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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

Comparative Method in Biblical Studies

Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For our third year, we will host four types of sessions. All encourage interdisciplinary work and will engage comparative method directly. 1) An open session that welcomes proposals from across fields and subfields that deal overtly with comparative method and that may or may not use illustrative case studies. 2) In partnership with the “Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Bible” and “Israelite Prophetic Literature” units, we are exploring the theme: DIVINE BODIES IN SACRED TEXTS, ICONOGRAPHY, AND TRADITIONS. We invite proposals that examine how divine bodies are constructed or represented in prophetic texts in comparison/contrast to how they function in ancient Near Eastern or various religious texts, iconography, or traditions, including contemporary contexts. This session will include both invited and proposed papers. 3) In partnership with the “Mind, Society, and Religion: Cognitive Science Approaches to the Biblical World” program unit, we invite proposals that explore the question: HOW DOES COMPARISON HELP US UNDERSTAND THE WAYS THAT DIFFERENT GROUPS OR TEXTS ADDRESS WRONGS COMMITTED BETWEEN PERSONS (e.g., punishment, revenge, compensation, forgiveness, penance, cursing, prayers, expulsion)? Presenters are encouraged to use cross-disciplinary insights to formulate relevant points of comparison and insights into comparative method. Comparisons between different groups and texts in antiquity and comparisons between ancient and contemporary groups are invited. This session will include both invited and proposed papers. 4) In partnership with the “Bible, Myth, and Myth Theory” program unit, we invite papers that explore the question: WHAT NEW AND COMPARATIVE APPROACHES TO MYTH CAN HELP SHED LIGHT ON BIBLICAL TRADITIONS AND WHY? This session will include both invited and proposed papers.

Program Unit Chairs

Amy L. Balogh
Tammi J. Schneider

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