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2020 Annual Meeting

Virtual Meeting

Meeting Begins11/29/2020
Meeting Ends12/11/2020

Call for Papers Opens: 1/7/2020
Call for Papers Closes: 3/11/2020

Requirements for Participation

Historiography and the Hebrew Bible

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Historiography and the Hebrew Bible program unit is accepting paper proposals that examine specific historical questions or topics as these pertain to the texts of the Hebrew Bible. Papers that engage contemporary debates surrounding the theories and methods of history writing within their research are especially welcome.

In addition to general (open) sessions, we will also cohost a special session with the Deuteronomistic History unit. This session will feature invited papers. Diachronic studies of the Bible regularly use terms such as “core,” “kernel,” “original,” and “older traditions.” Historical studies also search for “older traditions,” as well as older “realities” and “memories.” Yet in both subfields, what do these terms actually mean, what kinds of biases or assumptions do they reflect, and how are we to engage with and utilize such terms in our work? Combining theoretical discussions and specific case studies, papers in this special session will engage with literary-historical and historical/historiographical discussions to consider these questions in light of what panel participants consider to be necessary methodological considerations. This session's goal is to improve our understandings of working at the intersection of literary history and the lived past.

Program Unit Chairs

Ian D. Wilson
Mahri Leonard-Fleckman

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