Society of Biblical Literature (The)

The Luce Center 825 Houston Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: (404) 727-3100
Fax: (404) 727-3101

The Society of Biblical Literature

About Us:

The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) supports the critical investigation of the Bible. Founded in 1880, SBL is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies. The Society provides conversation partners and resources for those interested in the religions, history, literature, and culture of the ancient Near Eastern world.

Over 6,000 members from every continent provide a forum to test ideas and advance the understanding of the Bible’s role in the public arena.

Mission, Visions, and Values

The following Mission Statement and Strategic Vision Statements were adopted by the SBL Council May 16, 2004.

Mission Statement:

Foster Biblical Scholarship — A simple, comprehensive statement that encompasses the Society’s aspirations.

Strategic Vision Statements:

Offer members opportunities for mutual support, intellectual growth, and professional development as teachers and scholars

Organize congresses for scholarly exchange

Facilitate broad and open discussion from a variety of perspectives

Encourage study of biblical literature and its cultural contexts

Collaborate with educational institutions and other appropriate organizations to support biblical scholarship and teaching

Develop resources for diverse audiences, including students, religious communities and the general public

Publish biblical scholarship




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