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Meeting Program Units

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

Pauline Theology


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Pauline Pneumatology and the Body: For our open session we invite proposals for papers discussing the nature (and work) of pneuma in Paul. Recent publications on Paul’s pneumatology have seen an increase of interpretations of the work of the Spirit based on a material concept of pneuma (e.g. with regard to the way in which Abraham’s blessing is passed on to the Gentiles, Gal. 3:14). The arguments for the physical nature of the Spirit in Paul are usually based on 1 Cor. 15:44. We are looking for papers that critically engage these pneumatological proposals and, if accepted, how they relate to other aspects in Paul’s letters, particularly his anthropology, asking questions such as: Does Paul envisage the person to be physical all the way through, having a material soul within a “porous” body? Does a material concept of pneuma affect notions of gender and race in Paul (e.g. in 1 Cor. 12:13)? How does pneuma, understood materially, activate human/bodily agency? We also encourage reflection on potential implications for current thinking in pneumatology, ethics, and theological anthropology (including, for example, disability and sexuality).

Program Unit Chairs

Alexandra R. Brown
Douglas Harink

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