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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

Formation of Isaiah


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Formation of Isaiah group will offer three sessions in 2020. All three sessions will consist of both invited and accepted papers. 1. Isaiah and Nature: The first session will consider “nature” in the book of Isaiah. The aim of this session is both to examine individual passages that touch on this theme as well as to trace its development throughout the entire book. Whether focused on a single passage or on the whole book, papers from a variety of perspectives and approaches are welcome—e.g., final form, source-critical, agrarian, ecological, poetical, rhetorical. Papers that consider this theme in the reception of Isaiah are also welcome. 2. The Exile in the Book of Isaiah: The second session will explore the meaning and understanding of “exile” in the different parts of Isaiah (Isa 1–39, 40–55, 56–66) from historical, redactional, and theological perspectives. Papers are particularly welcome that: a. highlight the diverse conceptions of exile in the different literary layers of the book; b. examine the questions raised by exile regarding identity—the “we” and the “others”—with focus on nationality, gender, ethnicity, etc. c. investigate the role of the historical and the religious-historical conditions of the early Persian period for understanding the concept of “exile” in Isaiah. 3. Micah-Zephaniah-Isaiah: The third session will investigate the relationship between the book of Isaiah on the one hand and the books of Micah and Zephaniah on the other. Many scholars have noted the affinity and textual overlap between individual texts in these books, a case in point being the correlation between Micah 4:1–5 and Isa 2:1–5. Papers from a variety of perspectives and approaches are welcome, ranging from redaction-critical studies to papers looking at matters of intertextuality and inner-biblical interpretations.

Program Unit Chairs

Jacob Stromberg
Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

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