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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.
Congresses

2011 Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA

Meeting Begins: 11/19/2011
Meeting Ends: 11/22/2011

Call For Papers Opens: 1/25/2011
Call For Papers Closes: 3/5/2011
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Program Units

 

Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies

Adam L. Porter
Description: Pedagogy and the classroom each provides a hermeneutical and heuristic frame of reference for the reading and interpretation of the Bible. Each classroom is also part of a larger institutional context has its own mission statement and culture. These provide concrete interpretive communities in which reading and interpretation take place. The exploration of the dynamics of teaching within the context of pedagogical concerns, institutional goals and cultures, and specific classroom communities is the goal of the group's agenda.

Call for papers: The Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies section is requesting paper proposals in three areas:
1) Papers / presentations discussing pedagogical theory, didactic practices and (theo)ethical challenges and opportunities in teaching the Introductory class to Hebrew Bible, New Testament, or Bible for students of seminaries and religion-affiliated colleges.
2) Technology continues to offer students and faculty a wide range of pedagogical tools and opportunities. In this session, we are exploring best faculty practices in using technology to teach students to read and analyze texts. We are also seeking ideas on how to encourage student engagement and study through technology. Examples and techniques can be drawn from distance or blended learning environments or the traditional physical classroom. Hands-on presentations are especially welcome.
Additionally, ATBS and the "Bible and Popular Culture" section are co-sponsoring a session on Teaching the Bible with Popular Culture. Students are generally far more familiar with popular culture and its artifacts than they are with the Bible. Alternately, much of what they know about the bible is gained not by reading the biblical texts but by how biblical stories are transmitted via popular culture. In this session, we are looking for papers that suggest ways to capitalize on this dichotomy: how can popular culture artifacts be used to teach students about the bible and/or to spark their interest in reading more carefully or more deeply? We especially encourage presenters to go beyond reading a paper by including interactive or other active learning activities at the session.

Adventist Society for Religious Studies

Ernest F. Furness
Donn W. Leatherman
Description: The Adventist Society for Religious Studies (ASRS) is a Seventh-day Adventist academic society of Bible and religion scholars whose purpose is “to provide intellectual and social fellowship among its members and encourage scholarly pursuits in all religious studies disciplines, particularly with reference to the Seventh-day Adventist tradition.” It was formally organized in New York City in 1979. The Society organizes an annual meeting in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) professional meetings held in different cities throughout the United States each year. It also publishes (currently via CD-ROM, and in due course on-line) the proceedings and papers from such meetings.

Call for papers: Forthcoming.

African Association for the Study of Religions

Lilian Dube
Description: The African Association for the Study of Religions is an academic association of the scholars of religions posted in universities in Africa, and of scholars of the religions of Africa posted in universities outside Africa. It was founded at an IAHR (International Association for the History of Religions) conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, in September 1992 for the purpose of promoting the academic study of the religions of Africa more generally through the international collaboration of all scholars whose research has a bearing on the subject. The AASR seeks to stimulate the academic study of religions of Africa in a variety of ways: providing a forum for multilateral communications between scholars of African religions; facilitating the exchange of resources and information; encouraging the development of linkages and research contacts between scholars and institutions in Africa, and between scholars in Africa and those overseas. The AASR also endeavors to assist scholars to publish their work and travel to professional meetings. The AASR is an affiliate of the IAHR since 1995. It meets at the IAHR quinquennial congress and organizes conferences in Africa. Its members participate in panels at conferences outside of Africa. The AASR publishes the bi-annual AASR Bulletin and maintains a web site: www.a-asr.org. AASR plans for an online journal are at an advanced stage.

Call for papers: New, provocative and comparative theories & methods of studying religion in Africa

Most of the literature in African Religions has argued that indigenous religions depend more on oral traditions. Recent scholarship demonstrates the different ways in which texts and artifacts provide narratives for some religious traditions. We invite papers (or panel proposals) that will discuss disciplinary approaches in the study of African Religion and/or the Bible in Africa and the Diaspora.

General Instructions: Papers and panel proposals should address the creative approaches to the reconstruction of religious texts and/artifacts as well as the methods and theories used by scholars to study them in Africa. They should interrogate this theme from a variety of perspectives including gender, religious independence & scripturalization of ATR." Papers should demonstrate what is new, provocative and comparative in the study of religion and/or Biblical scholarship.

Suggested Categories: 1) Interdisciplinary approaches driven by linguistic or cultural influence to recent studies of African Religion. 2) Documenting context-specific ethnographic research in ATR that clearly demonstrate ‘learning from people’ rather than ‘studying them’. 3) Scripturalization of ATR 4) Theoretical models and approaches to the study of gender and religion in Africa including research from the Circle (Circle of Concerned African Women theologians). 5) Interpreting African music for the study of religion and social justice as an applied discipline. 6) Reproduction/Representation of African Religions in Popular Culture and how this could be studied. 7) Re-reading African cultures and ATR in Colonial Archives: A Quest for useful methods and theories 8) African Independent Churches and the construction of hybrid identities All submission should be sent to Lilian Dube, ldube@usfca.edu by 20 Mar 2011. You will be notified by 31 Mar 2011.

African Biblical Hermeneutics

Andrew M. Mbuvi
Sarojini Nadar
Description: This section is devoted to the study of the Bible from African perspectives, and focuses on African issues. A diversity of methods reflecting the social-cultural diversity of Africa is used in reading the Bible. The emphasis is on encouraging readings of the Bible that are shaped by African perspectives and issues, and giving voice to African biblical scholars as they contribute to global biblical scholarship. The unit expects to publish essays from its sessions.

Call for papers: For the 2011 Annual Meeting, ABH intends to organize three sessions. One session will consider this question: Given the rapid westernization of African urban areas and churches where large populations of African Christians reside, what is the justification for a distinctive African Biblical hermeneutics? Two sessions will be open to proposals on topics related to African Biblical Hermeneutics.

African-American Biblical Hermeneutics

Rodney Sadler
Description: The specific objective of this unit is to engage in the interdisciplinary and holistic study of the Bible and its place in, and meanings from, multi-faceted and complex African-American cultural contexts.

Call for papers: The specific purpose of the African American Biblical Hermeneutics Section (AABHS) is to engage in the interdisciplinary and holistic study of the Bible and its place in a multi-faceted and complex African-American cultural Weltanschauung. AABHS will offer four sessions for the 2011 Annual Meeting.

We will offer one session that will be an open call for paper proposals that address any aspect of African American biblical research.

Inasmuch as 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the seminal volume Stony the Road We Trod, we will offer several sessions in partnership with other groups that will celebrate this text. One of these sessions will begin as a luncheon featuring the volume’s contributors. This conversation will culminate in a subsequent afternoon session co-sponsored with the Minoritized Criticism and Biblical Interpretation Section and other groups featuring scholars from various social locations discussing the influence of Stony on the development of culturally located scholarship in each of their contexts.

Another of these sessions will be an invited panel co-sponsored with the Midrash Section devoted to a critical discussion of the subject of Race in Rabbinic Literature, with a particular focus on Charles Copher's chapter ("The Black Presence in the Old Testament") in Stony.

Finally, we will co-sponsor a session with the Ethics and Biblical Interpretation Section on Stony.

Please consult the call for proposals in January to learn if there will be opportunities to propose a paper for one of these panels.

Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative

Ruben Rene Dupertuis
Diane Lipsett
Description: The Section on Ancient Fiction and Early Jewish and Christian Narrative fosters methodologically diverse analyses of these ancient narratives, including: their interplay and interconnections; socio-cultural contexts; representations of reality, including religion; and narrative form, including plot, character, style, voice, etc.

Call for papers: The Ancient Fiction, Early Jewish and Christian Narrative Section will hold two sessions at the 2011 meeting.

One session will primarily feature invited presentations on various methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of ancient narrative.

The second session will be open, although we would especially welcome papers that fall under the heading of "Unreliability and Ambiguity in Ancient Literary Texts."

Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Bible

Izaak J. de Hulster
Joel M. LeMon
Description: This section examines the ways that ancient pictorial material informs interpretations of biblical texts. We welcome papers that explore the relationships between iconographic and textual materials as well as papers that deal exclusively with iconographic issues.

Call for papers: For our first open session, we welcome papers on the full range of iconographic exegesis.

The second session will focus on the topic "images of violence in iconography and text."

We encourage papers related to this broad theme and particularly papers exploring ideologies of violence.

Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars

Henrietta L. Wiley
Description: The Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars is an international association of biblical scholars who are affiliated with the churches of the Anglican Communion, including the Episcopal Church in the U.S., the Anglican Church of Canada, and the Church of England. Its purpose is to support biblical scholarship at all levels in the Anglican Communion. AABS is dedicated to fostering greater involvement of biblical scholars in the life of Anglican churches, and to promoting the development of resources for biblical studies in Anglican theological education.

Call for papers: The Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars invites proposals for its 2012 annual meeting on the theme of Anglicans Teaching the Bible in Anglican and Non-Anglican Contexts. We are interested in drawing a panel of speakers who can initiate conversations on the challenges Anglican teacher-scholars face in teaching the Bible in their various contexts, and also on ways to meet those challenges. While there will be some emphasis on challenges specific to educating Anglican clergy and lay-leaders, we are aiming for a broader discussion that will allow teacher-scholars in different institutional settings to gain insight from each other.

Applied Linguistics for Biblical Languages

Peter Burton
Randall Buth
Description: The Applied Linguistics for Biblical Languages Group seeks to explore and address the many issues involved in adding oral-aural considerations to the study of the biblical languages. These issues include listening-speaking pedagogy, developing second-language internalized proficiency amongst scholars, affirmative impact on the students, teacher training, distance education, measuring the efficiency of training programs, and stimulating auxiliary projects that arise like improving dictionaries and grammars for new pedagogical contexts.

Call for papers: The Applied Linguistics for Biblical Languages Group in San Francisco 2011 will be looking at classroom immersion techniques.

One session will be devoted to Hebrew and look at both entry level and intermediate-advanced level classroom situations, as well as the practical questions of advantages and disadvantages.

Another session will be devoted to Greek with similar questions.

A third session will focus on Greek Phonology and Pronunciation. It will be jointly sponsored with Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics Section.

Persons interested in following the planning of the sessions and serving as volunteers for some of the demonstrations are requested to email the chairs to be placed on an appropriate email list for Greek, Hebrew, or both. All of these sessions will be arranged by invitation.

Finally, two special lunch meetings will be set up, one for Greek and one for Hebrew, where colleagues interested in pedagogical issues can meet each other in a friendly setting and speak in their shared language of interest.

Aramaic Studies

Christian Brady
Description: The Aramaic studies section is intended to provide a forum for scholars interested in various aspects of Aramaic language. Previous paper topics have included aspects of the Targumim, Qumran Aramaic, Peshitta, Samaritan papyri, and Elephantine Aramaic.

Call for papers: The 2011 Aramaic Studies section will have an open call for papers in any area relating to the various aspects of Aramaic language, literature, and context. Previous paper topics have included aspects of the Targumim, Qumran Aramaic, Peshitta, Samaritan papyri, and Elephantine Aramaic.

Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World

James C. Walters
John R. Lanci
Description: The goal of this unit is to promote examination of archaeological and art historical materials associated with religious activity in the Roman period. Presentations related to ancient Judaism and early Christianity are welcome, as is attention to polytheistic practices and expressions.

Call for papers: The Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World section solicits proposals in the following areas. 1) The size and character of Jewish population groups in the ancient Mediterranean world. Possible themes include: population size, migration and homogeneity, fertility, mortality, and legal status (esp. marriage and slavery). Priority will be given to proposals that connect these themes with religious, social, and/or political developments. The primary temporal focus is on the Roman period but we will also consider proposals dealing with other periods (Hellenistic, Late Antiquity, Byzantine). 2) A panel discussion on the issues surrounding the scholarly use of unprovenienced archaeological artifacts and the ramifications for SBL policy in research and publications. Many of these artifacts are products of clandestine excavations and have been exported from their countries of origin in violation of international treaties. Since the SBL has traditionally welcomed and fostered conference papers and publications on archaeological materials, but has no express policy on the use of unprovenienced materials, this panel will explore the issue by engaging a discussion about best practice among members of sister organizations that have developed explicit policies. 3) Open call, particularly proposals that promote examination of archaeological and art historical materials associated with religious activity in the Roman period. Proposals related to ancient Judaism and early Christianity are welcome, as is attention to polytheistic practices and expressions.

Archaeology of the Biblical World

Ann E. Killebrew
Tammi J. Schneider
Description: This interdisciplinary unit is dedicated to the archaeology associated with the geographies, people groups, and time periods related to biblical literature, with special attention to the contributions of material and textual evidence. This unit adheres to ASOR’s Policy on Preservation and Protection of Archaeological Resources (http://www.asor.org/excavations/policy.pdf). As a unit we are committed to upholding the highest ethical standards relating to provenance. The unit will not be a venue that supports the analysis or authentication of illicit materials.

Call for papers: The topic of this year’s session on Ancient Cities in Text and Archaeology is the cities and settlements of Iron Age and Persian period Judah. Recent excavations and surveys have revolutionized our understanding of urban and rural biblical Judah and its capital city, Jerusalem. These discoveries, together with new epigraphic discoveries have sparked a renewed interest in Judah during the Iron II and Persian periods. Based on the results of recent archaeological fieldwork and on the re-analyses of the biblical and extra-biblical textual sources, this session aims at reconstructing the cities, towns and villages of Judah and contextualizing this region within the broader framework of the southern Levant and the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian empires.

Art and Religions of Antiquity

Ellen Muehlberger
Zsuzsanna Gulacsi
Description: This consultation examines the visual and material evidence of the religions of the Mediterranean basin in antiquity (Judaism, Christianity, and Greco-Roman "paganism") as well as the methods by which scholars study these materials alongside textual or documentary evidence.

Call for papers: The Art and Religions in Antiquity program unit is sponsoring three sessions at the 2011 annual meeting. We are accepting paper proposals for all three.

Session 1: "Dura: Art & Religion along the Trade Routes of Northern Mesopotamia." Dura-Europos provides a rare opportunity to study a rich repertoire of primary sources regarding the religious life of late ancient Mesopotamia. This panel seeks papers that focus on the local/regional practice of religion as it manifests in art and archeology

Session 2: "Open Session: Art and Religion of Antiquity." We welcome paper proposals on the art of any ancient religious tradition and especially encourage papers that address the use of art and material culture in service of religion.

Session 3: "The Materiality of Texts / The Word as Object." We will be hosting a joint session on this topic with both the Religious World of Late Antiquity and the Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism program units.

(Please submit your abstract or paper to only one of the three units; all submissions will be considered jointly among the three.) We seek papers that explore issues that arise from the fact that, at some point in the development of sacred texts, readers become aware of them as material entities. How did this awareness affect their adornment, both inside with ornate calligraphy and illuminations, and outside with ornamented covers? How did this development influence ritual practices? What happened when lectionary habits of ancient scriptural religious traditions coincided with the production of texts as ritual objects? What happens to our understanding or even interpretation of text when it depends as much, if not more on the materiality of the text than on the words themselves? How does thinking about the materiality of ancient texts (and attendant technologies) provide insight into the development of ritual practices and other embodied ideas of the sacred?

Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics

Seung-Ai Yang
Uriah Y. Kim
Description: The Asian and Asian American Hermeneutics Group of the Society of Biblical Literature is a forum in which biblical and religious scholars can advance and contribute to the study of Asian and Asian American interpretation. The group is part of a growing shift in biblical criticism specifically and hermeneutics generally that focuses on the difference that cultural location makes in reading texts. The Asian and Asian American Hermeneutics Group is one of the primary avenues for scholars to share their work on Asian and Asian American interpretation. The group is intentional about including the broad range of diversity cultural, generational and religious that makes up the different Asian and Asian American communities.

Call for papers: The Asian and Asian American Hermeneutics group invites all papers relating to reading the Bible and other sacred texts in, from, as well as to Asian and Asian American contexts and communities. We welcome papers that examine methodological issues involved in interpretation and hermeneutics, as well as papers that offer readings of specific texts and passages. Both veteran and first-time presenters are encouraged to submit proposals.

Assyriology and the Bible

Steven W. Holloway
Description: Assyriology and the Bible section provides the focused context for papers dealing with various Mesopotamian-related topics. It seeks to generate strong integrative research between the disciplines of Assyriology and Biblical Studies by encouraging adept historiographic, philological, literary and/or iconographic work.

Call for papers: The Assyriology and the Bible Section shall host at least three sessions in San Francisco, "Modeling Mesopotamia in Biblical Research,” "Text Builds (on) Text and Image (on) Image," together with an open session in which we accept proposals on any subject related to the study of Assyriology and the Bible.

Bakhtin and the Biblical Imagination

Keith Bodner
Description: The aim of this unit is to explore (utilize, expand, challenge and critique), the insights of Mikhail Bakhtin for use in biblical studies, with the hope that consequent readings will be fresh and appropriate.

Call for papers: There will be one general session on Bakhtin (or a related aspect of literary theory) that features readings of biblical texts.

Bible and Cultural Studies

Erin Runions
Jacqueline Hidalgo
Description: This interdisciplinary Section encourages comparative analyses of the Bible as artefact and icon in word, image, and sound. We offer a forum for pursuing cultural analyses of gender, race, and class both within the social world of ancient Mediterranean cultures and in dialogue with modern cultural representations.

Call for papers: The Bible and Cultural Studies invites papers reflecting upon the new volume Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacies, ed. Bernadette J. Brooten (Palgrave 2010). We are especially interested in responses that consider not only the impact of the volume on cultural studies in biblical studies, but also responses that account for and consider the impact of Stony the Road We Trod, ed. Cain Hope Felder (Augsburg Fortress 1991)--on its 20th anniversary--in opening up the sorts of conversations in Beyond Slavery. The panel will also consider new directions for the study of slavery in biblical studies. In another session, we are co-sponsoring with Biblical Criticism and Literary Criticism, and Gender, Sexuality and the Bible an invited panel on the state of the field of cultural studies in biblical studies, focused around Stephen Moore's compendium, The Bible in Theory. The panel will look at the avenue of biblical studies that Moore has charted and consider new directions it might take.

Bible and Film

Jeffrey Staley
Description: This unit focuses on the critical analysis and interpretation of Bible/Jesus films and other films incorporating biblical themes or motifs in terms of the films’ biblical and extra-biblical content, cultural and historical significance, and ideology. Secondary focus on pedagogical use of such films, and the preservation, archiving, and digitalization of rare Bible/Jesus films. (This unit was titled Scripture and Film through 2013.)

Call for papers:

1)Open session. We invite proposals that fit within our general consultation description: "Focuses on the critical analysis and interpretation of Bible/Jesus films and other films incorporating biblical themes or motifs in terms of the films’ biblical and extra-biblical content, cultural and historical significance, and ideology. Secondary focus on pedagogical use of such films, and the preservation, archiving, and digitalization of rare Bible/Jesus films."

2)We invite proposals that deal with wisdom/sapiential themes/motifs/texts in film (the 2009 Oscar-nominated film "A Serious Man" comes to mind here, but proposals need not be limited to this film).

3)We invite papers that relate specific film theories or theorists to biblical studies of film.

4) In a joint session with "John's Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts Ancient and Modern," and "Bible and Popular Culture," we invite proposals that will examine current films in popular culture concerning the year 2012. Although this anticipation is usually grounded in interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar, proponents are often quick to link their expectations to biblical passages as well. There is an attraction to apocalyptic time and rhetoric that make them perennial favorites in United States' culture. The media and publication hype surrounding the year 2000 is a good example of how apocalyptic fear and anticipation can dominate popular discourse. By 2011, however, one might have expected that Americans were now in "normal" time where apocalyptic expectations were less dominant. This, however, is not the case. Such interpretations represent the flexibility of the apocalyptic imagination in spite of the disappointment that post-apocalyptic (post-2000)time inevitably brought.

Excluding the jointly sponsored session, proposals for Bible and Film will be forty-minute presentations, where up to 15 min. can be used to accommodate the showing of longer, illustrative film clips.

Bible and Popular Culture

Linda S. Schearing
Description: This unit explores and analyzes the relationship between the Bible and popular culture. It focuses on materials designed for everyday life—comic strips, advertisements, theme parks, popular music, etc. Drawing from a variety of disciplines and analyzing both the printed and visual media, presenters will explore the interaction between biblical text and popular culture.

Call for papers:

1) "Time, Spectacle, and Apocalypticism in Popular Culture" jointly sponsored with SBL's Apocalyptic Literature and Bible and Film sections. There is an attraction to apocalyptic time and rhetoric that make them perennial favorites in United States' culture. The media and publication hype surrounding the year 2000 is a good example of how apocalyptic fear and anticipation can dominate popular discourse. By 2011, however, one might have expected that Americans were now in "normal" time where apocalyptic expectations were less dominant. This, however, is not the case. In this jointly sponsored session we will examine current discourse in popular culture concerning the year 2012. Although this anticipation is usually grounded in interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar, proponents are often quick to link their expectations to biblical passages as well. Such interpretations represent the flexibility of the apocalyptic imagination in spite of the disappointment that post-apocalyptic (post-2000) time inevitably brought.

