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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 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

Ideological Criticism


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Ideological Criticism Section seeks papers on the following topics for the 2013 Annual Meeting: 1) Social Change, Religious Change, Theories of Change -- papers that address religious/social change in antiquity/modernity from a theoretical perspective or which seek to advance theoretical understandings of religious/social change. 2) Reception History - Theoretical Underpinnings -- we welcome papers that look both at the ideological dimensions of the use and influence of biblical texts, as well as at the ideological potentials of reception history for the field. Can its interpretive framework break certain ideological impasses that often divide scholars along methodological lines—e.g., historical critics vs. reader-response critics vs. sociological critics, etc.? 3) Philosophical perspectives on the Bible beyond Paul. In the past decade, the turn to religion among Continental philosophers has focused on Paul, Papers for this session would seek engagement with other aspects of the Bible from new Philosophical perspectives. 4) Material Culture and imperial ideology - Many of the texts considered in Biblical Studies (perhaps all) were written during the rule of various Empires. All of these were supported and resisted by a material culture that has just started to be analyzed for its ideological content. We seek papers that will engage in such analysis.

Program Unit Chairs

 Randall Reed

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