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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
Requirements for Participation

Economics in the Biblical World

Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Economics in the Biblical World Consultation will sponsor two sessions at the 2013 Annual Meeting. One session will consist of invited panelists to discuss the forthcoming book by Roland Boer, "The Sacred Economy" (WJK 2013). The other session will focus on aspects and relations of “labor/ work in the biblical world.” The aspects and relations might include the division of labor in households and village communities (including the roles of women and children), the relations of production between households/families and the monarchy/temple-state (including debt-slavery and forced labor), or the observation of the Sabbath and sabbatical cancellation of debts. Our steering committee welcomes proposals focused on a key passage(s) and/or issue in biblical literature, whether from legal texts (such as Gen 41; 47; Exod 21-22; Deut 15), historical texts (such as 1 Kings 5; 12; Neh 5:1-13), prophetic texts (such as Isa 5; Jer 22; Hag 1), sapiential texts (such as Sir 38:24-34), or Gospel texts (such as Mark 10:17-22; or one of Jesus’ parables). Papers should include social and political-economic as well as literary analysis. Insofar as this Consultation wants to foster cooperative investigation and reflection, those who wish to develop proposals are encouraged to contact Samuel L. Adams ( or Richard Horsley (, who will facilitate further communication with other colleagues as appropriate.

Program Unit Chairs

Samuel L. Adams

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