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2020 Annual Meeting

Virtual Meeting

Meeting Begins11/29/2020
Meeting Ends12/11/2020

Call for Papers Opens: 1/7/2020
Call for Papers Closes: 3/11/2020

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Social Scientific Criticism of the New Testament

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Social-Scientific Criticism of the New Testament unit is pleased to offer three sessions at the 2020 Annual meeting:

1. Early Christianity and Labor/Occupations (co-sponsored with the Ancient Economy section). Papers will be invited.

2. Book review session featuring two recent books on the sociological study of early Christianity: John S. Kloppenborg’s Christ’s Associations: Connecting and Belonging in the Ancient City and Anthony Keddie’s Class and Power in Roman Palestine: The Socioeconomic Setting of Judaism and Christian Origins. In this session, we will ask the invited reviewers not only to assess the book they’ve been asked to review, but also to think about the “so what?” or “what’s next?” questions that might follow from the book.

3. Open Session: As always, we enthusiastically invite submissions on all aspects of the social-scientific study of early Christianity.

Program Unit Chairs

Ernest van Eck
Sarah E. Rollens

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