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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

Development of Early Christian Theology

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: In addition to a book review session, in 2023 our program unit is sponsoring three open-call sessions: 1) Homiletics and Exegesis: In a joint session with the program unit “Biblical Exegesis from Eastern Orthodox Perspectives,” we invite proposals for papers that deal with any topic or issue related to the nature of exegesis in homiletic contexts, from the apostolic period through to the seventh century. We invite papers that explore, for example, whether the exegesis in the context of preaching is decidedly different in tone, approach, or content to that found in the period’s other exegetical genres. However, proposals with a focus on any interpretive treatment of scripture in homilies are welcome. 2)Early Christian writers debated exegetical and doctrinal questions across various genres using polemic to vilify their opponents. Ancient rhetoric enhanced the combative tone of many of these exchanges. How can we nuance this picture? What role does genre (poetry, philosophical dialogue, epistle, etc.) play in shaping the modes of engagement? Are there instances of the rhetoric of forgiveness and reconciliation that complicate our understanding of early Christian theological discourses around “orthodoxy” and “heresy”? The Development of Early Christian Theology Unit welcomes proposals that approach these issues from diverse perspectives. In light of the submissions, we will organize two panels around common themes.

Program Unit Chairs

Erin Walsh
Miriam De Cock

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