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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

Chronicles and Utopia (EABS)

Program Unit Type: Group
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Reading the Bible as utopia is a recent method of approaching biblical texts as a textual artifact as well as investigating the lived realities of the communities in which the texts originated. Engaging these texts from a perspective informed by the concept of utopia—descriptions of imagined ideal states of being at odds with reality—has often been interlinked with other contemporary approaches to biblical literature, e.g., postcolonial criticism, sociology, literary criticism, and critical theory, as well as to studies in intellectual history of ancient Israel.

Although some papers will be invited, this workshop strongly encourages proposals for additional papers and particularly for those that explore the way in which texts in Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah could be understood as utopian narratives, or why and how the literati who shaped these texts chose to focus on specific images for the construction of their ideals.

Program Unit Chairs

 Frauke Uhlenbruch

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