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Meeting Program Units

2018 International Meeting

Helsinki, Finland

Meeting Begins: 7/30/2018
Meeting Ends: 8/3/2018

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: 10/18/2017
Call For Papers Closes: 2/15/2018
Requirements for Participation

Anthropology and the Bible (EABS)


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: In 2018 we are planning three sessions: -one session that is open to papers on anthropological perspectives in biblical literature and in the biblical world in general (cf. the description of the research unit above), -one thematic session that sets out to explore and evaluate the concept of shamanism in the Bible and cognate textual traditions (invited papers). This session is a continuation of our session on Shamanism in the Bible in Berlin 2017. For the 2018 meeting in Helsinki we have invited papers that focus on Shamanism in other textual traditions than the Bible (e.g. gnostic literature, rabbinic literature, ANE texts) and in papers that discuss the delineation of shamanism as a cultural phenomenon and its cross-cultural applicability. -and a thematic session on food in biblical literature organized jointly with the ISBL consultation on Food as Concept/Symbol/Metaphor (open session with some invited papers). For this session we particularly invite papers that focus on one of the following themes: 1) God as the one who Provides/Removes Food for the Benefit/Demise of Humanity; 2) Food as the Symbol for Life Itself; and 3) Meal of the Divine and Food for the Divine.

Program Unit Chairs

Anne Katrine Gudme
Emanuel Pfoh

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