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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

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

Sacrifice, Cult, and Atonement


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Sacrifice, Cult, and Atonement section offers two open sessions and one invited session for the 2014 Annual SBL conference: First, it invites papers for a joint session with the SBL section Meals in the HB/OT and Its World featuring the title "Meals and Sacrifices: The Limits and Overlap between the Two." The goal of this session is to probe the continuum between ritual consumption and sacrifice. Papers in this session could address questions such as the following: How are the practices of each?their textual depictions and theoretical reflections (e.g., ordinances in Leviticus)?both related and also different? Why might some texts choose to focus on "sacrificial" aspects and others on "meal" aspects? Or can these be separated? What is the significance of sacrifices that do not include meals and meals that do not carry sacrificial implications? How do textual, iconographic, or archaeological data clarify the overlap and limits between meals and sacrifice? Second, it invites papers for a joint session with the AAR group Hinduism featuring the title "Sacred Space and Sacrificial Rituals or Discourses in Israel/Judaism and Hinduism." The goal of this session is to investigate the connection between private or public sanctuary space and a variety of sacrificial rituals in actual ritual practice or sacrificial discourse. Contributions may address these religious traditions individually or in comparative perspective. Third, the Sacrifice, Cult, and Atonement section will offer an invited session on the topic of "Writing a Commentary on Leviticus: Reflections on Methodology and Sacrificial Rituals" with invited speakers, all of whom are currently writing a Leviticus commentary.

Program Unit Chairs

 Henrietta L. Wiley

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