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Governance & Policy
Founded in 1880, the Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines. As an international organization, the Society offers its members opportunities for mutual support, intellectual growth, and professional development through the following:
  • Advancing academic study of biblical texts and their contexts as well as of the traditions and contexts of biblical interpretation
  • Collaborating with educational institutions and other appropriate organizations to support biblical scholarship and teaching
  • Developing resources for diverse audiences, including students, religious communities, and the general public
  • Facilitating broad and open discussion from a variety of critical perspectives
  • Organizing congresses for scholarly exchange
  • Publishing biblical scholarship
  • Promoting cooperation across global boundaries

SBL has been a member of the American Council of Learned Societies since 1929.
SBL Constitution and By-laws

Distinguished biblical scholars lead the Society. Fourteen members are elected to serve on its governing board, the Council, which determines general policies and program initiatives and appoints committee members to assist in fulfilling the mission and in conducting regular business. Election to Council and appointment to a committee is a significant responsibility, and the dedicated service of volunteers contributes to the success of the Society.

SBL members serve in hundreds of positions—on committees, task forces, boards, and program units. Nominations to all these positions are accepted throughout the year. To submit a nomination, see the nomination instructions.


SBL Policy Manual

Professional Conduct and Harassment Policy



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