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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

Contextual Biblical Interpretation

Program Unit Type: Group
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We welcome papers that examine any biblical text from within a reader’s explicitly articulated context. Our HB sessions this year are seeking especially, but not only papers on texts of the so called "historical" books beyond Joshua and Judges; that is, Samuel, Kings, Ezra-Nehemiah and Chronicles. Our NT sessions are mainly interested in papers dealing with texts from Revelation, especially those focusing on issues of gender, empire, or violence, or from communities concerned with the endtime; and in contextual readings of the Gospel of John or Luke-Acts. Both NT and HB parts of our group are also interested in papers that focus more on the contextual method itself, its challenges, pitfalls, and payoffs, and its current position in the academy. Contributors will be asked for their drafts about a fortnight before the Annual Meeting. HB Drafts will be posted on Athalya Brenner's homepage, and NT drafts will be posted on Daniel Patte's homepage. At the conference papers will be summarized, not read in full, to leave maximum time for discussion. Acceptance of papers for the SBL sessions is a first step toward, but does not guarantee, publication in the corresponding volume of the contextual series Texts@Contexts (Fortress Press).

Program Unit Chairs

Athalya Brenner-Idan
Nicole Wilkinson Duran

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