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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 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

Contextual Interpretation of the Bible (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and New Testament)

Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We welcome papers that examine any biblical text from within a reader’s explicitly articulated context. Our HB sessions this year are seeking especially, but not only papers on texts of the so called "historical" books beyond Joshua and Judges; that is, Samuel, Kings, Ezra-Nehemiah and Chronicles. Our NT sessions are mainly interested in papers dealing with texts from Luke, Acts, John, and Revelation. Both the NT and HB parts of our group are also interested in papers that focus more on the contextual method itself, its challenges, pitfalls, and payoffs, and its current position in the academy. Contributors will be asked for their drafts about a fortnight before the Annual Meeting. HB Drafts will be posted on Athalya Brenner's homepage, and NT drafts will be posted on Daniel Patte's homepage. At the conference papers will be summarized, not read in full, to leave maximum time for discussion. Acceptance of papers for the consultation's SBL sessions is a first step toward, but does not guarantee, publication in the corresponding volume of the ongoing contextual series Texts@Contexts (Fortress Press).

Program Unit Chairs

 Archie Chi-Chung Lee
 Athalya Brenner-Idan
 Jeremy Punt
 Daniel Patte
 Kari Latvus
 Nicole Wilkinson Duran

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