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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 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins: 11/22/2014
Meeting Ends: 11/25/2014

Call For Papers Opens: 12/20/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 3/5/2014
Requirements for Participation

Space, Place, and Lived Experience in Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: In 2014, we plan three sessions. One session about Urban Spaces will be co-sponsored with the AAR Space, Place, and Religious Meaning Group. It features an open call for papers that consider recent or new directions in the study of space and place for the study of religion, particularly in urban settings. A second session, entitled “Thinking through Place: The Spatiality of the Household” will be jointly organized with the SBL program unit Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity. It invites papers that explore how places formed rhetoric and concepts in the ancient context of scripture. Papers should be informed by spatial theory and/or ancient rhetorics and demonstrate how such theories help to interpret the biblical texts. The third session is a book review session with invited panelists, co-sponsored with the SBL program unit Religious World of Late Antiquity, which will consider recent work on religion, power, and urban space in late antiquity.

Program Unit Chairs

 Christl M. Maier
 Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre

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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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