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Meeting Program Units

2016 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins11/19/2016
Meeting Ends11/22/2016

Call for Papers Opens: 12/16/2015
Call for Papers Closes: 3/1/2016

Requirements for Participation

Contextual Biblical Interpretation


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We welcome papers that examine biblical texts or discuss methodology while making explicit the role that a reader’s contemporary context plays/played in the interpretation (whether the contemporary context of one’s own interpretation or the interpreter’s particular contexts). We plan to have four very different sessions, two of which are joint. Papers presented will be considered for publication in an ongoing series Texts@Contexts (Sheffield Phoenix). First, a session on contextual biblical methodologies (either methods shaped by a given context or theory-framed methods). Second, a text-centered session on Samuel, Kings, Chronicles and the Megilloth (Five Scrolls) as well as Paul’s undisputed and disputed letters. Third, a joint session about what difference minoritized feminist and womanist voices make in reading Revelation. See the “Bible and Cultural Studies” call for papers for a fuller description. Fourth, a joint session with the AAR’s “Ricoeur Group.” Here’s the full description - Ricoeur and Context: Put Ricoeur into dialogue with contextual interpretation and theology. How might resources from Ricoeur's work (e.g. hermeneutics, narrative, tradition, translation, memory, embodiment) assist, complicate, or prohibit the methods, themes, or contents of contemporary contextual biblical interpretation and/or contextual theologies? Conversely, how might Ricoeur's ideas be supported, complemented, or corrected by contextual approaches?

Program Unit Chairs

James P. Grimshaw

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