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2020 International Meeting

Adelaide, Australia

Meeting Begins7/5/2020
Meeting Ends7/9/2020

Call for Papers Opens: 10/23/2019
Call for Papers Closes: 1/29/2020

Requirements for Participation

Psychological Hermeneutics of Biblical Themes and Texts

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: “Psychological perspectives on the Bible as dialogical partner in identity issues in a pluralistic world.” This theme is open for the ongoing struggles with racism, family constellations and even ecological challenges, to name just a few. We prefer papers that make explicit use of existing psychological theories. The psychological aspects of human life are integral, but they represent an under-examined area in Biblical studies. Biblical authors show great interest in people's capacity to cope psychologically with their circumstances, but also to envision the good life, and paths to get there. This section invites papers on the psychological aspects of the biblical themes and texts, since psychological interest may be found behind the texts, in the texts themselves, and in their reception up to the present day. It intends to explore what the potential would be of an examination of Biblical texts to the promotion of psychological health in individuals and in the societies today. The intersection between biblical theology and psychology is a meeting between two disciplines in their full right – each with their specific questions and areas of expertise, but very much complementary to each other.

Program Unit Chairs

Linda Joelsson
Pieter van der Zwan

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