 27th, 2019. Please do not forget to mention the preferred format in the abstract (i.e. paper, workshop, pre-circulated paper, discussion, poster, etc.). Participants have to be members of the EABS. The one-year student membership for 2019 is €10. Please note that this fee does not apply to postdoctoral researchers whose membership fee for 2019 is €30.

Candidates are advised to budget for board and lodging for the weekend. The estimated cost for a single room with meals is 70 per day. For a double room with meals, the cost is estimated at 90 per day. We will meet in Helsinki where transport will be arranged for the onward trip to Lammi. Participants are advised to budget for this connection. Details about this leg will be given in due course. 

Batanayi I. Manyika
Graduate Student Representative

EABS_2019 Call for Papers.pdf Eleventh Graduate Symposium Call for Papers
Interest in ancient Jewish and Christian beliefs about demons has grown significantly
in recent decades. Particular consideration has been given to the influence of other
cultures (e.g. Zoroastrian traditions), the transmission of traditions across time and
between communities (e.g. the myth of rebellious angels), and to the origins of
demons and methods for dealing with them (e.g. exorcism rituals, magic, etc.). Less
attention has been paid to the nature and characteristics of demonic beings
(broadly conceived).

Dr Hector M Patmore and Prof. Josef Lössl (Cardiff University) therefore invite
proposals for papers that consider this theme in Jewish and / or Christian sources
from the Biblical period to Late Antiquity. Papers may have any relevant focus,
• The ontology of demonic beings.
• The place of demonic beings in spiritual hierarchies.
• The role of gender in the depiction of demonic beings.
• The connection between demons and particular locations.
• The personification / hypostasizing of abstract concepts.

Papers exploring cultural exchange between Jews and Christians would be
particularly welcome. More information in the attachment below.

The EABS Annual Conference / SBL International Meeting 2018 took place at the University of Helsinki on 30th July - 3rd August. The following pictures, taken by Lauri Laine, take you back to our great moments in Helsinki.

Outi Lehtipuu opening the conference.
Outi Lehtipuu, the chair of the local organizing committee, welcoming people at the opening session.

EABS Executive officer Dominika Kurek-Chomycz giving greetings from the EABS to the joint meeting.

The opening session ended with a panel discussion "What I would like to see happen in biblical studied?" The panel was chaired by Martti Nissinen and the other participants were Jutta Jokiranta, Ismo Dunderberg, Siiri Toiviainen and Rick Bonnie.

The plenary sessions took place at the Think Corner of the University. In the picture, Raija Sollamo and Antti Marjanen reflect on their career. Interview conducted by Cecilia Wassén, with an introduction by Marianne Bjelland Kartzow.

A magnificent cultural event, concert at the famous rock church, took place on Thursday evening.

The International Philological Forum is organized every two years and its aim is to enable young
philologists (students, PhD students and postdocs) from different countries and universities to
present their own papers or translations. This year for the first time we will have a special section for Biblical studies.

Please use the link below to offer your contributions to one of the following thematic areas:
➢ The Bible – problems of translation
➢ The Bible as literature
➢ Anthropology and the Bible

More information in the attachment.
The ERC Advanced Grant MAP project (Mapping Ancient Polytheisms. Cult Epithets as an Interface between Religious Systems and Human Agency; 741182; works on the naming systems for the divine in the Greek and Western Semitic worlds, from 1000 BCE to 400 CE and views them as testimonies to the way in which divine powers are constructed, arranged and involved within ritual. The analysis deals both with the structural aspects of the religious systems and with their contextual appropriation by social participants. Considered to be elements of a complex language, the onomastic channels are related to the gods, therefore providing access to a mapping process of the divine, to its ways of representation and to the communication strategies between men and gods. Within this framework, the MAP Team proposes a Summer School in collaboration with the French Research Centre in Jerusalem

There are 15 places available, which you can apply for until October 31st. More information on the pdf-attachment.

The 14th International Biblical Conference, 23-24 October 2018

“For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to her dead” (Isa. 26:19): Resurrection in the Bible and Ancient Mediterranean World

The Catholic University of John Paul II, Lublin, Poland

This year’s symposium will focus on the resurrection in the Bible and extra-biblical traditions of the ancient Mediterranean World. The topics covered by conference papers can include: the shape and character of the idea of resurrection in the Bible and extra-biblical literature; the historical, anthropologico-cultural and theological analysis of the ancient texts and traditions on resurrection in relation to the Bible; the genesis and development of the idea of resurrection in the Hebrew Bible; the historical, socio-cultural and theological analysis of the idea of resurrection in New Testament texts together with their moral and ecclesiological implications; resurrection in Early Christian writings and traditions.

Please submit paper proposals by 15th August 2018. For more information and to submit your abstract, see:

The Annual Conference is
in Warsaw 11-14 August 2019.
More information coming soon.