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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

Requirements for Participation

The Bible in Ancient (and Modern) Media

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Bible in Ancient (and Modern) Media Section provides opportunities to analyze the relationship between the original media world of Jewish and Christian communities and the functions and interpretations of biblical (and related) texts. Approaches using modern media must emphasize how the approach significantly influences the understanding of biblical literature in its ancient context. In addition to the session with an open call for papers, The Bible in Ancient (and Modern) Media section and the Performance Criticism of Biblical and Other Ancient Texts section will jointly sponsor a session that features the work of Richard Schechner, noted performance theorist from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and pioneer of the discipline of Performance Studies. Dr. Schechner will open the session with a presentation regarding the roots and development of Performance Theory and will formally respond to two invited papers (including one performance of Paul’s letter to the Philippians) on performance theory from members of the respective sections. The session will conclude with an open discussion in which all three participants invite questions and comments from those in attendance.

Program Unit Chairs

Raymond F. Person, Jr.

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