Aimed primarily at biblical scholars the conference would nevertheless seek to bring together practitioners of both disciplines. The pertinence of anthropology to interpretation of both the Old and New Testaments and Pseudepigraphal and apocryphal texts will provide the agenda for discussion.
The symposium invites contributions from scholars who have sought to make constructive use of anthropology in their exegesis. It is hoped that the symposium would not only include work based on foundational figures but also more recent contributors who are constructively critical of past interaction between the disciplines and others who illustrate current developments at the research frontier.
Particular areas of exploration could include
utilisation of particular anthropological concepts in biblical studies(social values; shamanism; ancestry; myth; liminal identity; purity boundaries)
recent work on the interface between literature, anthropology and biblical studies.
It is envisaged that selected papers delivered at the symposium will eventually be published within an edited collection.
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