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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

Ethics and Biblical Interpretation

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Ethics and Biblical Interpretation Group is an interdisciplinary partnership between biblical scholars, theologians, and ethicists. The work of our group focuses on the methods, texts, and principles for interpreting the Bible and engaging in ethical deliberation. Thus, the aims of the Ethics and Biblical Interpretation section are to study the way the various projects of biblical interpretation and hermeneutics intersect with the concerns of ethics and to foster interdisciplinary conversations. For the 2021 Annual Meeting, we invite proposals on the theme of “The Use of the Bible in the Public Square.” The Bible, biblical themes, and images play a huge role in public discourse, ranging from politics to entertainment to sports. And, in all these spaces, the Bible has been used to advance the causes of justice and inclusion or to perpetuate oppression and exclusion. This session invites further exploration on how biblical interpretation and hermeneutics intersect with ethics in the public realm. In a pluralistic and a secular society, what warrants the use of the Bible in the public square? What is the role of the Bible in shaping public imagination and conversation? What are the hermeneutical negotiations and interpretive parameters that should inform the use of the Bible in the society? How might explorations of biblical texts provide thick descriptions of and contributions to robust ethical inquiries?

Program Unit Chairs

Lisa Bowens
Safwat Marzouk

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