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Meeting Program Units

2019 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins11/23/2019
Meeting Ends11/26/2019

Call for Papers Opens: 12/19/2018
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2019

Requirements for Participation

Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Bible


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and Hebrew Bible unit invites papers for two or perhaps three sessions for the 2019 meeting. One session will be co-hosted with the Meals in the Hebrew Bible and Its World section, and welcomes papers devoted to the topic of feasting in iconographic (particularly Levantine) perspective, especially "Feasting with the Dead." This session will be a combination of invited papers and selected papers that are submitted for consideration on this theme. A second session will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the second edition of The Ancient Near East in Pictures (ANEP) edited by James B. Pritchard (1969). This useful volume is in need of revision, and one such area is the question of the canon of ANE art. We invite papers reflecting on presenting pictorial material, what constitutes the "canon" of ANE art, and how a handbook of ancient Near Eastern pictures relating to the Old Testament might look like today. Depending on submissions there may be a third, open session and so we welcome papers on topics that fall within the general scope of the iconography unit, which includes all aspects of ancient Near Eastern iconography and the Hebrew Bible. We especially welcome papers focused on the relationship between iconography and epigraphy, image and text, and how to make iconography accessible in teaching environments (e.g., via online resources).

Program Unit Chairs

Brent A. Strawn
Martin Klingbeil

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