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2015 EGLBS Meeting

Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society Regional Meeting

March 12-13, 2015
Perrysville, Ohio

The Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society will hold its 2015 Annual Meeting March 12-13 at the Mohican Lodge and Conference Center in Perrysville, OH. The plenary speaker will be Dr. Candida Moss from Notre Dame.

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 done online after January 1, 2015. Check for updates.

Registration Fees (note this is a reduction from 2014 meeting rates)
   $75 EGLBS Member (or member of SBL, CBA, ASOR)
   $60 Retired
   $45 Student
   $60 Guest accompanying another registrant

Mohican Lodge and Conference Center
PO Box 429
109 Ashland County Road #3006
Perrysville, OH 44864
(note – for GPS directions, use the following address: 4700 Goon Road, Perrysville, OH 44864.)

  • Hotel registration will be available online from January 1, 2015 until February 11, 2015. After February 11 you may still reserve a room by calling the hotel, but you will pay a higher rate because advance reservations will be considered tax exempt.
  • Room rates for singles and doubles will be $96.34, including bed tax and technology fee.
  • (Sales tax is waived for pre-registrations handled through EGLBS.)
  • Meal options will be handled through the registration process.).


2015 EGLBS - Call for Papers

(Open December 15, 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 2015 annual meeting (including any necessary supporting materials) is January 30, 2015 and you should receive a determination of acceptance by February 20, 2015, hopefully earlier.

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone who wishes to submit proposals for inclusion in the annual meeting program must be registered for the annual meeting by the registration cutoff date of January 30, 2015. 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 March 1, 2015 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 send your paper with the proposal, please save it 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (with EGLBS in the subject line) 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
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The general topic for 2015 is the Corinthian Correspondence. The session will be conducted as a seminar with papers and summaries distributed before the meeting.

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

Hebrew Scriptures
Paul Kim
Methodist Theological School in Ohio
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Open theme for 2015.

New Testament
Scott S. Elliott, Ph.D. Adrian College
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The New Testament section of the 2015 EGLBS Annual Meeting is planning two sessions. The first will be a session focused on the letters of Paul. We are particularly interested in papers that focus on Pauline epistolary research (i.e., research of the letters themselves: dating, composition, construction, textual reliability, authorship, form/structure, interpolation, conflation). The second session will be open, and we welcome proposals on all areas of New Testament research pertaining to materials (canonical and extra-canonical) other than those of the Pauline corpus.

Craig Tyson, Ph.D.
D'Youville College
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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
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Proposals that suggest ways of envisioning and presenting the "Rhetorical Force" of particular biblical-Jewish or early Christian texts as "Emergent Discourse" will be considered first. Other papers using a sociorhetorical approach to religious texts are welcome and will be considered as space is available.

Student Advisory Board
Michele Stopera Freyhauf, MA
Ursuline College & The University of Akron
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Contact with any questions about student involvement in EGLBS or SBL.