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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

Book History and Biblical Literatures

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This unit investigates how insights from Book History illuminate scriptural literatures. We marshal scholars of Hebrew Bible/ANE, Judaism, Christianity, Nag Hammadi, Syriac studies, and modernity in a theoretical and historical conversation about the culturally contingent concepts of text, authorship, readership, publication, and materiality. In 2019, we will host two invited book review panels (one with the Papyrology group) and one open session. The theme of our open session will be the biographies of ancient books, real and imagined. Books existed in more than just libraries or private collections in the ancient Mediterranean. They sat in heavenly caverns, open in divine courtrooms, or atop sacred mountains. Their origins and ends were just as diverse: some, of course, were written by scribes, priests, and monks, while others were mysteriously transcribed on gold, or written from fire instead of ink. In this session, we invite short (10-12 minute) papers that focus either on one specific ancient text's real or imagined life, or an aspect of this textual discourse that illumines the relationship between books, real and imagined. Scholars from underrepresented countries outside of North America can apply for SBL International Travel Grants, to facilitate their participation in the meeting. More information is available at

Program Unit Chairs

Daniel Picus

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