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Meeting Program Units

2017 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins: 11/18/2017
Meeting Ends: 11/21/2017

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: 12/19/2016
Call For Papers Closes: 3/8/2017
Requirements for Participation

Formation of Isaiah


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Formation of Isaiah group will offer three sessions in 2017, consisting of both invited and accepted papers. 1. We invite proposals for a session on Babylon and the Making of Isaiah. What does the book's presentation of Babylon tell us about Isaiah's formation? How is Babylon remembered and presented in this prophetic book? How has the memory of Babylonian involvement in the affairs of Judah served as a generative force in the preservation, expansion, and transmission of material now found in the book of Isaiah? How have Babylonian political, economic and/or religious concerns impacted the formation of the book? 2. We invite proposals for a session on Persia and the Making of Isaiah. What does the book's presentation of Persia and its representatives tell us about Isaiah's formation? How is Persia remembered and presented in this prophetic book? How has the memory of Persian involvement in the affairs of Judah served as a generative force in the preservation, expansion, and transmission of material now found in the book of Isaiah? How have Persian political, economic and/or religious concerns impacted the formation of the book? 3. Finally, we invite proposals for a session on the Making of Isaiah and Methodological Questions. How have scholars of Isaiah raised questions of methodology in the study of the book’s formation in recent years? What newer methodologies have been used in the study of the book’s composition and development? What questions about Isaiah’s composition and formation have newer methods surfaced? How have questions posed by newer methodologies impacted more traditional methods of understanding Isaiah’s composition (e.g., literary criticism, redaction criticism, etc.)? What role do traditional methods continue to play in understanding the book’s formation? Presenters are invited to reflect on such questions in relation to any passage or section of the book or the book as a whole.

Program Unit Chairs

Todd Hibbard
Jacob Stromberg

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