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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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Israel and the Production and Reception of Authoritative Books in the Persian and Hellenistic Period (EABS)

Program Unit Type: Group
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The theme for 2014 is “Sedaqa and Torah in post-exilic Discourse”

Sedaqa and Torah represent two comprehensive theological concepts describing the relations between people and the deity in two different ways. E.g., in the book of Isaiah the term of Sedaqa forms a central concept, while in the Pentateuch Torah is the central idea. Nevertheless, Sedaqa and Torah cannot be differentiated easily, nor are these two concepts only occurring in different Old Testament texts. Despite their different focus they are interrelated.

In the sessions of the 2014 conference we want to explore how the concepts of Sedaqa and Torah are discussed in post exilic literature. Possible research questions could be:

  • Which aspects do the concepts of Sedaqa and Torah have in common and how do they differ from one another?
  • How are the two concepts interrelated in different texts?
  • What is the focus of each concept?
  • Did Sedaqa or Torah become authoritative concepts?
  • How did these concepts shape post-exilic communities?

Program Unit Chairs

 Susanne Gillmayr-Bucher
 Prof. Dr. Maria Haeusl

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