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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

Biblical Reception History and Authority in the Middle Ages and Beyond (EABS)


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: In recent research in biblical studies, reception history has become an increasingly important but controversial topic of discussion. We maintain that new understandings and interpretations of biblical narratives are strongly linked with given cultural and social milieu and often serve practical aims in the given community. This emphasis of the context of interpretation brings along an important question of power and authority. Whose interests the new biblical interpretations serve? How novel expression of traditional texts become authoritative? How is the authority of biblical narratives upheld in changing circumstances? We invite contributions that focus on the use of biblical texts after the formative period of canonization, i.e. in medieval and early modern periods. We are interested in addressing what faith communities considered important, as well as asking what the role of an individual author is in the process of re-reading and interpreting biblical texts. In addition to more focused case studies of interpretation of particular biblical passages in different cultural environments, we also wish to open the interdisciplinary discussion about the ways in which biblical or authoritative texts have been read and exploited in communities of faith, thereby encouraging novel analyses of relationship between biblical texts and contemporary concerns. The more theoretical approaches which aim to explain the dynamics of power and the re-interpreting of sacred texts are also welcome.

Program Unit Chairs

Katja Ritari
Ritva Palmén

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