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2018 Annual Meeting

Denver, CO

Meeting Begins11/17/2018
Meeting Ends11/21/2018

Call for Papers Opens: 12/18/2017
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2018

Requirements for Participation

Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? No

Call For Papers: The Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Seminar provides a forum for collegial work exploring religious texts of the ancient Mediterranean using sociorhetorical interpretation as an analytical framework. We value input from those familiar with sociorehtorical interpretation and active engagement with scholars from a variety of content areas and interpretive approaches. In 2018, we will be holding three sessions. In Track 1: New Horizons in Sociorhetorical Interpretation, we will consider the notion of the sublime as part of ancient rhetoric. While most rhetorical treatises focus on practical forms of persuasion, the rhetoric of the sublime moves people to apprehend beauty and the numinous in ways that transcend logic. In Track 2: Refining Sociorhetorical Interpretation, several presenters will consider key features of the religious texture (or rhetorolect) of apocalyptic in the New Testament. Track 3 is the Sociorhetorical Analytical Seminar, which demonstrates in-depth commentary work using the sociorhetorical analytic, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the approach. Roy Jeal will lead an exploration of Colossians for this session.

Program Unit Chairs

Bart B. Bruehler
Robert H. von Thaden, Jr.

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