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Meeting Program Units

2020 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins11/21/2020
Meeting Ends11/24/2020

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

Requirements for Participation

Nature Imagery and Conceptions of Nature in the Bible


Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For Boston, we are planning three sessions, one thematic, one open, and one methodological. (1) The thematic session is devoted to “Tree Images (in the wild and in agriculture): Themes and Functions.” In an effort to deviate from previous work on tree imagery in the Bible, the session will be structured around the figurative use of parts of the tree: roots, branches, fruit, trunk/height, stumps, etc. We encourage co-operations with botanists and archaeobotanists according to the proposed topics, and may assist in drawing the connections between scholars. For (2) the Open Session, we call presenters to focus on specific trees, or flora formations, and the diverse themes and functions they carry, but other topics will also be considered. (3) The methodological study is an invited session joint with Ancient Near Eastern Iconography. We will continue the focus on “Conceptions of Nature in Literature and Iconography: Methodological Considerations” and discuss “Conceptions of Nature in Ancient Cultures” asking what would be considered as conceptions of nature in literary and pictorial ancient sources?

Program Unit Chairs

Dalit Rom-Shiloni
Mark J. Boda

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