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2019 International Meeting

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

Meeting Begins7/1/2019
Meeting Ends7/5/2019

Call for Papers Opens: 10/31/2018
Call for Papers Closes: 1/30/2019

Requirements for Participation

Writings (including Psalms)

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Papers are welcome on any part of the Writings, especially papers applying newer interpretive methodologies to specific passages. Papers addressing more general matters, such as the formation of the Psalter, the connection of wisdom and apocalyptic, migration and identity development in Chronicles/Ezra-Nehemiah, external influences in Qohelet, or the poetics of Classical Hebrew poetry are also acceptable. In 2019, we will also be holding a joint session with the Contextual Interpretation of the Bible section. This will be looking at the contextual interpretation of the Book of Psalms, or individual psalms, in the everyday lives of ordinary readers and communities. This includes investigation of how marginalized and ordinary readers interpret the Psalms in context and community. Additional questions: How does my own position as bible scholar in a community impact my reading of a psalm or collection of psalms? How does the psalm impact a specific community? Contributions on similarities between the context of the editors of the Psalms and modern day marginal individuals/groups are welcome. Acceptance of papers is a first step toward, but does not guarantee, publication in the series Texts@Contexts (Bloomsbury Publishing) on the Book of Psalms.

Program Unit Chairs

George Athas
Prof P. J. Botha

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