2) ATBS and the "Bible and Popular Culture" section are co-sponsoring a session on Teaching the Bible with Popular Culture. Students are generally far more familiar with popular culture and its artifacts than they are with the Bible. Alternately, much of what they know about the bible is gained not by reading the biblical texts but by how biblical stories are transmitted via popular culture. In this session, we are looking for papers that suggest ways to capitalize on this dichotomy: how can popular culture artifacts be used to teach students about the bible and/or to spark their interest in reading more carefully or more deeply? We especially encourage presenters to go beyond reading a paper by including interactive or other active learning activities at the session.

3) This is an open session for papers that explore and analyze the relationship between the Bible and American popular culture.

Bible and Practical Theology

Denise Dombkowski Hopkins
Michael Koppel
Description: This section aims to promote the development of integrative knowledge centered upon the intersections between biblical interpretation and practical theology. We want to challenge both doctrinal reductionism and the distancing inherent in the historical-critical method, as well as encourage relational and interactive readings of both human situations and biblical texts in order to reveal their multivalence.

Call for papers: We plan three sessions around the theme, “Praxis and the Intersections of Bible and Pastoral Theology.”

I. Bible and Pastoral Theology: Interpretive Frames

We welcome papers that explore the hermeneutical framework for integrating the Bible and pastoral theology in different ethnic, regional, cultural, gender, and class contexts, including post-colonial, African-American, African, Latino/a, Asian, Pacific Rim.

II. Bible and Pastoral Theology: Contemporary Issues

We welcome papers that consider the intersections between the Bible and pastoral theology in addressing contemporary issues, for example, AIDS, bullying, immigration, poverty.

Bible and Visual Art

Elizabeth Struthers Malbon
Heidi J. Hornik
Description: The purpose of the section is to provide a forum at the national SBL to explore historical, hermeneutical, theological, iconographic, and/or theoretical aspects related to the interpretation of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures in visual art through the centuries.

Call for papers: The Bible and Visual Art Section is soliciting papers that fit its purpose: to explore historical, hermeneutical, theological, iconographic, and/or theoretical aspects related to the interpretation of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures in visual art through the centuries. We would also especially welcome papers focused on biblical themes in visual art or architecture that can be viewed at sites in San Francisco. This unit is pending renewal.

Bible in Ancient and Modern Media

Holly Hearon
Tom Thatcher
Description: The Bible in Ancient and Modern Media Section provides SBL members with opportunities to experience biblical material in media other than silent print, including both oral and multimedia electronic performances. This program unit's three foci are (a) the original media world of the Scriptures, (b) the Bible in electronic media, and (c) the history of the Bible in various media.

Call for papers: BAMM invites papers that examine the differences between print Bibles and digital Bibles, with an emphasis on how digital formats re-shape the presentation, performance, and reception of the biblical text. The proposal should indicate clearly the impact of digital Bibles on the interpretive process.

Bible in Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Traditions

His Grace Dr. Vahan Hovhanessian
Description: This program unit will offer a forum for biblical professors and scholars from the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox traditions (the latter including Aramaic, Syriac, Armenian, Arabic, Georgian, Coptic, among others) to engage in critical study of the role of the Bible in eastern Christianity, past and present. A particular aim of this section will be to engage participating scholars in dealing with issues raised by contemporary and critical biblical scholarship. The committee invites presentation and discussion of papers from a variety of approaches and methodologies, including (but not limited to) theological, historiographic, philological, and literary studies.

Call for papers: The steering committee of the “Bible in the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Traditions” opens the Call for Papers for the 2012 Annual Meeting in the fields of critical study of the role of the Bible in eastern Christianity, past and present. The committee invites presentation and discussion of papers from a variety of approaches and methodologies, including (but not limited to) theological, historiographic, philological, and literary studies. The committee would like to encourage scholars to offer papers examining exegetical, theological, history of religions, socio-historical, literary, history of interpretation, and methodological questions.

Bible Translation

Marlon Winedt
Description: The Bible Translation Section provides a special opportunity for bringing together academic and practical perspectives on Bible Translation. It focuses on current trends in Bible Translation and on the implications that developments in Translation and Biblical Studies have for Bible Translation.

Call for papers: The Bible Translation Section provides a special opportunity for bringing together academic and practical perspectives on Bible Translation. It focuses on current trends in Bible Translation and on the implications that developments in Translation and Biblical Studies have for Bible Translation. This year the translation session is interested in

a) papers focusing on interdisciplinary translation issues and

b) papers touching specifically on the revision of Bible translations.

Those who have been or are actually involved in specific revision project and thus, would have “inside view” as well as those who want to offer a critical comparative study of the results of a revision process, are all invited to participate. Theoretical and or practical reflections on the very “raison d’être” of revisions are also more than welcome.

Bible, Myth, and Myth Theory

Dexter Callender, Jr.
Robert S. Kawashima
Description: This section (a) provides a forum for sustained and focused attention on the concept of myth and its place in biblical studies and (b) encourages the development and refinement of multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to this area of inquiry.

Call for papers: Proposals are welcome for two open sessions on the use of myth and myth theory in biblical studies, both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. We particularly encourage submissions on the New Testament, which has been under-represented in recent years.

Biblical Criticism and Literary Criticism

Fiona C Black
Description: The Biblical Criticism and Literary Criticism Section provides an opportunity for scholars doing literary criticism of biblical texts to describe and illustrate their approaches and to enter into a dialogue with each other, and promotes scholarly awareness of the presuppositions, methodologies, and contributions of biblical literary criticism.

Call for papers: We are co-sponsoring, along with Bible and Cultural Studies and Gender, Sexuality and the Bible, an invited panel on the state of the field of cultural studies in biblical studies, focused around Stephen Moore's compendium, The Bible in Theory. The panel will look at the avenue of biblical studies that Moore has charted and consider new directions it might take. We are also accepting abstracts for a second open session, on papers related to any topic on literary criticism and the Bible.

Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics

Cynthia Long Westfall
Randall K.J. Tan
Description: This section aims to promote and discuss ongoing research into biblical Greek language and linguistics, covering the Septuagint and particularly the New Testament. While traditional language studies are welcome, methods derived from modern linguistic theories and their applications are encouraged.

Call for papers:

The Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics Section will host three sessions at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.

We are sponsoring a thematic session on "Discourse Markers," with invited papers.

Together with the Applied Linguistics for Biblical Languages Group, we are also co-sponsoring a joint thematic session on Greek phonology and pronunciation, with invited papers.

The third session is open to any presentation dealing broadly with the application of linguistics to the biblical Greek Language, consistent with the description of the Section.

All submissions are welcome. Students without a doctoral degree are required to submit the full text of the paper they will read at the time of submission.

Biblical Hebrew Poetry

Mark J. Boda
Carol J. Dempsey
Description: This section focuses on all aspects of Hebrew poetry in the biblical canon: archaic poetry, the role of oral tradition, poetic meter, parallelism, structural and nonstructural poetic devices, imagery, metaphor, and figurative language. Papers dealing with any portion of poetry in the Hebrew Bible are welcome.

Call for papers: Biblical Hebrew Poetry invites papers for all four of the following sessions:

Session 1: “Inner Biblical Allusions and Poetry in the Book of the Psalms.”

We invite papers to discuss inner biblical allusions in the Book of the Psalms. We are concerned with three primary issues: (1) legitimating the allusions; 2) investigating how the allusions contribute to a particular psalm’s message, and (3) discussing how the allusions function through the psalm’s poetry.

Session 2: “Ezekiel’s Rhetoric and Poetry.”

This is a joint session with the Book of Ezekiel and we invite papers that explore Ezekiel’s rhetoric and poetry, e.g., papers that raise questions related to the differences between Ezekiel’s poetry and prose, topics dealt with only or mostly in Ezekiel’s poetry and not in his prose, etc.

Session 3: “Song of Songs.”

Papers are welcome that deal with any aspect of poetry dealing with this book; and

Session 4: General Session:

Papers dealing with any aspect of Biblical Hebrew Poetry are welcome.

Biblical Law

Bruce Wells
Description: The purpose of the Biblical Law Section is to promote interdisciplinary research on ancient Near Eastern, biblical, and post-biblical law. Methodological perspectives include historical-critical, literary, legal-historical, feminist, and social-scientific approaches.

Call for papers:

We invite proposals for one open session on any aspect of the study of biblical law (including work related to cuneiform documents, Dead Sea Scrolls and other Second Temple Literature, questions of pentateuchal criticism, legal history, gender analysis, social scientific analysis, and newer methodologies). Copies of papers are distributed in advance through the Section's website. They should be available by October 15, 2011 at: http://www.biblicallaw.net.

We also invite proposals for a session entitled "Priestly Law and Literature." This session will be held in memory of Jacob Milgrom, with the aim of following his model of closely engaging the legal, narrative, and ritual dimensions of ancient literature, especially the priestly texts of the Hebrew Bible. We thus welcome papers for this session that will focus on these three general areas in the Hebrew Bible, the broader ancient Near East, and Jewish texts of Late Antiquity.

In addition, we will convene one special book review session of invited papers reviewing David P. Wright, Inventing God's Law: How the Covenant Code of the Bible Used and Revised the Laws of Hammurabi (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Biblical Lexicography

James K. Aitken
Regine Hunziker-Rodewald
Description: The Section brings together those working on lexicography and lexicology of ancient biblical languages. The discussions seek to bring the theoretical to bear on the practical task of dictionary making and encourage research in the area of historical lexical analysis.

Call for papers:

This section will hold two sessions on issues of lexicography and semantics.

One will be devoted to a retrospective on the 50th anniversary of James Barr's Semantics of Biblical Language, for which speakers will be approached but proposals may also be made.

The second session is open to any proposals on topics of relevance to the lexicography of Hebrew or Greek (or other biblical languages).

Blogger and Online Publication

Robert R. Cargill
Description: Originally organized under the aegis of the 'biblioblogging' community, this unit has been renamed. 'Biblioblogging' refers to a diverse community of nearly every point of view that communicates new ideas or insights, debates, and discusses exegetical and historical subjects. The Blogger and Online Publication Section supports the publication of articles, commentary, and items of interest relating to the Bible and biblical studies online using blogs, social media sites, online journals, and other Internet or web-related vehicles, and promotes communication between bloggers and the SBL.

Call for papers: The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature will be held November 19-22 in San Francisco, CA. Members wishing to present papers should submit proposals on the SBL website at http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.aspx by March 1, 2011. /// The SBL Blogger and Online Publication section invites proposals for papers for its 2011 annual meeting session. The open session calls for papers focusing on any area of blogging and online publication in relation to biblical studies, theology, and archaeology of the Levant. Special consideration will be given to those papers addressing the politics and etiquette of blogging professionals; issues dealing with anonymity, identity, and authorship; the utilization of blogs by professionals for creating, responding to, and redacting content for publication elsewhere; podcasting and video blogging; and issues examining solo blogging vs. community blogging. /// For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Robert R. Cargill, Center for Digital Humanities, UCLA, 1020 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1499, or email cargill@humnet.ucla.edu.

Book of Acts

Loveday C.A. Alexander
Pamela E. Hedrick
Description: This Section (1) explores new strategies for reading Acts; (2) proposes solutions to existing exegetical, literary, text critical and historical problems associated with Acts; (3) highlights new areas of inquiry regarding Acts; and (4) assesses the significance of the history of Acts scholarship.

Call for papers:

The Book of Acts Section is planning three sessions for the 2011 Annual Meeting.

Session I is an invited session on the topic "Charismatic to Early Catholic: Reassessing the Ecclesiology of Acts" and will not accept proposals.

Session II is an open session and encourages proposals that suggest solutions to existing problems or that explore new strategies for reading Acts.

Session III is also an open session inviting proposals for papers testing the hypothesis of dating the composition of Acts to the second century.

Book of Daniel

Neal H. Walls
Amy C. Merrill Willis
Description: The Book of Daniel consultation seeks to promote new and inter-disciplinary scholarship on Daniel and Daniel-related literature (both canonical and pseudepigraphical literature). It welcomes a range of analytical approaches to Daniel, but especially encourages ideological, theological, and literary treatments.

Call for papers: The Book of Daniel Consultation will consist of invited papers for the San Francisco meeting 2011.

Book of Psalms

W. H. Bellinger, Jr.
Description: It is the aim of the Book of Psalms unit to promote all aspects of and approaches to the study of the Psalms, with a major focus on the issue of how the Psalter as a collection has an integrity, history, and purpose of its own.

Call for papers:

The Book of Psalms Section invites proposals for papers related to the study of the Psalter as a collection, to individual psalms, or to themes related to the interpretation of the Psalms. The Section particularly invites papers for the 2011 Annual Meeting related to the current staus of research on the Shape and Shaping of the Psalter. Gerald Wilson's volume on the editing of the Hebrew Psalter was published in 1985 and the Book of Psalms Group held its first sessions in 1989. The program will allow a retrospective view.

One session will feature invited papers on the topic and one session on the topic is open for proposals.

There will be one additional open session on the Psalms.

Book of the Twelve Prophets

Aaron Schart
Description: The Book of the Twelve Section provides a forum for research into textual, literary, historical, religious, and ideological dimensions of the Minor Prophets and their ancient archival form as a collection within a single scroll.

Call for papers: The Book of the Twelve Prophets section plans to hold one joint session with the Pentateuch section on the theme of "The Pentateuch and the Book of the Twelve", and one joint session with the "Covenant in the Persian Period" consultation. These sessions will include invited papers only.

We will also hold an open session and invite proposals that address topics and texts within the corpus of the Book of the Twelve.

Children in the Biblical World

Julie Faith Parker
Danna Nolan Fewell
Description: This section explores the child characters in the Bible, investigates the lives of children in the ancient world, and evaluates how biblical texts affect children in the post-biblical world. We invite traditional research in biblical studies, as well as interdisciplinary approaches to the topic.

Call for papers: Children in the Biblical World will host two sessions in 2012. For our open session we invite papers approaching the topic of children in the Bible from both disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. The theme of our second session will be the Archaeology of Childhood in the Biblical World. This session invites papers that reconstruct children’s lives through the study of material cultural remains, the biblical texts, and/or comparative literature.

Christian Apocrypha

Ann Graham Brock
Description: The Section fosters ongoing study of extra-canonical texts, as subjects of literary and philological investigation; as evidence for the history of religion, theology, and cult practice; and as documents of the socio-symbolic construction of Christianity along lines of class and gender.

Call for papers: One session will focus upon the Gospel of Peter and an examination of the latest research, including a summary and review of Paul Foster’s new commentary on this text. Another session will feature a discussion panel dealing with the latest discoveries surrounding the so-called Gospel of the Savior and includes a reappraisal of its content, date, original language, intertextual links, and its apocryphal or homiletic nature. Both of these sessions will be open to proposals on these topics or other significant manuscript discoveries of Christian Apocryphal texts.

Christian Theological Research Fellowship

Joy J. Moore
Matthew Richard Schlimm
Description: The CTRF is an Annual Meeting Program Partner. Please contact Alan Padgett, at apadgett@luthersem.edu, for further information on the CTRF's program.

Call for papers: CTRF@SBL will again hold three sessions this year. Two book sessions, with invited panelists and one paper session. CTRF@SBL invite paper proposals on the topic: Thinking Theologically in a Digital Age. Papers might offer theological reflections on the whether or not new mediums of communication impact theological discourse; explore how theological concepts are portrayed in film, television, or movies; or the practice of “virtual church” and its implications for evangelical Christian practices.

1. Paper session—on the topic of “Thinking Theologically in a Digital Age“—what does it mean, how is it defined, what is its promise, what are its difficulties, etc.?

2. Two book sessions: invited participants to be confirmed

a. The Dictionary on Scripture and Ethics published by Baker, edited by Joel Green, with associate editors Jacqueline Lapsley, Allen Verhey, and Rebekah Miles.

b. Matthew Schlimm’s From Fratricide to Forgiveness: The Language and Ethics of Anger in Genesis published by Eisenbrauns

Christian Theology and the Bible

Kathryn Greene-McCreight
Claire R. Mathews McGinnis
Description: Our task is to explore the intersection between the disciplines of Christian Theology and Biblical Studies. Does or can such an intersection exist? What then could be or would be theological exegesis? What is its relation to religious communities, the history of interpretation, historical theology, history of confession and doctrine, so-called Higher Criticism, etc.?

Call for papers:

The Christian Theology and Bible Section is organizing three paper sessions around the topic of 'Life in the Spirit,' which will explore Jesus' experience of life lived in the Spirit and the ways in which our own experience of life in the Spirit may have been akin to his. Two of these sessions will present papers by invitation only, while the third will be an open session focusing on Galatians and Colossians.

Session 1: Jesus’ life as lived by the Spirit, or the Spirit in Jesus’ life. (Jesus' experience of the Spirit, and how it might have been akin to our own.) Papers by Invitation only

Session 2: Christological Controversies surrounding Nicea in light of Jesus' (and others') experience of the Spirit Papers by Invitation only

Session 3: The Spirit in Galatians and Colossians We welcome papers on the Spirit in Galatians or the Spirit in Colossians, especially those that pertain to Jesus' experience of the Spirit and how it might have been akin to our own.

Christianity in Egypt: Scripture, Tradition, and Reception

Lois Farag
Description: The aim of this program is to engage scholars with interests relevant to Christianity in Egypt, with a special focus on scripture. This would include, but not be limited to, the study of scriptural texts and commentaries and the interpretation of scripture in theology, monastic literature, art, archaeology, and culture. Social and political themes may also be studied as evidence of the reception of scripture throughout history. Discussions may include sources in Greek, Coptic, Arabic, Ethiopic, Syriac, Armenian, Georgian, or Latin that are relevant to the program's interests. The program is interdisciplinary and encourages a variety of approaches and methodologies.

Call for papers:

First topic: We are seeking papers on the theme of Biblical interpretation as it relates to Christianity in Egypt. Papers may address a genre of interpretation, text, or theme. Proposals that address the history of reception of a particular text or theme are encouraged. Studies of sources in Greek, Coptic, Arabic, Ethiopic, Syriac, Armenian, Georgian, or Latin that are relevant to the program's focus on Biblical interpretation are welcomed.

Second topic: Papers on any aspect (texts, artifacts, art, major figures, historical events, concepts) of Christianity in Egypt in the Roman and Byzantine periods are welcomed.

Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah

John W. Wright
Steven James Schweitzer
Description: Our section provides a collegial forum for graduate students and scholars in which papers can be read, projects initiated, questions explored, new approaches attempted and broader discussions held relating to the research and scholarship of these biblical books.

Call for papers: The Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah section will run three sessions in 2011.

The first session is an open session; we invite papers on any aspect of research on Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah.

The second session will be a joint session with the Covenant in the Persian Period Consultation, with invited papers and respondents.

The third session will be focused on how Classical Studies informs approaches to Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah, with invited papers and respondents.

Cognitive Linguistics in Biblical Interpretation

Bonnie Howe
Description: The emerging field of cognitive science is reshaping longstanding philosophical assumptions about epistemology and metaphor. This section applies cognitive linguistics to biblical studies, with a focus on the ways cognitive approaches help scholars to grapple with how language makes meaning.

Call for papers: For a session on "Family and Power in Biblical Texts," we seek papers deploying cognitive linguistic methods to explore how the domains of family, kinship or household and power (control, rule, force) interact in a discrete biblical text. Successful proposals will name a specific text, indicate which cognitive linguistic concepts and methods will be applied, and give a sense of the significance of the study for providing a new or better-grounded reading of the text. That is, answer the “so what?” question. We expect that scholars will draw from an array of cognitive methodologies: frame semantics, conceptual integration networks and mental space blends, conceptual metaphor analysis, prototype theory and schematic networks.

Computer Assisted Research

Keith H. Reeves
Description: The Computer Assisted Research section's primary mission is to encourage the application of ever changing information technology to biblical research and pedagogy. Its focus is upon well-established technologies as well as the emerging and experimental. It is truly multi-disciplinary, spanning the entire range of the Society's interests.

Call for papers:

The Computer Assisted Research Section will have two thematic sections.

The first thematic session is, "Fifty Years of Digital Biblical Studies." Since the late 1950s, biblical scholars have sought to leverage their study of the ancient world with computers. In the half-century since, they have solved many problems -- and created others. This session invites presentations on any aspect of that history, commentary on current research and methodology or future prospects for digital biblical studies. Especially welcome are proposals from those who were participants in or eye-witnesses to the events of those years. Qualified presentations will be invited to be included in a volume of the proceedings to be published in Gorgias Press’s Bible in Technology Series.

The second thematic section is, "The Bible Software Shootout 2: Revenge of the Teachers." Software vendors are invited to showcase their products to demonstrate how their software is used by real teachers in the classroom, in course preparation, and in assignments. This can be for original language classes or in the instruction of English Bible. Qualified presentations will be invited to be included in a volume of the proceedings to be published in Gorgias Press’s Bible in Technology Series.

Proposals are also welcome in our twin areas of interest: computer assisted research and pedagogy.

Construction of Christian Identities

Edmondo F. Lupieri
Mauro Pesce
Description: This unit focuses on interdisciplinary study of the making of Christianity, which is understood as a complex phenomenon. The making of Christianity takes place within conflicting intercultural relations among Mediterranean/Near-Eastern religious groups, which contributed to a diversified evolution within early groups of Jesus followers. The unit seeks primarily to describe groups and their religious practices rather than their theological ideas.

Call for papers:

For the 2011 Annual Meeting our Section will be articulated into four sessions.

A) The Historical Jesus and Related Themes: A discussion on new books and ideas on the subject (invitation only).

B) When Was Christianity Born? A discussion on new books and ideas on the subject (invitation only).

