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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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Children in the Biblical World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Children in the Biblical World section plans to host three sessions in 2017. The first will be an open session. We invite submissions on any topic related to children and the Bible, the ancient world, or how biblical texts affect children in the post-biblical world. The second session will present the work of the project “Tiny Voices from the Past: New Perspectives on Childhood in Early Europe” (Univ. of Oslo/Norwegian Research Council), and the publications which have resulted from this four year long examination of children in the ancient world (see The committee will invite the presenters for this session. The third session will be a joint session with the Women in the Biblical World and LGBTI/Queer Hermeneutics sections. Proponents of so-called "traditional" family values often appeal to biblical texts to implicitly or explicitly exclude families, or some people from families, that don't conform to a certain model. Yet, biblical texts often prove to be notoriously tricky analogues or preludes for such claims. This panel invites papers that consider strategies that build upon such disconnections or non-correspondences, as an opening onto critical, creative, or constructive uses of the context, content, or interpretation of the Hebrew Bible or New Testament.

Program Unit Chairs

Reidar Aasgaard
Sharon Betsworth

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