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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

Biblical Exegesis from Eastern Orthodox Perspectives

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The unit welcomes proposals for three sessions: 1) A session focused on ancient and modern Eastern Orthodox perspectives on “divine inspiration” in the composition and exegesis of the Bible, including notions of the church fathers themselves as divinely inspired interpreters. 2) A joint session with the Eastern Orthodox Studies unit inviting both paper and panel proposals that analyze any aspect of the relationship between Orthodox mysticism and scripture. This may include but is not limited to the relationship between mystical theology and biblical/patristic hermeneutics; the uses of scripture in the liturgical context and mystical practices, affect, and embodied experiences; the historical study of Orthodox mystical practice and spirituality in the past and present; and the uses of art, music, and creative expression as they relate to Orthodox mysticism. 3) A joint session with the Development of Early Christian Theology unit inviting proposals for papers that deal with any topic related to the nature of exegesis in homiletic contexts from the apostolic period through the seventh century: 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. Proposals focusing on any interpretive treatment of scripture in homilies are welcome. Jointly with the Gospel of Mark unit, we will also host a session of invited papers: In modern Gospels and historical Jesus research, the Gospel of Mark by far has taken priority over the other three. While the gospel was read in the patristic era, and dependence on its pericopes periodically surfaces, its presence in early Christian thought was overshadowed by Matthew, Luke, and John. In the first centuries of Christianity, it was the only gospel that received neither commentaries nor homily series. This invited session therefore asks "What happened to Mark in early Christian exegesis?"

Program Unit Chairs

Leslie Baynes
Michael G. Azar

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