2023 CBA/CSBR Midwest Regional Biblical Studies Meeting
I returned on Sunday from what was a very successful collaborative effort with CSBR on a regional meeting at St. Mary’s College in South Bend Indiana. There were 110 registered participants, and I would estimate about 30-40% of those were CBA members. There were multiple Catholic institutions represented, e.g., Loyola Chicago, CTI, Notre Dame, Marquette, Holy Cross (South Bend), among several others. We are joined with many members of CSBR who represented many of the institutions in the region, in particular the University of Chicago, from which our host, Dr. Jeffery Stackert, is the Professor of Hebrew Bible. I also had the opportunity to meet two of our Emerging Scholars Fellowship winners, who will be presenting their research at the AGM at Creighton in July. There were multiple simultaneous sessions each day that included Hebrew Bible, New Testament, The Gospels, Second Temple Judaism, Apocalyptic Literature, and Judaism in its Hellenistic and Roman Culture among others.
I encourage you who are in the Midwest region to join this group next year as we endeavor to fill the gap left by the ending of the SBL Regional Meetings. Those in the Mid-Atlantic Region, please remember to register and attend the upcoming CBA egional meeting that will take place May 12-13 at Virginia School of Theology in Alexandria Virginia. On Friday evening (May 12), our keynote speaker will be Dr. Anathea Portier-Young from Duke University. Professor Stephen Cook of VST will offer a response which will be followed by a Q&A session. Please consider submitting a paper for this conference as soon as possible and come and join us to hear the latest work of our CBA members. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Archie T. Wright, Ph.D.
The Catholic Biblical Association of America