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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

The Historical Paul

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Historical Paul section welcomes proposals for the following session: (1) An open session with papers that address any aspect of the section’s objective of providing a contextually plausible account of the historical figure Paul. Especially welcome are proposals that explore Paul in conversation with novel comparanda from the Greco-Roman world. The section will also host two invited sessions: (2) A session on “Slave Religiosity in Pauline Assemblies,” co-sponsored with the Slavery, Freedom, and Resistance section. This session will take Dan-el Padilla Peralta’s 2017 article "Slave Religiosity in the Roman Middle Republic" as a model to ask how enslaved persons might have heard, conceived of, and practiced the Pauline gospel differently than their enslavers. These papers consider the religious experiences particular to enslaved persons in the Pauline assemblies. (3) A third session, consisting of invited papers, entitled “Paul as Intellectual,” will explore what it means to call Paul an intellectual in the Greco-Roman world.

Program Unit Chairs

Brigidda Bell
Benjamin L. White

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