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2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

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

Note that the deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the day PREVIOUS to the deadline below.

Call For Papers Opens: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
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Metaphor Theory and the Hebrew Bible

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The section "Metaphor Theory and Biblical Texts" is planning three sessions for the meeting in Baltimore. One session will be organized together with the Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Bible section on the theme: 'God, Metaphor, and Iconography'. This 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. A second session is an open session with the theme: `The Many Faces of Death: Metaphorical Descriptions of Death in the Hebrew Bible.' For this session we welcome papers on the diverse metaphorical descriptions of death, dying, and the realm of death in Hebrew Bible texts. A third session has the theme: `Metaphor Identification in Biblical Texts.' The study of metaphor in Biblical Texts, whether for stylistic, literary, linguistic or cognitive purposes, starts with identifying metaphors in the texts. Yet, biblical scholars do not usually reflect explicitly on how they have identified the metaphors they are studying. Moreover, quite some discussion often arises on whether a particular expression should be counted as a metaphor or not in a given text. This session will consist of both invited and proposed papers. We welcome papers dealing both methodologically and practically with the issue of metaphor identification: how can one recognize metaphors in a biblical texts, how can one make sure that this identification is reliable, i.e. is not only dependent on the researcher's intuitions, how can one develop tools to advance the scholarly dialogue on whether specific expressions are metaphorical or not? All proposals should state the author's main thesis, the methodological approach followed and the specific examples studied.

Program Unit Chairs

Hanne Loeland Levinson

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