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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 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

Poverty in the Biblical World


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Poverty in the Biblical World Section will offer three sessions in 2014: First, we will offer an open session, for which proposals are invited, focused on "The Common Good and Community Responsibility in Response to Poverty." Texts that assume people’s right to a livelihood permeate the Bible. Correspondingly, many texts emphasize the community’s collective responsibility for ensuring the economic viability of their members. In the Hebrew Bible a rich array of customs, laws, prophecies, teachings, and even royal propaganda articulate community and/or state responsibility for people’s economic sufficiency. Similarly, Gospel texts of covenant renewal insist upon mutual aid and cooperation. And the apostle Paul is engaged in a “collection for the poor.” Such biblical texts stand in striking contrast to the erosion of public values and the common good in public discourse today. We invite proposals for analyses and interpretations of key texts on the collective responsibility of responding to poverty in maintaining the common good, understood in historical context and/or their effective history, and/or their pertinence for addressing poverty today. Second, we intend to offer a session, with presentations to be arranged and open discussion, on "Ideology, Poverty, and the Formation of Biblical Scholars." Third, we also hope to cooperate with Economics in the Biblical World in a joint session on "(Im)migration, (Forced) Labor and Poverty."

Program Unit Chairs

 Richard A. Horsley
 Matthew J.M. Coomber

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