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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

Biblical Law

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We invite proposals for one or more open sessions on any aspect of the study of biblical law (including work related to cuneiform documents, the 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 our section's website. They should be available by November 1, 2013 at: We are also interested in a session on Ezekiel 40-48 and its relationship to pentateuchal legal texts and concepts and solicit proposals on this topic as well. In addition, we will be holding a joint session with the Hebrew Bible and Political Theory section. The theme will be "Legal and Political Theory and the Study of Biblical Law." For this session we will consider theoretically oriented proposals on issues such as legal authority, justice, jurisprudence, critical legal studies, and their application to the study of biblical law, broadly defined. Some examples of questions that would take advantage of the theoretical matrix this joint session provides include: To what degree may the biblical law corpora be construed as "constitutions"? In what ways is biblical law statutory law? Are there "rights" in biblical law? Can biblical law be termed "natural law"? Does biblical law have a theory of ownership or possession? Privilege will be given to those proposals that take seriously the contributions of political philosophers.

Program Unit Chairs

Bruce Wells

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