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2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

Meeting Begins: 11/23/2013
Meeting Ends: 11/26/2013

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: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
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Hebrew Bible and Political Theory

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year the Hebrew Bible and Political Theory section will be hosting three sessions. The first will be a joint session with the Deuteronomistic History section. This section is planned as an invited panel of four papers with a critical response. The theme of the panel will be “Monarchy and Kingship in the Deuteronomistic History from the Perspective of Political Theory”. This year we will also be hosting a joint session with the Biblical Law section. The theme will be Legal and Political Theory and the Study of Biblical Law. For this session we will consider theoretically oriented proposals on issues such as legal authority, justice, jurisprudence, critical legal studies, and their application to the study of biblical law, broadly defined. Some examples of questions that would take advantage of the theoretical matrix this joint session provides include: To what degree may the biblical law corpora be construed as "constitutions"? In what ways is biblical law statutory law? Are there "rights" in biblical law? Can biblical law be termed "natural law"? Does biblical law have a theory of ownership or possession? Privilege will be given to those proposals that take seriously the contributions of political philosophers. A third session will be accepting papers that attempt to gain understanding of the Hebrew Bible and the literature commonly read by scholars of ancient Judaism by utilizing the theories of political philosophy. As other program units already explore feminist ideology, African-American hermeneutics and post-colonial approaches, this session will give preference to papers that employ theoretical models concerning, for example, notions of nationhood, citizenship, law, class, social hierarchy, economic distribution, modes of leadership, and the like.

Program Unit Chairs

Francis Borchardt

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