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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

Hellenistic Judaism


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2020 SBL Annual Meeting in Boston the Hellenistic Judaism section organizes three sessions. 1) “Travel and Movement between the Jewish Diaspora and the Land of Israel.“ In this open session, co-organized with the consultation "Jewish, Christian, and Graeco-Roman Travel", we deal with travel and movement between the Diaspora and the Land of Israel. Papers may relate to any aspect of the topic, but we particularly encourage presenters to explore the impact of movement and exchange between the Land of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora in the context of commonly held views on Judaism in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. 2) “On the Occasion of 50 years of the Journal for the Study of Judaism and 25 years of the Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism: What is Hellenistic Judaism?“ This panel, by invitation, asks a fundamental question for the field: What is to be understood by “Hellenistic Judaism”? Since Martin Hengel’s ground breaking Habilitationsschrift "Judentum und Hellenismus", published in its first edition 50 years ago, scholars in Jewish Studies, Classics, and Biblical Studies have intensely debated the relations of Hellenism and Judaism opening up a wide range of interpretations, from suggesting different labels (such as Jewish Hellenism) to questioning the very existence of something like Hellenistic Judaism. The panel will bring together a variety of different approaches to the question. 3) Book Review Panel, by invitation, of the "Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint" (HTLS). Volume 1. Ed. Eberhard Bons and Jan Joosten (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020), in cooperation with the IOSCS.

Program Unit Chairs

René Bloch
Professor Sarah Pearce

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