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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

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The Book of Isaiah

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Formation of the Book of Isaiah invites proposals for three sessions at the 2018 annual meeting. Session 1: The Book of Isaiah enjoyed wide readership and use–reception–in the period after its completion as a book. For this session we invite proposals that explore the book's reception in early Jewish literature, particularly the so-called Pseudepigrapha and non-biblical scrolls from Qumran. We invite presenters to explore how the book or texts from the book were received, interpreted, and/or re-appropriated in these textual contexts. We are interested in what the book's use may say about its impact, but also interested in what the book's reception tells us about its formation where possible. Session 2: Over the past two decades in Isaiah studies, scholars have employed both diachronic and synchronic approaches to understand the book. Many students of Isaiah have adopted one of these approaches to the exclusion of the other, with the result that the two approaches to the book are only rarely brought into conversation with each other. For this session, we invite proposals for papers that explore how diachronic and synchronic approaches to Isaiah might work together to help us understand the book–both its final form and its history. How can synchronic and diachronic approaches work together to illumine what we know about the book's history and final product? How can these approaches mutually or simultaneously help us understand the book better? Session 3: For this open session we invite papers that explore current research on any aspect of the Book of Isaiah. Newer approaches and scholarly voices are especially welcome in this session.

Program Unit Chairs

Todd Hibbard
Jacob Stromberg

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