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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

Hellenistic Judaism

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Hellenistic Judaism section invites paper proposals for the following two open sessions: 1) Jews on the stage – Jews and the stage: From Ezekiel the Tragedian to performance theory. Performance at every level was a central part of daily life in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. How did Jews engage with this form of culture? Submissions are welcome on topics ranging from Jewish literature written for the stage, like the surviving fragments from Ezekiel the Tragedian, to Jewish interaction with theater and / or performance more widely, whether in concrete forms or through intellectual debates. More theoretical approaches informed by the wide field of performance theory are also encouraged. 2) Jewish networks around and across the Mediterranean basin and beyond. Social networks are an important object of study. They display varying degrees and different modes of interconnectedness between individuals and / or communities. Ancient Jews were connected in various ways: Jewish communities maintained relations with other communities, the Diaspora with Jerusalem, and likeminded Jews networked with their fellows, both near and far. We invite papers that explore the ways and means by which such connections functioned (or did not function), including travel, letter writing, the collection of money, charity or pilgrimage. In addition, we would welcome more theoretical reflections, e.g. in the light of recent network studies.

Program Unit Chairs

 Sandra Gambetti
 Lutz Doering

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