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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 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

Religious Experience in Antiquity


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The RelEx section will be holding three sessions this year. The first is a review of Angela Harkins, /Reading with an "I" to the Heavens: Looking at the Qumran Hodayot through the Lens of Visionary Traditions/ (DeGruyter, 2012), with invited panelists. The two remaining sessions are open: I. For a joint session with the section on "Senses and Culture in the Biblical World" we invite papers on "Sensory Perception and Religious Experience." Frequently, religious experiences are bodily, in so far as they engage the senses. Stimulation of the senses may also generate religious experience. In turn, when practitioners report on religious experiences, they frequently use sensory language to describe them. This joint session welcomes paper submissions which focus on one or more of these phenomena at the intersection of religious experience and sensory perception in antiquity. The abstract should state the paper's thesis and outline the approach that will be taken. II. For this session we invite paper proposals on baptism. Especially well-suited proposals will address how ancient reports, descriptions and sites of baptism speak to phenomenal experience. We also welcome papers that take an interdisciplinary approach to the topic: e.g., anthropology, archaeology, sociology, and/ or neuropsychology, etc..

Program Unit Chairs

 Colleen Shantz
 Angela Kim Harkins

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