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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

Book History and Biblical Literatures

Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Book History and Biblical Literatures Consultation will hold one open session and one invited session in 2014 on the theme of "Canons, Collections, Corpora: The Library as a Scholarly Category." We invite proposals that investigate how the concept of the “library” informs both the way we analyze ancient practices of textual collection and the way we define and limit our own scholarly corpora. How can the study of libraries—as social institutions that physically preserve, organize, and make available textual material, and as conceptual ways of defining collections or canons—help us rethink the development, transmission, collection, unity or disunity, and reception of biblical and related literatures? Studies of specific libraries (or library-like entities) in antiquity and their relationship with the development of textual corpora are welcome. We welcome submissions that address the session theme and focus on any of the historical periods (from antiquity-present), geographic regions, and traditions studied by members of AAR and SBL. Examples of topics might be: What useful comparative insights could we draw from cuneiform libraries of the neo-Assyrian or Seleucid periods? Can the elements of the Pentateuch be understood in light of a Judahite or Persian "library"? In what way is the Qumran or Nag Hammadi collection a "library"? How does the study of Alexandrian scholarship and Graeco-Roman libraries shed light on the production and reception of biblical literatures? What do Syriac and Byzantine libraries contribute to our understanding of concepts of scripture and canon? How did the development of royal and, later, national libraries and associated manuscript collections shape the study of biblical literatures? Proposals that use theoretical and comparative approaches to shed light on philological and historical questions are particularly welcome. We envision a series of 20-minute papers with a respondent.

Program Unit Chairs

Eva Mroczek
Jeremy Schott

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