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2014 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins: 11/22/2014
Meeting Ends: 11/25/2014

Call For Papers Opens: 12/20/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 3/5/2014
Requirements for Participation

Use, Influence, and Impact of the Bible


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year we aim to have at least one open session: proposals are welcome on any aspect of the Bible's reception history. For the open sessions our preference is for papers that do not focus on the narrower history of scholarship, but explore wider aspects of the Bible's impact on religions, society and culture, art, literature and music. In addition to the open session(s), for the next two years we are planning a specific focus on 'The Cultural History of Biblical Commentary'. The commentary has long been the dominant form of biblical interpretation, and we invite papers that examine the history and practice of commentary writing from the second temple period to the 21st century. We are particularly interested in papers that will examine areas such as the development of the form of the commentary, the material production and consumption of commentaries, the ideological assumptions that underpin commentaries, and the religious, cultural and/or political influence of particular commentaries. For San Diego, we are hoping to have one joint session on 'Commentary and Ideology' together with the Ideological Criticism section.

Program Unit Chairs

 Andrew Mein

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