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Meeting Program Units

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

Use, Influence, and Impact of the Bible


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

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.

Program Unit Chairs

Andrew Mein

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