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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
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Social Scientific Criticism of the New Testament

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Social Scientific Criticism of the New Testament Section program encourages the self-conscious employment of recognized models, methods, or theories of the social sciences in order to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the texts and social world of the New Testament. For the 2017 meeting, we will have one Open Session, for which we warmly invite proposals, one session co-sponsored with Q on the topic of Demons and Spirit Possession for which we are accepting proposals, and one closed session of invited papers on the category of “Class." The session on "Class" will focus on the usefulness of the category of class for explaining the representations of social distinctions in the canonical and extracanonical gospels. Its papers will explore the ways that the gospels portray the social, economic, and cultural distinctions between people in different economic positions and the relations between them, the significance of these distinctions for understanding the purposes and intended audiences of these texts, and the prospects and limitations of the category of class for analyzing these differences.

Program Unit Chairs

Sarah E. Rollens
Zeba A. Crook

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