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Sacred Troubling Topics in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Qur’an

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Organizer: Roberta Sabbath

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Abrahamic sacred texts continue to inspire a diversity of scholarship that seeks to transform the ancient into the contemporary, the remote into the immediate, and the distant into the visceral experience. This seminar of three panels takes that process into the examination of troubling topics, often overlooked, yet found in the Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an. Building from foundational texts, other sacred works such as Talmud, Apocrypha, Patristics, and Hadith as well as other forms of expression including misdrash, satire, parody, philosophy, and the arts can be brought into play. Views from global perspectives are enthusiastically invited so as to better contribute to the diversity and freshness of the dialogue. Presenters may choose to focus on one or more works in the spirit of comparative scholarship. Although the goal is to present a spectrum of insights, the strategy is text-based and ruminations spring from textual pericope. Suggested troubling topics include but are not limited to the following: Gender & Sexuality, Body & Appearance, Women & Feminism, Death & Mourning, Life & Humor, Crime & Disobedience. Intersectionality. This panel continues an exploratory tradition begun with Sacred Tropes: New Testment and Qur’an as Literature and Culture (Brill 2009). Submit a 250 word proposal via ACLA website between August 30 to September 20, 2018. Contact Roberta Sabbath with ideas, musings, and questions:

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