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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

Comparative Method in Biblical Studies

Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Because the days of being able to read the Bible as an insular text are limited, academic professionals must be able to put the Bible into dialogue with other literatures and scriptures, from ancient to modern. The primary goal of the CMBS program unit is to create a space in which biblical scholars have the opportunity to discuss the goals, challenges, and ethics of comparison, and to share methods that help navigate this difficult terrain. Our aim is not to present, promote, or generate a single way of doing comparison, but to create an ongoing forum in which scholars can discuss strategies and considerations that they find helpful—or problematic—in their own work and in the field generally, thus enhancing professional reflection on the relationship between method and outcome. For our inaugural year, CMBS will host three sessions: one open session for which we are soliciting abstracts and two sessions comprised of invited scholars working on a diverse range of topics. For the open session, CMBS seeks papers dedicated to constructive reflection on comparative method, which may or may not include an illustrative case study. Invited papers will use case studies to introduce attendees to the major issues and ethical questions posed by the act of comparison, as well as our discipline’s own history on this specific topic. We will also discuss promising directions for future study, thus leaving attendees with practical suggestions of where to learn more and piquing their interest in subsequent conversations. For more information about the aims and strategies of our program unit, please read our application here:

Program Unit Chairs

Amy L. Balogh
Tammi J. Schneider

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