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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 International Meeting

Vienna, Austria

Meeting Begins: 7/6/2014
Meeting Ends: 7/10/2014

Call For Papers Opens: 10/28/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 2/12/2014
Requirements for Participation

Study of the Historical Jesus (EABS)

Program Unit Type: Group
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2014 meeting in Vienna, proposals are invited for the two planned sessions. The theme of the first session is ‘Jesus and the Psalms and Wisdom’. It will accommodate papers that discuss how the historical Jesus was influenced by, or consciously used, specific motifs, stories or passages from the book of Psalms and the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible and early Judaism. The second session will be open to broader methodological and theoretical issues pertaining to the study of Jesus’ interaction with the Scriptures of Israel. Among the infinite number of questions that could be raised here are the following: How do we distinguish between the historical Jesus’ use of the Scriptures on the one hand, and primitive Christian appeal to the same writings in the Gospels, on the other? In what way does the current trend of taking a ‘memory approach’ to the historical Jesus affect this enterprise? To what extent is knowledge of how Jesus’ contemporaries interpreted the Scriptures helpful for understanding his use of the Bible? What are the implications of different text forms and ‘translations’ (such as the Targums)? Can recent advances in the field of intertextuality be of value for the study of the historical Jesus and the Scriptures?

Program Unit Chairs

 Tobias Hagerland

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