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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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Polis and Ekklesia: Investigations of Urban Christianity

Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This consultation investigates the expansion of early Christianity as an urban phenomenon from Jerusalem to Rome, from the perspective of Paul's letters and the book of Acts, against the backdrop of the local documentary and archaeological evidence. The consultation seeks to bring together scholars of early Christianity and Classicists in the study of early Christian literature as primary evidence for understanding the civic and religious life of the first and second century Mediterranean world. The wide range of methodologies and disciplines employed in this investigation promises a more holistic approach than has been the case in the past. The city chose for investigation in 2013 is Ephesos. There will be two sessions of the consulation: one is by invitation only; the other is open for offers of papers.

Program Unit Chairs

James R. Harrison
Laurence L. Welborn

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