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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

Bible and Emotion

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Bible and Emotion Group will host two sessions in 2020. First, the Bible and Emotion and the Prayer in Antiquity sections are hosting a joint session on the topic of prayer and emotion in antiquity. Relevant questions of interest include: How are emotions described and expressed in prayers? What role do emotions have in the experiencing of prayers at the individual or group level? What are the best approaches for examining prayer and emotion in antiquity? What role do emotions play in how a prayer might participate in the formation of the self? Proposals should move beyond a strictly form-critical understanding of prayers and give an explicit description of the approach being used. Papers evaluating and assessing one or more methods to use for studying prayer and emotion are especially welcome. Selected papers will have an invited respondent. The second session is OPEN. We invite proposals related to critical study of emotion across the full range of biblical literature and closely related literature. We are interested in papers that examine divine and/or human emotions in a biblical text, set of texts, book, or genre.

Program Unit Chairs

Amy Cottrill
Kathy Barrett Dawson

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