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Call for Papers: SBL Annual Meeting, November 2016

Psychology and Biblical Studies Section

Society of Biblical Literature
2016 Annual Meeting
November 19 – 22, 2016
San Antonio, TX

Call For Papers Closes: March 2, 2016

Call For Papers: We always welcome proposals for papers that address Biblical texts, themes, figures and/or readers using the concepts and interpretive tools of any field of psychology. We urge the use of the original Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic, especially when the argument of your paper rests on the meanings of specific words or phrases.

We also welcome any papers that highlight methods, models, and approaches in the interface between psychology and Biblical studies, including from the emerging fields of neurotheology, brain physiology and religious experience, and evolutionary psychology.

This year, we are calling for papers on the theme of “Neighbors, Strangers, and Enemies: Loving the Other in the Bible.” Jesus called Leviticus 19:18’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” the greatest commandment, along with loving God. Freud called it impossible to fulfill. Leviticus also commands the Jews to love “the stranger” as yourself (Lev 19:34), and Jesus entreats his followers to “love your enemies and do good to them that hate you” (Matt 5:44). Today, the prospect of loving the stranger and the enemy may seem even more psychologically impossible than the neighbor, yet in many ways these three commands make up the core of the Bible’s moral calling. We invite papers that examine the psychological functions and conflicts that arise out of these commands to love the Others in our midst.

Program Unit Chairs

Barbara Mei Leung Lai
Dereck M. Daschke

For full information or to propose a paper for the Program Unit, go to the Society of Biblical Literature site.

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Call for Papers: November 2015 in Atlanta

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November 21-14, 2015
Atlanta, GA

We always welcome proposals for papers that address Biblical texts, themes, figures and/or readers using the concepts and interpretive tools of any field of psychology. We urge the use of the original Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic, especially when the argument of your paper rests on the meanings of specific words or phrases.

For 2015, we are particularly interested in papers that offer psychological perspectives as applied to character studies, with special focus on “Psychological Profiling of Strong Women in the Bible.”

We also welcome any papers that highlight methods, models, and approaches in the interface between psychology and Biblical studies, including from the emerging fields of neurotheology, brain physiology and religious experience, and evolutionary psychology.

Proposals are due by March 4, 2014

Submit proposals online

More information at the Society of Biblical Literature site.


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Call for Papers deadline March 5

psybibs.call4papers.fwFrom the SBL website:

Note that the deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

The Call for Papers for the Psychology and Biblical Studies Section at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting to be held in November 2014 can be found here, with details on how to submit a paper proposal.


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Call for Papers: Annual Meeting, San Diego 2014

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The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature will take place in San Diego, California, November 22-25.

 

We always welcome proposals for papers that address Biblical texts, themes, figures and/or readers using the concepts and interpretive tools of any field of psychology. We urge the use of the original Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic, when the argument of your paper rests on the meanings of specific words or phrases.

For 2014, we are particularly interested in papers on the following themes:

  1. How the Bible functions psychologically in religious encounters. In numerous ways, the very fact that one is reading or referencing the Bible, as scripture, creates psychological dynamics apart from the content itself. For example, conversion narratives, such as Augustine’s, in which reading the Bible is the catalyst for transformation; or the certitude in one’s reading of the Bible demonstrated by a variety of End-time prophets. How might specific kinds of encounters between reader and the Bible be understood psychologically?
  2. The psychology of ritual in the Bible. Ritual studies has long understood that individuals participating in ritual processes experience an altered psychology, which often leads to healing, mystical states, new social identity, and/or personality transformation, among other distinct effects. The Bible offers no shortage of illustrations of psychological change in the context of ritual. We invite papers that illuminate the role that ritual plays in the Bible through an understanding of the psychological processes at work.
  3. Psychological Dynamics of Purim. Jewish Purim celebrations, as performances rooted in the Book of Esther, have long been noted for their upending of Jewish religious norms – disruptive shouting and stomping at Haman’s name, the liberal use of alcohol, dressing in costume, even to the point now where men are permitted to dress as women and women as men. What psychological factors are at play in the liberation and “topsy-turvyness” encouraged by the biblical text and the people and groups who bring the biblical story to life?

Proposals are due by March 5, 2014. To make a proposal, go to the SBL website. SBL members can log in and submit their proposal through the online system. Non-members must contact the Program Unit chair directly.

Co-Chairs: Dereck Daschke and Barbara Leung Lai


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Reminder: Deadline for Paper Proposals is Feb. 28

From the SBL website:

Please note that the Annual Meeting call for papers closes on Thursday, February 28 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Proposals must be submitted through the SBL online system; to propose a paper, click here.

We are looking for papers particularly on the following themes, but welcome proposals regarding any application of psychological perspectives to the interpretation of biblical texts. See the previous post for details.

  1. The psychodynamics of transformative Bible study.
  2. The psychological function of irony.


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Body, Psyche and Space in OT Apocryphal Literature

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 (keithh@ukzn.ac.za).

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

Contact: Pierre.Jordaan@nwu.ac.za or Keithh@ukzn.ac.za


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Call for Papers: 2013 Annual Meeting

Psychology and Biblical Studies Section

SBL Annual Meeting, November 23-26, 2013, Baltimore, MD

We always welcome proposals for papers that address Biblical texts, themes, figures and/or readers using the concepts and interpretive tools of any field of psychology.

For 2013, we are particularly interested in papers on the following themes:

  1. The psychodynamics of transformative Bible study. How does or how might psychologically-informed methods of engaging the biblical text enable transformative change in cognition, perception, and/or behavior?
  2. The psychological function of irony. Irony is a popular theme in contemporary biblical interpretation, and it is often difficult to distinguish. What might be the psychological functions of irony and how might a psychological understanding of irony affect a reading of the text?

We also plan a book review session on the Festrschrift honoring Wayne G. Rollins, Psychological Hermeneutics for Biblical Themes and Texts, Ed. J. Harold Ellens (New York: T&T Clark, 2012).

Paper Proposals

  • Proposal deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 11:59 pm EST.
  • Must be made through the online system; to propose a paper, click here.
  • Must be a member of SBL
  • See full requirements here.

Questions? Contact the Chair at psybibs@psybibs.org