C) Counter-cultural Identity Formation in Early Christianities. A discussion on how sufferance / servitude / death were elements for the construction of power structures and identity in early Christianities (session open to contributions).

D) Different Reconstructions of the Origins. A discussion on how early Christianities (e.g.: each of the different gnostic-Christian groups and texts, Jewish-Christian communities and texts, Justin, Pseudo-Clementine literature, Origen, etc.) understood and explained their own origins, with or without the adoption of funding and/or authoritative or exemplary figures and events of their past, including the interventions of supernatural powers (session open to contributions).

Contextual Biblical Interpretation

Nicole Wilkinson Duran
Athalya Brenner-Idan
Description: The goal of this consultation is to explore the interest in developing a SBL seminar or section on *Contextual Biblical Interpretation,* its different strategies (including “inculturation,” inter(con)textualization, and reading with “ordinary” readers) and its methodological justifications, and the extent to which all interpretations are contextual.

Call for papers: Continuing to develop the book series TEXTS@CONTEXTS (Fortress Press; volumes on GENESIS and THE GOSPEL OF MARK, published; volumes on EXODUS –DEUTERONOMY and THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, forthcoming 2011), we seek papers on *contextual* biblical interpretations (readings of the Bible that take the present-day readers’ contexts into account in some way) in preparation for new volumes. Particularly (but not exclusively) we are interested in contextual readings of the following biblical books (focused on possible themes): LEVITICUS-NUMBERS (territory and identity, “law” and praxis, divine names, ritual and magic, taboos, gender and family), JOSHUA-JUDGES (conquest and liberation: whose side are you on?), and SAMUEL-KINGS-CHRONICLES; the GOSPEL OF JOHN (identity, honor and shame, hybridity, community), 1 & 2 CORINTHIANS (unity, diversity, identity, cross, holiness, Lord’s Supper), and LUKE-ACTS. These papers need to make explicit their "contextual" strategies (e.g. inculturation, inter[con]textualization, reading with others, liberation) and methodologies. For general format see http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/religious_studies/GBC/outline_comm.html Steering committee: Daniel Patte, Athalya Brenner, Archie Lee, Nicole Duran, Teresa Okure, James Grimshaw, Yung Suk Kim.

Corpus Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti

Clare K. Rothschild
Paul A. Holloway
Description: This consultation will 1) read and discuss ancient Greek materials that provide insight into the literary and religious worlds of early Christianity and 2) read and discuss papers that analyze early Christian texts in dialogue with Hellenistic materials.

Call for papers: The Corpus Hellenisticum NT will host three sessions in San Francisco. Two of these are by invitation: the Gospel of John and Hellenism, and Galen's newly discovered De indolentia. A third open session is also planned, for which papers are welcome on any topic relevant to the program unit's general description, which is: (1) to read and discuss ancient Greek materials that provide insight into the literary and religious worlds of early Christianity and 2) to read and discuss papers that analyze early Christian texts in dialogue with Hellenistic materials.

Covenant in the Persian Period

Richard Bautch
Description: The goal of this unit is to explore the various perspectives on covenant that emerged in the Persian period and establish the importance of each within its religious and historical context. Focal issues include Jewish identity and developments within Yahwism.

Call for papers:

Covenant in the Persian Period is planning three sessions for the 2011 Annual Meeting.

There will be a session of invited papers to explore the concept of covenant in the Book of the Twelve with a primary but not exclusive focus on the prophets Haggai, Malachi and Zechariah. This session is being organized jointly with the Book of the Twelve Prophets section.

A second session will study the function of covenant in Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah. This session has been designed in coordination with the Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah section; while some of the papers are invited, there are also open slots and we welcome paper proposals on covenant texts in Chronicles, Ezra or Nehemiah.

The third session will be an open session; for this session we especially encourage paper proposals on covenant in the strata of Torah dated to the Persian period or in the wisdom literature dated to this period.

Current Historiography and Ancient Israel and Judah

Megan Bishop Moore
Description: The Current Historiography and Ancient Israel and Judah Section explores how historians integrate the contributions of the many disciplines that study Israel’s past, issues of methodology and epistemology, and how to reestablish the largely defunct project of writing comprehensive histories of ancient Israel.

Call for papers:

Deuteronomistic History

Cynthia Edenburg
Juha Pakkala
Description: This unit discusses the books of Deuteronomy and the Former Prophets (Joshua–Kings) both individually and as a collection. As such, its focus is on the connections between these books (linguistic, topical and chronological); the compositional techniques and theological trends that they exemplify; as well as the social and historical milieu or milieus in which they were produced.

Call for papers: This unit discusses the hypothesis of a Deuteronomistic History, first advanced by Martin Noth and further modified by later scholars, and deals with the pre-canonical stages in the composition of Deuteronomy and the Former Prophets. A special interest is given to the question of compositional techniques and to the historical setting of the supposed deuteronomistic milieu. Papers proposed for this section should interact in some fashion with the idea of a “Deuteronomistic” history work, whether the concept is affirmed, rethought or rejected. Representatives from the international academy are especially encouraged to participate.

Development of Early Christian Theology

Mark Weedman
Christopher A. Beeley
Description: This unit, title Development of Early Trinitarian Theology through 2011, will explore the close connections among the construction of the Christian scriptures, early Christian practices of biblical interpretation, and the theological and ecclesiastical debates that occurred from the apostolic period through the fourth century.

Call for papers:

For the final year of our initial three year run, we will be sponsoring two sessions. We are unable to accept new paper proposals this year, but if anyone is interested in participating in this Program Unit in the future, or if you would like more information, please contact the program unit chairs.

Session 1: Paul and the Trinity

This session will investigate Paul's thought on God/the Father, Christ/the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are interested in approaching this topic from a variety of angles: Does Paul have a Trinitarian theology (in any sense of that word)? How have new approaches to Pauline studies allowed us to recognize different dimensions of Paul's use of Trinitarian categories? How did Paul's theology influence later Trinitarian speculation? In line with the goals of this program unit, we are especially concerned to bring scholars from different disciplines into conversation with each other. This session will include specialists in Paul as well as experts in early Trinitarian thought and Patristic - era exegesis.

Session 2: The Old Testament and the Trinity

We will pursue this topic by investigating views of God present in the Old Testament and in Jewish monotheism. In line with the goals of this program unit, we are interested in bringing scholars from different disciplines into conversation with each other. This session will include specialists in the Hebrew Scriptures, early Trinitarian thought, and Patristic-era exegesis.

Didache in Context

Jonathan A. Draper
Description: The object of this consultation will be to explore the Didache as a unified document reflecting the faith, hope, and life of Christian sometime between 50-90 CE. Accordingly, papers will concern themselves with the following: (a) the oral/written origins of the Didache; (b) the authorship and use of the Didache; (c) aspects of the faith, the practice, or the end-time expectations of the Didache communities as seen from the internal logic of the text; from its religious, social, and historical context; or in contrast to other early communities (Jewish, Christian, Roman).

Call for papers: Ten Years of Dialogue on the Didache at the SBL: Retrospect and Prospect

Disputed Paulines

Jerry L. Sumney
Description: The Disputed Paulines Consultation seeks to explore historical, literary (including rhetorical), and theological matters which bear upon the interpretation of the letters of the Pauline Corpus that many argue are not genuinely or immediately authored by Paul. It is hoped that careful study of these letters will help us better understand both these documents and early Christianity more broadly.

Call for papers: The Disputed Paulines Section seeks to explore historical, literary (including rhetorical), and theological matters which bear upon the interpretation of the letters of the Pauline Corpus that many argue are not genuinely or immediately authored by Paul. It is hoped that careful study of these letters will help us better understand both these documents and early Christianity more broadly. We intend to dedicate a session of the 2011 meeting to papers that deal with The Appropriation of Jewish Scriptures and Practice in the Disputed Paulines. Thus, we especially invite papers on that topic.

Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy

John T. Fitzgerald
Fika J. van Rensburg
Description: The Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy Consultation is the foundational component of an international, interdisciplinary project that seeks to delineate the relationship between early Christianity and the ancient economy in the period from Jesus to Justinian, demonstrating both similarities and differences in attitudes, approaches to problems, and attempted solutions.

Call for papers:

The Early Christianity and Ancient Economy program unit sponsors three projects:

The first project involves a study of all the major aspects of the economy in the ancient world, especially the Roman Empire.

The second project examines first-century early Christianity both in relationship to the ancient economy and in regard to its own economic aspects.

The third project does the same for Christianity in the second to the fifth centuries.

Both synchronic and diachronic studies are encouraged, as are contributions focused on specific issues (such as money, texts, authors, themes, and events). Paper proposals for all three projects are welcomed, especially those that make use of papyri, inscriptions, and other realia. Ideally, three sessions will be held in San Francisco, with one session devoted to each project. Those submitting a proposal should designate in the Abstract the project for which the paper should be considered.

Early Jewish Christian Relations

Judy Yates Siker
Tina Shepardson
Description: The Early Jewish Christian Relations Group deals with the relationships of Christians and Jews as Christians emerged as groups distinct from Jews, and how these groups continued to affect one another in the following centuries. It considers approximately the first four centuries.

Call for papers: The early Jewish Christian Relations Group invites papers for a general open session at the 2011 SBL meeting in San Francisco. Please submit your proposals to jsiker@sfts.edu. A second session of invited papers is also being planned. Details forthcoming.

Ecological Hermeneutics

Peter Trudinger
Description: This Section will focus on hermeneutical principles and models for ecological readings of the biblical text and tradition. Attention would be paid to the anthropocentric bias of texts and readers as well as to discerning alternative traditions sympathetic to ecology, Earth and the Earth community. The aim is to explore the art of reading the text with empathy for the natural world.

Call for papers:

Proposals are invited for three sessions.

The first session will focus on ecology and the Pauline corpus and explore eco-theology and eco-ethics in relation to writings attributed to Paul. Proposals are encouraged to engage with the principles of ecological hermeneutics - suspicion, identification, retrieval (e.g., Habel and Trudinger, Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics, SBL 2008) and/or the methodology of the Exeter project (e.g., Horrell, Hunt and Southgate, Greening Paul, Baylor 2010).

The second session is open and will consider proposals on any biblical text. Proposals are encouraged to take into account the principles of ecological hermeneutics – suspicion, identification and retrieval – as developed by the Section in recent years.

The third session will be joint with the AAR Religion and Ecology Group and address issues raised by multi-religious critical reflection on the eco-hermeneutics of religious texts, such as biblical eco-hermeneutics.

Economics in the Biblical World

Samuel L. Adams
Description: This program unit explores economics in the biblical world from a variety of approaches, including textual analysis, archaeological study, economic history, and much-needed theoretical engagement. We examine both larger economic structures and more local patterns (i.e., household and village).

Call for papers: This program unit will have two sessions at the 2012 meeting. The first will take up the issue of "class" and whether this is an appropriate term for analysis of economic practices in the ancient world. Proposals are welcome from a variety of periods and perspectives, as long as the paper addresses this theme of class. The second session will continue our discussion from one of the 2011 panels on the issue of domestic space/family life. Papers that address this topic within the framework of economics are welcome. While both of these sessions will include invited papers, we welcome proposals on either theme.

Egyptology and Ancient Israel

John Gee
Description: The Egyptology and Ancient Israel Section exists to promote discussions between biblical scholars and Egyptologists, thus functioning to provide leadership in an interdisciplinary initiative which is increasingly important as scholars in ancient Near East studies realize the significance of the area’s interdependent relationships. Where appropriate, the section will communicate and work with other related program units toward the end of enhancing and furthering interdisciplinary conversations across the ancient Near East.

Call for papers:

Session One: This session will be devoted to the notions of sacred writing in Egypt and Israel.

Session Two: Proposals are welcome on topics related to connections between Egypt and ancient Israel. Priority will be give to papers exploring the interaction between Egyptian and biblical narrative and textual traditions.

Ethics and Biblical Interpretation

Jacqueline E. Lapsley
Mark Douglas
Description: The aim of the Ethics and Biblical Interpretation Consultation is to study the way the various projects of biblical interpretation and hermeneutics intersect with the concerns of ethics. This consultation will engage ethicists, theologians, and biblical scholars in interdisciplinary conversations.

Call for papers:

Ethics, Love and the Other in Early Christianity

Thomas E. Phillips
Description: This consultation focuses upon ethics within early Christianity, particularly how various early Christian thinkers and groups conceived of their ethical obligation to practice love inside and outside of their group. Investigations of canonical and non-canonical documents are welcome.

Call for papers: This unit welcomes proposals related to any aspect of ethical discourse regarding early Christian interaction with the other. These investigations can examine intraChristian relationships or relationships between Christians and nonChristians. Both canonial and noncanonical investigations are welcome.

Ethiopic Bible and Literature

Steve Delamarter
Description: This unit studies the sacred texts and literature of the ancient and rich Ethiopic tradition. It seeks, through critical study, to understand the ideology, sociology and the process of literary formation, of the Ethiopic tradition, in particular the Bible, and also discusses its manuscript tradition.

Call for papers:

1. Ethiopic Bible and Literature - Open Session: Ideology, Sociology and Literary Formation in the Ethiopic Tradition

The Ethiopic tradition bears as many marks of originality as it does marks of external influence. Influences come from Christian traditions—like the Greek, Syriac, and Armenian—but also from Jews and Muslims in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopian theologians and community leaders developed their own sense of identity and expressed these in their form of the biblical text (unique in form and extent) and in various works of literature. Proposals on any aspect are welcomed.

2. Ethiopic Bible and Literature - Issues of Method for the Textual History of the Ethiopic Old Testament Project (THEOT)

THEOT is a three-year project to reconstruct the textual history of the Ethiopic Old Testament. It will involve a fresh collation of 20 to 30 manuscripts for sample passages from each book of the Ethiopic Old Testament. Presenters will deal with issues of method for discerning families of manuscripts within the Ethiopic tradition and affiliations of the Ethiopic with other traditions. Some of the presentations for this session will be invited. Persons engaged in such work on Ethiopic or other manuscript traditions are invited to propose.

3. Ethiopic Bible and Literature - Ethiopic Manuscripts: Issues of Digitization, Cataloging and Access

Through the work of several projects, the inventory of images of Ethiopic manuscripts has grown dramatically in the last few years. The combined output of the projects is prodigious, but so also are the next set of challenges. Invited panelists will help provide an overview of completed work and clarify the issues that lie ahead. These include issues of best practice, technical specifications, access, sharing, collaboration, and the sociology of scholarship. Persons who have done the same or similar work are invited to make proposals.

Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium

Lai-Ling E. Ngan
Description: The Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium (ECBC) emerged with the rise of the awareness of contextualization and cross-cultural awareness in biblical interpretation. A group of scholars who are of ethnic Chinese origin created ECBC as a forum to address issues relevant to this concern within SBL in the 1990s. Prominent founding members of this group are Dr. Seow Choon-Leong, Dr. Wan Sze-Kar, Dr. Gale Yee, Dr. Mary Foskett, Dr. Jeffrey Kuan, and Dr. John Yieh. The group invites scholars to participate in the forum held annually within the SBL Annual Meeting.

Call for papers: Proposals will be invited for the 2011 Annual Meeting.

Eusebius and the Construction of a Christian Culture

Aaron Johnson
Sabrina Inowlocki-Meister
Description: This consultation aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform for research on Eusebius of Caesarea, a multi-faceted author who was simultaneously a biblical scholar, apologist, historian, philologist and theologian. The consultation will deepen and nuance our knowledge of this major author.

Call for papers: Proposals are sought dealing with issues related to Eusebius' role as an author, his literary productivity, his manipulation of texts/genres, or other features of his contribution to late antique literary culture.

Evangelical Philosophical Society

William L. Craig
Description: Founded in 1974, the Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS) is an organization of professional scholars devoted to pursuing philosophical excellence in both the church and the academy. Interested laypersons can join as full, associate, or student members. The EPS holds a national meeting each year in conjunction with the conference held by the Evangelical Theological Society and the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature. The EPS journal, Philosophia Christi, is a scholarly publication containing discussion of a variety of topics that are of interest to the philosopher and to the philosopher of religion. Contact information (besides what is given above): http://www.epsociety.org/about/contact.asp.

Call for papers: Proposals are by invitation only.

Exile (Forced Migrations) in Biblical Literature

John Ahn
Description: The exile or forced migrations period (6th century B.C.E.) has been a watershed for biblical literature and theology. However, even with an effervescent flowing stream of new and fresh scholarship on the exile, our guild has yet to provide a forum for those working or interested on the impact of the golah across specializations and even disciplines. This consultation fills that lacuna. This section tackles traditional historical, literary, redactional, sociological, and theological issues and texts from the exilic period. Moreover, cutting edge studies on forced migration—migration, immigration, intergeneration, acculturation, assimilation, transnationalism, internal displacement, and refugee studies will be injected.

Call for papers: Our topic for 2011 (San Francisco) is: "Witness to Israel's Scripture" (canonical consciousness, inner-biblical exegesis, scripturalization). We seek papers that deal with inner-biblical exegesis or in short, biblical passages or tropes (themes) that are being re-worked, re-applied, or reinterpreted in a new biblical text or context. We seek papers from various studies and periods of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Extent of Theological Diversity in Earliest Christianity

James P. Ware
Jeffrey Peterson
Description: Focusing on the evidence for Jesus' death and resurrection as a narrative used to shape the identity of emergent communities, and on the alternatives to this narrative preserved in early Christian sources, this Consultation explores the origin, nature and extent of theological diversity in earliest Christianity from the beginnings until approximately 180 CE. By fostering a conversation involving the testing of various reconstructions of early Christian history against the range of relevant evidence, the unit seeks to bring greater precision to the study of "orthodoxy and heresy in early Christianity."

Call for papers: Our two sessions at the 2011 meeting will feature only invited papers.

Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible

Angela Bauer-Levesque
Frank M. Yamada
Description: The aim of this unit is to provide a forum for research in issues and questions relating to feminist methods of interpretation. While specifically focused on methodological concerns, we are also concerned to ground that reflection in the reality of engagement with specific texts.

Call for papers:

In 2010, the Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible Section will explore diverse trajectories within feminist interpretations of the Bible. There will be two open sessions to which presenters are encouraged to submit papers.

One session will be an open call. Presenters are encouraged to submit proposals in the general area of feminist hermeneutics of the Bible.

The second open session will focus on postcolonial feminist perspectives and interpretations of the Bible. The subject matter of this second session honors Kwok Pui-lan, who becomes president of AAR in 2011. Presenters’ submissions need not directly engage Kwok’s writings, but should demonstrate or engage postcolonial feminist interpretation.

The section’s programs will also have two invited panels. One will be sponsored by multiple program units and will engage the legacy of feminist biblical interpretation. A second invited panel will explore the topic of masculinities within the Bible and biblical world from a feminist perspective.

Formation of Isaiah

Chris Franke
Gary Stansell, Kenneth O. Bjork Distinguished Professor of Religion, Emeritus
Description: The Formation of Isaiah Group provides an international forum for discussion of issues related to the formation, growth and unity of the Isaiah scroll as well as questions of poetic imagery, intertextuality, history of interpretation and reader response criticism.

Call for papers: The Formation of the Book of Isaiah Group will offer two sessions for 2011: (1) papers that focus on Isaiah 24-27; (2) papers that deal with any topic concerned with the Book of Isaiah.

Formation of Luke and Acts

Paul Elbert
Mikael Winninge
Description: Recent Lukan studies indicate the formative role of diverse verifiable sources including the Septuagint (e.g., Deuteronomy; the Elijah-Elisha narrative), Greco-Roman writings (e.g., historiography; epic, particularly Homer), and some epistles. The Section aims to check and synthesize such use of sources, thus clarifying the formation of Luke and Acts, and facilitating discussion of broader NT issues.

Call for papers: The Formation of Luke-Acts Section is interested in the relationship between Luke-Acts and the use of the Septuagint, the Pauline letters, and the probable influence upon Luke-Acts due to Greco-Roman rhetorical education and the Progymnasmata. We are interested in all the narrative elements and features of the text as well as the possible factors that could have contributed to its formation and composition. We intend to offer two sessions. One session will be by invitation only and devoted to the effect of Q on the formation of the third gospel. Harry Fleddermann's new book on Q will be discussed. Another session will be open with a call for papers relative to the aforementioned interests.

Function of Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphal Writings in Early Judaism and Early Christianity

David A. deSilva
Loren L. Johns
Description: This unit is focused broadly on questions related to canon, namely: What is the biblical canon? How did it take shape? How did the so-called noncanonical works function in the early Jewish and Christian communities? How do these noncanonical works help us comprehend the shaping of the canon and by whom? What is the relation between a closed canon and the notion of a God who speaks in every generation? With considerable media interest in this subject in recent times, it is important to raise and address some of these important questions.

Call for papers:

One session will be dedicated to papers exploring the Influence of the Martyrological Traditions of 2 and 4 Maccabees. This session will be largely pre-planned, but relevant proposals are still welcome for possible inclusion in the open session and in any publication emerging with this focus.

The steering committee would welcome proposals for a second session on “Humor in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha.” Papers in this session would explore examples of humor (parody, satire, comedic motifs) in this literature, how this literature reflects established conventions (e.g., Roman comedy), and/or what the presence of humor says about the purposes for composition, the ethos of the community in which the texts emerged and were read, and, especially, what windows open into the later Jewish and Christian communities that would preserve and refer to these humorous episodes in their own contexts.

