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2021 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins11/20/2021
Meeting Ends11/23/2021

Call for Papers Opens: 1/20/2021
Call for Papers Closes: 3/24/2021

Requirements for Participation

Performance Criticism of the Bible and Other Ancient Texts

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Performance Criticism of the Bible and Other Ancient Texts section will hold two sessions at the 2021 meeting. The FIRST SESSION is an OPEN session, seeking submissions on performance criticism of the Bible and other ancient texts with a particular focus on: “anger, grief, and a call to transformation.” The SECOND SESSION explores the function of performance in the interpretation of ancient texts. This is a joint session with the Bible in Ancient (and Modern) Media with INVITED papers from two members of the respective sections. The presenters will address the issue from counter positions—Ray Person will approach the topic from the perspective of the text: “Scribal Performance and Scribal Memory: A New Approach to Text-Critical ‘Variants’” and Cliff Barbarick will approach the topic via a performance of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. This session is designed to provoke conversation about the formative influence of performance on the creation of texts, the performance of such texts in ancient and modern contexts, and the representation of oral performance in written texts. The session will provide ample time for discussion of each scholar’s work and on the impact of those conclusions upon the discipline of Biblical Performance Criticism.

Program Unit Chairs

Bernhard Oestreich
Jeanette Mathews
Lee A. Johnson
Peter S. Perry

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