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2017 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins11/18/2017
Meeting Ends11/21/2017

Call for Papers Opens: 12/19/2016
Call for Papers Closes: 3/7/2017

Requirements for Participation

Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds Section is sponsoring four sessions at the 2017 Annual Meeting: two papyrology sessions and two cosponsored sessions. One of the papyrology sessions will be an open session that invites proposals that seek to explore how the ancient papyri illumine the world of early Christianity and that elucidate paleographic, linguistic, and textual questions, as well as larger questions relating to the social and cultural history of early Christianity. The other papyrology session will be themed around the topic of forgeries, both ancient and modern. While some papers for this latter session are invited, unsolicited proposals are also welcome. One of the joint sessions will be cosponsored with the Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism Section. This session welcomes proposals that address any aspect of letters and their use in Early Christianity and/or Rabbinic Judaism and that might discuss individual papyri, describe types or genres of letters, or explore how letters illuminate larger questions relating to social and cultural history. The other joint session will be held with the Johannine Literature Section. This session will explore recent manuscript research and its implications for interpreting Johannine literature. For both joint sessions unsolicited papers are welcome. For questions contact

Program Unit Chairs

Lincoln Blumell

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