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    Mission, Visions, and Values
    The following Mission Statement and Strategic Vision Statements were adopted by the SBL Council May 16, 2004, and revised October 23, 2011.

    Mission Statement:
    Foster Biblical Scholarship

    Strategic Vision Statement:
    Founded in 1880, the Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines.* As an international organization, the Society offers its members opportunities for mutual support, intellectual growth, and professional development through the following:

    • Advancing academic study of biblical texts and their contexts as well as of the traditions and contexts of biblical interpretation
    • Collaborating with educational institutions and other appropriate organizations to support biblical scholarship and teaching
    • Developing resources for diverse audiences, including students, religious communities, and the general public
    • Facilitating broad and open discussion from a variety of critical perspectives
    • Organizing congresses for scholarly exchange
    • Publishing biblical scholarship
    • Promoting cooperation across global boundaries


    Core Values


     Openness to Change




     Respect for Diversity

     Critical Inquiry

    Scholarly Integrity



    *SBL has been a member of the American Council of Learned Societies since 1929.


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