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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

Numismatic Evidence and Biblical Interpretation


Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The theme for 2021 in Numismatics and Biblical Interpretation is numismatic iconography and biblical interpretation. We welcome paper submissions for all sessions from SBL members. The first session (open call) offers a review and critical exploration of resources in numismatic iconography for biblical studies across all relevant fields. Papers will address the cal navigation of major international collections and databases including Archaic and Classical Greek Coinage; Persian, Royal Hellenistic, Ptolemaic and Seleucid Coinage; Roman Republican Coinage; Roman Imperial Coinage; Roman Provincial Coinage; and non-Classical Ancient Coinage inculusive of Celtic, Baktrian, Parthian, Sasanian, Sabaean, Himyarite, Aksumite, and Kushan. The second session (open call) is devoted to addressing any key issues in iconographic methodology, including potential difficulties in identifying iconographic ambiguity or the parameters of a “type” of coin and the threshold of differentiation that can be plausibly applied for distinction. The third session (open call) will offer a range of papers exploring a range of numismatic iconographic themes which directly or indirectly illuminate the interpretation of the bible such as portraiture, hairstyles, physicality, architecture, Temple Structures, military themes or other relevant thematic elements.

Program Unit Chairs

David M. May
Michael P. Theophilos

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