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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

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Virtue in Biblical Literature (EABS)

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: What did virtue mean for Jews and Christians who lived in the ancient Mediterranean region? How did they discuss and practise virtue? What constituted their “moral vocabularies”? This research unit analyses conceptions of virtue (i.e. human activity regarded as morally valuable) in ancient Judaism and early Christianity (ca. 500 BCE – 300 CE). While scholars have typically searched for the roots of western virtue ethics in Greek philosophy, ancient Jewish and Christian sources cannot be ignored if the diversity of the Mediterranean virtue discourses is taken seriously. Thus we welcome any papers that explore questions related to virtue in Jewish and Christian antiquity. We encourage participants to examine questions that include, but are not limited to, the following: What does ‘virtue’ mean in the context of Semitic sources that do not employ any separate term denoting virtue (cf. Greek ??et?; Latin virtus)? How do Jewish and Christian authors make use of the concept of ??et?? What are the sources and cultural influences of their virtue discourses? How do Jewish and Christian sources transform the study of ancient virtue ethics?

Program Unit Chairs

Anna-Liisa Tolonen
Elisa Uusimäki

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