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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: 2/14/2018
Requirements for Participation

Bible and Empire


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: At the 2018 International SBL Meeting, the Bible and Empire group will host three sessions. Our first session, to be offered in conjunction with the EABS “Bible and Politics” group, will be entitled “After Empire: The Role of the Bible in Young Nations (1917-2017) Emerging from Major 19th and 20th Century Empires”. The goal of the session is to explore the reception and influence of the Bible in nations, such as Finland and various Balkan states, which established their independence after breaking away from a large empire. A second session, entitled “Eschatology and Empire”, will be dedicated to exploring the intersections between Jewish and Christian eschatologies and imperial actions and ideology. This session welcomes papers focused on both the biblical texts themselves and their reception in subsequent centuries. Third and finally, papers are invited for an open session on empires and imperialism in the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint, the New Testament, and in subsequent reception history. Analyses of from any number of critical and interpretive perspectives are welcome. Potential contributors may contact the session organizers with any questions. Christopher M. Hays: cmhays@gmail.com Ana T. Valdez: manavaldez@gmail.com

Program Unit Chairs

Ana T. Valdez
Christopher M. Hays

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