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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

Syriac Literature and Interpretations of Sacred Texts


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2016 meeting in San Antonio we welcome papers for three joint and one or more open sessions. 1) For a joint session with the SBL Aramaic Studies section, we invite contributions on any relevant topic at the intersection of our two fields of study. 2) In collaboration with the SBL Ethiopic Bible and Literature Section we welcome proposals for papers that show intersections between Ethiopic and Syriac or Syriac-Arabic exegetical, literary, or historical traditions. We are especially interested in papers that deal with the reception of biblical traditions, papers that address apocryphal or hagiographical texts, and papers that are focused on any historical period or theological theme that can shed light on the Council of Chalcedon and its legacy. 3) In collaboration with the AAR Middle Eastern Christianity Group we seek proposals for contributions that shed light on Middle Eastern Christians during the 7th and 8th centuries CE. Here we also welcome work that critically and productively engages the recently published books by Richard Payne and Michael Penn. 4) We warmly welcome contributions for one or more open sessions with presentations of research on Syriac literature and the Syriac Bible, its versions, transmissions, exegesis, and relevance for understanding religion, culture, history, and society in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Papers that address, with theoretical and methodological rigor, the intersections between the Bible, the Qur'an, and their interpretive traditions through the lens of Syriac authors are very welcome.

Program Unit Chairs

Cynthia J. Villagomez

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