Society of Biblical Literature

Body, Psyche and Space in OT Apocryphal Literature

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International Conference:
Body, Psyche and Space in OT Apocryphal Literature

14-17 July 2013, Potchefstroom, South Africa

The Apocryphal/Deutero-Canonical literature of the Old Testament has been studied in various ways over the past century. Initially there was a focus on the different textual variations found in the manuscripts, and on the unity of individual books. The next shift in emphasis was the study of the message of this corpus of literature. As further developments in literary theory emerged, they were also applied to the Apocrypha. A totally new appreciation for the Apocrypha as an important witness to biblical phenomena emerged. More recently, feminist and psychoanalytic approaches to the text have emerged.

The aim of the conference organizers is to bring together leading local and international scholars working in the field to share their research, in the hope of fostering dialogue around this corpus of literature and stimulating academic reflection on the light that it sheds on the biblical material in general.

Abstracts are invited relating to  the proposed theme. They should be 150 – 200 words in length, and should be submitted to Dr Helen Efthimiadis-Keith by February 28 2013 (

For full details, see the Position Statement and Call for papers.

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