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International Summer School on Biblical Hebrew Poetry: The Song of Songs and its Reception in Judaism is organized in Leuven in 7-11 September 2020.

More information can be found from their website.

The Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense
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 Colloquium offers a forum and meeting place for research and scholarly discussion in the field of Biblical Studies. As a rule the annual conference focuses on a biblical book or a collection of writings, but it also addresses thematic subjects.

Programme design 10 main papers by invited speakers; languages: French, German or English
4 seminars conducted by invited speakers; languages: Dutch, French, German and English
about 20 short papers, selected from proposals by participants

Topic and Programme of the Conference in 2020

Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXIX


Literary, Historical and Religious Perspectives

President: Jan Willem van Henten

July 22-24, 2020

Call for Short Papers 2020
Participants who would like to read a short paper are requested to contact the president of the Colloquium.
Teilnehmer, die ein Kurzreferat halten möchten, wenden sich bitte an den Präsidenten der Tagung.
Les collègues qui désirent présenter une communication brève sont priés de s’adresser au président des Journées.
Deelnemers die een korte lezing wensen te geven, worden verzocht zich aan te melden bij de president van het Colloquium.

Latest submission date for short paper proposals (including name, institutional affiliation, postal address, e-mail address, title and abstract): March 31, 2020.


Prof. Dr. Jan Willem van Henten
President CBL 2020 More information about participation and registration can be found here.

Online Survey: Forum Exegese und Hochschuldidaktik

At the Seminar for Protestant Theology of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal a study on didactic concepts for the use of tutorials in the Biblical Studies is currently being developed within the framework of a degree dissertation. Since the study has an empirical part, I would like to ask you for your assistance. 

I would be very grateful if you would participate in the online survey if tutorials in the field of Biblical Studies were offered in your institute / seminar / at your chair:

The survey is active until 15.01.2020.

Thomas Wagner

It is a great pleasure to announce that the Call for Papers for the Sixth Annual Meeting on Christian Origins (September 26-28, 2019) sponsored by the CISSR – Italian Centre for Advanced Studies on Religions is officially open.  It is now possible, therefore, to submit a paper proposal.

N.B.: The call for papers closes on April 28, 2019.  Applicants will receive information concerning acceptance or non-acceptance by May 12, 2019.  

As in the past years, the conference will take place in the nice location of Bertinoro (a small and picturesque village near Bologna and Ravenna) and will be hosted by the CEUB - University Residential Centre of Bertinoro. The Centre has its own conference facilities, including a variety of offices and meeting spaces, accommodation and canteen. 

The Annual Meetings on Christian Origins wish to provide a space for scientific debate on the historical Jesus, the history of the early groups of Jesus’ followers, and the interpretation of early Christian writings, as well as other cognate fields of inquiry. The meetings take the form of “Programme Units”, coordinated by specialists and young researchers. Papers are expected from a wide range of perspectives: history, exegesis, archaeology, papyrology, epigraphy, anthropology of religions, comparative studies, social sciences, cultural studies, and so on.  

The online registration form for speakers (and listeners) is the same as previous years and will be available on the CEUB website after the closure of the Call for Papers (i.e., from May 20 to July 25, 2019).

The official languages of the conference are Italian and English. Anyway, the organization invites all speakers to present English papers (in any case, a detailed handout or PowerPoint in English should be provided).

Info & Costs are available on the CISSR website (<>). Look especially at following pages:
Call for Papers:
How to participate:
- Accommodation:

If you like to take a look at the programme of the last meetings:

Protestant Bible Scholarship: Antisemitism, Philosemitism, and Anti-Judaism (26-27 May 2019, Oxford)

This conference brings prominent biblical scholars and scholars of Judaism together for a conversation about the foundations of our fields. We want to generate a discussion of how a biased understanding of Judaism became integral to the discipline. This conversation is about understanding, healing and changing that discussion through critical thinking and ethical reading.

The conference will take place on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May in Oriel College, Oxford.

To download the conference programme, please click here

This event is organised by the Centre for the Study of the Bible in the Humanities at Oriel College, Oxford.

All are welcome and participation is free, but places are limited and registration is required. Please register as soon as possible by filling out the online registration form here.

Hindy Najman and Arjen Bakker

Call for Papers

Biblical Poetry: the Legacy of the Psalms in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

Ghent University, April 23-24 2020

The Psalms, in their Greek Septuagint translation, were a fundamental corpus of biblical poetry, and as such were continuously referred to in Christian literature. They played a key role in the daily life and in the development of religious sensitivity of late antique and Byzantine people. The production of Psalm-related literature, notably exegetic, was impressively widespread. The Psalms, however, influenced other genres of religious literature as well, and their poetical nature remained an important feature that later authors were well aware of.

In preparation of a volume on the reception of the Psalms in poetry from Late Antiquity and Byzantium, we invite scholars of all levels of experience to present a paper at a colloquium on this subject.

Confirmed speakers are Andrew Faulkner, Antonia Giannouli, Christian Høgel and Maria Ypsilanti.

We welcome contributions on the following topics especially:

·         the appreciation of the Psalter’s poetical nature in exegesis and in the biblical manuscript tradition (e.g. recognition, by patristic and Byzantine exegetes, of the presence or

·         absence of poetical features);

·         rhetorical aspects of the Psalms as highlighted in late antique and Byzantine treatises;

·         the influence of the Psalms on Byzantine poetry (e.g. what was their role in the composition of

·         eis heauton poems? How does self-expression in Christian poetry

·          relate to the Psalms?);

·         the reception of the Psalms in hymnographic poetry;

·         the reception of the Psalter in specific genres of poetry, such as Byzantine catanyctic poetry;

·         the metrical metaphrases by ps-Apollinaris and Manuel Philes;

·         metrical paratexts on the Psalms.

