That the Iberian Peninsula represents a fundamental hub between Christianity, Judaism and Islam is common knowledge. However, theologians and historians have been studying these phenomena as isolated events and not as part of a much larger Iberian world characteristic, one that should be understood in terms of the broader Western thought.
This session’s goal, though experimental, is to provide a space of discussion for those of us who work with biblical themes in the context of the Iberian world, including not only the peninsular space, but also its colonial spaces, e.g., American, African and Asian places where Portuguese and Spaniards played an influential role starting in the Early Modern period. Moreover, the subjects to discuss are not limited nor to a particular time frame nor to a specific chronological period for this first phase.
Our initial objectives are to underline the importance of the Iberian world as a space of communication, or not, between the different religions of the Bible, of biblical interpretation, and how the Iberian world was prone to be influenced by the Bible.
Call for Papers — 2015 Cordoba
The work of this group has lead to the creation of a new peer-reviewed series published by Brill — The Iberian Religious World. The first book, by Alisa Mehuyas Ginio, Between Sepharad and Jerusalem is in print, and further information can be found here.
For the 2014 meeting in Vienna, we are particularly interested in papers that explore the following topics: 1) biblical translation, 2) Inquisition and its influence in the production of commentaries in the Iberian world – reaction and counter-reaction movements, and 3) Eschatological hope and its influence on the development of Iberian exegesis.
For 2013 we are seeking for papers exploring the encounter between Iberians and overseas’ peoples. Under the theme “From Iberian to the World” the papers should analyze the influence of such encounters and how those encounters have influenced biblical exegesis and religious debate within the Iberian world. Possible themes are: visions of the newly found worlds and apocalyptic expectation, Sephardi Diaspora, religious co-existence and Inquisition, and the impact of Catholic missionaries.