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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

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GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics


Program Unit Type: Affiliate
Accepting Papers? Yes

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

Program Unit Chairs

Michael Barram

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