JIBS maintains an open call for submissions on any aspect pertaining to interdisciplinary biblical studies.

We will occasionally issue specific calls for submissions for dedicated issues; we also encourage proposals for special issues by potential guest editors.

See Submission Guidelines.

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

Editors Isaac Soon, Eleanor Vivian, Tom de Bruin

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. 

Submissions should normally be between 6000 and 8000 words (including references and reference list), although shorter notes are welcome. All submissions will be subject to the usual completely anonymous peer-review process (see https://jibs.group.shef.ac.uk/about-jibs/). 

Article submissions should be anonymised to remove identifying statements or references. Please follow SBL Handbook of Style v2 formatting using footnotes and bibliography. Submissions should be formatted in both .docx and .pdf. Images used should be open access or Creative Commons licensed. For accessibility reasons, we strongly encourage authors to keep non-English quotations to a minimum, and require non-Roman script to be transliterated (SBL General Purpose Style) alongside translations where necessary.

The author(s) retain copyright on work published by JIBS unless specified otherwise. Author(s) of work published by JIBS are required to grant JIBS the non-exclusive unlimited rights to publish the definitive work in any format, language and medium, for any lawful purpose. JIBS is an open access journal, therefore it requires journal authors to publish their work under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. 

Papers should be sent to the Guest Editors by 20 March. All submissions to Guest Editor Isaac Soon (isaac.soon@crandallu.ca), cc. jibs@sheffield.ac.uk.