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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

Biblical Law

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers:

We invite proposals for one open session on any aspect of the study of biblical law (including work related to cuneiform documents, 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 the Section's website. They should be available by October 15, 2011 at:

We also invite proposals for a session entitled "Priestly Law and Literature." This session will be held in memory of Jacob Milgrom, with the aim of following his model of closely engaging the legal, narrative, and ritual dimensions of ancient literature, especially the priestly texts of the Hebrew Bible. We thus welcome papers for this session that will focus on these three general areas in the Hebrew Bible, the broader ancient Near East, and Jewish texts of Late Antiquity.

In addition, we will convene one special book review session of invited papers reviewing David P. Wright, Inventing God's Law: How the Covenant Code of the Bible Used and Revised the Laws of Hammurabi (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Program Unit Chairs

Bruce Wells

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