Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a practice of inter-religious text study in which participants from the three ‘Abrahamic’ religions (and increasingly, from other traditions as well) study short selections of their scriptures together in an open-ended but structured manner. When scholars read scripture across inter-religious difference, the effect is to put traditional wisdom and academic formation into play simultaneously. Over the years, this practice has proved effective at making familiar texts strange and offering a window into the deep patterns of reasoning and implicit logics of these different traditions. The Scriptural Reasoning Unit facilitates a unique mode of academic engagement within the setting of the AAR, rooted in this distinctive practice. It cultivates an approach to the academic study of scriptural traditions centered on the ways in which scriptures generate communities of religious practice: practices of study, of interpretation, of reflection, of ritual, and of social life. Its scholars seek to develop methods for analyzing aspects of this process and to offer philosophical or theological interventions in the ongoing life of the traditions.
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Scriptural Reasoning Unit
Call for Proposals
For the 2023 AAR, we are hosting a Scriptural Reasoning Session reflecting on Rebirth and Renewal in the Abrahamic traditions, a session with invited panelists on the voices of women in the academic study of religion in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity that was postponed last year, and an invited session on Traditions in Translation.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Ashleigh Elser, Hampden-Sydney College1/1/2023 - 12/31/2028
Rebecca Epstein-Levi, Vanderbilt University1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Kevin L. Hughes, Villanova University1/1/2023 - 12/31/2028
Mark James, Hunter College1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Faiza Masood, Princeton University1/1/2023 - 12/31/2028
Susannah Ticciati, King's College London1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025