Proposals for papers dealing with any aspect of the function of apocryphal or pseudepigraphic texts in early Jewish, Christian, or other communities are welcome for a third, open session.

Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible

Joseph A. Marchal
Description: This group engages in critical discussion with research on sexuality and gender in disciplines such as critical theory, philosophy, literature, cultural studies and the social sciences. It explores the implications of this research for biblical and postbiblical studies.

Call for papers: We are planning two sessions for San Francisco. FIRST SESSION: For one session we invite submissions for papers reflecting on the material embodiments of readings or performances of the Bible, particularly in contemporary practices. Papers might explore what reading practices and after-lives look like enfleshed and possibly ritualized. SECOND SESSION: For another session, we are co-sponsoring, with Bible and Cultural Studies and Biblical Criticism and Literary Criticism, an invited panel on the state of the field of cultural studies in biblical studies, focused around Stephen Moore's compendium, The Bible in Theory. The panel will look at the avenues of biblical studies that Moore has charted (in terms of gender, sexuality, culture, and theory) and consider new directions they might take. Questions or further inquiries may be directed to the chair, Joseph Marchal, at josephamarchal@gmail.com

Genesis

John E. Anderson
Christopher Heard
Description: The Genesis unit promotes sustained and continued dialogue and scholarship on the book of Genesis from a variety of methodological perspectives, especially (yet not limited to) those approaching and treating the text as a canonical whole. It creates space for those working on Genesis to share their work in a focused place.

Call for papers: The 2011 meeting will be the inaugural session for the Genesis program unit. We will be holding two sessions, one dealing with various aspects of Genesis and theology and the other a panel discussion addressing the state of the question in regards to Gen 1 research and avenues for moving forward.

GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics

Michael Barram
Description: What would it mean, and what might it look like to read the Bible self-consciously from, and with an explicit methodological starting point in, an ecclesial location that is construed as fundamentally missional in cast and character? How might such an attempt both inform and critique contemporary missiological assumptions? What discoveries about the biblical text might be opened up through the adoption of such a social location and interpretive aim? The Forum on Missional Hermeneutics of the GOCN draws together biblical scholars, theologians, graduate students, and ministry practitioners from a range of disciplines and ecclesiological contexts at the Annual Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. The Forum explores the intersections of missiology, ecclesiology, and biblical scholarship in the interpretation of the Bible as it serves the missional vocation of the church. Website: http://www.gocn.org/

Call for papers: The Gospel and Our Culture Network Forum on Missional Hermeneutics extends a call for papers to be presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion in San Francisco, CA, November 19-22, 2011. The Forum explores the intersections of missiology, ecclesiology, and biblical interpretation, focusing on hermeneutical issues that arise in view of the Church’s missional character. In particular, presenters and participants at the Forum explore how faithful interpretation of Scripture needs to pay attention to a number of interlocking realities in the text:(1) the ways in which the biblical text renders the identity of the missio Dei, the God who is engaged in mission to the whole creation; (2) the ways in which the biblical text is shaped for the purpose of forming a people of God who are called to participate in God’s mission to the creation; (3) the ways in which the biblical text evokes and challenges a missionally located community's interpretive readings and questions; (4) the ways in which the biblical text relates the received tradition to a particular context in light of the good news of the reign of God in Jesus Christ; and (5) the ways in which the biblical text discloses its fullest meaning only when read together with the culturally and socially ‘other.’ The theme for the session this year is “Reading the Parables of Jesus Missionally.” Since the explicitly named referent of many of the parables is the Reign of God, the parables present a set of classic texts in which to reflect upon God’s active presence and reign in the world, and how that reign shapes and calls a people to participate in the divine mission to the world. Proposals for papers are invited (in the form of one-page abstracts) which engage a specific parable or set of parables in relation to this theme—in view of the hermeneutical framework identified above—and which test the extent to which such a missional approach to the biblical text

Greco-Roman Religions

James Constantine Hanges
Description: This unit is highly interdisciplinary and comparative, a forum regularly bringing together historians of religion, specialists in Christian origins, classicists, archaeologists, and social scientists from across the world to pursue questions that foster new cooperative research initiatives.

Call for papers: The Greco-Roman Religions Section invites papers for its open session, “Founding Things Cultic,” dealing with the founding, reformation, and relocation of cults, cult sites, and facilities in the Greco-Roman world and the processes and narratives that accompany these innovations. The Section’s closed session, “Redescribing Greco-Roman Antiquity: Theorizing Cult Foundations,” present a panel responding to the newly published book by James Constantine Hanges, Paul, Founder of Churches (Mohr Siebeck, 2011). The panel will explore and evaluate redescriptive theorizing of cult formations in the Greco-Roman world with particular focus on the apostle Paul as cult founder. The Section also invites papers for two joint sessions with the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions (SAMR: http://socamr.wikispaces.com). The first session, “The Book and the Rock: Textual and Material Evidence in the Study of Ancient Religion” considers occasions in which an emphasis on written evidence might have led us to understand a religious phenomenon in one way that was subsequently modified, enlarged or overturned by archaeological evidence. Papers should treat concrete examples of such cases, while raising methodological issues about consonance, conflict, and complementarity where different types of evidence are concerned. The second session, “The Journey in Ancient Mediterranean Religions” will consider the role of both real and imagined journeys in ancient religions. Papers will cover such phenomena as pilgrimage, religious tourism, and mythological voyages of heroes and gods; comparative approaches are particularly encouraged.

Greek Bible

Cameron Boyd-Taylor
Description: The Greek Bible section focuses on the use of the Greek versions (the Septuagint or other Greek versions) in biblical exegesis by Hellenistic Jewish authors, the New Testament writers, the Church Fathers, Greek historians or philosophers, and medieval Jewish scholiasts, as well as on the methodologies they employ.

Call for papers: The Greek Bible section provides a forum for papers on reception history, translation theory, manuscript traditions, linguistic issues, biblical theology, and hermeneutics that involve the use of the Greek versions in later writings. For the 2011 meeting in San Francisco, the section invites proposals for two sessions.

1) A themed session entitled, “Greek Isaiah in Later Jewish and Christian Writings.” This program will include papers on the exegesis of the Greek text of Isaiah by Jewish and Christian authors prior to 300 CE.

2) An open session: For this program, we invite proposals dealing with any aspect of the reception of the Greek Bible. All papers accepted must demonstrate the use of the Greek text in distinction from the Hebrew Bible.

Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World

Candida R. Moss
Joel S. Baden
Nicole Kelley
Description: This unit, titled Disability Studies and Healthcare in the Bible and Near East until 2011, seeks to foster scholarship related to disability, illness, medicine, and healthcare in the biblical world and text. Major areas of interest include: the religious, legal, and cultural status of persons with disabilities or illness in the biblical and formative Jewish and Christian periods; the representation of disability and illness in biblical and cognate texts; the theology of such texts; the history and archeology of medicine and healthcare in the ancient Near East and Greco-Roman worlds; and the subjects of disability, illness, medicine and healthcare in the history of biblical interpretation.

Call for papers:

The Disability Studies and Healthcare in the Bible and Near East section plans to have three sessions at the 2011 meeting.

The FIRST SESSION will be an open session (accepting papers) on any topic on biblical scholarship related to disability and healthcare (broadly defined). All methods are invited.

The SECOND SESSION will also be an open session (accepting papers). In this session, we encourage proposals that examine the intersections between disability theory and queer theory in relation to biblical texts and hermeneutics. This session will be co-sponsored with the "LGBT/Queer Hermeneutics" session.

The THIRD SESSION will be an invited review panel of Jeremy Schipper’s Disability and Isaiah’s Suffering Servant (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Inquiries about these sessions should be addressed to either Sarah Melcher (melcher@xavier.edu) or Jeremy Schipper (schipper@temple.edu).

Hebrew Bible and Political Theory

Steven Grosby
Joshua Berman
Description: Politics was as central to the life of ancient Israel as it is in our modern world. It is found throughout the Hebrew Bible and cognate literature. This unit attempts to study political phenomena in this corpus with methodological rigor.

Call for papers: This unit seeks papers that examine biblical texts through the prism of political theory, broadly conceived. As other program units already explore feminist ideology and African-American hermeneutics, this unit seeks interdisciplinary papers that employ theoretical models concerning, for example, notions of nationhood, citizenship, law, class and hierarchy, economic distribution, kingship, and the like. Alternatively, papers may analyze the biblical text through the political thought of the great thinkers, classical, medieval or modern.

Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology

Jeremy Smoak
Matthew Suriano
Description: This unit is open to all papers that employ archaeology in all its aspects (including survey, excavation, and epigraphic data) to understand the history of the ancient Israelite kingdoms and/or the Hebrew Bible.

Call for papers: This year the Program Unit Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology will hold three sessions.

The first session will consist of several invited papers devoted to the cultural phenomenon of magic in the literature of the Hebrew Bible, epigraphic sources, and the archaeological record of the southern Levant during the first millennium B.C.E.

A second session will be a panel of invited papers that will discuss Francesca Stavrakopoulou's Land of Our Fathers: The Roles of Ancestor Veneration in Biblical Land Claims (T&T Clark, 2010).

The third session is open and accepting papers that address the history or archaeology of ancient Israel through the use of texts, archaeology, and anthropological approaches.

Hebrew Scriptures and Cognate Literature

Daniel Fleming
Description: The Hebrew Scriptures and Cognate Literature Section provides a major forum for research on specific points of contact between the Bible and the literatures of Israel's neighbors, to better elucidate the Bible as a collection of ancient Israelite writings.

Call for papers: Forthcoming.

Hebrews

Gabriella Gelardini
Harold W. Attridge
Description: The famous and almost proverbial saying that Hebrews appears to its viewer as a “melchisedekitisches Wesen ohne Stammbaum” was uttered by Franz Overbeck in the year 1880, during the high noon of historicism. The missing genealogy that Overbeck lamented meant peculiarly to him a lack of historical context. This perceived “lack” was the consequence of flawed presuppositions originating in ideological frameworks, and consequently led New Testament scholarship to view Hebrews as the “enigmatic,” the “other” one, and furthermore led to the neglect of its historical context by Hebrews scholarship. Consequently, the context was judged as “irrelevant” for Hebrews interpretation. Recent scholarship on the contrary has developed a particular interest in Hebrews’ context. Therefore, while maintaining the distinctiveness of Hebrews it is the aim of this Group to explore extensively and facilitate scholarly research on Hebrews’ relations to other early traditions and texts (Jewish, Hellenistic and Roman), so that Hebrews’ historical, cultural, and religious identity may be mapped in greater detail.

Call for papers: The “Book of Hebrews in Context Group” will sponsor two sessions in 2011, both with papers by invited speakers only, subsequent responses and ample time for discussion: (1) The first session contains papers again on the topic “The literary, philosophical, and theological content and context of the Book of Hebrews,” but this year with a particular methodological interest. (2) Methodology along with theory is also the concern of the second session, which is a triple joint sessions with the program units “Space, Place, and Lived Experience in Antiquity” along with “Sacrifice, Cult, and Atonement.” This session contains papers on the topic “Simultaneous Cults: The Intersection of Sacred Space, Time, and Practice.” For questions contact Gabriella Gelardini@unibas.ch.

Hellenistic Judaism

Zuleika Rodgers
Annette Yoshiko Reed
Description: This section is devoted to the history of (a) Judaism of the Hellenistic period (that is, "Hellenistic" understood chronologically from Alexander the Great to Augustus), (b) Greek-speaking Judaism in antiquity (that is, "Hellenistic" understood linguistically), and (c) the interaction between Judaism and its host cultures in antiquity ("Hellenistic understood culturally and socially).

Call for papers: For the SBL Annual Meeting in 2011, the Hellenistic Judaism Section invites proposals for papers on

[1] "Jews of Italy," considering material and/or documentary evidence from the Hellenistic period to Late Antiquity, with a focus on new finds and perspectives, and

[2]"From Hellenistic Judaism to Byzantine Jewry," including but not limited to Italy, considering trajectories of continuity and/or points of parallel among Greek-speaking Jews, Jewish literature in Greek, etc., from antiquity into the Byzantine Empire.

In addition, the Hellenistic Judaism Section will be organizing an invited panel on "Recent Books on Hellenistic Judaism," and co-sponsoring a session with the Philo of Alexandria and Hellenistic Moral Philosophy and Early Christianity groups on Maren Niehoff's Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (Cambridge UP 2011).

In light of recent policy changes, we encourage students interested in submitting a proposal to contact the Program Unit Chairs in advance of the deadline.

Hellenistic Moral Philosophy and Early Christianity

Johan C. Thom
Description: The unit was formed with the goal of providing a forum for discussing ancient texts from the Hellenistic and Roman worlds and relating them to the study of the New Testament world (including early Jewish and early Christian materials outside the New Testament per se).

Call for papers: For the 2011 Annual Meeting one open session is planned. We are seeking papers on any aspect of Hellenistic moral philosophy and early Christianity. Preference will be given to papers discussing ancient texts from the Hellenistic and Roman worlds and relating them to the study of the New Testament world (including early Jewish and early Christian materials outside the New Testament).

Historical Jesus

Gregory E. Sterling
Description: Historical Jesus research is one of the oldest and most debated areas in Biblical Studies. We encourage critical analyses of historical methods, recent trends and contemporary reception, and we give scholars and students opportunities to present their latest Jesus research.

Call for papers: Historical Jesus research is one of the oldest and most debated areas in Biblical Studies. We encourage critical analyses of historical methods, recent trends and contemporary reception, and we give scholars and students opportunities to present their latest Jesus research.

History and Literature of Early Rabbinic Judaism

Carol Bakhos
Alyssa M. Gray
Description: This section is devoted to both historical and literary study of the Rabbis of Late Antiquity (ca. 70 CE - 640 CE). We encourage studies that are interdisciplinary and comparative, and that take into account the wider social and cultural environments in which the Rabbis worked.

Call for papers: Two sessions will be by invitation. For a third session, proposals for papers in all aspects of the history and literature of early rabbinic Judaism are welcome. Topics of particular interest for the 2011 Annual Meeting are purity and impurity, material culture (including material culture as inscribed in late antique rabbinic literature), violence, rhetorical readings of rabbinic texts, and the application of legal theory to rabbinic literature of late antiquity. A thematic session may arise out of the open call, possibly with a respondent.

History of Interpretation

D. Jeffrey Bingham
Description: The purpose of the section is: (1) To encourage the investigation of the history of biblical interpretation, especially with respect to the socio-historical context of the interpreters; (2) To support scholars by providing a forum for presentation and critical discussion of their works at the annual meeting; and (3) To encourage conversation among scholars investigating different time periods and geographical areas for their mutual benefit.

Call for papers: This year the section especially invites proposals on the interpretation of Psalm 2 for a session on the history of reading this particular text. Consideration will also be given to other proposals.

Homiletics and Biblical Studies

J. Dwayne Howell
Description: The Homiletics and Biblical Studies Section encourages dialogue among scholars in both fields who share an interest in critical exegesis, its various methods, and the unique hermeneutical and theological problems inherent to the relationship between biblical interpretation and proclamation.

Call for papers: All papers are being considered for an open call. Those who submit are encourage to deal with an aspect of Homiletics and Biblical Studies in their submission.

Ideological Criticism

Randall Reed
Description: This Section approaches the Bible through critical philosophical perspectives and explores how power shapes and is shaped by the Bible and its reception. We embrace various definitions of ideology and approaches to uncovering the political stakes of the Bible and of its uses and influences.

Call for papers: The Ideological Criticism section is seeking proposals for the 2011 SBL sessions focusing on two topics: 1) (The) Resurrection as an ideological Construct. Papers may address the development of the notion of Resurrection as a part of early Christianity or deal with how Resurrection has been used ideologically in modern society. 2) The Ideological Nature of Translation. We seek papers dealing with specific ideological issues that are inserted or ignored in the process of translation. Ideological analysis of trends in translation are also encouraged. The Ideological Criticism Section particularly encourages the submission of papers from historically underrepresented groups at the SBL.

Ideology, Culture, and Translation

Christina Petterson
Description: This Group explores theoretical dimensions and implications of translations and translation practice. Critical engagements with the translation, translation practices, or translation history of any texts relevant to the study of Bible and Christianity (ancient and modern) are welcome.

Call for papers: For the 2011 Annual Meeting we will host an open session. In line with the aims of the group, we invite papers that explore the operation of biblical ideology in film, literature or politics. How is a bible message translated into a concrete historical or cultural setting? Which ideologies produce the bible messages that are translated into popular consumption? How is the bible either foreignized or domesticated in film, literature or politics? Student papers will be given equal consideration.

Institute for Biblical Research

Kent L. Yinger
Craig S. Keener
Description: The historical goals of the Institute for Biblical Research include fostering the study of Scripture within an evangelical context, establishing facilities for the furtherance of biblical studies, and encouraging university and college students toward a vocation of biblical scholarship. Website: www.ibr-bbr.org

Call for papers: The historical goals of the Institute for Biblical Research include fostering the study of Scripture within an evangelical context, establishing facilities for the furtherance of biblical studies, and encouraging university and college students toward a vocation of biblical scholarship. Website: www.ibr-bbr.org

Institute on Religion and Civic Values

Shabbir Mansuri
Description: The IRCV is a non-advocacy research center interested in religious liberty, public literacy about world religions, and the role of religious communities in the public square and in policymaking circles. IRCV works with institutional partners to produce and facilitate policy analyses, educational materials, leadership exchanges, and resources that enable citizens, domestic and global, to engage questions of faith, citizenship, and pluralism. More information at www.ircv.org. Our office address is 10055 Slater Avenue, Suite 250, Fountain Valley, CA 92708. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 20186, Fountain Valley, CA 92728-0186. Reach us by telephone at 714-839-2929.

Call for papers: The IRCV is a non-advocacy research center interested in religious liberty, public literacy about world religions, and the role of religious communities in the public square and in policymaking circles. IRCV works with institutional partners to produce and facilitate policy analyses, educational materials, leadership exchanges, and resources that enable citizens, domestic and global, to engage questions of faith, citizenship, and pluralism. More information at www.ircv.org. Our office address is 10055 Slater Avenue, Suite 250, Fountain Valley, CA 92708. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 20186, Fountain Valley, CA 92728-0186. Reach us by telephone at 714-839-2929.

International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies

Leonard J. Greenspoon
Description: The IOSCS is an Affiliate of the SBL. For further information on the IOSCS, please contact the program unit chair.

Call for papers: The International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies is soliciting papers for its annual meeting in San Francisco, to be held in conjunction with the SBL. Proposals should be presented through the SBL Annual Meetings website. Please direct any queries to Leonard Greenspoon at ljgrn@creighton.edu.

International Syriac Language Project

Terry C. Falla
Description: All papers are presented as contributions to the International Syriac Language Project (ISLP), the aim of which is to redefine ancient-language lexicography for the 21st century, and to lay the foundations for a new comprehensive Syriac-English lexicon. The group and its invited contributors is interdisciplinary and collaborative, and therefore includes specialists in related fields.

Call for papers: Proposals will be invited for the 2011 Annual Meeting.

Intertextuality in the New Testament

B. J. Oropeza
Description: The purpose of this unit is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion on intertexual interpretations of New Testament passages. This unit focuses on ways in which the language of texts are recited, echoed, reconfigured, or recontextualized by other texts from the LXX, Greco-Roman philosophers, orators, decrees, Second Temple sources, Hebrew Scriptures, or another ancient source.

Call for papers: For our 2011 sessions in November (San Francisco), we welcome all papers that relate Intertextuality with a New Testament source. We are especially interested in papers that focus on Christology, or the use of Greco-Roman sources (e.g., Progymnasmata, Plutarch, Virgil, Cicero, etc.), or Intertextual method (e.g., defining Intertextuality, criteria for discerning echoes, Paul's approach to scripture citations, etc.).

Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures

Jione Havea
Althea Spencer Miller
Description: This section is a platform for island and islander views, languages, peoples, swaggers, rhythms and more. It engages interests and realities of islanders from and between the Caribbean and Oceania, and how those condition the reception, translation and interpretation of scriptures.

Call for papers: We are planning for an invited session and an open session. For the open session, we invite proposals that foreground island perspectives, attitudes and practices as hints for reading with and through the bible. Presentations can focus on island as space of welcome/reception, generosity/exclusion, or alienation/rejection. We encourage presenters to work on biblical texts that involve fishing (e.g., Luke 5:1-11), shipwreck (e.g., Acts 27), expulsion (e.g., Genesis 3), or migration (e.g., Ruth).

Israelite Prophetic Literature

Mignon R. Jacobs
Description: This section aims to provide an open forum for scholars to present papers on a variety of topics germane to the study of ancient Israelite prophecy and prophetic literature.

Call for papers: We will offer two sessions at the 2012 meeting. Session 1. War and Peace in the Prophetic tradition. Explores the perspectives on war and/or peace as part of the divine message of judgment or salvation. Issues of empire, ideology and identity may be explored as a part study of war and peace. In particular the political dimensions of the theological discourse are to be explored.Session 2. An open session on topics dealing with Israelite prophetic literature.

Israelite Religion in Its West Asian Environment

Beth Alpert Nakhai
Description: A forum for the study of the religions of ancient Israel and surrounding lands. Aims to bring together wide variety of questions, perspectives, periods, disciplines, methods, and kinds of data: textual, epigraphic, archaeological, iconographic, art-historical, sociological, gender-focused, comparative, and more. (Formerly the Israelite and Canaanite Religion Section.)

