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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

Book of Deuteronomy

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: At the 2020 meeting the Biblical Law and Book of Deuteronomy Program Units will host a joint session of invited papers: “Is Deuteronomy Law?” The session explores the ways in which law and narrative interact in the Book of Deuteronomy. The laws themselves draw attention to their narrative qualities as they describe cases and prescribe outcomes. At times, they refer to national history. More broadly, how does consideration of the narrative context affect our understanding of what appears to be legislation? Indeed, in context, can it be called legislation at all? Furthermore we will host one to two open sessions. For this we welcome proposals on any aspect of Deuteronomy, particularly on its literary history and development. We especially encourage submissions which touch upon similar topics to the invited session.

Program Unit Chairs

Bill T. Arnold
Harald Samuel

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