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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

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Paul and Politics

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Call For Papers: The Paul and Politics Section proposes four sessions at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston. Two of these sessions include calls for papers. The FIRST SESSION is an open session inviting proposals for papers on any element of research related to the relationship(s) between "Paul" and "politics" (in the broadest sense of both of these terms). The SECOND SESSION, co-sponsored with the Poverty in the Biblical World Section, will focus on the historical and political underpinnings of class in Paul’s writings and the communities to which they were written. Papers will explore the ways that Paul utilizes class rhetoric, the methods by which we might analyze and evaluate class conflict in and/or around early Christian communities, and the intersections of socio-economic class with gender, ethnicity, or legal status in these communities. The THIRD SESSION will be an open call session, co-sponsored with Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible on the theme of adoption. Recognizing that reproductive justice is an issue in today’s society, this session invites papers that interrogate the Pauline texts, adoption, and reproductive justice in ancient and contemporary politics. We welcome proposals for papers on adoption in Pauline texts with particular attention paid to the presenters' theories of reading adoption in Paul. The FOURTH SESSION will be an invited review panel examining Sandra Joshel and Lauren Hackworth Petersen's *The Material Life of Roman Slaves*, which examines how one can use archaeological materials and ancient architectural spaces to reconstruct the everyday lives of enslaved persons in the Roman imperial period. The panel will focus on the implications of Joshel and Hackworth's methodologies for biblical studies, early Jewish and Christian histories, and histories of enslaved resistance.Questions or further inquiries about these themes may be directed to either of the Co-chairs, Angela N. Parker, at or Katherine A. Sh

Program Unit Chairs

Angela Parker
Katherine A. Shaner

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