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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

Philology in Hebrew Studies


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2019 Annual Meeting, we invite proposals for an open session, and will be especially interested this year in papers that consider the intersection between lexicography and material culture. This program unit seeks to address matters of intellectual history (how operative categories of language and its products were generated and shaped over time), and critically engage methods of the major aspects of philology, such as but not limited to poetics, translation theory, lexicography, and textual criticism. This program unit is especially interested in the examination of these methods and their underlying conceptual frameworks, with an eye towards determining how contemporary scholars might better understand ancient texts. In addition to considering submitted proposals, Philology in Hebrew Studies will sponsor three invited panels: FIRST SESSION: "Theorizing Lament," encouraging papers that move beyond form critical studies of lament, and towards both close readings of rhetorical structure of biblical laments using pragmatics, semantics, and other approaches that generate productive new readings. SECOND SESSION: "The Theory and Practice of Philology in Biblical Studies," co-sponsored by the Metacriticism program unit, encourages presentations that reflect critically upon gender, race, class, religious identity, and other subject positions embedded in the intellectual frameworks we bring to bear when we do philological work. THIRD SESSION: A review panel of Ronald Hendel and Jan Joosten, How Old Is the Hebrew Bible? A Linguistic, Textual, and Historical Study (Yale University Press, 2018). WE ENCOURAGE SUBMISSIONS FOR A FOURTH SESSION: "Biblical Lexicography and Material Culture," co-sponsored by Biblical Lexicography and Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology program units, including both invited and proposed papers that consider the role of material culture in the study of biblical language.

Program Unit Chairs

David Lambert
Jacqueline Vayntrub

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