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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

Book History and Biblical Literatures

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This unit investigates how insights from Book History illuminate scriptural literatures. We marshal scholars of Hebrew Bible/ANE, Judaism, Christianity, Nag Hammadi, Syriac studies, and modernity in a theoretical and historical conversation about the culturally contingent concepts of text, authorship, readership, publication, and materiality. In 2018, we will host one invited session on material philology and two open sessions. The theme of our open sessions will be ancient and modern narratives of origins: Where do sacred texts come from? Who wrote them, and how do we know? Where and how were they discovered? These questions occupy modern scholars, but--as we know from such examples as the discovery of a scroll of the law in the temple in 2 Kings 22--they have also long occupied ancient writers themselves. How do narratives of the authorship, transmission, and discovery of texts, ancient and modern, differ or converge? We invite papers that explore how both modern scholars and ancient writers have narrated origins, authorship, invention, and discovery of texts, and the ways in which these narratives help to construct the text's sacredness or significance.

Program Unit Chairs

Eva Mroczek

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