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2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

Meeting Begins: 11/23/2013
Meeting Ends: 11/26/2013

Note that the deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the day PREVIOUS to the deadline below.

Call For Papers Opens: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
Requirements for Participation

Development of Early Christian Theology

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers:

In addition to a planned session on the development of early Christian Christology, we are accepting papers for two sessions:

1. Biblical Theology in Early Christianity. For session one, we are seeking papers that examine how early Christians understood the task of interpreting the Bible theologically. We are not interested primarily in questions of exegetical method (i.e. literal. allegorical, figurative) or in the exegesis of specific biblical passages, though both may be examined as illustrations of the main theme. Instead, we are looking for presentations that consider how early Christians understood the correlation between exegesis and theology within the broader context of the formation of Christian doctrine, spiritual practice, and polity.

2. The Reception of Patristic Exegesis. For session two, we are interested in discussions of the reception of early Christian exegesis by modern theology and biblical studies. Sample topics might include the role of patristic exegesis in the Reformation, Nouvelle Theologie, reflection on the use and utility of recent Biblical commentaries that feature patristic exegesis, etc. Any theologian or theological movement is acceptable as long as the paper considers how patristic exegesis, as opposed to other theological categories, has played a role in the modern revival of patristics and early Christian studies and/or made an impact on modern theological or biblical exegesis.

Program Unit Chairs

Christopher A. Beeley
Mark Weedman

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