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Guide for Theological E-resources: Professional Organizations

E-resources for Theology

Professional Developement

As part of your own professional development, please consider joining  professional organization. This list is not exhaustive, but it is a start. So, please, feel free to make suggestions to include other organizations that might be of interest.

Professional Organizations for Religion & Theology

General Organizations

American Academy of Religion (AAR)

As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion has about 9,000 members who teach in some 900 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools in North America and abroad. The Academy is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. This is accomplished through Academy-wide and regional conferences and meetings, publications, programs, and membership services.

American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)

The American Schools of Oriental Research, founded in 1900, supports and encourages the study of the peoples and cultures of the Near East, from the earliest times to the present. It is apolitical and has no religious affiliation.

Specific Organizations

Catholic Biblical Association (CBA)

The purpose of the Catholic Biblical Association is to promote, within a context of faith, scholarly study in Scripture and related fields by meetings of the association, publications, and support to those engaged in such studies. See the appropriate link for a history of the CBA, our Constitution and By-laws, etc. The CBA is a constituent member of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion.

Society for Biblical Literature (SBL)

The Society of Biblical Literature, founded in 1880 as the Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis, is a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies, with the stated mission to "foster biblical scholarship".

Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS)

Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas is an elite international society of New Testament scholars. Membership is by nomination and election only.

American Theological Library Association (ATLA)

Established in 1946, the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is a professional association of over 800 individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products, and services in support of theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. ATLA's ecumenical membership represents many religious traditions and denominations.

North American Patristics Society (NAPS)

The North American Patristics Society is a scholarly organization dedicated to the study of the history, literature, and theology of ancient Christianity. Founded in 1970, the Society welcomes a diversity of disciplinary and methodological approaches and invites the participation of scholars at all stages of their careers; NAPS boasts a large and active graduate student membership.  Among the Society’s major activities are the sponsorship of an annual conference in Chicago, Illinois, and the publication of The Journal of Early Christian Studies

The Jewish Publication Society (JPS)

JPS is about the great books of Judaism. The society’s mission is to promote Jewish literacy and self-understanding through the publication of books of enduring worth. “Accessible scholarship” is JPS’s unique niche. JPS works represent the highest levels of scholarship, written in a popular manner.

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