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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

Biblical Exegesis from Eastern Orthodox Perspectives

Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This consultation will have two sessions in 2018. For one session, we invite papers on the theme: “Fresh Approaches to Theosis in the New Testament.” An increasing number of monographs and articles discuss relevant NT texts from the perspective of the patristic concept of theosis. In this session, we are calling for papers that will foster dialogue on theosis in the NT by providing original exegesis, as well as critical reflections regarding the hermeneutics and ethos of theosis. Therefore, proposals should offer not only overviews of patristic reception or current bibliography but also historical-critical approaches to the NT. A particular point of interest for this year is the discussion of aspects of theosis in the Johannine literature. However, the session may also include papers discussing other books of the NT canon. We also invite papers for a second session, which will be co-hosted with the section “Biblical Ethics” and will be a methodological session on the theme, “The Reception and Use of Ethical Traditions by Biblical Authors.” An analysis of both intra- and inter-testamental reception of earlier (biblical) ethical traditions is possible. The presenters are also invited to discuss whether their analysis of innerbiblical appropriation of ethical traditions could provide a model for relating the Bible to current ethical issues. Presenters for this co-hosted session may engage patristic and/or Orthodox interpretation of the relevant texts or draw on Orthodox traditions when evaluating how their work might inform contemporary discussion of ethics.

Program Unit Chairs

Athanasios Despotis
James Buchanan Wallace

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