Call for papers: The “Israelite Religion in its West Asian Environment” Section provides a forum for advanced discussion of topics pertinent to the study of religion in ancient Israel and its environment. This program unit encourages research that utilizes a wide variety of methodologies.

For 2011, "Israelite Religion in Its West Asian Environment" seeks papers dealing with the religions of Israel and neighboring lands, as expressed through multiple disciplinary studies. These include textual, epigraphic and archaeological studies, gender studies, iconographic and art historical analyses, studies in comparative religions, ethnographic comparanda and more. Attention can be paid to the religion of the home and family, city and state, commoners, and royal and priestly elites. Graduate students must submit a completed paper, and include the name of university and program, faculty advisor and degree being sought.

The section also invites papers for a joint open session with the Sacrifice, Cult, and Atonement section. Entitled “Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean Expulsion and Purgation Rituals,” this session will feature four papers followed by a five-minute discussion each. A general discussion panel concludes the session.

Jesus Traditions, Gospels, and Negotiating the Roman Imperial World

Warren Carter
William R. Herzog II
Description: The section aims to encourage the exploration of the diverse ways (accommodation; cooption, ambivalence; self-protective protest; challenge; alternative communities and contestive practices; exposure of imperial strategies etc.) in which Jesus traditions and gospels negotiate the Roman imperial world.

Call for papers: The section aims to encourage the exploration of the diverse ways (accommodation; cooption, ambivalence; self-protective protest; challenge; alternative communities and contestive practices; exposure of imperial strategies etc.) in which Jesus traditions and gospels negotiate the Roman imperial world. We welcome papers on any aspect of this topic. For 2011, for at least part of one of the two sessions, we especially invite papers that briefly explore aspects of teaching Jesus traditions/Gospels as acts of imperial negotiation in relation to imperial contexts. Inquiries can be sent to warren.carter@tcu.edu.

Jewish Christianity / Christian Judaism

Petri Luomanen
F. Stanley Jones
Description: The broad aim of this research unit is to clarify the religion, history, and sociology of the ancient groups traditionally called, collectively, “Jewish Christianity,” but increasingly “Christian” or “Jesus-believing Judaism.” The group also seeks to clarify the issues involved in conceptualizing such groups as a distinct category of religion in antiquity.

Call for papers: For 2011 we have an open call for papers related to the overall aims of the program unit. We will also arrange a review session with invited papers.

Johannine Literature

Kyle Keefer
Kasper B. Larsen
Description: Our mission is to address issues and concerns having to do with the analysis and interpretation of the Johannine literature--a major component of the Christian Scriptures, encompassing for our purposes the Gospel of John and the three Johannine letters. The section has historically been committed to highlighting new voices and issues in the field.

Call for papers: In Chicago (2012) the Johannine Literature Section will host three sessions. Two are by invitation and deal with "Johannine Scholarship Today - Global and Local Perspectives" and "The Use of Scripture in The Fourth Gospel." The third session is open and we invite paper proposals on any subject related to the Gospel and Letters of John. Paper proposers focusing strictly on Johannine literature as a possible source for historical Jesus research, however, are kindly requested to submit their proposal to the John, Jesus, and History Group.

John's Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts Ancient and Modern

Jean-Pierre Ruiz
Lynn Huber
Description: This section provides an interdisciplinary forum for nontraditional and traditional methods to interact in the exploration of the meaning and significance of the Apocalypse of John and related literature in both their ancient and modern cultural contexts.

Call for papers: Session One (jointly sponsored with Bible and American Popular Culture Section and Bible and Film Section): Time, Spectacle, and Apocalypticism in Popular Culture. There is an attraction to apocalyptic time and rhetoric that make them perennial favorites in United States' culture. The media and publication hype surrounding the year 2000 is a good example of how apocalyptic fear and anticipation can dominate popular discourse. By 2011, however, one might have expected that Americans were now in "normal" time where apocalyptic expectations were less dominant. This, however, is not the case. In this jointly sponsored session we will examine current discourse in popular culture concerning the year 2012. Although this anticipation is usually grounded in interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar, proponents are often quick to link their expectations to biblical passages as well. Such interpretations represent the flexibility of the apocalyptic imagination in spite of the disappointment that post-apocalyptic (post-2000) time inevitably brought.

Session Two: Revelation Matters The John's Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts, Ancient and Modern Group invites papers related to the theme ‘Revelation Matters: Ten Years after Reading Revelation in the Ruins by Steven Friesen.’ Using Friesen’s work as a starting point, submissions should engage the role of material culture in understanding the Book of Revelation and its significance. How has attention to the artifacts, spaces and places of the Roman world shaped our understanding of this text and how might this methodological impulse continue to influence our critical understanding of Revelation?”

A third session will be a panel on recently published books on the Apocalypse.

John, Jesus, and History

Jaime Clark-Soles
Tom Thatcher
Description: The John, Jesus, and History Group will highlight issues related to the Johannine tradition and the composition-history of the Fourth Gospel and the Johannine Epistles, with special emphasis on the place of these documents in contemporary study of Christian origins. Dialogue on these issues will be encouraged through the group’s annual meetings and through other venues throughout the year.

Call for papers: Forthcoming. This unit is pending renewal.

Josephus

Paul Spilsbury
Jan W. van Henten
Description: The Josephus Group will support the Brill Josephus Project, which is publishing all of his works with translation and commentary. We shall reach out collaboratively to the SBL community with a wide variety of topics related to the study of Josephus.

Call for papers: Two sessions are planned for or the 2011 annual meeting. One session will be devoted to papers related to the Brill Josephus project and is by invitation only. For the second session the Josephus group invites proposals for papers on Josephus and the writing of history in the ancient world.

Joshua-Judges

Ralph K. Hawkins
Ed Noort
Description: The Joshua-Judges Section will seek to reach a synthesis of all genuinely pertinent information and insight needed to interpret Joshua and Judges responsibly and competently. Specialists will contribute to understanding contents, background, text, structure, and interpretation of these books.

Call for papers: The Joshua-Judges Consultation will be organizing two sessions for the 2011 Annual Meeting; papers will be invited.

Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion

Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Description: The JFSR is the oldest interdisciplinary, interreligious feminist academic journal in religious studies. Founded in 1985, it is published twice annually, in the spring and fall. Located at the intersection of feminist theory and studies in religion, it welcomes contributions that explore a diversity of feminist theories, practices, cultures, and religions. Its editors are committed to rigorous thinking and analysis in the service of the transformation of religious studies as a discipline and the feminist transformation of religious and cultural institutions. Website: http://www.fsrinc.org/jfsr/

Call for papers: The JFSR is the oldest interdisciplinary, interreligious feminist academic journal in religious studies. Founded in 1985, it is published twice annually, in the spring and fall. Located at the intersection of feminist theory and studies in religion, it welcomes contributions that explore a diversity of feminist theories, practices, cultures, and religions. Its editors are committed to rigorous thinking and analysis in the service of the transformation of religious studies as a discipline and the feminist transformation of religious and cultural institutions. Website: http://www.fsrinc.org/jfsr/

Karl Barth Society of North America

George Hunsinger
Description: The purpose of the Society shall be to encourage a critical and constructive theology in continuity with the work of Karl Barth by such means as 1) the provision of whatever assistance is possible to the Karl Barth Foundation of Switzerland especially in its purpose "to collect and preserve the entire writings of Karl Barth and literature about him, including letters, and to prepare and publish a complete edition of the writings of Karl Barth"; 2) the establishment on the North American continent of a collection as complete as possible of Karl Barth's writings and works about Karl Barth in order to facilitate research projects; and 3) the organization of various types of conference to explore the resources of Karl Barth's work for theology.

Call for papers: The purpose of the Society shall be to encourage a critical and constructive theology in continuity with the work of Karl Barth by such means as 1) the provision of whatever assistance is possible to the Karl Barth Foundation of Switzerland especially in its purpose "to collect and preserve the entire writings of Karl Barth and literature about him, including letters, and to prepare and publish a complete edition of the writings of Karl Barth"; 2) the establishment on the North American continent of a collection as complete as possible of Karl Barth's writings and works about Karl Barth in order to facilitate research projects; and 3) the organization of various types of conference to explore the resources of Karl Barth's work for theology.

Korean Biblical Colloquium

Kang-Yup Na
Won W. Lee
John Ahn
Max J. Lee
Description: The object and purpose of this organization shall be to promote scholarship in the Bible and related subjects among Koreans as well as fellowship and networking among the Korean scholars in those fields. Members of KBC shall be Koreans and others who are engaged in reasearch in Biblical and related fields and interested in developing Korean perspective in those fields as well as sharing their scholarly experiences with fellow Korean scholars.

Call for papers: The object and purpose of this organization shall be to promote scholarship in the Bible and related subjects among Koreans as well as fellowship and networking among the Korean scholars in those fields. Members of KBC shall be Koreans and others who are engaged in reasearch in Biblical and related fields and interested in developing Korean perspective in those fields as well as sharing their scholarly experiences with fellow Korean scholars.

Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Interpretation

Fernando F. Segovia
Francisco Lozada, Jr.
Description: The issue of contextualization at the level of reception or interpretation, involving not only location but also perspective, has become paramount in Biblical Studies in recent years. For some time now, a good and growing number of Latino/a American and Latin American biblical scholars have been addressing the problematic of reading the Bible explicitly from their particular placements and optics in society and culture. This proposed Consultation seeks to pursue such work in sustained and systematic fashion by bringing together scholars—Latino/a and Latin American as well as others with an interest in such discussions—from across the spectrum of biblical criticism. Its scope is conceived as broad: first, the biblical texts as such, both testaments; second, readings and readers of these texts in modern and postmodern biblical criticism; lastly, traditions of reading the Bible outside academic criticism. Its approach is also envisioned as wide-ranging: open to a variety of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives, from the more traditional to the more recent.

Call for papers: This Consultation will organize two invited sessions on the following topics: (1) Reading Elsa Tamez; (2) Latin American and Latino/a Feminist Biblical Criticism.

Latter-day Saints and the Bible

Gaye Strathearn
Description: This unit examines the interpretation and use of the Bible by Latter-day Saints beginning with Joseph Smith down to the present. Papers draw on tools used in biblical studies and address topics of broad interest to the academy of biblical scholars.

Call for papers: Papers for the 2011 Annual Meeting in San Francisco are invited on any topics directly pertinent to the Latter-day Saints and the Bible, including the translation or interpretation of passages in the Old or New Testament, the LDS reception of the Bible, or intertextual studies between the Bible and restoration scriptures. Papers on apotheosis or the nature of God in the Bible would be especially welcomed.

Letters of James, Peter, and Jude

Dr. Peter H. Davids
Duane F. Watson
Description: The Letters of James, Peter, and Jude Section considers research on these letters that contribute to understanding them and their social contexts. It encourages the use of rhetorical, social-scientific, sociorhetorical, ideological, and hermeneutical methods, as well as other cross-disciplinary approaches in addition to the historical-critical method.

Call for papers: The Letters of James, Peter, and Jude is issuing a call for papers with two distinct foci: (1) We are continuing a multi-year research program examining "The Relationship between Q and the Early Jesus Tradition and the Letters of James, Peter, and Jude." The focus for our 2011 meeting is on the relationship between Q/Early Jesus Tradition and 1 Peter, 2 Peter and Jude, and paper proposals with this focus are strongly encouraged. (2) Open Session(s): Papers on any aspect related to the study of the letters of James, Peter and Jude (see the general description of this section).

Levites and Priests in History and Tradition

Mark Leuchter
Jeremy Hutton
Description: This section comprises a forum for the investigation into the social and historical roles of the cultic personnel (predominantly Levites and priests) in ancient Israel and early Judaism, as well as into the literary presentation of those figures in early scriptural traditions. Papers from a variety of methodical approaches may be accepted.

Call for papers: The consultation solicits papers centered on the theme of Levitical and Priestly lineages and genealogies. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: the textual contours of the genealogical notices themselves; the social and material conditions that the genealogies presuppose; and the genealogies’ rhetorical and ideological usage throughout biblical and extra-biblical sources. In addition, the consultation will run one open session, in which proposals on all topics pertaining to Levites and Priests are welcome.

LGBTI/Queer Hermeneutics

David Tabb Stewart
Lynn Huber
Description: Sexual orientation and kinship continues to be contested in public, ecclesial and academic communities across the globe and Biblical interpretation underpins much that is oppressive in these efforts. This section provides a forum for interrogating issues related to these interpretations and for formulating interpretive methods that emerge from the diversity of LGBTI/Q experience and thought.

Call for papers: The LGBT/Queer Hermeneutics section plans three open sessions at the 2011 Meeting.

The FIRST SESSION, cosponsored with the "Disability Studies and Healthcare in the Bible and Near East" section, seeks proposals that examine the intersections between disability theory and queer theory in relation to biblical texts and hermeneutics.

The SECOND SESSION, "Wisdom Literature through a Queer Lens," continues our genre series. For this session we encourage proposals that extend LGBT/Queer hermeneutics to the "traditional" (e.g., Job) and "arguable" (e.g., Song of Songs) wisdom texts from the ancient Near East, Hebrew Bible, Apocrypha, and Early Christian literature (e.g., the Epistle of James).

For the THIRD SESSION, "Teaching the Queer Subject in the Biblical Studies Classroom," we invite papers on the teaching of queer subjects and/or the use of queer pedagogies.

Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew

W. Randall Garr
Description: The goals of this section include: (1) to provide a unique, cross-disciplinary forum for the application of modern linguistic theory and methodology to the study of biblical Hebrew; (2) to encourage interest in linguistics and its advantages for biblical exegesis and interpretation among biblical scholars who do not have prior training in linguistic theory; (3) to promote publication of scholarly works which apply linguistics to biblical Hebrew

Call for papers: As in past years, this section is holding two sessions: one topical, and one non-topical or open. (a) For this year's topical session, we welcome papers that address the linguistic aspects of dialogue in Biblical Hebrew. We invite papers on direct and indirect speech acts, discourse markers, conversational analysis, politeness, sociolinguistics, or any other relevant topic. (b) For the non-topical session, we invite any other presentations that fall within the rubric of linguistically-informed issues in Biblical Hebrew.

Literature and History of the Persian Period

Mark Leuchter
Anselm C. Hagedorn
Description: The Literature and History of the Persian Period Group emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to biblical texts and related literature of the 6th-4th centuries BCE by bringing together archaeologists, Assyriologists, classicists, Egyptologists, and sociologists, to name but a few, with biblical scholars specializing in various facets and texts pertinent to this era.

Call for papers: The Literature and History of the Persian Period Group will be holding three sessions during the annual meeting in 2011. The first, a pre-invited panel, will be held jointly with the Aramaic Studies Group for which we will NOT be accepting paper proposals. The second will be an open session for which we WILL be accepting proposals on any topic relevant to the period and literature in question. The third session will be a review panel devoted to the new book by Oded Lipschits and David Vanderhooft, The Yehud Stamp Impressions A Corpus of Inscribed Impressions from the Persian and Hellenistic Periods in Judah (Eisenbrauns, 2011).

Manuscripts from Eastern Christian Traditions

Adam McCollum
Description: This Workshop provides a forum to familiarize students and scholars, especially those who have not worked with manuscripts before, with manuscript studies within the broader fields of eastern Christianity in any of its languages and literary traditions.

Call for papers: This Workshop provides a forum to familiarize students and scholars, especially those who have not worked with manuscripts before, with manuscript studies within the broader fields of eastern Christianity in any of its languages and literary traditions.

Mark

Rikki E. Watts
Description: The Mark Seminar provides a venue for Markan scholars to present and discuss research on the text and themes of the Gospel of Mark and its historical, social, and religious context. The previous Group has been very popular for its allowance for in depth discussion of the papers presented, and there is keen interest in it continuing in seminar form.

Call for papers: The Mark Group invites proposals (350 wds max) for papers on the topic Tensions and Coherence in Mark’s Mysterious Picture of Jesus. The fundamental concern is to examine how Mark relates Jesus’ apparent full humanity (e.g. suffering, weakness, limitation) with his exercise of divine-like powers. Papers may address any aspect of the topic and may choose to focus on a particular method or employ a range thereof. Please ensure that your proposal clearly states a) the problem you are addressing, b) your thesis as it relates to this year’s topic, and c) how your paper breaks significantly new ground. If you are arguing on the basis of comparative cultural data, indicating your main primary sources will be of benefit. Preference will be given to those papers who ideas are clear and clearly stated, whose methods are sound, and whose insights are new and promising. Send proposals in MS Word or Mac Pages format to: rkewatts@regent-college.edu (preferred method), OR, mail or fax to Prof. Rikk Watts, Regent College, 5800 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, V6T 2E4. Fax number 604-224-3097, including the name Rikk Watts on faxed materials. Proposals may also be submitted through the Society of Biblical Literature website at http://www.sbl-site.org/. If using the latter please include a contact email.

Markan Literary Sources

Adam Winn
David B. Peabody
Description: This Seminar on Markan Literary Sources will explore Mark's literary dependence on extant literature, especially Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman—a topic that has long been neglected. The method will include awareness of: (a) ancient methods of reshaping texts; (b) recently-developed criteria for judging literary dependence.

Call for papers: The Seminar on Markan Literary Sources will hold two sessions at the 2011 annual meeting in San Francisco. Session one will address possible literary source material for Mark 3:1-6:6. Session two will address general methods for and approaches to identifying Markan literary sources. The steering committee for this Seminar will be inviting papers for presentation from individuals who have previously committed to the Seminar. No open call for papers will be offered.

Masoretic Studies

Harold P. Scanlin
Daniel S. Mynatt
Description: The purpose for this section is to discuss, research and promote the field of Masoretic Studies among Hebrew Bible Scholars. Masoretic Studies seeks to clarify the translation and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible text through the use of the Masorah, to further our understanding of the history of the Masorah, and to explore related fields (e.g. grammar, Rabbinic Studies).

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Matthew

Joel Willitts
Daniel M. Gurtner
Description: The Matthew Section sponsors invited and submitted papers, panels, reviews and welcomes submission on any topic related to Matthean scholarship.

Call for papers: The Matthew Section invites paper proposals for an open session on any topic related to Matthew’s Gospel for the 2012 Annual Meeting. For students without a doctoral degree please submit to the Program Unit Chair the full text of the paper. The paper will be submitted at the time of proposal. Student proposers will submit the paper they intend to read, not a full-length paper for distribution in written format. In other words, papers should be limited to 2,000 – 2,500 words.

Meals in the Greco-Roman World

Dennis E. Smith
Hal Taussig
Description: The Greco-Roman banquet, which was a complex and highly influential Hellenistic institution, will be explored as a lens into Greco-Roman social bonding and boundaries and as a pivotal consideration in reconstructing the history of early Christianity and Judaism.

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Memory Perspectives on Early Christianity and its Greco-Roman Context

Karl Galinsky
L. Michael White
Description: With a focus on memory, the Consultation extends the ongoing SBL programs on the interaction of Greco-Roman culture and Christianity. This interdisciplinary and international dialogue brings together leading scholars from classics, ancient history and archaeology, and religious studies on memory formation.

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Metaphor Theory and the Hebrew Bible

Andrea L. Weiss
Description: This section aims to advance the understanding of how metaphor operates in the Hebrew Bible, with a focus on how applied metaphor theory can enhance our work as Bible scholars; it also aims to deepen our knowledge of the diverse metaphorical language used in the Hebrew Bible.

Call for papers: The consultation on “Metaphor Theory and Biblical Texts” invites paper proposals for a session on “Metaphor and the Body.” This session aims to explore how different theoretical approaches to metaphor can help us understand the figurative use of body language in the Hebrew Bible.

Midrash

W. David Nelson
Description: The Midrash Section is a scholarly forum for the comprehensive, interdisciplinary study and analysis of the particular mode of interpreting the Bible developed and utilized by the rabbis of late antiquity.

Call for papers: The Midrash Section will sponsor one session that will be open to paper proposals that address any area of critical Midrash research. The Section will co-sponsor a second session in conjunction with the African American Biblical Hermeneutics Section in the form of an invited panel discussion. This session will be devoted to a critical discussion of the subject of Race in Rabbinic Literature, with a particular focus on Charles Copher's chapter ("The Black Presence in the Old Testament") in the seminal work "Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Hermeneutics," edited by Cain Hope Felder.

