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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

Polis and Ekklesia: Investigations of Urban Christianity


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This unit of the SBL investigates the expansion of early Christianity as an urban phenomenon from Jerusalem to Rome, from the perspective of Paul's letters and the Acts of the Apostles, in the context of the local documentary and archaeological evidence. The Consultation seeks to bring together scholars of early Christianity and Greco-Roman antiquity in the study of early Christian texts as primary evidence for the understanding of civic and religious life in the first and second century Mediterranean world. The wide range of methodologies and disciplines employed in this investigation aims at a more holistic approach than has been the case in the past. The focus of the Consultation in 2016 is the city of Rome and its environs. There will be two sessions, one open, the other by invitation. The latter session will focus on the groundbreaking book of Peter Lampe on the Christians of the city of Rome, almost 30 years after its initial publication.

Program Unit Chairs

James R. Harrison
Laurence L. Welborn

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