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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

Ecological Hermeneutics


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: In 2019, there will be a three thematic sessions and an open session. One theme to be explored is that of “Ecology, Oceans and the Bible.” San Diego is a renowned center of Oceanographic research, so this theme is an appropriate localization. The term “oceans” is indicative, not prescriptive. Proposals addressing, for instance, large bodies of water, the ocean denizens, plastics pollution or the water cycle will be considered. A second theme will be a joint session with Animal Studies and the Bible section, on “Wildlife depletion, then and now,” which will contain presentations on issues associated with species extinction and destruction of habitat in the Biblical period and their relevance for modern times. A third session will explore "Paul's Epistle to the Romans in the context of Ecology and Empire," including reviews of two new books: Sylvia Keesmaat & Brian Walsh, "Romans Disarmed: Resisting Empire, Demanding Justice" (Brazos) and Sigve Tonstad's, "Letter to the Romans: Paul Among the Ecologists" (Earth Bible Commentary). Panelists will be invited. Proposals are also welcome. Proposals on any biblical text are also invited for inclusion in an open session. All proposals are encouraged to engage with the principles of ecological hermeneutics - e.g., suspicion, identification, retrieval (Habel and Trudinger, Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics, SBL 2008) or the methodology of the Exeter project (Horrell, Hunt and Southgate, Greening Paul, Baylor 2010).

Program Unit Chairs

Peter Trudinger

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