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2023 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, Texas

Meeting Begins11/18/2023
Meeting Ends11/21/2023

Call for Papers Opens: 1/23/2023
Call for Papers Closes: 3/14/2023

Requirements for Participation


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year the Q unit will offer three sessions.
Firstly, we warmly invite submissions for papers on any aspect of the Q source for one Open Session. Submissions could treat topics like: Q and John the Baptist; apocalypticism in Q; the redaction of Q; parables in Q; Q and gender; queering Q; the social formation envisioned by Q; etc. We welcome submissions from graduate students and those who are not primarily Q scholars!
Secondly, one session will showcase contributions to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Q. Papers for this session are invited.
Finally, we invite proposals regarding Q and the Synoptic Problem for a joint session with the Interrelations of the Gospels consultation; proposals must be submitted to both the Q section and the Interrelations of the Gospels consultation. Below is the description of the joint session.
As noted by Frans Neirynck in 2001, the Two-Document Hypothesis is "a very large house with many dwelling-places." In practice, this has translated to a variety of roles for Q in synoptic interrelations. For this session, we will focus on the following roles that Q has played since the 19th century: (1) as accounting for, and mostly limited to, the synoptic Double Tradition; (2) as potentially accounting for Minor Agreements; (3) as a potential source for Mark's gospel. We welcome methodologically sustained arguments for or against any of the aforementioned roles. Special consideration will be given to proposals that, rather than focusing on one or a few test passages, will assess the principal methodological considerations and either defend a particular position against the existing critique or supplement the critique by engaging counterarguments. Proposals that endorse Q's existence or argue against it are equally welcome. We expect all authors primarily to engage with the presuppositions of the Two-Document Hypothesis and the existing arguments of its theorists.

Program Unit Chairs

Giovanni Battista Bazzana
Sara Parks

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