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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
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Religious Competition in Late Antiquity


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year the Religious Competition in Late Antiquity Unit is planning two open sessions. The first session, “Competitive Giving,” will explore the various religious demands that the ancients faced regarding their finances. Jews, Christians, Greeks, and Romans, were faced with competing claims over their assets – from supporting the local cult to financing the construction of a new synagogue or church to one’s religious duty to support the poor. For this session, we welcome papers on charity; euergetism (civic benefaction); sacrifice; temple, church, and synagogue building; and other modes of religious giving that competed with one another over scarce resources. Topics could include motivations and rewards for giving, giving in the biblical and post-biblical tradition, individual vs. communal giving, private vs. divine ownership, religious approaches to wealth, etc. In our second open session we will accept papers discussing any aspect of religious competition in Late Antiquity.

Program Unit Chairs

Gregg E. Gardner
Lily Vuong

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