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February 20, 2013
The Gospel and Our Culture Forum on Missional Hermeneutics -- "The Corinthian Correspondence and Missional Praxis" Call for Papers – SBL/AAR 2013 (Baltimore, MD)
The Gospel and Our Culture Network Forum on Missional Hermeneutics extends a call for papers to be presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion in Baltimore, MD, November 23-26, 2013. The Forum explores the intersections of missiology, ecclesiology, and biblical interpretation, focusing on hermeneutical issues that arise in view of the Church’s missional character. In particular, presenters and participants at the Forum explore how faithful interpretation of Scripture needs to pay attention to a number of interlocking realities in the text: (1) the ways in which the biblical text renders the identity of the missio Dei, the God who is engaged in mission to the whole creation; (2) the ways in which the biblical text is shaped for the purpose of forming a people of God who are called to participate in God’s mission to the creation; (3) the ways in which the biblical text evokes and challenges a missionally located community's interpretive readings and questions; (4) the ways in which the biblical text relates the received tradition to a particular context in light of the good news of the reign of God in Jesus Christ; and (5) the ways in which the biblical text discloses its fullest meaning only when read together with the culturally and socially ‘other.’ The theme for the session this year is “The Corinthian Correspondence and Missional Praxis.” These letters provide a rich and complex illustration of the ways in which Paul seeks to shape a particular Christian community to live out the gospel. We thus seek papers which explore the interaction of theology, praxis, and mission in these letters. Proposals for papers are invited (in the form of one-page abstracts) which engage a specific passage or set of passages within First and/or Second Corinthians—in view of the hermeneutical framework identified above—and which explore the extent to which such a missional approach to the biblical text illuminates important dimensions of the text. We are delighted to announce that Professor Richard Hays of the Duke University Divinity School has graciously accepted our invitation to serve as the session respondent.Please submit paper proposals to Michael Barram, Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, Saint Mary's College of California (email@example.com).
Due date for proposal submissions: Saturday, March 9, 2013