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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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Economics in the Biblical World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The "Economics in the Biblical World" program unit is planning two sessions for the 2017 annual meeting. One session will be an invited panel of contributors for an upcoming volume with Fortress Press on wealth and poverty in the biblical world. The second session will be an open call with the theme of "Land and the Common Good." In Israel and Second-Temple Judea, as in other agrarian societies, the people and state were almost completely dependent on the land for their livelihood. People possessed and worked land in various arrangements, and “property" and "ownership" of land are debated concepts in our field. Questions remain about the use of the land and its produce and the extent to which land was ever a common resource for villages and the larger society. We invite proposals that wrestle with the concept of land, property ownership, and survival in the subsistence-based economy of ancient Judea. Papers that address key biblical texts in this regard (e.g., Nehemiah 5, Leviticus 25, parables in the Synoptic Gospels) are welcome, as are presenters who wish to explore extra canonical evidence.

Program Unit Chairs

Richard A. Horsley

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