Words and photography by Tavis Bohlinger; shot on Hasselblad.
There were few good excuses for any scholar in the EU to miss ISBL this year (the annual international conference of the Society of Biblical Literature), simply because the conference was held in Rome. What better location for a conference on biblical studies than the geographical center of historical Christianity? Furthermore, the event itself was held at one of the key training centers for Roman Catholic clergy and teachers in this iconic city, the Pontificial Gregorian University, a beautiful location in the heart of Rome’s main attractions.
But, if you missed ISBL in Rome this year, then we offer you here an insider’s glimpse into the specialness of the event and the grandeur of the city through the following photoessay. To see just how broad the scope of ISBL is when it comes to biblical studies, make sure to take a look at the Programme for the 2019 conference.
I have attended ISBL for half a decade now, and can say with full conviction that you won’t want to miss next year’s event, which is being held at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Start working on your proposal(s) now, as the call for papers will come sometime this Autumn.
Thanks for joining us on this visual journey. Stay tuned for more European conference adventures, as we travel to Aberdeen, Scotland for IOSOT and Warsaw, Poland for EABS this August.