Minoritized Criticism and Biblical Interpretation

Fernando F. Segovia
Randall C. Bailey
Tat-siong Benny Liew
Description: The issue of contextualization at the level of reception and interpretation, involving not only social-cultural location but also ideological perspective, has become paramount in Biblical Studies in recent years. For some time now, a substantial and ever-growing number of African American, Asian American, and Latino/a American biblical scholars have been addressing the problematic of reading the biblical texts explicitly from their respective placements and optics in society and culture. This proposed Consultation seeks to expand such work by bringing together scholars from these and other population groups, both national and international, that have traditionally been classified as “minority” groups but who today classify themselves as “minoritized” groups. A word about the term “minoritized” is in order. Such groups have undergone what in Racial-Ethnic Studies is known as a process of racialization or ethnicization, grounded in real or perceived biological or cultural features, respectively. The process itself is dialectical as well as differential. It is dialectical insofar as it entails a construction of a racial or ethnic Other by a Self, which in the process constructs itself as separate. It is differential insofar as such a construction involves an unequal relation of power between Self and Other, one of domination and subordination, respectively. When such a process takes place at the level of a political unit or state, then one can speak of such groups as “minoritized” by a “dominantized” group formation. The proposed Consultation thus seeks to bring together critics from such groups not only within the United States but also globally, in order to work together as critics on the problematic of minoritization-dominantization at all levels of the discipline as conceived and practiced today. Its scope is thus quite broad: (1) the ancient texts as such, canonical as well as extracanonical; (2) readings and readers of these texts in modern and postmodern

Call for papers: The issue of contextualization at the level of reception and interpretation, involving not only social-cultural location but also ideological perspective, has become paramount in Biblical Studies in recent years. For some time now, a substantial and ever-growing number of African American, Asian American, and Latino/a American biblical scholars have been addressing the problematic of reading the biblical texts explicitly from their respective placements and optics in society and culture. This proposed Consultation seeks to expand such work by bringing together scholars from these and other population groups, both national and international, that have traditionally been classified as “minority” groups but who today classify themselves as “minoritized” groups. A word about the term “minoritized” is in order. Such groups have undergone what in Racial-Ethnic Studies is known as a process of racialization or ethnicization, grounded in real or perceived biological or cultural features, respectively. The process itself is dialectical as well as differential. It is dialectical insofar as it entails a construction of a racial or ethnic Other by a Self, which in the process constructs itself as separate. It is differential insofar as such a construction involves an unequal relation of power between Self and Other, one of domination and subordination, respectively. When such a process takes place at the level of a political unit or state, then one can speak of such groups as “minoritized” by a “dominantized” group formation. The proposed Consultation thus seeks to bring together critics from such groups not only within the United States but also globally, in order to work together as critics on the problematic of minoritization-dominantization at all levels of the discipline as conceived and practiced today. Its scope is thus quite broad: (1) the ancient texts as such, canonical as well as extracanonical; (2) readings and readers of these texts in modern and postmodern

Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity

April D. DeConick
Rebecca Lesses
Description: This unit critically investigates religious currents of secrecy/secrets (esotericism), knowledge (gnosticism) and/or their revelation through praxis (mysticism) in the formative period of Judaism and Christianity (ca. 500 BCE–500 CE).

Call for papers: As we have been studying over the last few years particular provenances of mysticism in early Judaism and Christianity, we recognize the centrality of ritual, liturgy, magic and other forms of praxis. So The Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism section invites papers that focus on the practice of mysticism within Judaism and Christianity prior to 500 CE. Ideally papers should be intertextual and contextual in their approach, exploring specific practices as they relate to ideology, hermeneutics, esotericism, eroticism, sociology, gender, psychology, human memory, and/or other dynamic factors.

Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism

Nicola Denzey Lewis
Description: The Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Section provides a forum for current international research on the Coptic codices discovered at Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in 1945. Research areas include issues of text, interpretation, social and religio-historical contexts, codicology, and translation.

Call for papers: The Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism section aims to support the work of scholars at a wide range of career stages, but seeks for our 2011 meeting particularly to hear from junior and mid-career scholars. We will be convening two sessions that celebrate the work of senior scholars, for which the panelists are already selected. We also we invite papers addressing the theme of religious experience, especially transcendent religious experience, in gnostic works or in scholarship dealing with the gnostic works. Papers might, for example, address "philosophical" mystical or unitive experiences. Particularly encouraged are papers that approach the topic from constructivist, perennialist, sociological, cognitive science, or neurophysiological points of view. Papers on other topics in Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism will also be given due consideration.

National Association of Professors of Hebrew

Zev Garber
Description: The NAPH is an Affiliate of the SBL. For additional information on the NAPH, please contact the program unit chair.

Call for papers: The National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH), 2011 Annual Meeting, is sponsoring six sessions. Session One, Annual Meeting of Officers and Members. Session Two, Theme, “Historiography of/in Ancient Israel: Creating A Chronological Skeleton Using Archaeology and Language(s).” Research in the history of ancient Israel has slowed to a standstill as methodological issues and debates in two unrelated disciplines—Iron Age archaeology and Hebrew Historical Linguistics—raised doubts about the relative and absolute dating of archeological events and about the dating of historiographic sources reporting events. Presentations will summarize their history and define the status of the questions through 2011, providing a base for a new chronological skeleton without which no new histories can be written. Session Three, Book Discussion, Zev Garber, ed., The Jewish Jesus: Revelation, Reflection, Reclamation (Purdue University Press, 2011). Session Four, Theme, “Achieving Independence: Teaching Biblical Hebrew Students to Become Independent Interpreters.” We invite papers and presentations on effective practices to aid students in their transition from elementary studies to confident understanding of biblical Hebrew. Topics could cover the benefits of Bible software, useful pedagogical practices during the first and/or second year, the psychology of second language acquisition, and the value of reference grammars. Session Five, Theme, “Translating Tanakh: Dilemmas and Decisions.” This session will explore how and why contemporary translators have decided what is a problem in translation and how they decided to overcome it when rendering the Hebrew text into English. Session Six is devoted to issues concerning synchronic and diachronic analysis of Hebrew texts or of the Hebrew language itself. We welcome papers that demonstrate how synchronic analyses of particular texts, or of the Hebrew language at a particular time-period, lead to diachronic conclusions.

New Testament Textual Criticism

AnneMarie Luijendijk
Description: The New Testament Textual Criticism Section seeks to foster the study and criticism of the text of the New Testament—including examination of manuscripts and other sources, restoration of the text, and especially the investigation of the history of its transmission—in its Late Antique cultural context. SBL has had a group dedicated to this topic as far back as 1946.

Call for papers: The New Testament Textual Criticism Section invites proposals for two sessions: 1) The first session will be devoted to the relation between New Testament textual criticism and exegesis. 2) The second session is an open session for which proposals are welcome on any aspect of New Testament textual criticism, especially the social-history of early Christian textual transmission and the history and practice of textual criticism. Papers should be submitted via the online system. For questions, please contact AnneMarie Luijendijk at aluijend@princeton.edu.

Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship at the American Bible Society

Steve Berneking
Description: For Information, please contact: Steve Berneking sberneking@americanbible.org

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North American Association for the Study of Religion

Willi Braun
Description: The North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) was initially formed in 1985 by E. Thomas Lawson, Luther H. Martin, and Donald Wiebe, to encourage the historical, comparative, structural, theoretical, and cognitive approaches to the study of religion among North American scholars; to represent North American scholars of religion at the international level; and to sustain communication between North American scholars and their international colleagues engaged in the study of religion.

Call for papers: The North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) was initially formed in 1985 by E. Thomas Lawson, Luther H. Martin, and Donald Wiebe, to encourage the historical, comparative, structural, theoretical, and cognitive approaches to the study of religion among North American scholars; to represent North American scholars of religion at the international level; and to sustain communication between North American scholars and their international colleagues engaged in the study of religion.

Novum Testamentum Graecum: Editio Critica Maior

P.J. Williams
Holger Strutwolf
Description: The unit presents a comprehensive edition of the Greek New Testament in the making. New Testament scholars are invited to discuss achievements and goals. Future users can actively participate in designing the features of the edition, particularly its digital part.

Call for papers: The unit presents a comprehensive edition of the Greek New Testament in the making. New Testament scholars are invited to discuss achievements and goals. Future users can actively participate in designing the features of the edition, particularly its digital part.

Orality, Textuality, and the Formation of the Hebrew Bible

William M. Schniedewind
Elsie R. Stern
Description: This section is a context for exploration of how recent research on orality and textuality might inform study of the use and formation of the Hebrew Bible. A focus of this group is dialogue of Biblical studies with research in other disciplines on orality, textuality and their interaction.

Call for papers: We will have one open session at the 2011 annual meeting and are open to proposals on any topics that explore how recent research on orality and textuality can inform our understandings of the use and formation of the Hebrew Bible. We are interested in papers that explore how research on orality and textuality from other fields can be usefully deployed within biblical studies as well as papers that explore the representations of textuality and orality in biblical literature.

Paleographical Studies in the Ancient Near East

Professor Christopher A. Rollston
Description: This section addresses paleographical problems in ancient Near Eastern epigraphy. It concentrates primarily on the Northwest Semitic alphabetic scripts, but also includes studies of Ugaritic and cuneiform. Participants should connect chronological conclusions of paleography with historical issues within the Bible.

Call for papers: This section focuses primarily on the subject of palaeography, within the broader context of ancient Near Eastern epigraphy. It concentrates predominantly on the Northwest Semitic linear alphabetic scripts, but also on analyses of Ugaritic, Mesopotamian cuneiform, Egyptian, Hittite, and Greek. Papers on recent discoveries of new inscriptions, or reanalyses of previously known inscriptions, are particularly welcome.

Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds

Malcolm Choat
Description: The Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds Group explores how the ancient papyri illumine the world of early Christianity and will appeal to scholars interested in paleographic, linguistic, and textual questions, as well as those who specialize in the social and cultural history of early Christianity.

Call for papers: The Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds Group explores how the ancient papyri illumine the world of early Christianity and will appeal to scholars interested in paleographic, linguistic, and textual questions, as well as those who specialize in the social and cultural history of early Christianity.

Paul and Politics

Pamela Eisenbaum
Neil Elliott
Description: The purposes of the Paul and Politics Group are to bring together several currently separate but often overlapping lines of investigation and interpretation of the apostle Paul, his mission, his letters, and his longer-range impact. Those lines of investigation include "Paul and the politics of the churches," "Paul and the politics of Israel," "Paul and the politics of the Roman Empire" and "Paul and politics of Interpretation."

Call for papers: The purposes of the Paul and Politics Group are to bring together several currently separate but often overlapping lines of investigation and interpretation of the apostle Paul, his mission, his letters, and his longer-range impact. Those lines of investigation include "Paul and the politics of the churches," "Paul and the politics of Israel," "Paul and the politics of the Roman Empire" and "Paul and politics of Interpretation." This year we have a planned session with the Pauline Soteriology Group on the intersecting political and theological dimensions of salvation in Paul's thought. For the other session, we welcome papers on any topic pertinent to the work of the group.

Pauline Epistles

Mark Reasoner
Emma Wasserman
Description: The Pauline Epistles section aims to stimulate critical analysis of the letters of Paul by offering a platform for new research. The section maintains a historical orientation and typically focuses on situating the undisputed Pauline letters in their immediate social, political, religious, and intellectual contexts.

Call for papers: At the 2011 Annual Meeting, the Pauline Epistles Group is planning for one thematic session with invited presenters and three open sessions with four or five presenters in each open session. Those wishing to present a paper on any topic relating to Paul’s letters should submit proposals to the Pauline Epistles Group on the SBL website.

Pauline Soteriology

Susan Eastman
J. Ross Wagner
Description: The Pauline Soteriology Group has been set up in order to explore central issues in Pauline theology. No single understanding of 'Pauline theology', or of how it is to be delimited from other aspects of Pauline discourse, is assumed at the outset.

Call for papers: The Pauline Soteriology Group has been set up in order to explore central issues in Pauline theology. No single understanding of 'Pauline theology', or of how it is to be delimited from other aspects of Pauline discourse, is assumed at the outset. Two sesssions are being planned for 2011 with invited papers and responses. We are not accepting paper proposals for 2011.

Pentateuch

Thomas Römer
Sarah Shectman
Description: The Pentateuch Section provides a forum within the SBL for presentation and discussion of research on the Pentateuch, with a particular focus on transmission-historical issues and linkage of that area of inquiry with other more synchronic methodologies.

Call for papers: The Pentateuch Section provides a forum within the SBL for presentation and discussion of research on the Pentateuch, with a particular focus on transmission-historical issues and linkage of that area of inquiry with other more synchronic methodologies.

Performance Criticism of Biblical and Other Ancient Texts

Glenn S. Holland
Description: This interdisciplinary unit is intended to foster discussion about how the creation and interpretation of biblical and other ancient texts has been shaped by their oral transmission and aural reception by ancient communities, using the methods associated with performance criticism.

Call for papers: The section will feature two sessions during the Annual Meeting in San Francisco. One will focus on a performance of the passion narrative from the Gospel of Mark, with responses from a panel of experts from various relevant fields. The other session will be an open session, soliciting papers that consider the formative influence of oral performance on the creation of texts, performance of texts in the ancient context, the representation of oral performance in written texts, or related topics. Papers are especially welcome that deal with some aspect of repetition in the performance of texts, including the repetition of sounds, images, stories and so on, but also the effects of numerous experiences of the “same” performance repeated over time.

Philo of Alexandria

Ellen Birnbaum
Professor Sarah Pearce
Description: Philo’s works are invaluable sources about not only his own thought and exegesis but also such related fields as Judaica, philosophy, history, Classics, New Testament, and early Christianity. This Seminar focuses on these topics and on commentaries-in-preparation on Philonic treatises.

Call for papers:

1) Open Call for Papers:

For SBL 2011, the Philo of Alexandria Group invites proposals for papers for one open panel session on any aspect of the study of Philo of Alexandria. We encourage proposals from graduate students and early career scholars as well as established scholars.

2) Invited Panels:

Another panel, consisting of invited speakers, will be devoted to a commentary in progress on Philo's De Confusione Linguarum (On the Confusion of Tongues). In addition, along with the Hellenistic Judaism Section and the Hellenistic Moral Philosophy and Early Christianity Section, the Philo Group is co-sponsoring a panel of invited speakers to respond to Maren Niehoff's forthcoming book, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Polis and Ekklesia: Investigations of Urban Christianity

Laurence L. Welborn
James R. Harrison
Description: This new Consultation of SBL investigates the expansion of early Christianity as an urban phenomenon from Jerusalem to Rome, from the perspective of Paul’s letters and the book of Acts against the backdrop of the local documentary and archaeological evidence. It seeks to bring together New Testament and classical scholars in the study of the New Testament writings as primary evidence for the understanding of civic and religious life in the first-century Mediterranean world. The wide range of methodologies and disciplines employed in this investigation ensures a more holistic approach than has been the case in the past.

Call for papers: The inaugural session of this consultation is by invitation only and will address the issue of appropriate methodologies for investigating the urban contexts of the early Christians.

Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies

Christopher D. Stanley
Yak-Hwee Tan
Description: This section offers a forum for papers exploring any aspect of the relation between postcolonial studies and biblical studies, including both the use of the Bible in the modern colonial enterprise and the application of postcolonial models to the ancient world.

Call for papers: This section offers a forum for papers exploring any aspect of the relation between postcolonial studies and biblical studies, including both the use of the Bible in the modern colonial enterprise and the application of postcolonial models to the ancient world.

Poster Session

Robin Gallaher Branch
Description: By emphasizing dialogue, posters provide an effective vehicle for exchanging information and ideas with other scholars and for making some of the latest research available to a wider audience within the SBL.

Call for papers: By emphasizing dialogue, posters provide an effective vehicle for exchanging information and ideas with other scholars and for making some of the latest research available to a wider audience within the SBL.

Poverty in the Biblical World

Kari Latvus
Richard A. Horsley
Glenna S. Jackson
Description: This unit will examine poverty, servitude, and related issues in the Hebrew Bible, Early Judaism, and Early Christianity. While non-canonical texts and related materials will be included, primary focus will be on biblical texts. Innovative interdisciplinary methods as well as traditional exegesis are welcome. More information is available at http://povertyinthebiblicalworld.wordpress.com/.

Call for papers: For the 2011 meeting: Introductory session of the consultation, invited papers. Call for papers open for the 2012 meeting according to the normal schedule. In 2012 two sessions are planned focusing on developing methods in the study of biblical poverty.

Prophetic Texts and Their Ancient Contexts

Martti Nissinen
Lester L. Grabbe
Description: The objectives of this group are: (1) to foster as much discussion as possible among participants in the sessions without limiting the number of participants; (2) to involve a wide variety of viewpoints from the international academy interested in "prophetic texts and their ancient contexts"; and (3) to encourage creativity and diversity among those interested in this field by inviting proposals for papers within the described parameters.

Call for papers: We invite papers that study the prophetic texts in a way informed by their ancient contexts. The topic of the 2011 PTAC session is "Divination, Propaganda, and Empire." All papers will be invited. Session organizers are Jonathan Stökl and Alan Lenzi.

Pseudepigrapha

Hindy Najman
Judith H. Newman
Description: The goals of this group are (1) to provide a forum for discussion of Jewish pseudepigrapha and second temple period Judaism; (2) to promote the publication of scholarly works on the pseudepigrapha; and (3) to encourage interest in the broader use of the pseudepigrapha for the understanding of early Judaism and Christianity.

Call for papers: The Pseudepigrapha Section will have two sessions in San Francisco.

One session will include invited speakers who will treat the theme of death in relation to testamentary literature.

The second session will be an open session titled “Facing Death” for which paper proposals are requested. Papers might treat such issues as rituals relating to death, preparations for dying, potency of last words, martyrdom, responses to death, perceptions of time in relation to death and the dying process, or metaphorical conceptions of death.

Papers that use newer theoretical or methodological frameworks are particularly welcome as are papers that cut across the swath of Jewish Christian Greco-Roman cultures and literature in considering this theme. Paper proposals should include the argument or thrust of the paper, the primary texts treated, and the method employed.

Psychology and Biblical Studies

D. Andrew Kille
Description: The objectives of the Psychology and Biblical Studies Section are (i) to present an historical-critical overview of "psychological" approaches to scripture; (ii) to assess the significance of these approaches for ongoing Biblical research, exegesis, and interpretation, and (iii) to provide a forum for considering and developing the future agenda of "psychological criticism" as a sub-discipline within Biblical Studies.

Call for papers:

We invite paper proposals on the theme: "Psychology and the Bible: Working Beyond the Academy." What practical applications might be made of psychological understandings of the Bible in congregational settings, pastoral counseling, in community work? Or, what might a psychological understanding of the dynamics of interpretation have to say to the Academy? What might psychologically "healthy" biblical interpretation look like?

We also welcome proposals for papers that address Biblical texts, themes, figures and/or readers and interpreters using the concepts and interpretive tools of any named field of psychology.

We also plan to review two recent publications in the field: Bas van Os' Psychological Analyses and the Historical Jesus: Explorations in Understanding (T&T Clark, due February 2011), and Dereck Dashke and Andrew Kille, A Cry Instead of Justice: The Bible and Cultures of Violence in Psychological Perspective (T&T Clark, 2010).

See our website at www.psybibs.org or contact the Chair, D. Andrew Kille, at psybibs@psybibs.org.

Q

Paul Foster
Christoph Heil
Description: The Q Section offers a forum for research on the “Sayings Gospel” Q. Since Q provides access to earliest Jesus tradition and to the theology and social history of Jewish Christianity, the Q Section integrates a broad variety of issues and methods. The Q Section website is http://neues-testament.uni-graz.at/de/forschen/internationales-q-projekt/sbl-q-section.

Call for papers: For the 2011 meeting the Q section will organise three sessions:

1. Q Parables. Although Q is not particularly rich in parables, there are various examples of parables and parabolic speech. Papers will explore their role in Q.

2. Q as Narrative. This session will explore how recent application of narratological approaches to biblical texts in general might have implications for the study of Q.

3. Q Open session. This session allows for the presentation of papers on any aspect of the Q hypothesis.

Qumran

Maxine L. Grossman
Charlotte Hempel
Description: The Qumran Section of the SBL provides an equal-opportunity forum for presentation and discussion of views relating to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Qumran settlement, and the people of that place and of those documents.

Call for papers: The Qumran section plans to sponsor four sessions in 2011. In addition to an invited session on The Poetics of Qumran Literature the program will include a part-invited session on Qumran and Biblical Studies dedicated to the memory of Prof. Shemaryahu Talmon (1920-2010). We are interested in proposals that explore the impact of Qumran Studies on Biblical Studies, and vice versa, with a possible goal of breaking down artificial boundaries between the two. We also welcome proposals for papers that engage with the influential work of Shemaryahu Talmon, Emanuel Tov, Eugene Ulrich and others on the impact of the Scrolls on our understanding of the history and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. Finally we invite papers on any aspect of the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran including studies of texts, material culture, history, literature, or recent advances in the field for Two Open Sessions.

Qur'an and Biblical Literature

Kathryn M. Kueny
Description: Recent scholarship recognizes the need for dialogue and cooperation in understanding the relationship of the Bible and biblical literature to the Qur'an and Muslim exegesis. The aim of this unit is to encourage scholars to consider the importance of the Qur'an and Muslim exegesis for understanding the Bible and its interpretation, and vice-versa.

Call for papers: 2011 Call for Papers: Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, Quran and its exegesis in comparative perspective with particular attention to literary and historical connections between Muslim interpretation of the Quran and non-Muslim exegesis of the Bible and related traditions; the current state of the field of Quranic Studies; critical approaches to the study/analysis of the Quran (from both Muslim and non-Muslim perspectives), pedagogy (the Qur'an in the classroom); comparative hermeneutics (ancient, medieval, or contemporary); interfaith dialog; sectarian polemics; gender/sexuality in comparative perspective; Qur'an in the context of late antiquity. The Quran and Biblical Literature section looks to have four panels at the 2011 Annual Meeting; all panels are currently open but prearranged panels with a set topic and invited participants will be given full consideration.

Reading, Theory, and the Bible

Jennifer L. Koosed
Description: The Reading, Theory, and the Bible Section provides a forum to encourage innovative and experimental approaches to biblical studies, to facilitate critical reflection on the role of theory in reading, and to support biblical scholarship informed by cross-disciplinary conversation.

