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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

Mind, Society, and Religion: Cognitive Science Approaches to the Biblical World

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year we will host two sessions: (1) An open call for “comparative approaches to moral infringement”: How does comparison help us understand the ways that groups or texts address wrongs committed between persons (e.g., punishment, revenge, compensation, forgiveness, penance, cursing, prayers, expulsion, etc.)? Presenters are encouraged to use cross-disciplinary insights to formulate relevant points of comparison and insights into comparative method. Both comparisons between ancient groups and texts and comparisons between ancient and contemporary examples are invited. The session is co-sponsored with the Comparative Method in Biblical Studies Unit. (2) An invited panel to review Daniel O. McClellan, YHWH’s Divine Images: A Cognitive Approach (Ancient Near East Monographs. SBL Press, 2022). The open-access book is available @

Program Unit Chairs

Colleen Shantz
Rikard Roitto

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