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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

Ethiopic Bible and Literature


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This session is accepting proposals subject to the agreement of the Program Committee to renew the unit. 1. Ethiopic Bible and Literature - Open Session: Ideology, Sociology and Literary Formation in the Ethiopic Tradition This session invites proposals that contribute to a deeper understanding of the unique Ethiopic Christian tradition. Papers are invited exploring the external influences from Christian traditions, including Greek, Syriac, Arabic, and other religious traditions, including Jews and Muslims in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsular. Papers are invited exploring how Ethiopian theologians and community leaders developed their own sense of identity, expressing these through their development of the biblical text, or which explore theological, historical, or sociological perspectives on the various works of literature, translated into or composed in Ethiopic, particularly papers exploring the ancient roots of Ethiopic thought. This tradition also developed its own technology and sociology of manuscript production, and papers are invited investigating this aspect, as well as the issues of digitization, cataloguing and access to the relevant manuscripts. 2. Ethiopic Bible and Literature - Issues of Method for the Textual History of the Ethiopic Old Testament Project (THEOT) THEOT is a three-year project to reconstruct the textual history of the Ethiopic Old Testament. It will involve a fresh collation of 20 to 30 manuscripts for sample passages from each book of the Ethiopic Old Testament. Presenters will deal with issues of method for discerning families of manuscripts within the Ethiopic tradition and affiliations of the Ethiopic with other traditions. Some of the presentations for this session will be invited. Persons engaged in such work on Ethiopic or other manuscript traditions are invited to propose. This session will also address the issues of digitization, cataloguing and access to the relevant manuscripts.

Program Unit Chairs

 Steve Delamarter
 Ralph Lee

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SBL membership is required to participate in the meeting. In its efforts to foster biblical scholarship and to facilitate mutual cooperation among colleagues, SBL offers reduced membership rates to individuals from certain countries through the Society's International Cooperation Initiative (ICI). Individuals in these countries may pay the reduced fees of $15 for full membership and $10 for student membership. If you are a not a member of SBL but live or work in an ICI country and are interested in participating in the meeting, please consider becoming an ICI member.

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