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2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

Meeting Begins: 11/23/2013
Meeting Ends: 11/26/2013

Call For Papers Opens: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
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Ethics and Biblical Interpretation


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Ethics and Biblical Interpretation group will host two sessions in 2013 and co-host a third. The FIRST of these is an OPEN session that will explore biblical texts that engage the concept of covenant as it intersects with moral life. Description: The concept of covenant redounds from the early chapters of Genesis to the last chapters of Revelation, and has been central to both Old Testament and New Testament understandings of the relationships both between God and humanity and between human beings. Yet how do these covenants work? How do they shape these relationships? And what does the concept of covenant imply for moral life? We invite papers on these and similar questions. The SECOND of these is an invited session, "Reception History and Discourse Ethics." Description: Reception History/Reception criticism has become a growing and provocative field of study among Bible scholars. This session explores the ethical implications of the reception of texts and the work of those doing such scholarship by putting reception criticism in conversation with discourse ethics. As an invited session, we are NOT accepting papers for it. FINALLY, the Ethics and Biblical Interpretation Group will co-host an invited session with the Biblical Hebrew Poetry Group on "Poetics as a Vehicle for Ethics: The Medium, the Message." Description: This session is focused on the intersection between Biblical Hebrew poetry and Ethics. Invited participants will investigate the way in which various aspects of Biblical Hebrew poetry have impacted and can impact reflection on the ethics of Hebrew Scripture. The focus will not be on ethical themes that arise throughout Biblical Hebrew poetry but rather on the way the very form of Biblical Hebrew poetry impacts and communicates ethics in the Hebrew Bible. That is, in what way is the medium or should the medium be the message? We are not accepting papers for it.

Program Unit Chairs

 Jacqueline E. Lapsley
 Mark Douglas

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