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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

History and Literature of Early Rabbinic Judaism

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The History and Literature of Early Rabbinic Judaism section plans up to four sessions for the 2021 meeting. One session, co-sponsored with Aramaic Studies, will consider code-switching; because this session is deferred from 2020, we will not be accepting further papers for it. We are asking for papers for three more sessions: 1) Following up on the success of our 2018 session on comparative Jewish and Christian biblical exegesis, we are calling for sets of papers from *pairs of scholars* juxtaposing late antique Jewish reception of biblical texts or ideas with their early Islamic or early Christian receptions. Successful proposals will describe *two* short (likely 10-minute) papers, one from each scholar. Interested potential presenters looking for a partner may post their interests and/or look for potential colleagues on the googledoc here ( 2) We are calling for papers addressing performativity, theatricality, and playfulness in Rabbinic literature. 3) We are also calling for papers for an open session for papers addressing any aspect of late antique Rabbinic literature.

Program Unit Chairs

Chaya Halberstam
Michael Rosenberg

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