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Meeting Program Units

2016 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins: 11/19/2016
Meeting Ends: 11/22/2016

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: 12/16/2015
Call For Papers Closes: 3/2/2016
Requirements for Participation

Use, Influence, and Impact of the Bible


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year we aim to have at least one open session: proposals are welcome on any aspect of the Bible's reception history. For the open sessions our preference is for papers that do not focus on the narrower history of scholarship, but explore wider aspects of the Bible's impact on religions, society and culture, art, literature and music. We are also planning to hold two joint sessions. The first is will focus on the reception of Daniel, and will be held jointly with the “Book of Daniel” section: we invite papers on any aspect of the reception of the Book of Daniel. The second, “Scriptural Colonialism: Rethinking the Conjunction of Missionary Activities, Colonialism, and the Bible” will be held jointly with the Bible and Cultural Studies section, and take advantage of our location in San Antonio and the prominent remains of Spanish colonial missions as well as the Alamo. We invite papers that examine scriptures or specific scriptural texts as they have been deployed in, taken up, transformed by, or informative of missionary activities and missionary colonialism. While we are especially interested in papers that rethink scriptures in colonial religious projects around the world but also including Spanish missionary colonialism and U.S. Manifest Destiny, we also welcome papers that use missionary colonial histories and practices to rethink and reinterpret Jewish and Christian biblical texts.

Program Unit Chairs

Andrew Mein
Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg

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