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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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2014 International Meeting

Vienna, Austria

Meeting Begins: 7/6/2014
Meeting Ends: 7/10/2014

Call For Papers Opens: 10/28/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 2/12/2014
Requirements for Participation

“Literary Features” – Fact or Fiction (EABS)

Program Unit Type: Group
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The 2014 joint session of the ISBL Stylistics and the Hebrew Bible section and the EABS “Literary Features” – Fact or Fiction section invite submissions for three sessions in Vienna.

The first session comprises invited paper and focuses upon the intersection of stylistics and the message of Genesis.

In addition to the session with invited speakers, we also solicit papers for two open sessions:

  • The first session will explore the nexus between stylistics and ideology. For this session preference will be given to studies that explain the manner in which the author or redactor utilizes style in service of ideological concerns, be they polemical or otherwise.
  • The second open session will explore various devices present in the Hebrew text and focus on ways they can enhance the reader’s understanding of the text. For this session papers should address a specific feature in any given book or combination of books. Features can be semantic, structural, grammatical or phonetic in nature or consist of a mixture of these elements (examples: hendiadys, (Janus) parallelism, geminate clusters, paronomasia …).

Also welcome are papers that explore Hebrew stylistics from the perspective of a well-articulated grammatical or linguistic theory. Papers on topics in Genesis are particularly welcome, as a publication of selected essays is being planned.

Program Unit Chairs

 Karolien Vermeulen
 Elizabeth R.Hayes

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