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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

Gospel of Mark

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Mark Seminar invites proposals for papers on two topics. First, "Do you not yet understand?" -- Perception and knowing in the Gospel of Mark. Mark presents a complex fabric of hiddenness and revelation, blindness and perception, divine activity and exhortations to people to act in such a way that they might be able to understand. For the Gospel of Mark, how does one come to recognize what Jesus presents? What sorts of divine and/or human activity are necessary to understanding? Or to put it another way, is there a Markan epistemology, a Markan way of knowing, and if so, of what does it consist? Second, “Purity/Impurity in the Gospel of Mark.” Purity is wide-ranging issue in Mark, with spirits called “unclean” or “holy” (e.g., 1:23; 3:28-30) and a large scale discourse (7:1-23) devoted to the subject, alongside implied purity concerns in other elements of the narrative. Papers may address any aspect of the purity issue, including for example a discussion of chapter 7, but should indicate what impact purity concerns have on the meaning of the Gospel of Mark as a whole. Format and submission: Proposals should contain the thesis to be argued and a basic outline of the case and methodology used. First time SBL presenters are asked to provide their paper in full along with their proposal. Proposals are submitted through the SBL website at Applicants will receive a response within a week or so of close.

Program Unit Chairs

Kelli S. O'Brien

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