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2011 Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA

Meeting Begins11/19/2011
Meeting Ends11/22/2011

Call for Papers Opens: 1/25/2011
Call for Papers Closes: 3/4/2011

Requirements for Participation

National Association of Professors of Hebrew

Program Unit Type: Affiliate
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH), 2011 Annual Meeting, is sponsoring six sessions. Session One, Annual Meeting of Officers and Members. Session Two, Theme, “Historiography of/in Ancient Israel: Creating A Chronological Skeleton Using Archaeology and Language(s).” Research in the history of ancient Israel has slowed to a standstill as methodological issues and debates in two unrelated disciplines—Iron Age archaeology and Hebrew Historical Linguistics—raised doubts about the relative and absolute dating of archeological events and about the dating of historiographic sources reporting events. Presentations will summarize their history and define the status of the questions through 2011, providing a base for a new chronological skeleton without which no new histories can be written. Session Three, Book Discussion, Zev Garber, ed., The Jewish Jesus: Revelation, Reflection, Reclamation (Purdue University Press, 2011). Session Four, Theme, “Achieving Independence: Teaching Biblical Hebrew Students to Become Independent Interpreters.” We invite papers and presentations on effective practices to aid students in their transition from elementary studies to confident understanding of biblical Hebrew. Topics could cover the benefits of Bible software, useful pedagogical practices during the first and/or second year, the psychology of second language acquisition, and the value of reference grammars. Session Five, Theme, “Translating Tanakh: Dilemmas and Decisions.” This session will explore how and why contemporary translators have decided what is a problem in translation and how they decided to overcome it when rendering the Hebrew text into English. Session Six is devoted to issues concerning synchronic and diachronic analysis of Hebrew texts or of the Hebrew language itself. We welcome papers that demonstrate how synchronic analyses of particular texts, or of the Hebrew language at a particular time-period, lead to diachronic conclusions.

Program Unit Chairs

Zev Garber

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