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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

Jesus Traditions, Gospels, and Negotiating the Roman Imperial World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year we will have two sessions combining invited papers and an open call. For one of these sessions, we welcome papers that explore the development of Jesus traditions in light of diverse borderlands communities in the early Roman Empire. Recent studies, such as Laurens E. Tacoma, Moving Romans: Migration to Rome in the Principate (Oxford, 2016), and Katherine Shaner, Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity (Oxford, 2018), illuminate the formation or function of “borderlands” communities in the Roman Empire, as urban centers such as Rome and Ephesus became magnets for migrants and sites for new experiments in social mobility and community identity formation. The visual rhetoric of Roman monumental architecture and coinage reveals imperial efforts to shape a Roman identity in this context, while early Christian rhetorics of redemption, servant leadership, fictive families, table fellowship, and reworkings of the Exodus narrative signal the boundary-crossings and community formations that Christians were negotiating from below. For this session, we particularly welcome papers on the Gospel of Luke and related traditions, as well as papers that consider the implications of research on the past for contemporary migration and borderlands issues. For the second session, we invite papers on any topic related to Jesus traditions, the gospels, and the Roman imperial world.

Program Unit Chairs

Arthur Wright
Catherine M. Murphy

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