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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

Poverty in the Biblical World


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We will host three sessions, a joint session with Paul and Politics, and an off-site poverty tour, led by local community organizers, at the Boston meeting. SESSION 1: "Causes and Effects of Poverty in the Ancient World" is an open session that will explore poverty, and its contexts, in the 1st Testament, 2nd Testament, and Apocrypha. Imperial/domestic extraction, prostitution, slavery, hunger and other topics relating to either the causes or the effects of poverty in the ancient Near-East, Hellenist, or Roman societies are welcome. SESSION 2: "Poverty and Intersectionality" is an open session to examine how poverty interacts with the numerous ways in which we exist in the world and how Bible enters into these conversations. Presenters will illuminate how biblical texts either have--or might--address connections between poverty and how people are categorized (e.g. sex, race, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class status, educational level, religion, military background, legal history). Presentations will be followed by a respondent and open discussion. SESSION 3: "Texts of Terror and Stereotyping: Poverty and Bible in US Politics" will be an invited panel session to discuss how aspects of US politics impoverish through both government policy and also the shaping of public attitudes. The panel will explore the deployment of 1st and 2nd Testament texts in US political and cultural discourses around poverty, labor, and intersectional problems of racial/ethnic and class discrimination. SESSION 4: This joint session with the Paul and Politics section will explore relationships between socioeconomic class and Paul’s writings through the following questions: In what ways and to what ends does Paul utilize class rhetoric? By what methods might we detect and evaluate class conflict in and/or around Paul’s communities? How do Paul and/or the communities respond to such tension? Can a class analysis elucidate Paul’s language of identity and economics (Gal 3:28; 2

Program Unit Chairs

Matthew J.M. Coomber
Diana M. Swancutt

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