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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

Requirements for Participation

Economics in the Biblical World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The “Economics in the Biblical World” program unit will have three sessions in 2014. First is an open session entitled “The Political-Economic-Religious Position of Learned Scribes and the Interests Expressed in the Texts They Produced.” Scribes comprised one of the few ancient professions with literacy skills, and they were the ones who created the world of the texts that we analyze and interpret. We invite papers that consider the scribal profession, before and after the exile. Proposals might take into account such factors as scribes as a sub-class, scribal ideologies (manifested as much in the form of texts as their content), scribes and archaeology, the social location of sapiential authors, scribal power, and how we as modern scribes negotiate biblical (and other) scribes. Proposals might consider such topics as explicit or implicit agendas in shaping Israelite legal collections (e.g., the Holiness Code), the scribal interest(s) behind prophetic collections, and the dynamics at work among any dissident scribes (e.g., Daniel, the Epistle of Enoch, sectarian documents from the Dead Sea Scrolls). Proposal should be fairly precise as to focal texts, other information to be included, and anticipated conclusions. Those anticipating the submission of proposals should feel free to communicate with Sam Adams ( or Richard Horsley ( with any questions. The second session will consist of invited papers, with the title “The Financialization of Public Discourse and Critically Rereading Biblical Texts.” This panel will respond to a paper by Charles A. McDaniel (Baylor) to be available in advance. Finally, we plan to cooperate for a joint session with the "Poverty in the Biblical World" group, entitled “(Im)migration, (Forced) Labor, and Poverty,” for which presenters will be invited.

Program Unit Chairs

Richard A. Horsley
Samuel L. Adams

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