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2014 EGLBS Meeting

Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society Regional Meeting

March 27-28, 2014, in Eire, PA

The Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting on March 27-28 in Erie, PA at the Clarion Lake Erie & Bel-Aire Conference Center (2800 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16505.

A learned society of Biblical scholars sponsored in part by the American Schools of Oriental Research, the Catholic Biblical Association, & the Society of Biblical Literature, the EGLBS invites paper or poster-session proposals from members of any of these organizations, scholars in higher education, ministers, students (with a professor's nomination), and other interested parties.

Please note that EGLBS is not affiliated with the American Academy of Religion. While AAR members are welcome to participate in EGLBS meetings, paper proposals on topics unrelated to the Ancient Near East and/or the Bible and cognate literature ought to be directed elsewhere (e.g., to AAR Midwest or the Ohio Academy of Religion). See for more information.

Conference registration will be handled online starting February 1. Check for updates.

Clarion Lake Erie & Bel-Aire Conference Center
2800 West 8th Street
Erie, PA 16505

You may reserve a room by calling the hotel directly and asking for the Great Lakes Biblical Society Room Block. Rooms are $79.99 per night (plus taxes) for single or double and this rate will be available until Feb. 26. You may be able to reserve a room after that date, but the rate is not guaranteed. (Meal options will be handled in the conference registration process).

2014 EGLBS - Call for Papers

(Opened 20 January 2014)

Paper proposals will be considered under the following categories. Select the category that best fits your paper topic and send the necessary information to the appropriate Convener(s) by electronic mail. NB: In order to foster wider participation, individuals are limited to one presentation at the annual meeting. If you are making multiple proposals, make sure to inform the appropriate conveners and indicate which of the presentations you would prefer to give (since only one per person is permitted).

The deadline for receipt of paper proposals for the 2014 annual meeting (including any necessary supporting materials) is 21 February 2014, and you should receive a determination of acceptance by 7 March 2014, hopefully earlier.

It was agreed at the 2012 Business Meeting that those who wish to submit proposals for inclusion in the annual meeting program must be registered for the annual meeting at the time the proposal is submitted. If your presentation does not get accepted onto the program, you may withdraw your meeting registration by sending a notice to the Annual Meeting Coordinator. Such requests received by 10 March 2014 will be eligible for a full refund.

The paper or poster proposal should be in DOC, DOCX, ODC, or RTF format and must include:

  1. Nature of the Presentation (Paper or Poster)
  2. Presentation Title
  3. Presenter's name, professional affiliation (e.g., university or church name), and status (undergrad, grad. student, Ph.D. candidate, faculty, pastor, etc.)
  4. Contact information (e-mail address, daytime telephone)
  5. Abstract (no more than 150 words)
    NB: An excessively long abstract or failure to include one or more of these data may result in disqualification of your proposal.
  6. Equipment needs:
    -Paper sessions will be provided with a laptop, LCD projector, projection screen, and podium. Indicate any other equipment you will require or, if none, so state.
    -Most items in the Poster Session will be mounted on the walls of one of the meeting rooms. A limited number of display tables will be available. Indicate which type of display space you will require for your poster.

All proposals require the foregoing information. There are three contingencies which would require you to send the entire text of your presentation as well as the proposal itself:

  1. This would be your first presentation at the EGLBS;
  2. You are submitting to the "Miscellaneous" section; or
  3. You are applying for either the Student Paper Prize or the SBL Regional Scholar Award.

NB: If you need to email your paper with the proposal, please save the essay in PDF format and preview the file to ensure that any foreign fonts, diagrams, tables, or other printer-dependent features will appear correctly in the attachment.
If your topic does not fit naturally into one of the following categories, please send the proposal as well as the entire presentation to Annual Meeting @ EGLBS so the Coordinator can determine where it might best enhance the program.

Alpha Christianity Seminar
E. Bruce Brooks, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
AlphaXy @

Archaeology of the ANE & Mediterranean World/ Archaeology & the Bible
Suzanne Richard, Ph.D.
Gannon University
Erie, PA 16541
Archaeology @
ASOR members are particularly encouraged to participate.

Hebrew Scriptures
Paul Kim
3081 Columbus Pike
Delaware, OH 43015
HB @

New Testament
Scott S. Elliott, Ph.D.
Adrian College
Adrian, MI 49221
NT @

Chair tba
Misc @
Possible topics include:
- Biblical Pedagogy
- Comparative Literature of the Ancient Near East & Mediterranean World
- Non-Canonical Jewish & Christian Writings
This is also the program section to which to submit ideas for a special colloquium, panel discussion, or seminar you would like to arrange. If you are proposing a panel, be sure to include not only the panel title, abstract, and name of the moderator, but also the names and contact information for all the intended panelists.

Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity
Vernon Robbins, Ph.D.
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322

Student Advisory Board
Michele Stopera Freyhauf, MA
Ursuline College & The University of Akron
Students @