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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
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Orality, Textuality, and the Formation of the Hebrew Bible


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Orality and Textuality in the Formation of the Hebrew Bible section invites papers for an open session. We welcome proposals that explore how the dynamics of orality and textuality affect the formation and use of the Hebrew Bible. We particularly welcome proposals that bring biblical studies into dialogue with research in other disciplines on orality, textuality and their interaction. We also invite proposals for a session on: Consonantal text and Oral vocalization of the Hebrew Bible The oral vocalization of the consonantal framework and the emergence of fixed oral vocalization traditions is a pivotal part of the formation and transmission of the Hebrew Bible: Without vocalization, the consonantal framework is often ambiguous and can be read in several ways, implying different meanings. However, in spite of their obvious importance, the origins of the vocalization, its early oral transmission, and the interaction between the orally performed vocalization(s) and the written consonantal framework(s) are largely unexplored fields of research. This is even true for the best known vocalization tradition, which became part of the Masoretic text and which is thus well preserved, but there are further important early witnesses of vocalization, which should be carefully analysed as well, especially the Samaritan Pentateuch, the Septuagint, and Qumran manuscripts. The goal of this session is to move forward the scholarly conversation about both the historical and theoretical aspects of the relationship between the consonantal frameworks and vocalization traditions of the Hebrew Bible.

Program Unit Chairs

 Elsie R. Stern
 Raymond F. Person, Jr.

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