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Meeting Program Units

2014 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins: 11/22/2014
Meeting Ends: 11/25/2014

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: 12/20/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 3/5/2014
Requirements for Participation

Ethics and Biblical Interpretation


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Ethics and Biblical Interpretation Section will host two sessions for the 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego. The FIRST will be an open session that honors the late Jean Bethke Elshtain and her interdisciplinary pursuits. The steering committee thus invites proposals on biblical interpretation and ethics that specifically deal with the topic of sovereignty and that dialogue with Elshtain’s 2008 book, Sovereignty: God, State, and Self. Although Elshtain’s starting point was not the Bible, but rather Augustine and later Christian thinkers, biblical depictions of divine power are never far from the book’s concerns. Proposals may counter Elshtain’s model of sovereignty or revise it in light of biblical texts, but the best proposals will also provide an ethical consideration of some aspect of sovereignty in connection with a biblical text (or texts). The SECOND session will consist of invited speakers on the topic of hypocrisy.

Program Unit Chairs

David J. Downs
Amy C. Merrill Willis

Propose a Paper for this Program Unit

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