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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

Early Exegesis of Genesis 1–3


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: In 2020 the seminar will have three sessions: 1) a joint session with the „Development of Early Christian Thought“-seminar: The importance of biblical exegesis for the Christological controversies of the 5th century can be taken as granted, especially those passages about Christ from the NT. A joint session of the program units "Early Exegesis of Gen. 1-3" and "Development of Early Christian Theology" aims to broaden this approach, raising the question whether Gen 1-3 was important for the Christological controversies of the 5th century too. Since Gen 1-3 was important for early Christian cosmology, anthropology, and even for Trinitarian thought, the use of these extraordinarily important texts from the OT should be taken into consideration also within this context. Additionnally two further sessions will take place: 2) a session about poetic texts and hymns that are based upon Gen.1-3 (in Greek and Latin literature, up to the 7th century), e.g. Romanos Melodos, Georgios Pisides, Prudentius, Claudius Marius Victorius or Cyprian the Poet; 3) a session about the Jewish exegesis of Gen.1-3 from Late Antiquity (from Bereshit Rabba onwards). All sessions are accepting proposals now, independently of the status or background of the proponent. Invited papers will be added.

Program Unit Chairs

Christoph Markschies
Volker Henning Drecoll

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