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2018 International Meeting

Helsinki, Finland

Meeting Begins7/30/2018
Meeting Ends8/3/2018

Call for Papers Opens: 10/18/2017
Call for Papers Closes: 2/14/2018

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Ugarit and the Bible: Life and Death (EABS)


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: "Various cuneiform alphabetic texts found in the ancient city of Ugarit on the northern Syrian coast present striking parallels with Biblical literature. Regarding common mythologemes and motifs in Ugaritic and Hebrew texts, aspects and conceptions of life and death are of special interest. Related issues are crucial elements in the religions of the ancient Levant: Questions about the shortness of life, death, and the afterlife are reflected in various texts. The passage from life to death is of special interest, being the subject of ancient religious discourse about the condition of liminality and the afterlife. Connected problems, e.g. the meaning of ancestor cult, necromancy or the Refaim, still require further consideration. The aim of this session is to continue the approach of earlier scholarship and to examine traditions and movements, which link Ugaritic and Biblical texts regarding aspects of life and death. The workshop intends to analyse the contexts of the individual texts through an investigation of the differences and similarities between the Ugaritic and Biblical conceptions. As Ugaritic and Biblical literature were both integrated in the broad Ancient Near Eastern cultural sphere, Mesopotamian, Hurrian, Hittite and Egyptian sources should also be part of the discussion to examine cultural traditions and local specifics. We invite papers from junior and established scholars from Biblical studies, Semitic studies and Assyriology to cast a new light on the shared traditions between Ugaritic texts and Biblical literature. The proceedings of the workshop are planned to be published."

Program Unit Chairs

Clemens Steinberger
Reettakaisa Sofia Salo

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