Call for Papers

2017

 

2016

 

2015 (submissions due through the SBL website by March 4, 2015)

We invite proposals for two open sessions on any aspect of the study of biblical law, including work related to cuneiform documents, the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Second Temple Literature, questions of pentateuchal criticism, legal history, gender analysis, social-scientific analysis, and newer methodologies. Copies of papers are distributed in advance through our section’s Web site (biblicallaw.net). Proposals on the topic of sacrificial ritual will be especially welcome. Together with the Ritual in the Biblical World section, we will be co-sponsoring a session of invited papers on the topic of sacrifice and are interested in including papers on that topic in our open sessions as well.

2014

We invite proposals for one or more open sessions on any aspect of the study of biblical law (including work related to cuneiform documents, the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Second Temple Literature, questions of pentateuchal criticism, legal history, gender analysis, social-scientific analysis, and newer methodologies). For 2014, we are looking in particular for papers on sexuality and law and plan to devote one open session to that topic. Copies of papers are distributed in advance through our section’s Web site (biblicallaw.net). In addition, together with the Joshua-Judges section, we invite papers for a joint session on law in the books of Joshua and Judges. We are especially interested in papers dealing with the use, reuse, or reinterpretation of legal traditions that are present in other biblical texts, principally the Pentateuch or other parts of the Deuteronomistic History.

2013 (submissions due through the SBL website by March 1, 2013)

We invite proposals for one or more open sessions on any aspect of the study of biblical law (including work related to cuneiform documents, the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Second Temple Literature, questions of pentateuchal criticism, legal history, gender analysis, social scientific analysis, and newer methodologies). Copies of papers are distributed in advance through our section’s website. They should be available by November 1, 2013 at: http://biblicallaw.net. We are also interested in a session on Ezekiel 40-48 and its relationship to pentateuchal legal texts and concepts and solicit proposals on this topic as well. In addition, we will be holding a joint session with the Hebrew Bible and Political Theory section. The theme will be “Legal and Political Theory and the Study of Biblical Law.” For this session we will consider theoretically oriented proposals on issues such as legal authority, justice, jurisprudence, critical legal studies, and their application to the study of biblical law, broadly defined. Some examples of questions that would take advantage of the theoretical matrix this joint session provides include: To what degree may the biblical law corpora be construed as “constitutions”?  In what ways is biblical law statutory law?  Are there “rights” in biblical law?  Can biblical law be termed “natural law”?  Does biblical law have a theory of ownership or possession? Privilege will be given to those proposals that take seriously the contributions of political philosophers.

2012

We invite proposals for a session on the law and related issues in the story of Judah and Tamar in Genesis 38. We expect this session to have several papers of 10-12 minutes in length followed by an extended time of discussion. We also invite proposals for one open session on any aspect of the study of biblical law (including work related to cuneiform documents, Dead Sea Scrolls and other Second Temple Literature, questions of pentateuchal criticism, legal history, gender analysis, social scientific analysis, and newer methodologies). Copies of papers are distributed in advance through our section’s website. They should be available by October 30, 2012 at: http://biblicallaw.net. Finally, we are co-sponsoring a session with the Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures program unit on the “theology of the list.” The panelists for this session have already been selected.

2011

We invite proposals for one open session on any aspect of the study of biblical law (including work related to cuneiform documents, Dead Sea Scrolls and other Second Temple Literature, questions of pentateuchal criticism, legal history, gender analysis, social scientific analysis, and newer methodologies). Copies of papers are distributed in advance through the Section’s website. They should be available by October 15, 2011 at: http://biblicallaw.net. We also invite proposals for a session entitled “Priestly Law and Literature.” This session will be held in memory of Jacob Milgrom, with the aim of following his model of closely engaging the legal, narrative, and ritual dimensions of ancient literature, especially the priestly texts of the Hebrew Bible. We thus welcome papers for this session that will focus on these three general areas in the Hebrew Bible, the broader ancient Near East, and Jewish texts of Late Antiquity. In addition, we will convene one special book review session of invited papers reviewing David P. Wright, Inventing God’s Law: How the Covenant Code of the Bible Used and Revised the Laws of Hammurabi  (Oxford University Press, 2009).

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