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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

Recovering Female Interpreters of the Bible

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: SESSION 1: "WOMEN BIBLICAL INTERPRETERS THROUGH THE AGES (ca. 100 CE – ca. 1920)." We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on any topic related to women who interpreted scripture prior to the early twentieth century. Topics can include women who interpreted the Bible through their writing, teaching, preaching, speaking, art, music, or other mediums. Papers may deal with individual women; or may compare several women writing on the same theme or biblical passage; or may deal with some other aspect of women's scriptural interpretation through the ages. SESSION 2: "WOMEN MYSTICS AS BIBLICAL INTERPRETERS (ca. 100 CE – ca. 1920)." We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on biblical interpretation by women mystics. “Mysticism” here is broadly construed to include visions, revelations, ecstatic utterances, Pentecostal experiences, and similar phenomena. Possible topics include women whose visions or revelations interpreted scripture; women who used their mystical experiences to justify their right to write, preach, speak, or interpret the Bible in other ways; or other aspects of the intersection between mysticism and scriptural interpretation. Examples of women with mystical or visionary experiences include, but are not limited to: New Prophecy (Montanist) women; the martyr Perpetua (d. 203); Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179); Julian of Norwich (1342-ca.1416); Afro-Peruvian visionary Ursula de Jésus (1604-1666); Mother Ann Lee (1736-1784); African-American preacher Zilpha Elaw (1790-1893); and numerous others. For questions, contact Joy Schroeder at

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Joy Schroeder

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