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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.
Meeting Program Units

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

Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For 2014 we are planning four sessions. The first will be a pre-arranged session, co-sponsored with Early Jewish Christian Relations, on Susanna Drake's new book, Slandering the Jew: Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Texts. For the other three sessions, we seek proposals on the following topics: 1. Fun, Games, Laughter and Play. (Co-sponsored with Religious World of Late Antiquity - please submit copies of a single proposal for this session to both co-sponsoring sections). We are particularly interested in proposals that address what kinds of entertainments, games and jokes and forms of play were part of the religious expression of people in Late Antiquity. We welcome papers on "frivolous" activities that religious authorities complained about, as well as on the kinds of entertainment that they, themselves, enjoyed; on surviving games or texts about them as well as visual representations of feasting, frolicking, and comical creatures. We also welcome methodological explorations of how to identify "fun" in ancient sources. 2. The Senses and Emotions. How did adherents of late antique Judaism and Christianity conceive of the senses and/or emotions? What were their delights and dangers? How did teachers, preachers, and writers mobilize and adjust contemporary philosophical theory to accommodate their ethical programs? How do senses and emotions figure in legal discussions? In what ways do liturgical rites intersect with and influence perceptions and feelings? 3. Sacrifice: We welcome proposals that address any aspect of sacrificial cult and imagery in formative Judaism and Christianity. What were the approved materials, places, and protocols of sacrifice? How did sacrifice adapt to or influence its urban or rural environment? Who could officiate, and how did sacrificial imagery convey authority, structure communities, and authorize behaviors? When the conditions necessary for sacrifice no longer obtained, what replaced sacrifice?

Program Unit Chairs

 Blake Leyerle
 Gil P. Klein

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SBL membership is required to participate in the meeting. In its efforts to foster biblical scholarship and to facilitate mutual cooperation among colleagues, SBL offers reduced membership rates to individuals from certain countries through the Society's International Cooperation Initiative (ICI). Individuals in these countries may pay the reduced fees of $15 for full membership and $10 for student membership. If you are a not a member of SBL but live or work in an ICI country and are interested in participating in the meeting, please consider becoming an ICI member.

For all other persons wanting to propose a paper, you must communicate directly with the chair of the program unit to which you want to propose. Chairs have the responsibility to make waiver requests, and their email addresses are available above. SBL provides membership and meeting registration waivers only for scholars who are outside the disciplines covered by the SBL program, specifically most aspects of archaeological, biblical, religious, and theological studies.

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