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Meeting Program Units

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
Requirements for Participation

Biblical Hebrew Poetry


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Biblical Hebrew Poetry will have 4 sessions. **Papers are invited for 2 open sessions and one thematic session. **The thematic session is on: “The Personification of Nature in Biblical Hebrew Poetry.” The session invites papers that examine the personification of nature in biblical poetry (e.g., hills, stars, waters, plants, etc.). We define personification as the metaphorical portrayal of nonhuman, inanimates as persons. (Animals are excluded from the category of personified nature since they are animate.) We welcome papers that focus on one or more of the following: (1) how the personification in a given passage contributes to the passage’s meaning, (2) how personification is expressed through the linguistic medium of poetry, and (3) general observations on the nature and features of personification in biblical poetry. A respondent for the papers will be invited. **Session 4 is a joint session with Ethics and Biblical Interpretation. Invited participants will investigate the way in which various aspects of Biblical Hebrew poetry have impacted and can impact reflection on the ethics of Hebrew Scripture. The focus will not be on ethical themes that arise throughout Biblical Hebrew poetry but rather on the way the very form of Biblical Hebrew poetry impacts and communicates ethics in the Hebrew Bible, that is, in what way is the medium or should the medium be the message.

Program Unit Chairs

Carol J. Dempsey
Mark J. Boda

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