Society of Biblical Literature

Psybibs


1 Comment

SBL Renews Psychology and Biblical Studies Unit

The Psychology and Biblical Studies unit came up for renewal this year. The Society of Biblical Literature reviews the activities and direction of its program units every six years, and following the process, Psybibs was renewed as a Program Unit. However, the nature of the group was changed from a Section to a Seminar. What does this mean?

According to the SBL guidelines, a Section:

…offers presenters most access for unsolicited papers; required to have at least one open session each year; session types include paper readings, panel discussions, and workshops that involve practical, hands-on, learning opportunities related to teaching and/or research applications.

A Seminar involves:

long-range collaborative research topics/papers that require active participation and well-defined research topics or projects; unit chairs collect papers before meeting and distribute to participant group; papers are summarized and discussed, not read, at meetings.
As we celebrate 25 years of work at the intersections of psychology and biblical studies, we look forward to continuing our work in a more focused and collegial form as we move into the future.
Advertisements
Psybibs


Leave a comment

Psybibs sessions for SBL Annual Meeting 2016

The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting this year will be held in San Antonio, Texas, November 19-22, 2016.

Psychology and Biblical Studies Section sessions will include:

  • DMT and the Soul of Prophecy Review Session
  • Neighbors, Strangers, and Enemies: Loving the Other in the Bible
  • Cris de Coeur: Despair in the Bible

For fuller listings of sessions, with participants, times, and locations, see the 2016 San Antonio page. Links to paper drafts will be added as they become available.

For more information about the SBL Annual meeting, including registration, see the SBL website.


Leave a comment

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.


Leave a comment

Psychology in the Review of Biblical Literature

A recent search on “psychology” as a topic for the SBL site Review of Biblical Literature turned up 25 titles:

A Violent God-Image: An Introduction to the Work of Eugen Drewermann
Beier, Matthias
New York: Continuum, 2004
Reviews: 1 Review by Wayne Rollins, published 4/16/2005
Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Social Scientific Approaches, Psychology, Theological Approaches, Other Methods

Cain’s Lament: A Christian Moral Psychology
Hughes, Richard A.
New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2001
Reviews: 1 Review by D Andrew Kille, published 5/24/2003
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature, Methods, Social Scientific Approaches, Psychology, Theological Approaches Continue reading


1 Comment

Call for Papers: Annual Meeting, San Diego 2014

psybibs.call4papers.fw

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


Leave a comment

Program and links to papers for 2013 Annual Meeting

The schedule of sessions for the Psychology and Biblical Studies Section meetings at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature are now online. Click here, or select “2013 Baltimore” from the menu above the picture on the home page.

As they become available, draft papers for the sessions will be linked to the program page.


Leave a comment

Psybibs Sessions for November 2013

The SBL Annual Meeting will take place November 23-26, in Baltimore. For conference information and registration, see the SBL website.

Here are the scheduled sessions for the Psychology and Biblical Studies Section:

Theme: Unfolding the Unconscious in Biblical Texts

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Room: Key 10 – Hilton

Heather McKay, Edge Hill University, Presiding

  • Kenneth Van Wyk, Christian Counselling Services
    Dream Logic: Freud, Derrida,
    and the Unconscious of Religious Texts
  • A. K. M. Adam, University of Glasgow
    On Dreaming of Pigs, Parables, and Polyvalence
  • Helen Efthimiadis-Keith, University of KwaZulu-Natal
    Achior – The Effective Protagonist in Judith:
    A Jungian Analysis

Tiffany Houck-Loomis, Union Theological Seminary
in the City of New York,
Respondent

Business Meeting

Theme: Subversion and Affirmation:
Irony and Transformation

Sunday, November 24, 2013, 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Room: Key 7 – Hilton

Dereck Daschke, Truman State University, Presiding

On Irony

  • Ilona N. Rashkow, Stony Brook University
    God’s Dilemma: The Ultimate Irony
  • Karl McDaniel, McGill University
    Surprise and Curiosity:
    Verbal Irony and its Emotional Implications
    for Matt 1:21

On Transformation

  • Wendy L. Patrick, Prifysgol Cymru – University of Wales
    Transformative Bible Study and the Psychology of Attraction
  • Michael Willett Newheart, Howard University
    Walter Wink’s Work with the Word:
    How Transforming Was It Anyway?

Barbara Leung Lai, Tyndale University College and Seminary (Ontario), Respondent

Theme: Psychological Hermeneutics of Biblical Themes and Texts: Review and Response

A panel review of Psychological Hermeneutics for Biblical Themes and Texts: a Festschrift in Honor of Wayne G. Rollins, edited by J. Harold Ellens (T&T Clark, 2012).

Monday, November 25, 2013, 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Room: 331 – Convention Center

Ilona Rashkow, Stony Brook University, Presiding

  • J. Ellens, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Adela Collins, Yale University
  • Stuart Lasine, Wichita State University
  • Andries van Aarde, University of Pretoria
  • William Morrow, Queen’s University
  • D. Andrew Kille, BibleWorkbench

Wayne Rollins, Hartford Seminary, Respondent