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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

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
Requirements for Participation

Syriac Literature and Interpretations of Sacred Texts


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2013 meeting in Baltimore, we welcome papers for at least four sessions. 1) This year, we invite papers that focus on Syriac manuscript studies for a joint session organized with the SBL unit "Manuscripts from Eastern Christian Traditions." 2) We welcome papers for a session on women's presence in and contributions to the development of Syriac literature and the interpretations of sacred texts throughout the centuries. 3) Together with the AAR program unit "Middle Eastern Christianity" group we plan to organize a panel that aims at analyzing Christian theology in the Middle East. For this, we invite research on all branches of Christian theology in all historical periods, with an emphasis on its relevance to current theological trends among Middle Eastern Christians. We encourage proposals that interpret theology broadly; thus proposals could conceivably address an array of topics related to contemporary doctrine, ecumenism, ecclesiology, interfaith relations, biblical and Qur’anic hermeneutics, hagiography, philosophy, or religious thought more generally. We are interested, of course, in proposals that articulate the contribution(s) of Syriac voices to this field of inquiry. 4) We warmly welcome contributions for one or more open sessions, for which we invite submissions in all areas of research in Syriac literature and in the Syriac Bible, its versions, transmissions, exegesis, and relevance for understanding religion, culture, history, and society in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

Program Unit Chairs

 Cornelia Horn
 Cynthia J. Villagomez

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