These examples are not exclusive and papers on other related topics are welcome.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. Each paper will be followed by a reaction from a respondent, who will open the discussion with the audience. Contributors whose abstract is accepted will be asked to submit prior to the colloquium a rough draft of their full text. After the conference, they are expected to offer their re-worked paper for inclusion (upon acceptance after peer-review) in a volume on the reception of the Psalms in Byzantine poetry.

Please send a title and a short abstract (max. 300 words) of your paper to no later than May 31, 2019. Accepted speakers will be notified by the end of June 2019.

For more information, please visit our website:

Organisers: Floris Bernard, Reinhart Ceulemans, Cristina Cocola, Kristoffel Demoen, Anna Gioffreda, Andreas Rhoby, Rachele Ricceri.

This colloquium is organised within the framework of the projects David, our Orpheus. Reception, Rewritings and Adaptations of the Psalms in Byzantine Poetry (funded by the FWO - Flemish Research Foundation) and The Legacy of the Psalms in Byzantine Poetry: Book Epigrams and Metrical Paraphrases (funded by the FWO - Flemish Research Foundation and the FWF - Austrian Science Fund), which are being carried out at Ghent University, KU Leuven and the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Centre for Classical Studies at the Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic invites you to take part in the conference "HELLENISM, EARLY JUDAISM AND EARLY CHRISTIANITY: Transmission and Transformation of Ideas", taking place 12–13 September 2019 (Prague, CR).

The aim of our conference is to explore the evolution of thought while focusing on the relations between Judaism and early Christianity in the context of Hellenistic period and the period immediately influenced by Hellenism. We will pay special attention to the intercultural distribution of decisive and long-standing questions, ideas, concepts and methods of Hellenistic and Hellenism-influenced thought.

Please send a registration form in the MS Word format to the e-mail address (deadline: May 1, 2019). For more information and details, see the pdf attachment.

Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXVIII 

Leuven, 24-26 July 2019 

President: Judith Lieu, University of Cambridge

Topic: Peter in the Early Church: Apostle – Missionary – Church Leader

Whereas in the past interest in Peter has largely focussed on the ecclesiastical or institutional dynamics of the Petrine traditions, or on Peter as a shadowy foil for Paul, mediating between him and James as the representative of ‘Jewish Christianity’, recent study has offered fresh insights into both the canonical letters that bear his name, but also into the range of non-canonical ‘Petrine’ texts as well as into the development of the traditions regarding his death and burial. It is therefore a very apposite time to hold a Colloquium which will bring together both established and more early career scholars who have been at the centre of these diverse new developments, and stimulate dialogue and deeper analysis. The Proceedings of the Colloquium are expected to make a significant contribution to the role and representation of Peter and associated writings in the Early Church and to their reception. 


CALL FOR SHORT PAPERS: Short paper proposals (including name, institutional affiliation, postal address, e-mail address, title and abstract of ca. 200 words) should be sent to: 

Judith Lieu, President CBL 2019, 

no later than 31 March 2019.

More Information

- See:

The Institute of Biblical Studies at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, welcomes paper proposals for an international biblical conference dealing with the theme of miracles in the Bible and extra-biblical traditions of the ancient Mediterranean world. 

The tile of the conference is: "Signs, Wonders and Mighty Works. God’s Activity in the History of Salvation." 

The conference will be held in Lublin, Poland, 23-24 October 2019.

This conference will bring together leading scholars from around the world to discuss the why and how of reading Biblical Hebrew poetry as Scripture in today's world. The aim of the conference is recontextualization with the goal of moving beyond reconstructive historical work to constructive theological work.

Featured speakers include:

·         John Goldingay: On Reading Genesis 49

·         Benjamin Sommer: Parallelism and Preaching: Poetic Form and Religious Function

·         Ellen Davis: The Psalms, the Poetry of Healing

·         David Firth: Hannah's Song (1 Samuel 2:1-10): On the Interface of Poetics and Ethics in an Embedded Poem

·         Revd Megan Daffern: How Wise are the Psalms as Prayers?

·         Katie Heffelfinger: Truth and Hidden Things: Reading Isaiah 45:9-25 as Scripture

·         Rabbi Shai Held: Can the Psalms of Lament Redeem Us?

·         Yisca ZimranThe Dynamic Relationship between God and Man in the Book of Hosea: A Synchronic Reading

·         The conference will include an After-Dinner Poetry Reading and Discussion with award-winning poet and professor, Michael Symmons Roberts.

An outline programme, paper abstracts, and the online booking site are available at: or

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. See the links and attachment for more information.

The Call for Papers for this year’s European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference is now open! The Conference will be taking place at the University of Warsaw, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Warsaw, Poland, from Sunday, 11th August, afternoon, to Wednesday, 14th August, 2019, evening, followed by two days of post-conference tours. 

Paper proposals will be accepted until 28th February, and individual EABS units’ Calls can be seen on their webpages. To browse the list of EABS research units, click here.

The call for papers and submission page can be found here.

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 March 3 rd, 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

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 2021
takes place 3-6 August
in Wuppertal. Read more.