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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

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The Book of Isaiah

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Formation of Isaiah group will offer three sessions in 2019.  Two sessions will consist of both invited and accepted papers; the other session is devoted to a book review by invited panelists. Session 1: We invite papers for a session devoted to the relationship between the book of Isaiah and psalmody. Scholars have long noted the affinity in terms of theology and expressions between Isaiah and the Psalter. We welcome papers that explore the following questions: Did select Isaianic texts play a cultic / liturgical role? How do the theologies of Isaiah shed light upon Israel’s worship in exile and in Judah? What can the shape and shaping of the Psalter as a book tell us about the shape and shaping of the Isaianic collection, if anything? Session 2: We invite papers for a session devoted to the book of Isaiah and Genesis – 2 Kings.  The book of Isaiah refers to situations, persons, institutions, and events that are also portrayed in Genesis – 2 Kings (e.g., Noah, Abraham, Jacob, David, creation, the flood, the exodus).  Some of these references are explicit, while others are implicit.  Such parallels raise a host of questions about the Isaianic corpus.  What, if anything, do references such as these suggest about the relationship between the book of Isaiah and Genesis – 2 Kings?  Are such parallels best understood in terms of ‘inter-textuality’ or in some other way?  How, if at all, were these apparent connections related to the formation of the canon?  Finally, how were these parallels received in antiquity?  We welcome papers that explore any one or any combination of these questions. Session 3: Reviews of Christopher B. Hays, The Josianic Origins of Isaiah 24-27 (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Program Unit Chairs

Jacob Stromberg
Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

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