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2019 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins11/23/2019
Meeting Ends11/26/2019

Call for Papers Opens: 12/19/2018
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2019

Requirements for Participation

Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds Section invites proposals for papers for two sessions: 1. The first session centers on “autographs.” We hope to address such questions as: what is an autograph? Can we speak of “autographs” in light of recent scholarship on the fluidity of texts? How does it relate to issues of scribality? And what are the theological implications of using this term? 2. The second is an open session, papers for which can address any of the group’s themes, including paleography, linguistics and textual criticism, as well as larger questions relating to the social and cultural history of early Christianity. A third session will be a book panel with invited speakers on Brent Nongbri’s book God’s Library. The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts (Yale 2018), co-sponsored with the Book History and Biblical Literatures Section. For questions contact AnneMarie Luijendijk (

Program Unit Chairs

AnneMarie Luijendijk
Lincoln Blumell

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