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Call for Submissions: Disability and The Bible (Biblical Studies)

March 31

For over twenty years, the study of disability in biblical texts has brought new insights into ancient disability, the lived experience of disability, and textual representations of people with disabilities. Looking to the future of the field, this special issue invites research papers that re-assess persons with disabilities in biblical texts as well as studies that analyse disability around persons and/or texts where disability has previously been neglected.

The Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies welcomes submissions on topics related to the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, New Testament, Early Christianity, and Rabbinics. Topics can include (but are not limited to):

  • Analysis of disabled figures and characters in ancient texts
  • Defining of disability and impairment in ancient Mediterranean contexts
  • The influence of disability on societies and cultures (e.g. class, laws, literary culture) related to biblical texts
  • Critiquing ableism and ableistic interpretive practices among scholarship
  • Reflections on the use of disability theories and methodologies in current scholarship
  • Bringing new insights from current disability theory to bear on biblical texts
  • Intersectional studies that show ancient overlaps between disability, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity.

**Due to the UCU Industrial Action, the call has been extended to 31 March.**
All submissions to Guest Editor Isaac Soon (isaac.soon@crandallu.ca), cc. jibs@sheffield.ac.uk.