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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
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2014 International Meeting

Vienna, Austria

Meeting Begins: 7/6/2014
Meeting Ends: 7/10/2014

Call For Papers Opens: 10/28/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 2/12/2014
Requirements for Participation

Apocalyptic Literature


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Apocalyptic Literature Unit invites papers in the following areas: 1) We invite papers on all aspects of the study of ancient apocalyptic literature, using diverse methodologies. We encourage proposals that explore apocalyptic texts from interpretive perspectives that have been traditionally under-represented in the academy, including African, African-American, Asian, Asian-American, Latina/o, Pacific Islander, and Post-colonial hermeneutical approaches. 2) We invite papers on the topic "Apocalyptic Text: Visual and Written". Possible topics to consider in relation to apocalyptic literature and related artwork from all periods include beauty/false beauty and their relation to holiness; senses and sensory experience; emotional and cognitive responses to apocalyptic imagery; theories of vision; and aesthetics. We welcome papers with links to collections in our host-city, Vienna, and to the history of the city and its surrounding region. 3) We invite papers on the relation between saintly lives and apocalyptic traditions and literature. In addition, the Apocalyptic Literature Unit will feature a joint panel with the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha and Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism sections on the topic of "Apocalypticism in Late Antique Christianity: New Perspectives, Fresh Challenges." Six invited papers will discuss apocalyptic texts, themes, and traditions in Christianity from the second century CE to the rise of Islam. The discussion will be channeled towards comprehending the distinctive nature of late antique Christian apocalypticism, describing its expressions in their various social and cultural ecologies, and formulating a new understanding of its role as "apocryphal" literature and its relationship with "gnostic" categories. The goal of the session is to move towards the preparation of a comprehensive volume on the apocalypticism in late antique Christianity in light of recent scholarship.

Program Unit Chairs

 Lorenzo DiTommaso

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