Call for papers: Reading, Theory, and the Bible invites proposals for two sessions this year. One session will be devoted to the theories of Judith Butler. Interpretations that engage any aspect of Butler’s work are welcome, but we are particularly interested in Butler’s more recent writings on the state, violence, war, and mourning (for example, Antigone’s Claim, Precarious Life, and the co-authored Is Critique Secular?). A second session is open and proposals are welcome for papers that engage contemporary theory for purposes of biblical interpretation. Reading, Theory and the Bible sponsors innovative, experimental work on Bible (Bible being interpreted in the broadest sense to include all commentaries and intertexts). We exist to accommodate work that pushes the boundaries of scholarship, and we work on the assumption that questions of provenance, philology, and history are amply accommodated by other groups in the SBL. We also encourage innovative presentation.

Recovering Female Interpreters of the Bible

Joy Schroeder
Description: This unit focuses on the recovery of work by female biblical interpreters before the twentieth century who wrote from various faith and ideological standpoints. These female interpreters will be considered in their cultural and historical contexts, with the intention of analyzing their neglected contributions to the study of biblical literature.

Call for papers: This unit focuses on the recovery of work by female interpreters of the Bible before the twentieth century who wrote from a variety of faith and ideological standpoints. These women will be considered in the cultural and historical contexts in which they wrote, with the intention of analyzing their neglected contributions to the study of biblical literature. We welcome papers on the following topics: Session #1) co-sponsored with the American Academy of Religion 19th-Century Theology group: 19th-century women's reception and uses of historical-critical methods and/or concepts of progressive revelation. Session #2) "Women and Prophecy"; papers on female biblical interpreters, prior to the twentieth century, who dealt with the topic of prophets or prophecy. For example: women who interpret prophetic literature, discuss male or female prophets in the Bible, adopt a biblical prophetic persona, or discuss Paul's instructions to female prophets.

Redescribing Early Christianity

Christopher R. Matthews
Barry Crawford
Description: The seminar contributes to the study of early Christian history by problematizing current consensus views, unexamined assumptions, and categories; recontextualizing and redescribing the key data through comparative analysis; and accounting for the configurations of texts under view in terms of social theory.

Call for papers: For the 2011 annual meeting, the Redescribing Early Christianity Group examines Stanley Stowers’ theory of religion as articulated in some of his most recent publications, including “The Ontology of Religion,” in Introducing Religion (Eqinox, 2008) and “ The Concepts of ‘Religion,’ ‘Political Religion’ and the Study of Nazism,” in the Journal of Contemporary History (Vol. 42, 2007). Here, religion is imagined as a constellation of variously linked social practices (i.e., doings and sayings, including thinking and believing) which involve certain understandings or intelligibilities relating to a distinct class of imagined beings (i.e., gods, ancestors, spirits) or other anthropomorphizing interpretations of the world. The Group envisions two sessions, both featuring invited papers only. The first session, on the theme of “Disaggregating the Concept of Community,” explores both the theoretical and practical implications of Stower’s concept of religion, with papers on The Gospel of Thomas and the Didache. The second session, on the theme of “Redescribing Matthew’s Social Practice,” features papers engaging Stower’s theory of religion as a means of illuminating selected aspects of the Gospel of Matthew. Stowers is respondent in both sessions.

Religious Competition in Late Antiquity

Nathaniel Desrosiers
Description: This unit analyzes the competition between diverse social groups of the Mediterranean basin in the third century CE through the development of broadly comparative methodologies. It delineates the ways in which this competitive interaction reshaped the Roman cultural and religious landscapes.

Call for papers: Competition requires the interaction of two or more religious or philosophical traditions. As is often the case when such groups are in constant contact with each other, it is inevitable that there would be some overlap in practices, beliefs, myths, etc. These intersections are often characterized in terms of “borrowing” or “appropriation,” with an implicit, or even explicit, negative judgment against whichever group is doing the appropriating, and often with the assumption that the newer or dominated groups appropriate from older or dominant groups. Such ascriptions have often been based on notions of cultural purity or, more recently, on notions of colonialism and resistance to colonial oppression. For this section, we are accepting papers that problematize the notion of appropriation amongst Jews, Christians, and pagans by engaging critically with matters of method and theory while analyzing a particular historical instance of cultural interpenetration.

Religious Experience in Antiquity

Colleen Shantz
Description: This section investigates the experiential elements of religions from the ancient near east to late antiquity, with a particular interest in examining (1) the relationship between texts and experience, (2) religious practices in the context of ritual, prayer, ecstasy, dreams and visions, 3) the role of embodied experiences (cognitive, neurological, and sensory) in the generation of religious ideas and commitment.

Call for papers: “Religious experience” continues to be a contested term, in part due to concerns that it might describe a subjective and uncritical category. This year we invite proposals that can address that objection in a distinctive session structure. The session will comprise several papers that are 10 minutes in length and include the following three elements: (1) a text that you understand to involve religious experience, (2) a description of the nature of that experience, and (3) a definition of religious experience related to the critical study of your case. We warmly welcome proposals that address these three points. We will sponsor two additional sessions of invited papers: a joint meeting with the Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism unit on “praxis and experience” and a book review session.

Religious World of Late Antiquity

Jason BeDuhn
Naomi Koltun-Fromm
Description: A forum for scholars working comparatively and thematically in the period and regions in which Christianity, Judaism, Manichaeism, and Islam formed within a rich environment of other religious traditions, where norms of authority, belief, practice, and identity were contested and settled.

Call for papers:

1)Beyond the Sensible: Religious Objects, Perception and Power

Some of the objects with the greatest religious meaning or function in the religions of Late Antiquity were not perceptible by the five human senses, either because they were deliberately kept hidden, because they no longer existed, or because they were literally insensible - incapable of being apprehended through the body. What is the relationship between the importance of an object in ancient religiosity and its ability to be perceived? Were hidden objects regarded as more or less powerful than perceivable objects? Did formerly sensible objects, like relics, lose or gain power or authority once they were hidden?

2)The Materiality of Texts / The Word as Object

At some point in the development of sacred texts, readers became aware of them as material entities. How did this awareness affect their adornment, both inside with ornate calligraphy and illuminations, and outside with ornamented covers? How did this development influence ritual practices? What happens to our understanding or even interpretation of text when it depends as much, if not more on the materiality of the text than on the words themselves? How does thinking about the materiality of ancient texts (and attendant technologies) provide insight into the development of ritual practices and other embodied ideas of the sacred? Co-sponsored with Art and Religions of Antiquity and Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism. Submit proposals for this session to only one of the three co-sponsoring units.

3) Material remains of violence

We invite proposals for a shared panel on the material remains of violence. Papers addressing the destruction and/or reuse of cult sites and the memorializing of violent acts through relics, objects, altars and tombs and spaces are especially welcome. Submit proposals to the Violence and Representation of Violence unit

Rhetoric and the New Testament

Greg Carey
Description: This section explores the continuously-evolving field of rhetorical criticism of the New Testament in all its diversity. Approaches include the use of Greco-Roman categories, modern approaches to rhetoric, and interdisciplinary studies that utilize anthropology, visuality, ideology to name a few.

Call for papers: The Section invites proposals pertaining to all aspects of the rhetorical interpretation of the New Testement, including methodological proposals, rhetorical interpretation of ancient and early Christian texts, investigations of the history and practice of rhetoric, and interrogations of the discipline of biblical scholarship. In 2011 the Section will also feature invited papers for two sessions: (1) Rhetorics of Nationalism and New Testament Interpretation and (2) Genealogies of Rhetorical Criticism.

Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity

L. Gregory Bloomquist
Description: This seminar provides a forum for collegial work on the Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Commentary Series and for the public exploration of facets of socio-rhetorical interpretation that promise to contribute to the work of biblical scholars not directly associated with the project.

Call for papers: This seminar provides a forum for collegial work on the Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Commentary Series and for the public exploration of facets of socio-rhetorical interpretation that promise to contribute to the work of biblical scholars not directly associated with the project.

Ritual in the Biblical World

Ada Taggar-Cohen
Russell C. D. Arnold
Description: The Ritual in the Biblical World Section focuses on the nature, meaning and function of ritual found in textual sources (HB, NT, non-canonical) in the larger context of the material culture of the ancient world, employing insights and methods of the field of ritual theory and enthnography.

Call for papers: In November 2011, we will hold three sessions, two open for the call for papers and one with invited papers, as follows:

1) Ritual in the Biblical World will be sponsoring a special session on the cognitive theories of ritual and their explanatory potential in the study of biblical materials. The cognitive science of religion is a recent multidisciplinary field in religious studies, which has produced several new theories of ritual. (This session is not open for the call for papers).

2) A joint session with the Biblical Law Section on the theme: "Priestly Law and Literature" - This session will be held in memory of Jacob Milgrom, with the aim of following his model of closely engaging the legal, narrative, and ritual dimensions of ancient literature, especially the priestly texts of the Hebrew Bible. We thus welcome papers that will focus on these three general areas in the Hebrew Bible, the broader ancient Near East, and Jewish texts of Late Antiquity.

3) An open session on the general call for papers.

Romans through History and Cultures

Kathy Ehrensperger
Description: Reception of Romans throughout the history of the church and today, in the East and the West, in the "first" and in the "two-thirds" world, by religious and secular readers. Special attention to the interface of these diverse readings and of contemporary critical interpretations.

Call for papers: Reception of Romans throughout the history of the church and today, in the East and the West, in the "first" and in the "two-thirds" world, by religious and secular readers. Special attention to the interface of these diverse readings and of contemporary critical interpretations.

Sabbath in Text and Tradition

Edward Allen
Aaron D. Panken
Description: This unit brings together scholars of biblical and post-biblical texts and traditions for sustained, cross-disciplinary conversation about the Sabbath’s origins, development and meaning; provides constructive venues for papers, reviews, presentations, critique and feedback; and promotes collaboration in producing publications on the Sabbath.

Call for papers: The Sabbath in Text and Tradition Group invites papers on two linked topics for 2011: The Sabbath and Peace / The Sabbath, Violence and War. Papers may discuss any topic within these two themes including but not limited to Sabbath and rest, rest for the soul, Sabbath and wholeness/shalom, Sabbath and peacemaking, War on the Sabbath and war practices, killing or healing on Sabbath, Sabbath and implements of war, and Sabbath and issues of violence. The texts and time period for the discussion can come from Hebrew Bible, Intertestamental Period, Second Temple Period, New Testament, early Rabbinics and Patristics. Papers may approach the topic from any perspective – historical, religio-cultural, textual, tradition history or other theoretical models. Submit proposals through the Society of Biblical Literature website at http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.aspx.

Sacrifice, Cult, and Atonement

Christian A. Eberhart
Henrietta L. Wiley
Description: The Sacrifice, Cult, and Atonement section is a forum for studying the practices, interpretations and reception history of sacrifice and cult in the Hebrew Bible, Ancient Judaism, Christianity, and their larger cultural contexts (ANE, Greco-Roman religion). Methodological perspectives include – but are not limited to – historical criticism, tradition history, comparative and literary approaches, ritual theory, and sociological analysis.

Call for papers: The Sacrifice, Cult, and Atonement section offers two sessions for 2011: First, it invites papers for a joint open session with the Israelite Religion in its West Asian Environment section. Titled “Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean Expulsion and Purgation Rituals,” this session will feature four papers followed by a five-minute discussion each. A general discussion panel concludes the session. Second, a triple joint session with the Space, Place, and Lived Experience in Antiquity section and the Hebrews section is titled “Simultaneous Cults: The Intersection of Sacred Space, Time, and Practice.” This session will feature papers by invited speakers with subsequent responses and ample time for discussion.

Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity

Esther M. Menn
Bruce N. Fisk
Kenneth Pomykala
Description: The purpose of the Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity Section is to provide a context in which new scholarship on intertextuality and early biblical interpretation can be presented and critically evaluated. Specifically, the section is devoted to examining how the Hebrew Bible was used and interpreted in the literature of early Judaism (including rabbinic literature) and early Christianity (to ca. 400 CE) and to considering methodological issues associated with this task.

Call for papers: Proposals that explore the appropriation of Scripture in early Judaism and early Christianity are welcome.

Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making

Reimund Bieringer
Edith M. Humphrey
Thomas Schmeller
Description: Existing Pauline Theologies are either based on the ripe fruit of Paul’s theologizing in Romans (e.g., J. Dunn) or give a synthesis of theological themes across the board of Paul’s letters. The focus of this Seminar is how Paul develops his theology in his second letter to the Corinthians. We shall trace aspects of his theology on a trajectory from their very beginning in concrete historical situations and compare them to their reuse in more abstract contexts. Attention will also be given to their potential pre-Christian or early Christian pre-history and their post-history in what has been called the Pauline school. The main focus will be on the way concrete historical circumstances shaped the genesis of certain theological themes and how they changed when new circumstances arose or when the link to concrete circumstances got lost. Each theological theme will therefore primarily be studied in its epistolary context of 2 Corinthians and in light of the historical situation in which it was developed. The comparison with other letters is not intended to create one unified Pauline theology, but rather, in the contrast with other instances, to understand better the specifics of the theme under study.

Call for papers: 2011 Annual Meeting For this seminar there are two calls for papers: 1. an open call for papers on 2 Corinthians along the lines of the goals of the seminar (see description). 2. a call for papers soliciting papers on 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 as well as 2 Cor 5:11-21 along the lines of the goals of the seminar (see description). Papers on the history of interpretation are particularly encouraged. The complete texts of the accepted papers are due October 31, 2011. They will be made available online before the conference.

Semiotics and Exegesis

David W. Odell-Scott
Description: This section offers a forum (1) for exploring the nature and significance of semiotic theories for the reading and interpretation of biblical texts (Hebrew and Christian scriptures) and (2) for examining the ways various methods dependent upon such theories of meaning production and communication contribute, in conjunction with other critical approaches, to the critical conversation about biblical hermeneutics, textual interpretation and contextual understanding.

Call for papers: The Semiotics and Exegesis Section will commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the publication of "What is Structural Exegesis?" at the 2011 Annual Meeting.

1. AN INVITED PANEL will discuss how biblical studies have changed since the publication of "What is Structural Exegesis?"

2. CALL FOR PAPERS: An Open Session is accepting proposals (or completed papers from students) which further explore some aspect of structural exegesis, or which are in dialogue with structural exegesis from the perspective of other semiotic theories or other disciplined approaches to biblical exegesis.

Please contact David Odell-Scott if you have questions regarding your proposal at dodellsc@kent.edu or call 330.672.0271.

Senses and Culture in the Biblical World

Yael Avrahami
Description: This interdisciplinary unit investigates all aspects of sensory perception in the Bible and early Judaism and Christianity, including how various cultures thought about, used, and ascribed meaning to the senses. The unit embraces diverse approaches to the study of the senses, including philological, anthropological, psychological, linguistic, cognitive, literary, and phenomenological methods.

Call for papers: The unit Sensory Perception in the Bible, and Early Judaism and Christianity investigates how the various cultures associated with the Bible and early Judaism and Christianity thought about, used, and ascribed meaning to the human senses. The unit embraces diverse approaches to the study of the senses including textual study, anthropology, psychology, linguistics, and phenomenology. For the 2011 Annual meeting, we are looking for papers that deal with any or all of the senses. One session will be open and one session will be dedicated to literary investigation of the senses.

Service-Learning and Biblical Studies

Robert R. Duke
Description: This workshop will focus on ways service-learning can be incorporated into a biblical studies curriculum. This workshop will provide 1) an arena for service-learning practitioners to come together to share ideas and insights of successful projects and 2) to “brainstorm” new ways that service-learning can be utilized to enhance curriculum and serve local communities.

Call for papers: This workshop will focus on ways service-learning can be incorporated into a biblical studies curriculum. This workshop will provide 1) an arena for service-learning practitioners to come together to share ideas and insights of successful projects and 2) to “brainstorm” new ways that service-learning can be utilized to enhance curriculum and serve local communities.

Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom

Bernadette Brooten
Description: This unit will investigate the intersections between Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean slavery and biblical and early rabbinic texts, the diverse forms of resistance to it, and the meaning of freedom in slave-holding societies. Presenters will also examine how Jews and Christians—free, freed, and enslaved—have interpreted biblical texts on slavery and freedom and will propose how to “read for freedom.”

Call for papers: We welcome paper proposals that incorporate the perspective that enslaved persons have always been persons, even though their masters, mistresses, or legal authorities may have sought to objectify them. This implies attention to forms of resistance and to the question of what constitutes agency, to gender differences and similarities, to forms of kinship and family among enslaved persons. Proposals may address the Bible and Ancient Near East; New Testament, early Christian history, early rabbinic literature, and ancient Mediterranean history; or interpretations of biblical, rabbinic, or other classical texts by enslaved or formerly enslaved persons or their descendants, by their allies, or by their opponents, in any period of history.

Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism

Cynthia M. Baker
Gil P. Klein
Description: This section is dedicated to a study of formative Christianity and formative Judaism utilizing a broad methodological perspective that places an emphasis on interpreting the data within specific social, cultural, and linguistic contexts. We function as a clearinghouse for developments in social historical methodology and perspectives for our period. (previously Social History of Early Christianity)

Call for papers: This section welcomes all proposals engaging topics and methodologies in the social/cultural history of formative Christianity and Judaism. This year we seek proposals that focus on texts as material objects: At some point in the development of sacred texts, readers became aware of them as material entities. How did this awareness affect their adornment (calligraphy, illumination, ornamented covers)? How did this development influence ritual practices, and how did the ritual production of texts affect the reading habits of ancient scriptural traditions? How does thinking about the materiality of ancient texts (and attendant technologies) provide insight into the development of ritual practices and other embodied ideas of the sacred? This is a three way co-sponsored session with RWLA and Art and Religion in Antiquity; please submit paper proposals only once to any of the sponsoring units. Our section is also planning invited sessions on (1) Samaritans (2) sight and sound in early Jewish and Christian practice; and (3) a panel related to Seth Schwartz's Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society?

Social Sciences and the Interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures

Ronald A. Simkins
Patricia Dutcher-Walls
Description: The section is a dynamic program segment of the SBL that provides a welcoming forum for investigation of the social world of ancient Israel. The section particularly encourages papers utilizing methods and theories from the social sciences for the interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Call for papers: The section is a dynamic program segment of the SBL that provides a welcoming forum for investigation of the social world of ancient Israel. The section particularly encourages papers utilizing methods and theories from the social sciences for the interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures. All proposals using the social sciences will be considered.

Social Scientific Criticism of the New Testament

Dietmar Neufeld
Richard E. DeMaris
Description: The Social Scientific Criticism of the New Testament Section program encourages the self-conscious employment of recognized models, methods, or theories of the social sciences in order to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the texts and social world of the New Testament.

Call for papers: The Social-Scientific Criticism of the New Testament section encourages the self-conscious use of models and methods from the social sciences to shed light on the texts and social world of the New Testament. Of two sessions, one will be devoted to a discussion of the problematic related to the term 'Mediterranean.' Papers for this session have already been invited. The other session is open and topics related to social scientific criticism of the New Testament are invited.

Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions

Barbette Stanley Spaeth
Eric Orlin
Description: This new group is devoted to the study of the religions of the ancient Mediterranean basin broadly conceived. The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions aims to focus particular attention on the polytheistic religious traditions of Greece, Rome and the Near East, their interaction with each other, and with the monotheistic religious traditions of the region. Please visit out website (www.samreligions.org) for further information.

Call for papers: The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions (SAMR: http://socamr.wikispaces.com) invites scholars and students of the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world, including Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Near Eastern and Anatolian religions, as well as early Christianity and Judaism, to submit abstracts for its panel sessions at the 2011 SBL meeting.

Our first topic, “The Book and the Rock: Textual and Material Evidence in the Study of Ancient Religion” will consider occasions in which an emphasis on written evidence might have led us to understand a religious phenomenon in one way that was subsequently modified, enlarged or overturned by archaeological evidence. Papers should treat concrete examples of such cases, while raising methodological issues about consonance, conflict, and complementarity where different types of evidence are concerned.

The second topic, “The Journey in Ancient Mediterranean Religions” will consider the role of both real and imagined journeys in ancient religions. Papers will cover such phenomena as pilgrimage, religious tourism, and mythological voyages of heroes and gods, and comparative approaches are particularly encouraged. Submitters of abstracts must be members of the SBL, but not necessarily of SAMR.

Society for Pentecostal Studies

Blaine B. Charette
Description: The Society for Pentecostal Studies began in 1970 and is an organization of scholars dedicated to providing a forum of discussion for all academic disciplines as a spiritual service to the kingdom of God. The purpose of the society is to stimulate, encourage, recognize, and publicize the work of Pentecostal and charismatic scholars; to study the implications of Pentecostal theology in relation to other academic disciplines, seeking a Pentecostal world-and-life view; and to support fully, to the extent appropriate for an academic society, the statement of purposes of the World Pentecostal Fellowship. http://www.sps-usa.org/

Call for papers: We are seeking proposals for papers to be presented at the Society for Pentecostal Studies meeting that is held in association with the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. The meeting will take place in San Francisco, California from November 19-22, 2011. Preference is shown to proposals that correspond to the interests of both Societies. Ideally, papers presented at the meeting should either explore a Pentecostal topic or address issues at the intersection of biblical/theological studies and Pentecostal hermeneutics/theology. Proposals must be submitted by no later than March 1, 2011. Proposals should be submitted through the SBL web-site (www.sbl-site.org); however, proposals should also be sent directly to Blaine Charette (blaine.charette@northwestu.edu), the SBL Annual Meeting Program Unit Chair for the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Society of Christian Ethics

Brent Laytham
Description: The purpose of the Society is to promote scholarly work in Christian ethics and in the relation of Christian ethics to other traditions of ethics, and to social, economic, political and cultural problems; to encourage and improve the teaching of these fields in colleges, universities and theological schools; and to provide a community of discourse and debate for those engaged professionally within these general fields. A non-denominational scholarly association, the Society of Christian Ethics draws its 950 members from the faculties of universities, colleges, and theological schools primarily from the United States, Canada, and Europe. The growth and vitality of the Society of Christian Ethics reflect the maturing of the academic discipline of Christian social ethics. The SCE promotes research in the history of ethics and moral theology, theoretical issues relating to the interplay of theology and ethics, methodology in ethical reflection and investigation, and comparative religious ethics. At the same time, the Society addresses in national and global contexts problems in applied and professional ethics, and various human rights and social justice issues. For more information, please visit: http://www.scethics.org

Call for papers: “Spirit, Scripture, Ethics: Pneumatological Engagements with Knotty Ethical Issues”

The SCE will host two sessions in 2011 under the title “Spirit, Scripture, Ethics: Pneumatological Engagements with Knotty Ethical Issues.”

