The Society of Asian Biblical Studies (SABS) owes its origin in many ways to the Congress of Asian Theologians (CATS). Since the very first CATS gathering in Seoul, Korea in 1997, scholars interested in Asian biblical hermeneutics have been discussing and envisioning the formation of a professional academic society to promote biblical interpretation and research in Asia and/or through Asian lenses.
A planning committee was formed during the International Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Singapore in the summer of 2005. The task of the planning committee was to organize an inaugural conference for SABS at the end of CATS in Hong Kong in August of 2006.
Almost a decade since the initial conversations in Seoul, and thanks to the persistence and ingenuity of many persons, SABS finally became a reality. Its inaugural conference was held at the Chinese University in Hong Kong on August 22-26, 2006. In attendance were thirty-five biblical scholars, including not only those who work and live in various parts of Asia, but also Asian scholars who are in diaspora in different corners of the world. In addition to the presentation of eleven academic papers, an inaugural address, Future Imperfect: Asia, The Bible and Biblical Interpretation, was delivered by Professor R. S. Sugirtharajah of the University of Birmingham (UK). SABS has since met every two years and has focused on a theme pertinent to the Asian context. At its 2008 meeting (14-16 July) in Seoul, Korea, the theme was Mapping and Engaging the Bible in Asian Cultures; in 2010 in Hong Kong (14-16 June) it reflected on the theme Ecology, Economy and Asian Biblical Interpretation; and in the 2012 meeting in Sabah, Malaysia (13-15 June), the theme was Migration, Diaspora: Asia and the Bible.
The 2014 meeting of SABS will take place in Chiang Mai, Thailand from the 22nd - 25th of June (22nd arrival and 26th departure). The conference is jointly hosted by the Church of Christ in Thailand and the McGilvary College of Divinity, Payap University. The theme at this gathering will be, Violence in the Human and Earth Community - Asian Biblical Response." We welcome your participation in this meeting and your offering of a paper. Watch this website for more specific details in the coming months.
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SABS 2014 from 22nd-25th June 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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