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2018 Annual Meeting

Denver, CO

Meeting Begins11/17/2018
Meeting Ends11/21/2018

Call for Papers Opens: 12/18/2017
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2018

Requirements for Participation

Masoretic Studies

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Masoretic Studies will hold three sessions at the 2018 Annual Meeting. One of these sessions will be a joint one with the Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew and Linguistics section entitled: “Similarities and Differences in Biblical Hebrew: Linguistic and Masoretic Perspectives.” The joint session of the Masorah and the Biblical Hebrew & Linguistics sections is looking for papers on specific topics, relevant for a linguistic and masoretic view of the Hebrew Bible text.  We are particular interested in papers that would address either linguistic or masoretic perspectives on such specific topics as consonantal doubling, the accusative particle ?? , homonyms, hapax legomena, or other areas on that are relevant for both fields of study. Also welcome are papers addressing general similarities and differences in the text and language of the Hebrew Bible from the point of view of both Masorah and linguistics. The second session is entitled: "The Relevance of the Masorah for Biblical Exegesis". In this session we are looking for papers that utilize the Masorah for biblical exegesis in its widest sense including clarification, translation,and interpretation of the Hebrew text. The third session will be an open one, and in this session we extend an invitation for all papers pertaining to Masoretic Studies or related fields (e.g. grammar, Rabbinic Studies). Papers that assist in educating non-specialists with regard to the tools and skills essential for understanding the Masorah are especially welcome. Anyone interested in presenting in any of the above three sessions should contact David Marcus at

Program Unit Chairs

David Marcus

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