The first session will be comprised of invited papers.

For the second session, we invite proposals for pneumatological explorations of the intersection of Scripture and ethics. The primary focus may be either methodological or substantive. The topic may be approached from the side of either biblical studies or Christian ethics, but must foster conversation across the disciplinary boundaries. Each paper must give attention to the entailments of its argument for one particular ‘knotty’ ethical issue.

Submit proposals through the SBL website, and direct any questions or inquiries to sceatsbl@gmail.com.

Søren Kierkegaard Society

Lee Barrett
Description: The purpose of Søren Kierkegaard Society (SKS) is to encourage study and discussion of the thought of Søren Kierkegaard in all its dimensions and ramifications, including its sources and influences. Affiliated with the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and the American Philosophical Association (APA), the Society alternates its annual business meeting between AAR/SBL and APA conventions. The Society encourages scholarship on Kierkegaard at the national and regional meetings of the AAR/SBL and APA through an Executive Committee which includes members of both organizations.

Call for papers: The Søren Kierkegaard Society is soliciting paper proposals concerning Kierkegaard’s practice of biblical interpretation in relation to the hermeneutic traditions of the nineteenth century that informed his exegetical context. For example, papers contrasting Kierkegaard and the Tübingen school would be welcome. Papers comparing and contrasting Kierkegaard and the interpretive strategies of the contemporary era will also be considered.

Space, Place, and Lived Experience in Antiquity

Alison Schofield
Description: This unit seeks to engage diverse methodological and theoretical perspectives on social practices in antiquity as mediated through place or larger spatial frameworks. Presentations exploring the creation, use, or understanding of space or place through material remains and/or texts are welcome.

Call for papers: For 2011 we are planning two sessions. The first session continues our work with the Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World Section and involves invited papers and responses. Our second session is an open call for papers, for which we invite proposals that address the themes and work of this unit by combining theoretical awareness with material and textual engagement.

Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Marianne Bjelland Kartzow
Jeremy F. Hultin
Description: This section focuses on speech practices and discourse about speech. Of special interest are the ways that gender, status, and ethnicity figure in ancient discussions of speech, and the way that social realities are revealed—and shaped—by discourse about how to talk. Treatments of specific ways of talking (e.g. gossip, loquacity) as well as more theoretical analyses of speech are welcomed.

Call for papers: This consultation invites papers about speech practices and discourse about speech. Of special interest are the ways that gender, status, and ethnicity figure in discussions of speech, and the way that social realities are revealed—and shaped—by discourse about how to talk. Treatments of specific ways of talking (e.g. gossip, loquacity) as well as more theoretical analyses of speech are welcomed.

Synoptic Gospels

Mark A. Matson
Description: The Synoptic Gospels as a unit have played an important role in modern scholarship, including, but not limited, to the relationship between the gospels. This section provides an forum for discussion of papers from a variety of perspectives and critical methods on the content and formation of the Synoptic Gospels, and what they reveal about the contexts of their composition.

Call for papers: For 2011, the Synoptic Gospels section will have one invited session addressing the volume "New Studies in the Synoptic Problem," which grew out of the 2008 Oxford Conference on the Synoptic Problem. In addition, we invite papers for our open sessions. Any paper proposals dealing with the synoptic gospels are welcome, but those that utilize comparative or thematic approaches that involve more than one synoptic gospel would be very welcome.

Syriac Literature and Interpretations of Sacred Texts

Cornelia Horn
Description: This unit offers a forum for scholars studying the Syriac interpretation of Biblical and related literatures and the intimate connections between Syriac biblical interpretation, historiography, hagiography, and para-scriptural traditions in Oriental Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

Call for papers: This unit offers a forum for studying the Syriac interpretation of Biblical and extra-biblical literatures and the connections between Syriac biblical interpretation and historiography, hagiography, and para-scriptural traditions in Oriental Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. We invite submissions in all areas of research in the Syriac Bible, its versions, transmissions, exegesis, and relevance for understanding religion and history in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. For 2011, we especially welcome papers on all aspects of Syriac poetry; recitations of sacred texts in comparative perspectives; tools for Syriac studies; text criticism; the history of exegesis (including the role of Syriac texts and traditions in modern interpretive communities); Syriac views of the natural world (flora and fauna) and the use of Scripture in those contexts; Syriac perspectives on asceticism, women, children, and family life; the use of Scripture in Syriac hagiographical, historical, and historiographical texts; Syriac mysticism; and interactions between Syriac traditions and Ethiopic, Armenian, Coptic, and Arabic literatures. We continue to be interested in studying intersections between Syriac Christianity, Judaism, and Islam and encourage papers engaging normative texts and spiritual traditions. We plan to publish suitable papers following peer review.

Systematic Transformation and Interweaving of Scripture in 1 Corinthians

Thomas L. Brodie
Description: This seminar investigates whether 1 Corinthians, apparently the NT’s earliest extensive document, used scripture in a distinctly comprehensive way, by distilling, transforming and interweaving entire books. Clarity concerning composition should eventually clarify issues of literary form and authorship.

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Teaching Biblical Studies in an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context

Jane S. Webster
Description: This section explores the opportunities and challenges of teaching biblical studies in undergraduate liberal arts institutions. Presentations and discussions share and evaluate pedagogical objectives, strategies, and assessment. The section also fosters a community of biblical studies scholars and teachers.

Call for papers: This program unit focuses on the unique opportunities and challenges of teaching biblical studies in undergraduate Liberal Arts institutions. Paper presentations and panel discussions will contribute to communicating and evaluating pedagogical objectives, strategies, and assessment tools. The program unit also provides an opportunity to network and to publish the results of our work. In San Francisco, we plan to have a workshop on the use of meta-questions in course design. We also invite proposals for papers on pedagogical objectives, strategies, and assessment tools aimed specifically at teaching Biblical literature in the undergraduate Liberal Arts Context.

Textual Criticism of Samuel – Kings

Anneli Aejmelaeus
Description: “Workshop on Textual Criticism of Samuel – Kings” aims at enhancing cooperation and exchange of ideas between scholars working on the text of Samuel and Kings in various languages. (At the present, there is activity in editorial projects on critical editions of the Septuagint text, various projects on the daughter versions of the Septuagint, and projects around the Hebrew text aiming at commentaries,text-editions, or monographs on text-history.) Such cooperation is necessary, due to the very complicated nature of the textual history of these books, and promises good results, as it is the advantage of all parties to be informed of the progress of work by their colleagues.

Call for papers: “Workshop on Textual Criticism of Samuel – Kings” aims at enhancing cooperation and exchange of ideas between scholars working on the text of Samuel and Kings in various languages. (At the present, there is activity in editorial projects on critical editions of the Septuagint text, various projects on the daughter versions of the Septuagint, and projects around the Hebrew text aiming at commentaries,text-editions, or monographs on text-history.) Such cooperation is necessary, due to the very complicated nature of the textual history of these books, and promises good results, as it is the advantage of all parties to be informed of the progress of work by their colleagues.

Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible

Brent A. Strawn
Ingrid Lilly
Description: The Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible section concerns itself with the origin and nature of all forms of the biblical text. The discipline involves the comparison of data from the various witnesses to the biblical text (Masoretic text, Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls, etc.), and the evaluation of that data.

Call for papers: The section solicits papers on all aspects of textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible for two (or more) open sessions.

Textual Growth: What Variant Editions Tell Us About Scribal Activity

Lisbeth S. Fried
Juha Pakkala
Description: This Group asks how the biblical text was composed, augmented, rewritten and rearranged to form the various versions that we have – the MT, LXX, DSS, etc. The group focuses on texts in which two or more different versions of the same story or passage exists and asks what these different witnesses can tell us about the composition process itself. The group seeks to bring together scholars from different fields of specialization, such as the Septuagint, Qumran, textual criticism, literary criticism, historical criticism, and conventional exegesis.

Call for papers: Variant textual witnesses imply that scribes had considerable liberty in making changes to texts of the Hebrew Scriptures. The group invites paper proposals dealing with the processes of textual growth, and especially those which focus on what textual differences can tell us about the composition process of apparently authoritative works. There will also be two closed sessions, one dealing with the Growth of the Gilgamesh Epic, and the second with the Textual Growth in various books of the Hebrew Bible.

Theological Interpretation of Scripture

Michael J. Gorman
Description: This seminar explores the hermeneutical innovations and theological implications that ensue when critical biblical interpretation is conducted within diverse confessional communities, especially, but not only, those of the Christian tradition. It is this complex exploration itself that amounts to what may be called theological interpretation, an approach to biblical interpretation that gives particular attention to (1) the relationship between theological and other approaches to biblical studies, including historical criticism; (2) the significance and the challenges of expanding the contexts of biblical interpretation to include canon, creed, community, and constructive theology; (3) the relationship between biblical studies and systematic theology, practical theology, and philosophical theology; (4) the impact of theological convictions and religious practices (both traditional and contemporary) on biblical interpretation, and of theological interpretation on religious and academic communities; and (5) the actual theological interpretation of biblical texts. (Formerly Theological Hermeneutics of Christian Scripture)

Call for papers: For 2011, the Group plans to have two sessions.

(1) Reading Revelation as Christian Scripture: We invite papers that seek to engage specific texts or themes in the book of Revelation that bear directly on central aspects of Christian theology and/or practice. Potential participants should note that SBL now requires those without doctoral degrees to submit their paper (2000 to 2500 words) rather than just an abstract.

(2) Theological Interpretation and Jesus-Studies: What is the status of "Jesus studies" in theological interpretation of Scripture? This session will explore the significance of two recent attempts at identifying Jesus: Beverly Roberts Gaventa and Richard B. Hays, eds., Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage (Eerdmans, 2008); and Darrell L. Bock and Robert L. Webb, eds., Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus: A Collaborative Exploration of Context and Coherence (Eerdmans, 2010). Participants for this session have already been recruited.

Information about the Group is maintained at http://sites.google.com/site/theologicalinterpretation/SBLGroup.

Theological Perspectives on the Book of Ezekiel

Paul M. Joyce
Dalit Rom-Shiloni
Description: This Section has two aims. First, it seeks to bring together scholars working on the book of Ezekiel to share research and conclusions about the book. Second, it encourages an expressly theological approach to the book.

Call for papers: This section seeks to bring together scholars working on the book of Ezekiel to share research and conclusions about the book. The section encourages an expressly theological approach to the book. At the 2011 Annual Meeting in San Francisco we will hold three sessions:

(1) a closed session on “The God Ezekiel Creates” (the second of the three years of the project);

(2) an open session; and

(3) a joint session with the Biblical Poetry Section on “Ezekiel’s Rhetoric and Poetry.”

We invite paper proposals for the open session on any aspect of the book of Ezekiel. For “Ezekiel’s Rhetoric and Poetry” we welcome papers that explore the role poetry plays in Ezekiel’s rhetoric, e.g., papers that raise questions related to the contrast and/or relationship between Ezekiel’s poetry and prose, rhetorical functions of the poetry throughout the book or in particular sections, topics dealt with only or mostly in Ezekiel’s poetry and not in his prose, etc. All papers will be required in electronic form for circulation one month before the Annual Meeting.

Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures

Esther J. Hamori
Julia M. O'Brien
Description: The purpose of the Theology of Hebrew Scriptures section is to promote sustained reflection, dialogue, and research on the various theological ideas, themes, and motifs that are found throughout the Hebrew Bible. It seeks to facilitate Jewish-Christian dialogue, creating a venue where Jewish and Christian interpreters can reflect together on a theological interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Call for papers: The Theology of Hebrew Scriptures section will be holding two sessions in 2011. We invite proposals for our open session, which will give participants the opportunity to share new work of a distinctively theological nature on the Hebrew Bible. Our second session will be an invited panel on various approaches to Deuteronomy 23. Questions may be addressed to either Julia O'Brien or Esther Hamori.

Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy

Philip C. Schmitz
Description: Our purpose is to foster the academic study of ancient Ugarit, the associated cuneiform alphabetic texts, and ancient Northwest Semitic epigraphic texts, especially in order to explore areas of commonality between these fields of study and Biblical literature.

Call for papers: The section will sponsor papers discussing Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel: Epigraphic Evidence from the Iron Age, by Christopher A. Rollston. If there is sufficient interest, the section will also sponsor an open session for which any relevant paper will be considered.

Unity and Diversity in Early Jewish Monotheisms

Nathan MacDonald
Description: This unit examines the diverse forms of monotheistic belief and practice in the exilic, Persian and early Hellenistic period (c. 6th to 3rd centuries BCE). All aspects of monotheism in this period are of concern including religious practices, theological conceptualization and social implications.

Call for papers: In 2011 the consultation will have two sessions. The first is closed and features invited speakers, the second will be an open session. For this open session we are seeking papers that will address the relationship between wisdom literature and monotheism in the exilic, Persian and early Hellenistic period.

Use, Influence, and Impact of the Bible

Andrew Mein
Description: This program unit explores how the Bible has been used and/or influential in the way it has been received in society. The focus is upon the reception of the text in contexts other than a narrow critical-academic one.

Call for papers: This program unit explores how the Bible has been used and/or influential in the way it has been received in society. The focus is upon the reception of the text in contexts other than a narrow critical-academic one (e.g. politics, law, ethics, popular religion, the arts), and on the interaction of Bible, culture, and society over a range of historical periods. There is a particular interest in discussion of the extent to which the biblical text can either be seen to have made an actual difference or to have been used retrospectively to support practices or beliefs that have already been adopted for perhaps quite other reasons. For 2011 our broad theme will be ‘The Bible and Revolutions’, and we welcome papers that trace the use/influence of particular biblical texts in revolutionary contexts. Our hope is to trace this over a spread of historical periods from the medieval to the contemporary. We are planning two sessions, one of which will consist principally of invited speakers, and one which will be open. For the open session we would encourage papers that relate to our theme, but will also consider topics of broader relevance to the section's interests.

Violence and Representations of Violence among Jews and Christians

Laura S. Nasrallah
Jennifer Knust
Kimberly Stratton
Chris Frilingos
Description: This section promotes a robust discussion of violence and its representations in the ancient world. Papers utilize a variety of approaches and theoretical tools to consider what constitutes violence, seeking to advance knowledge about power and its effects in antiquity while also providing analogical materials for thinking about contemporary manifestations of religiously inflected violence.

Call for papers: This section promotes a robust discussion of violence and its representations in the ancient world. Papers utilize a variety of approaches and theoretical tools to consider what constitutes violence, seeking to advance knowledge about power and its effects in antiquity while also providing analogical materials for thinking about contemporary manifestations of religiously inflected violence.

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

Trish Overpeck
Description: The Wabash Center encourages excellent teaching in departments of religion and theological schools through careful attention to the issues that every faculty member faces including course design, assessment, student learning goals, understanding the institutional context and the broader purposes of teaching. We offer programs at the SBL Annual Meeting as well as workshops, colloquies, and conferences which are organized throughout the year. Fully funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and located on the Wabash College campus in Crawfordsville, Indiana, we also offer grants for institutions or individuals who wish to propose projects or research relating to teaching and learning. Our consultants program can facilitate on-site faculty conversations about pedagogical issues through a brief application process available online. Teaching and learning resources (both books and those available through the Internet) are also available through our website. See our website for a full listing of programs, grant deadlines, and resources: www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu.

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Warfare in Ancient Israel

Brad E. Kelle
Description: This section will 1) explore and develop new and ongoing areas of inquiry regarding texts, practices, experiences, and ideology concerning warfare in ancient Israel and the ancient Near East; 2) offer analyses of specific issues associated with warfare in ancient Israel and sketches of programmatic approaches to the study of warfare in general; 3) assess the significance of the history of scholarship on warfare in ancient Israel; and 4) establish a collaborative and incremental investigation of various dimensions of warfare in ancient Israel and the Hebrew Bible that moves toward the production of a comprehensive reference work.

Call for papers: The Warfare in Ancient Israel Section will sponsor two sessions in 2011: 1) The FIRST session will be an open session for which we especially encourage proposals for 25-minute papers that explore symbols related to war and violence in their various ancient contexts. The symbols may relate to the realities/practices of warfare or its representations in texts and iconography. Examples include symbolic combat actions, costuming/outfitting elements, hair, artwork, literary symbols, and material artifacts and their use. 2) The SECOND session will consist of invited papers dealing with ritual and featuring a panel discussion. For more information, contact Brad E. Kelle (bradkelle@pointloma.edu).

Wisdom and Apocalypticism

Karina Martin Hogan
Description: Our group seeks to develop more rigorous and sophisticated ways to speak about wisdom and apocalyptic texts and motifs in early Jewish and early Christian literature. We are committed to attending to the concrete social location of particular texts.

Call for papers: The Wisdom and Apocalypticism in Early Judaism and Early Christianity Section is planning one open session for 2011. We are soliciting papers that address the intersection or interrelation of wisdom and apocalyptic traditions in the literature of early Judaism or early Christianity. We ask that your abstract contain your thesis statement, not only a description of your topic; if you have not had a paper accepted for an Annual Meeting before, please send a copy of your completed paper to the program unit chair. We are also planning two panel book review sessions with invited speakers, one on the second volume of the Hermeneia commentary on 1 Enoch by George W. E. Nickelsburg and James C. VanderKam, and a second on Apocalypse against Empire by Anathea Portier-Young.

Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions

Rev. Dr. Knut M. Heim
Description: The Wisdom Section seeks to provide a forum for the exploration of new ideas in the study of Wisdom Literature, focusing on the Wisdom literature of the Bible and apocryphal wisdom traditions but also on related literature from elsewhere in the ancient Near East.

Call for papers: The Wisdom Section seeks to provide a forum for the exploration of new ideas in the study of Wisdom Literature, focusing on the Wisdom literature of the Bible and apocryphal wisdom traditions but also on related literature from elsewhere in the ancient Near East.

Women in the Biblical World

Susan E. Hylen
Christl M. Maier
Description: This section explores the multifaceted lives of women in the biblical period. It is a forum for inquiry into literary and material culture, including biblical and extra-biblical texts, the history of their interpretation, and the relevant cultural milieu.

Call for papers: 1. session entitled "Women in Jewish and Christian novels" with invited papers and responses on 'Joseph and Aseneth' and 'Acts of Paul and Thecla'.

2. Open session. Proposals on women, their characterization and roles in the Hebrew and Greek scriptures are welcome, especially those that use feminist, interdisciplinary or multicultural approaches.

Writing/Reading Jeremiah

Carolyn J. Sharp
Mark Brummitt
Description: The Writing/Reading Jeremiah group invites new readings and constructions of meaning with the book of Jeremiah "this side" of historicist paradigms and postmodernism. We welcome all strategies of reading Jeremiah that seek to reconfigure, redeploy, and move beyond conventional readings of Jeremiah. Our manifesto: not by compositional history alone, nor biographical portrayal alone, nor their accompanying theological superstructures; rather, we seek interpretation from new spaces opened for reading Jeremiah by the postmodern turn.

Call for papers: The Writing/Reading Jeremiah group invites proposals on the following topics for 2011.

1) For a panel entitled, “How Do Feminist and Postcolonial Perspectives Change the Genre ‘Scholarly Commentary’? -- The Book of Jeremiah as a Test Case”: papers that address feminist or postcolonial method in the writing of commentary, with special reference to issues or texts in Jeremiah. For example, papers might articulate challenges and possibilities regarding how a commentator can address feminist or postcolonial issues in Jeremiah, reflect on ways in which commentary writing complicates feminist or postcolonial interpretation, or engage issues involved in the construction of the Jeremiah commentator's voice and authority.

2) For a panel on violence and aesthetics in Jeremiah. Violent and sexualized imagery has always been a part of religious representation -- not least in the writings of the biblical prophets. This panel will explore the relation/function of violence and aesthetics in the book of Jeremiah, and in particular, the aestheticization of violence. Papers are invited that analyze the reporting or depiction of violent acts in heightened prose or poetry in Jeremiah (such as the OANs), or that use Jeremiah as a "site" at which to address one or more of these questions: What is the connection between violence and art? Does violence inspire art? Does faith inspire violent imagery? Why does art chose to depict violence? How do depictions of violence function? Does art redeem violence?

3) For an open session: papers on any interpretive issue presented by the book of Jeremiah. Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate a hermeneutical attentiveness that moves beyond, or seeks to complicate, traditional historicist interpretive paradigms.

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