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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

Biblical Exegesis from Eastern Orthodox Perspectives

Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We welcome proposals regarding the following topics: 1.The Role of Philosophy in Greek and Byzantine Exegesis (joint session with the History of Interpretation Unit) In this session, we examine the relation between “philosophy,” an enterprise construed in various ways by Christian theologians, and the exegetical works of Greek and Byzantine interpreters. Though scholars often recognize the significance of philosophical traditions both for allegorical interpretation and for commentaries, they have paid less attention to the role of moral philosophy, for instance, in patristic moral exhortation. We, therefore, welcome proposals that examine the role of philosophical traditions in Eastern patristic exegesis. 2.Canon in Orthodox Christianities (j.s. with the Ethiopic Bible and Literature Unit) Biblical research has frequently focused on the origins of the canon and the causes that drove its creation, as well as the relative importance of canonical lists, actual codices, and the ascription practices of interpreters. This session seeks to deepen research on the canon by examining both the contents of canons and the meaning of canonicity in the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches. We invite papers that examine issues of the canon outside of the Christian West. We are interested in papers that assess how local political, theological and cultural factors may have shaped the delineation and reception of a canon, as well as the meaning of “canonical” status. 3.Biblical Interpretation and Middle Eastern Christianity (j.s. with the Middle Eastern Christianity Unit): We welcome proposals addressing the topic of biblical interpretation as it relates to Middle Eastern Christians. The topic includes exegetical traditions and motifs within the Middle Eastern Christianity. Proposals could remark on disjunctions to other Christian exegetical traditions or intersections with others.

Program Unit Chairs

Athanasios Despotis
James Buchanan Wallace

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