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2014 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins11/22/2014
Meeting Ends11/25/2014

Call for Papers Opens: 12/20/2013
Call for Papers Closes: 3/4/2014

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Ethiopic Bible and Literature

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This session is accepting proposals for three sessions 1) The THEOT (Textual History of the Ethiopic Old Testament) Project: This session gathers scholars working on the Textual History of the Ethiopic Old Testament project to present the outcomes of research on several specific books of the Old Testament, to develop a picture of the textual history that emerges, and to plan the future direction of the project. This session invites contributions from those participating in the project, or from others working on Ethiopian manuscripts, or manuscripts from other traditions who feel that they could make a contribution to the development of this project. 2) Open Session: Ideology, Sociology and Literary Formation in the Ethiopic Tradition The Ethiopic tradition bears as many marks of originality as it does marks of external influence. Influences come from Christian traditions—like the Greek, Syriac, and Armenian—but also from Jews and Muslims in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopian theologians and community leaders developed their own sense of identity and expressed these in their form of the biblical text (unique in form and extent) and in various works of literature. Proposals on any aspect are welcomed. 3) Telling the story of the Textual History of the Ethiopic Old Testament: With research on the textual history of the Ethiopic Old Testament progressing through the THEOT project and with results showing significant influences on the text from outside sources and also significant variations that can only be explained by internal factors, this discussion seeks to develop the methodology of the textual criticism, and its mode of presentation so best to present these important results. Our plan is to invite specific speakers to this panel discussion, but scholars who feel that they could make a contribution should send their suggestions as well.

Program Unit Chairs

Ralph Lee
Steve Delamarter

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