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2020 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins11/21/2020
Meeting Ends11/24/2020

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

Requirements for Participation

Ritual in the Biblical World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Ritual in the Biblical World section will offer five sessions in the upcoming 2020 annual meeting. 1) The first session would continue our ongoing discussion on the relationship between ritual and epistemology. This is an open call and invite those who wish to explore this particular subject to submit a proposal. 2) The second session will be an open session. We encourage those of you working on rituals in texts as well as ritual acts and iconography to consider proposing to this session which will offer a forum for discussing theory and methods in the field of ritual studies in the world of the Bible, i.e. OT/NT/DSS/ Christianity and Judaism in Late Antiquity. 3) There will also be another session, that is open to all aspects of ritual study. 4) The fourth session is a joint session with the Senses, Cultures and Biblical Worlds section. It will continue the exploration of ritual and epistemology, with focus on the epistemological role of the senses on ritual praxis. This will be an open call. 4) The fifth session is an invited joint session with the Ritual in the Biblical World section to review Jesus and the Forces of Death: The Gospels’ Portrayal of Ritual Impurity within First-Century Judaism by Matthew Thiessen (Baker, 2020).

Program Unit Chairs

Daniel Belnap
Jade Weimer

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