Section Open Session Theme Announcements

In addition to an invited session, sections also manage one open session at the annual meeting. The following sections have announced themes for their open sessions. Submissions to these units should conform to the announced theme.

  • Christian History & Thought Since 1700

    CHT invites papers for its Open Session (four papers) on the theme: The Oxford Movement and Evangelicalism: Then and Now

    If you are working in the subject area of the Oxford Movement, Anglo-Catholicism, John Henry Newman, or Victorian Church History submit your proposal when ETS sends out its call for papers in early 2018. Be sure to designate your proposal to CHT. Queries to:

    Proposals formulated in accord with ETS’s “Tips for Crafting a Quality Proposal” will receive closest consideration.

  • The Old Testament Backgrounds and Ancient Near East (OTBANE)

    The OTBANE section focuses on the content and methodology of Old Testament background studies rooted in the ancient Near East. Building on previous research and exploring new applications, we engage standard and unique aspects of this sub system of OT research within the framework provided by ANE literature in the context of its material remains.

    The OTBANE steering committee invites papers for its Open Session (four papers) focusing on topics that utilize the comparative methodology of ANE texts within their material cultures in order to better understand the Hebrew Old Testament. The committee strongly advises that all proposals be formulated in accord with the ETS Tips for Crafting a Quality Proposal.

  • Old Testament Theology

    Theme: Canon and Old Testament Theology

    This year's Open Session explores the relationship between Canon and Old Testament Theology. Investigations may explore both questions of canon proper (order/arrangement/etc.) or canonical reading strategies as it relates to Old Testament Theology. Invited papers on this theme are welcome from junior and senior scholars as well as Ph.D. students.

  • Patristic and Medieval History

    The Patristic and Medieval Section invites quality proposal abstracts (200-300 words). This year, our Section has been allotted one “open section” (and has been tasked with planning an “invited section”). Beyond the papers for these two specific groups, the Patristic and Medieval Section Committee collates and sends extra proposals we receive on to the General Program Committee for their further selection.

  • Pentateuch

    The Pentateuch Section provides a setting within the Evangelical Theological Society for presentation and discussion of research on the Pentateuch. This year the Pentateuch Section will host one invited session and one open session, each consisting of four presentations. We welcome proposals for papers to be presented at the open session, especially papers that explore the Pentateuch in its ancient Near Eastern context and reflect upon its theological significance for today. Proposed papers need not relate to this year’s conference theme (“The Holy Spirit”), although they certainly may. Successful proposals will have a well-defined topic and a clear thesis and will actively engage the relevant primary and secondary sources.

  • Theology for Counseling and Pastoral Care

    The invited paper session will finish its interaction on God and Soul Care with a panel discussion and audience participation. For our open session the Theology for Counseling & Pastoral Care section invites papers from any discipline on this theme or on other insights that connect the Holy Spirit and pastoral care. Submissions that touch on this theme will be given priority.

    Our practice for our open presentations is that any proposal that connects theology to pastoral care and counseling is welcome. Proposals vetted through our section’s peer reviewers may be recommended for placement in general ETS sessions. The specialty of the presenter (s) does not to be in counseling. Jointly prepared, cross-discipline papers are also welcome. This is an encouragement to pair those invested in biblical or theological disciplines with those in pastoral care and counseling ministries.