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Meeting Program Units

2017 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins: 11/18/2017
Meeting Ends: 11/21/2017

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: 12/19/2016
Call For Papers Closes: 3/8/2017
Requirements for Participation

Rhetoric and the New Testament


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Rhetoric and New Testament Section acknowledges that, given our current socio-political climate, the study of rhetoric and biblical literature is as highly relevant and urgent as ever. To this end, we call for proposals centering on several themes at the 2017 annual meeting. All approaches to the study of rhetoric and the New Testament will be considered, and we especially encourage papers that feature explicit methodological reflection. FIRST: we seek proposals about “Pedagogical dimensions and contours of rhetorical criticism.” How, to whom, and on what terms, do we teach rhetoric? How are New Testament scholars responsible for understanding and engaging discourses of power in the ancient and modern worlds, and how does this play out in the classroom? What resources have we found helpful for teaching rhetoric, and why are they helpful? SECOND: we seek proposals concerning “Rust-belt rhetoric and the New Testament in American public discourse.” What role(s) does “rhetoric (and the New Testament)” play in the current political landscape? What can we learn about studying the New Testament from such articulations? THIRD: we seek proposals concerning “Discourses of identity, power, and violence in the New Testament and in New Testament scholarship.” ALSO: We will host a review session of Alexandra Gruca-Macaulay’s Lydia as a Rhetorical Construct in Acts (2016). We will also jointly sponsor, with several other SBL program units, one and possibly two sessions on “The Present and the Future of Biblical Studies” to mark and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the journal, Biblical Interpretation (Brill). Panelists for these sessions have been invited. FINALLY, as usual we invite proposals dealing with various aspects of the intersection of the study of rhetoric and the New Testament. Proposals that focus on the question of why the study of rhetoric and the New Testament matters now will be particularly welcome.

Program Unit Chairs

Davina C. Lopez
Todd Penner

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