Sacred Troubling Topics in Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an.
Organizer: Roberta Sabbath, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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 panel 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 philosophy and contemporary scholarship can be brought into play. Views from global perspectives are enthusiastically invited so as to better contribute to diversity and freshness of the dialogue. Some presenters may focus on one sacred text and the ancillary works; others may contextualize all three sacred texts. 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: racism, domestic violence, suicide, sexuality, unbeliever, LGBTQ, misogyny, trickster, humor, fallible prophet, good vs./and evil, self-denial, spying, deception, change. This panel continues an exploratory tradition begun with Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an as Literature and Culture (Brill 2009). Proposals are 250 words submitted via the acla.org website. Contact Roberta Sabbath at email@example.com