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Meeting Program Units

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

Economics in the Biblical World


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Economics in the Biblical World program unit will host three sessions at the 2020 annual meeting. The first continues a series of sessions begun at the 2019 annual meeting on the temple in the political economy of Judah. As 2019’s session focused on the Persian period, this year’s session (2020) will focus on the early Hellenistic/Ptolemaic period. We are interested in papers that explore Ptolemaic political/administrative policies and practices and their impacts on Judaea, scribes, the temple, temple personnel, other local elites, etc. What is the role of the temple in the overall political-economic structure and dynamics of Judaea under the Ptolemaic empire? When did this structure emerge? How was it maintained? What were the social, political, and economic relations between the inhabitants of Jerusalem/Judaea and the neighboring peoples/places (e.g., Samaria, Transjordan, Idumea, Maresha)? Our second session is "Wealth and Poverty in Luke-Acts, Revisited.” This session is jointly sponsored with The Gospel of Luke and The Book of Acts program units. Our third session is co-sponsored with the Poverty in the Biblical World program unit. It will focus on Sharing Goods in Common, featuring presentations on the Qumran Community (key passages from DSS), the holding "all things in common" in the Jerusalem koinon, according to the accounts in Acts 2 and 4, and the exhortations in the Didache that addressees share their goods with the needy as well as with prophets.

Program Unit Chairs

Davis Hankins
Roger S. Nam

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