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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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2014 International Meeting

Vienna, Austria

Meeting Begins: 7/6/2014
Meeting Ends: 7/10/2014

Call For Papers Opens: 10/28/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 2/12/2014
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Comparative Studies of Literature from the Persian and Hellenistic Periods

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The section "Comparative Studies of Literature from the Persian and Hellenistic Periods" encourages scholars specializing in different textual corpora, but all working on literature from the Persian and Hellenistic periods, to collectively engage in research on the common literary, historiographical, theological, ideological, rhetorical or socio-psychological trends of the literature from these periods. We take the historiographical books of the Hebrew Bible as point of departure, and we want to solicit a series of comparative studies with this literature over the next six years (starting in 2012) at the SBL International Meetings. Our third session at the 2014 meeting in Vienna will bring studies on historiographical literature from the Persian and Hellenistic periods in discussion with Pentateuch scholarship. At least two sessions will be organized. The first will be a joint session with the Pentateuch Section in which a panel of four invited speakers (two specializing in historiographical literature of the Persian and Hellenistic periods, and the other two in Pentateuch studies) will be organized. At least one open session with five open slots will provide space for other scholars to come and share their comparative research between historiographical and Pentateuch literature in our collective effort to map out the trends in Persian and Hellenistic period literature. Proposals are therefore invited for these open slots.

Program Unit Chairs

 Louis C. Jonker

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