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2020 International Meeting

Adelaide, Australia

Meeting Begins7/5/2020
Meeting Ends7/9/2020

Call for Papers Opens: 10/23/2019
Call for Papers Closes: 1/29/2020

Requirements for Participation


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Prophecy unit welcomes proposals for papers on prophecy and prophetic texts in the Bible. Six sessions are planned for the unit. Two sessions will focus on the role of biographic elements in prophetic literature. Whereas the prophetic biography in the books of Ezekiel and Jeremiah plays an important role regarding the message and the structure of the book, its role in other prophetic books might be a more subtle one. In none of the books the figure of prophet is totally absent. Papers may explore the role of biographic elements from either a diachronic or a synchronic or a combined perspective. One session will focus on “Isaiah and its “Unity”: Promises and Challenges”. A growing scholarly trend in Isaiah studies has engaged the concept of “unity” for reading this prophetic mega corpus holistically. Interestingly, such unified readings have taken recourse to a diversity of methodologies and approaches including, for instance, redactional-historical, canonical critical, or reader-oriented approaches. With an aim to continue the lively scholarly exchange that 2019 ISBL, Rome facilitated on the said topic, Isaiah and its “Unity”: Promises and Challenges session invites papers that critically build on scholarly pursuits in holistic readings of Isaiah in order to outline new directions in the “unity” movement and, in the process, bring under critical gaze the very concept of “unity” for elucidating their attendant promises as well as challenges. One session will focus on the book of Haggai. We would like to especially invite proposals concerning the more general questions of the book’s composition, literary development, and use of older traditions, but contributions dealing with any individual aspects of the book are welcome as well. Papers will be accepted for two open session on any topic relevant to ancient Israelite prophecy.

Program Unit Chairs

Alphonso Groenewald
Johanna Erzberger

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