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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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2013 International Meeting

St. Andrews, Scotland

Meeting Begins: 7/7/2013
Meeting Ends: 7/11/2013

Call For Papers Opens: 10/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 2/12/2013
Requirements for Participation

Biblical Criticism and Cultural Studies


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: In 2013 the unit seeks to launch two multi-year projects with publications in mind. Both projects have the question of economics and justice at the core: one would address the social-cultural issue of migration, while the other would focus on the tradition of liberation/materialist hermeneutics. First of all, in the contemporary world, the process of migration is present everywhere and in every direction, as a result of fundamental economic and political crises. This project seeks to examine the problematic of migration in broad fashion, from the point of view of the early Christians texts and contexts as well as from the perspective of interpreters/interpretations and their contexts, academic and otherwise. Second, the tradition of liberation hermeneutics now stands at forty. This project seeks to examine the path of this critical tradition in broad fashion, such as re-reading the classic texts, examining the antecedents of materialist criticism, pursuing its global practice, and charting paths for the future. Papers that fit either or both of such foci and that would be interested in subsequent development toward full-fledged studies for publication would be welcome

Program Unit Chairs

 Jeremy Punt
 Fernando F. Segovia

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