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2011 Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA

Meeting Begins11/19/2011
Meeting Ends11/22/2011

Call for Papers Opens: 1/25/2011
Call for Papers Closes: 3/4/2011

Requirements for Participation

Psychology and Biblical Studies

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

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).

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Program Unit Chairs

D. Andrew Kille

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