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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: 2/15/2018
Requirements for Participation

Contextual Interpretation of the Bible (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and New Testament)


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The aim of this Seminar is to underline the significance of contextual interpretation and the contribution of contextual awareness to biblical studies. Issues of different strategies (including “inculturation,” inter(con)textualization, and reading with “ordinary” readers) and methodological justifications are to be seriously explored. We are especially interested in the “marginal” (from the geographical, gender, faith, class, age, communal and so forth) aspects of interpretation of the Bible. Proposals are invited for 4 planned sessions: 1. On the Books of Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah. 2. On the Psalms. 3. On any books of the New Testament. 4. Since this is a joint Meeting with the EABS, 1-2 joint session(s) with the EABS research project group, 'The Bible in the 21st Century', is being planned and proposals invited, on the topic of Government, Ethics and Resistance: Case Studies in the HB and the NT. All sessions will be a combination of solicited and proposed papers. We welcome papers that examine the biblical text from within a reader’s explicitly articulated context, personal as well as communal, while firmly anchored in clear methodology. Acceptance of papers for the sessions is a first step toward, but does not guarantee, publication in the ongoing contextual series Texts@Contexts (Now at Bloomsbury Publishing; see http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/samuel-kings-and-chronicles-i-9780567671158/ for the latest, and fifth, volume in the Hebrew Bible Texts@Contexs; a sixth volume, on the Five Scrolls, will be published in early 2018).

Program Unit Chairs

Athalya Brenner-Idan
Gale A. Yee

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