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2018 International Meeting

Helsinki, Finland

Meeting Begins: 7/30/2018
Meeting Ends: 8/3/2018

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: 10/18/2017
Call For Papers Closes: 2/14/2018
Requirements for Participation

History of Biblical Scholarship in the Late Modern Period


Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The consultation unit for the History of Biblical Scholarship in the Late Modern Era invites the submission of abstracts for one open session, and for two themed sessions on Nordic Scholarship, sponsored jointly with the Local Committee of the Helsinki ISBL. The unit is dedicated to critical analytical investigation of biblical scholarship within the framework of knowledge production, the history of the humanities, institutional history, and cultural history. Biographical portraits, textual analyses, and surveys of scholarly trends are treated as first-order data supporting second-order analyses. The open session welcomes any submission relevant to the unit topic and methodological approach. The joint themed sessions are (1) Biblical Scholarship in Nordic lands. This session invites papers that examine the contributions of 19th and early 20th century Nordic scholars to critical study of the Hebrew Bible, in keeping with the unit's critical analytical approach (as above). Some recommended areas of inquiry are: notable sub-specialties, such as Psalmodic literature, cult tradition and history, ANE religion; methodological analyses of the contributions of individual scholars or schools of scholarship; geographical interactions and influences, e.g., the relationship between Finnish and German scholarship. (2) Holy Land Explorers: In Recognition of Hilma Granqvist. Hilma Granqvist (1890-1972) was a Finnish anthropologist and ethnographer who conducted long field studies in the 1920s in the then British Mandate of Palestine. She published her findings in several books on marriage customs, birth, and childcare in Arab villages. She also took hundreds of photographs related to her areas of interest. Inspired by Granqvist's groundbreaking work, this session invites papers that explore the contributions of Holy Land explorers to Biblical scholarship.

Program Unit Chairs

Shani Tzoref

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