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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

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Performance Criticism of the Bible and Other Ancient Texts

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Theme: Performance Criticism, Cognition and Embodiment The human body is a significant link between ancient and modern performances of biblical traditions. Across time and cultures, readers, lectors, and performers of biblical texts gesture and use other signals with eyes, face, hands, arms, and legs that audiences blend with the sounds they hear to make meaning. Three sessions will explore this theme: (1) In the first joint session co-sponsored by Performance Criticism of the Bible and Other Ancient Texts, Cognitive Linguistics in Biblical Interpretation, and the Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures, three invited papers will explore how the human body and embodied cognition may provide a basis for comparing ancient and modern performances. (2) A second session will be a book review of Kelly Iverson, Performing Early Christianity (Cambridge, 2021). (3) Performing Philemon: Possibilities and Limitations. What are the possibilities and limitations of performing Philemon? What different experiences are generated by various performances and performers? What do the variety of experiences suggest about the text itself and its first performances, if anything? Proposals are invited

Program Unit Chairs

Jeanette Mathews
Peter S. Perry

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