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Meeting Program Units

2012 Annual Meeting

Chicago, IL

Meeting Begins: 11/16/2012
Meeting Ends: 11/20/2012

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: 2/8/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/8/2012
Requirements for Participation

Philo of Alexandria


Program Unit Type: Group
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2012 SBL meeting, we invite proposals for two sessions on different topics: 1) We invite proposals for a panel on Philo’s readers in the pre-modern world. Of special interest are papers that address Philo’s Graeco-Roman readers. Did pagans and Jews read Philo in antiquity? Proposals relating to Christian sources and later periods (e.g., medieval and Renaissance) are also welcome. The session will include invited contributions as well as those drawn from this call for papers. The aim of the panel is to open up new evidence or revisit old questions about who read and made use of Philo’s writings in the past. 2) We invite proposals for a session devoted to work in progress on a commentary on Philo's Legum Allegoriae (Allegorical Interpretation), Books 1 and 2 (but not Book 3), which focus on Genesis chapter 2 and verse 3:1. Some panelists will be invited, but we also seek proposals for papers that deal with the two treatises from any perspective. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, issues of text criticism, translation, form, style, and interpretation; relevant exegetical and philosophical themes; later influence of the treatises; and comparative treatments of the Garden of Eden story in Jewish and/or Christian tradition.

Program Unit Chairs

Ellen Birnbaum
Professor Sarah Pearce

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