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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

Contextual Interpretation of the Bible (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and New Testament)


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This Seminar underlines the significance of contextual interpretation and its contribution to biblical studies. We invite contributions to 4 sessions (proposed and solicited papers): 1. The Book of Psalms, or individual psalms, in the everyday lives of ordinary readers. Including how marginalized and ordinary readers interpret the psalms in context and community. Conversely, how does your position as bible scholar in a community impact a reading? Contributions on similarities between the context of the editors of the Psalms and modern-day marginal groups are also welcome. Acceptance of papers is a first step toward, but does not guarantee, publication in Texts@Contexts (Bloomsbury Publishing) on the Book of Psalms. 2. The bible and South East Asian cultures, with emphasis on China and India. This includes interpreting the bible in South East Asian contexts; translation of the bible; cross-textual readings in local contexts; the bible and contemporary issues in South East Asia; as well as the bible among translocated communities of South East Asian origin. Contributions should reflect the significance of contextual interpretation and the contribution of non-Western scholars to biblical studies. (3) Reading the bible's secondary characters in the cultures of Oceania and Pasifika. We invite papers that propose critical and creative readings of a biblical text about a secondary or "second-rate" character (Enoch/Idris, Zuleika, Orpah, Gershom, Judas, plants, animals, etc.) in the culture and contexts of Oceania, especially indigenous Australia and the Pasifika Islands. We will also consider proposals that are queer, cross-scriptural or emphasizes orality. (4) We invite contributions to an open session on the interpretation of a biblical text from within a reader's explicitly articulated context, personal as well as communal, while firmly anchored in clear methodology.

Program Unit Chairs

Jaqueline S. du Toit
Wei Huang

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