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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

Sabbath in Text and Tradition


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Sabbath in Text and Tradition Group invites papers on three topics. 1) The Sabbath and Environment Issues. Observance of Sabbath has recently been seen as an important response to environmental issues. In his recent encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis mentioned the observance of a day of rest (Sunday) as a reminder of human concern for nature and the environment. Issues that might be addressed in this session include: The Genesis Creation, Sabbath, and care for the earth; The relationship between the observance of a day of rest and conservationist ideology; How the observance of Sabbath might have a positive impact on the global environment; The relationship between Sabbath and nature; and other related topics. We invite paper proposals expressing a range of theological, religious and practical views from across faith traditions. 2) Archaeological findings in the Land of Israel and the Diaspora preserve Sabbath practices mentioned in ancient literature. This session will consist primarily of invited papers but proposals on evidence of Sabbath and Sabbath observance related to any ancient archaeological endeavor will be considered. These might include ancient inscriptions, daily and fine ware artifacts, architecture, clothing and footwear, in addition to tracing literary traditions that describe these items. 3) Sabbath in Jewish, Protestant and Latter-Day Saints Traditions. This joint session provides the opportunity for scholars to reflect and compare the history and role of the Sabbath in each tradition. It will include invited papers and respondents from each section, but proposals on the following topics will be considered: The biblical and historical basis for Sabbath observance; the application of the biblical text to the day of rest; the nature of Sabbath observance; the Protestant and/or LDS use of Jewish ideas of Sabbath; the relationship between Protestant and LDS ideas on the Sabbath; and other related topics.

Program Unit Chairs

Edward Allen
Denis Fortin

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