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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


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: At the 2019 Annual Meeting, we will have three sessions. (1) JOSHUA 1 – The first chapter of Joshua introduces the figure of Joshua in relation to Moses and sets the stage for Israel's living in the land with the Torah. The chapter is a hinge between the Pentateuch and the former Prophets as well as being the bridge between the Pentateuch and the Hexateuch. This session will be dedicated to a discussion of how this chapter functions in these larger contexts. Proposals dealing with any aspect of this topic are welcome. (There will be a mix of invited and proposed papers). (2) BENJAMIN – The setting of many of the stories narrated in the book of Joshua (Jericho, Ai, Gibeon) is the small territory of Benjamin, even though the protagonist himself, Joshua, is an Ephraimite. Benjamin also features prominently in the stories of Ehud and the concubine of Gibeah in the book of Judges. What is the role of Benjamin in these two books? How does this connect to the history of Benjamin and to the place of Benjamin between the territories of Israel and Judah? What relationship does this have to the story of Saul as first king, or later stories about Benjaminites? Proposals dealing with such and other items relating to the tribe of Benjamin are welcome. (3) OPEN SESSION on Joshua and Judges. (Proposals on any topic relevant to Joshua or Judges are welcome.)

Program Unit Chairs

J. Cornelis de Vos
Zev Farber

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