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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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Ritual in the Biblical World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Ritual in the Biblical World section will offer three sessions in the upcoming 2023 annual meeting. 1) The first session will be a session focused on divine ritual activity. We invite proposals that critically examine whether the biblical text includes descriptions or divine ritual activity and the implications this may have in understanding ritual in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament. 2) The second session would continue our focus on women in liturgical contexts, specifically exploring their ritual functions in funerals. This session will look particular wishes to engage some of the following questions: What role did women play in funerals? Did they hold positions of authority or leadership in funerary procedures? Was female participation in aspects of the funerary process a contentious issue? We welcome submissions that address issues of authority, power, and/or variances in participation based on conceptions of gender as they relate to women in liturgy in the Biblical world. 3) The third session will be an open session on all parameters of meaning and function of ritual found in textual and iconographic sources in the larger context of the cultures of the ancient world, employing insights and methods from the field of ritual theory.

Program Unit Chairs

Daniel Belnap
Jade Weimer

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