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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

Poverty in the Biblical World


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year the Poverty in the Biblical World Section will host one session. SESSION 1 (Open Call): Walls and borders in biblical texts function both materially and symbolically, having the potential to be in varying degrees life-affirming and/or death-dealing. Walls and borders might promise peace (e.g., Psalm 122, 147), yet conquering nations break down the wall surrounding Jerusalem (e.g., Nehemiah 1). Some texts declare God created nations and borders (e.g., Deuteronomy 32:8, Acts 17:26), but others dictate God wants people to care for those who are arrive from outside these walls and borders. Jesus, Mary and Joseph cross the border between Judea and Egypt fleeing the persecution of Herod (Matthew 2), while Revelation describes how a wall will again surround the New Jerusalem (e.g. Revelation 21). In short, the biblical texts attest to the many ways that walls and border can be places of particular vulnerability for the poor and marginalized. With a special focus on how walls and borders impact impoverished peoples, both ancient and/or contemporary, papers in this session will explore how to better understand these disparate texts, either in their ancient contexts or as they have been applied throughout their reception histories. Topics might address wall building or destruction, border establishment or crossing, with special attention on their implications for the poor and marginalized.

Program Unit Chairs

Crystal L. Hall
Kelly Murphy

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