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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

Syriac Literature and Interpretations of Sacred Texts


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2014 meeting in San Diego, we welcome papers for three joint and one or more open sessions. 1) For a joint session with the SBL Ethiopic Bible and Literature Section, we invite contributions that show intersections between Ethiopic and Syriac or Syriac-Arabic exegetical, literary, or historical traditions. 2) In collaboration with the SBL Ecological Hermeneutics Section and the AAR Middle Eastern Christianity Group we seek proposals that address the theme: "Eco-Spirituality: Middle Eastern Christianity and the Environment." 3) In preparation for a joint session with the International Qur'anic Studies Association (IQSA) and their program unit "The Qur'an and the Biblical Tradition" we invite papers that examine, for instance, the contribution of Syriac homilies by authors such as Jacob of Serugh or Philoxenus of Mabbug for understanding the dialogue between the Qur'an and the Biblical Tradition. 4) We warmly welcome contributions for one or more open sessions with presentations of research on Syriac literature and the Syriac Bible, its versions, transmissions, exegesis, and relevance for understanding religion, culture, history, and society in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Given SBL's thematic focus on "labor and migration" for the 2014 meeting, we also welcome papers that contribute perspectives to this topic from the Syriac-speaking realm.

Program Unit Chairs

 Cornelia Horn
 Cynthia J. Villagomez

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