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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 of Religious Antiquity


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? No

Call For Papers: The Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Seminar provides a forum for collegial work exploring religious text using sociorhetorical interpretation as an analytical framework, and in dialogue with other scholars whose work engages facets of sociorhetorical exploration. In 2017, we will be holding four sessions. We continue on Track 1 (New Horizons in Sociorhetorical Interpretation) with a session on "Emerging Structures in and from Early Christian Discourse," which will examine two generative issues: the return of Jesus from the New Testament to the Qur'an and gender and virginity from the New Testament into the Apocrypha. Next, we will hold a special session on "Retrospect and Prospects for Sociorhetorical Interpretation" that both celebrates twenty years of sociorhetorical work with the publication of Foundations for Sociorhetorical Exploration and looks at the contributions of sociorhetorical interpretation from a variety of fresh perspectives. (This will take the place of the Track 2 analytical seminar for 2017). In Track 3 (Refining Sociorhetorical Interpretation), we will engage art historians and biblical scholars together to discuss the mutually illuminating interpretation of images and biblical texts. Finally, the Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Seminar and the Book of Acts Section will hold a joint session of the topoi of bodies and embodiment in the Book of Acts.

Program Unit Chairs

Bart B. Bruehler
Robert H. von Thaden, Jr.

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