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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Meeting Program Units

2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

Meeting Begins: 11/23/2013
Meeting Ends: 11/26/2013

Call For Papers Opens: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
Requirements for Participation

Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Bible


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: 1. Our first session is an open session, for which we welcome papers on the full range of iconographic exegesis. 2. One session will be organized together with the 'Metaphor Theory and Biblical Texts' program unit on the theme: 'God, Metaphor, and Iconography'. This semi-open session will consist of both invited and proposed papers. We welcome papers dealing with representations of God/god both in literature and pictorial images, of special interest are papers which investigate similarities and differences between the two areas and how the two areas may be mutually enlightening. As this session will have two respondents, papers should be handed in beforehand. 3. In addition to our open session, and the co-organized, semi-open session, we will convene two special sessions on the topic of terracotta figurines attested in the Southern Levant from the Iron Age through the Persian Period (1200-333 BCE). We will deal with issues of iconography, typology, and find context of female, male, animal, and furniture figurines and thus discuss their production, appearance, and provenance, including their identification and practical functions. While giving priority to figurines originating from Phoenicia, Philistia, Jordan, and Israel/Palestine, we will explore the influences of Egyptian, Anatolian, Mesopotamian, and Mediterranean (particularly Cypriot) iconography on Levantine pictorial material. For comparative purposes other relevant materials and objects will be included in our discussions in addition to figurines from other regions. These special sessions present interdisciplinary research by speakers combining insights and methods from the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Ancient Near Eastern Culture and Religion, and Old Testament Studies. All speakers and respondents for these sessions are invited.

Program Unit Chairs

 Izaak J. de Hulster
 Joel M. LeMon

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SBL membership is required to participate in the meeting. In its efforts to foster biblical scholarship and to facilitate mutual cooperation among colleagues, SBL offers reduced membership rates to individuals from certain countries through the Society's International Cooperation Initiative (ICI). Individuals in these countries may pay the reduced fees of $15 for full membership and $10 for student membership. If you are a not a member of SBL but live or work in an ICI country and are interested in participating in the meeting, please consider becoming an ICI member.

For all other persons wanting to propose a paper, you must communicate directly with the chair of the program unit to which you want to propose. Chairs have the responsibility to make waiver requests, and their email addresses are available above. SBL provides membership and meeting registration waivers only for scholars who are outside the disciplines covered by the SBL program, specifically most aspects of archaeological, biblical, religious, and theological studies.

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