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The Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars is an international association of biblical scholars who are affiliated with the churches of the Anglican Communion, including the Episcopal Church in the U.S., the Anglican Church of Canada, and the Church of England. Its purpose is to support biblical scholarship at all levels in the Anglican Communion. AABS is dedicated to fostering greater involvement of biblical scholars in the life of Anglican churches, and to promoting the development of resources for biblical studies in Anglican theological education.
The group was founded following the meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature in Kansas City in 1991, in response to an informal call from Michael Floyd, Professor of Old Testament at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, to all Episcopalians who wished to meet to discuss the problems and issues facing teachers and students of the Bible in Episcopal seminaries, colleges, churches, and other institutions. After our Canadian colleagues reminded those gathered that AAR/SBL was an international group, the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars was born. The group, meeting at first on a trial basis, was officially constituted two years later, and Floyd was elected its first president.
Since that time, the AABS has blossomed into a thriving organization of biblical scholars, with members around the world. We continue to seek ways in which we can serve the Church through our scholarly vocation.
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