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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.
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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

Deuteronomistic History


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This unit discusses the books of Deuteronomy and the Former Prophets both as a whole and in its component parts. A special interest is given to the validity of Martin Noth's hypothesis, as well as to approaches which critically challenge that hypothesis and suggest new ways for understanding the relation between Deuteronomy and Joshua-Kings. The section is interested in all facets of this literature and in any scholarly methods used to analyze it; special attention is given to the compositional techniques involved in the production of that literature, as well as to the historical setting of the Deuteronomistic milieu. Representatives from the international academy as well as scholars approaching the Deuteronomistic History hypothesis from a fresh perspective are especially encouraged to participate. Papers proposed for the open session of this section should interact in some fashion with the idea of a “Deuteronomistic” history work, whether the concept is affirmed, rethought or rejected. There will also be three invited sessions: Deuteronomistic Language in Jeremiah, 1 Sam 12 and Its Place in the Deuteronomistic History, and Kingship in the Deuteronomistic History through the Lens of Political Theory (joint-session with the Hebrew Bible and Political Theory unit)

Program Unit Chairs

 Juha Pakkala
 Christophe Nihan

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