CFP: Graeco-Roman society and the NT

Seen on the Agade list:


Ekaterini Tsalampouni, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR
(etsala AT

The research group will focus a) on various aspects of the social life
of the Graeco-Roman world (e.g. household networks and religion,
kinship, friendship and other relationships, slavery, prostitution,
social and geographical mobility, social groups, everyday life in
Graeco-Roman cities etc.) that consist part of the socio-historical
context of the New Testament texts and could therefore provide insight
into them, and b) on artifacts from the Graeco-Roman world (e.g.
inscriptions, papyri and archeological findings) that can shed light
to various aspects of the New Testament texts and events.

Papers that present interdisciplinary approaches to the topics under
discussion and offer new insights and interpretations of New Testament
texts placing them within their socio-historical context are welcome.
Previous meetings

– 2010: Tartu, Estonia – “Family and Friendship as Reality and
Metaphor in the Graeco-Roman World and in the New Testament” (joint
session with the SBL Greco-Roman World Section)
– 2011: Thessaloniki, Greece – “Graeco-Roman Thessaloniki” (joint
session with the Pauline Literature Research Group)
– 2012: Amsterdam, Netherlands – “Inscriptions and the New Testament”
(joint session with the Greco-Roman World Group of SBL)

Agenda for 2013

Two sessions are scheduled for the meeting of 2013 in Leipzig:

(a) a session where papers on any topic within the range of the
interests of the research group as described above are welcome;
(b) following the significant attendance of the session dedicated
to the inscriptions and the NT in Amsterdam a session focused again on
“Inscriptions and the New Testament” is being scheduled. Inscriptions
have always provided useful evidence not only for understanding the
New Testament vocabulary but also for illuminating events and
situations described or implied in the New Testament texts. The ever
growing epigraphic data provides the biblical scholarly research with
a valuable pool of information that can be used through
interdisciplinary readings in reconstructing the socio-historical
context of the NT texts and of the early Christian communities.
Therefore, papers that deal a) with methodological issues regarding
the constructive use of the epigraphic data in the NT exegesis, b)
with the evaluation of the work done in this field by previous
scholars (e.g. A. Deissmann, R. Horsley etc), c) with particular cases
of utilization of the epigraphic data in the lexicographical research
of the NT, and d) with the use of the inscriptions in illuminating the
social, political or religious background of the NT, are welcome.

Paper proposals and abstracts can be submitted to the chair of the
research group, Ekaterini Tsalampouni (etsala AT Call for
papers opens on December 1st, 2012 and closes on February 15th, 2013.
When submitting a paper, please, note which of the two sessions you
would like it to be included in.

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