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2018 International Meeting

Helsinki, Finland

Meeting Begins7/30/2018
Meeting Ends8/3/2018

Call for Papers Opens: 10/18/2017
Call for Papers Closes: 2/14/2018

Requirements for Participation

Comparative Methodology (EABS)

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: A new workshop for 2018, the Comparative Methodology session at EABS in Helsinki seeks papers that specifically address issues of methodology in comparative analyses of ancient texts. We welcome contributions that seek to answer the questions of “why” and “how to” juxtapose texts by putting them into dialogue, including Greco-Roman, Early Jewish, and New Testament. Papers ideally should follow a two-part approach, firstly dealing with questions of method, secondly presenting a case study of said method through the juxtaposition of two (or more) ancient texts. Authors are encouraged to address some of the following questions: 1) How should we construct a comparison between two texts, i.e., what are the necessary criteria? 2) Are comparisons necessary to biblical studies, and what would be lost without them? 3) How should the outcomes of comparative analyses be assessed in terms of value and legitimacy, and per what criteria? 4) Is there a certain level of competence in various texts and authors that justifies one’s comparative work? 5) Which philosophical resources are most helpful in conceiving comparisons? We welcome your submissions for EABS 2018 in Helsinki.

Program Unit Chairs

Reimund Bieringer
Tavis A. Bohlinger

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