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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

Development of Early Christian Theology


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For 2016 we are accepting proposals for one session (in addition to a planned review discussion and a session on the Diatessaron):

Scholarly Tools and Aids for Exegesis in Early and Late-Antique Christianity. By the time Christianity began spreading throughout the Mediterranean basin and beyond, the Greco-Roman world had developed a highly sophisticated culture of literary scholarship: definitive editions of classic texts were produced, marginal apparatuses were invented, bibliographies were compiled, and commentaries and treatises were composed. Moving forward into late antiquity, such works proliferated, including scholia, commentaries, lexica, and grammatical treatises. For this session we welcome papers that examine the early and late-antique Christian appropriation and development of this tradition: the creation of scholarly tools and aids specifically for exegesis, their use, their influence, and so forth. Some works of this kind are relatively well known, such as Origen’s Hexapla and Eusebius’ Canon Tables. Papers on these and similar works are suitable, provided that they focus not on interpretations of particular passages, but on the scholarly tools and aids for exegesis themselves.

At the 2015 Annual Meeting, papers were delivered on Eusebius' Canon Tables, Biblical study aids in the Donatist tradition, the Rule of Faith, and Priscillian's Canons on the Letter of Paul. The program unit welcomes submissions on these and other topics such as the kephalaia system in the Greek and Latin gospel traditions, the Euthalian apparatus, onomasticons such as those by Eusebius and Jerome, handbooks for exegesis, biblical prologues, and the like.

Program Unit Chairs

Mark DelCogliano

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