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Meeting Program Units

2012 Annual Meeting

Chicago, IL

Meeting Begins: 11/16/2012
Meeting Ends: 11/20/2012

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: 2/8/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/8/2012
Requirements for Participation

Biblical Hebrew Poetry


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Biblical Hebrew Poetry invites papers for three of the following four sessions: Session 1: General Session We welcome papers on any aspect of hebrew poetry in the biblical canon in keeping with the focus of our section (see description). Session 2: The Poetry of Wit and Wisdom We are requesting papers that consider clever and/or humorous usages of poetry. We seek abstracts that examine how wit is created through poetic mechanisms and literary devices. Papers need not be confined to wisdom literature; we also welcome papers that consider wisdom sayings outside of the wisdom genre. Session 3: Inner-Biblical Allusions and Wisdom Literature We invite papers that investigate inner-biblical allusions in the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible. We are concerned with three primary areas: (1) legitimating the allusions, (2) investigating how the allusions contribute to the message of a book or passage, and (3) discussing how these allusions interact with poetry in order to shape and convey meaning. Session 4: This is a joint session with Writing/Reading Jeremiah In keeping with the Writing/Reading Jeremiah Section’s ongoing interest in exploring poetics over and above textual genetics, and the Biblical Hebrew Poetry Section’s ongoing interest in the role of poetry in a broad range of biblical literatures, we will be co-hosting a session considering the rhetorical function of poetry in the book of Jeremiah, namely: the impact of poetic imagery (to generate nostalgia; strike terror; solicit sympathy), the task of poetry in counter imagining (an end amidst false hope; hope amidst and apparent end), and so also its theo-politics (perhaps in relation to the prose); the impact of poetry on readers’ experiences of the structure of the book. Papers will be a mixture of invited and proposed papers.

Program Unit Chairs

Carol J. Dempsey
Mark J. Boda

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