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.
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