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2021 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins11/20/2021
Meeting Ends11/23/2021

Call for Papers Opens: 1/20/2021
Call for Papers Closes: 3/24/2021

Requirements for Participation

Textual Criticism of the Historical Books


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We are happy to receive proposals featuring textual criticism of Samuel, Kings, and/or related Historical Books. In addition to text-critical papers in the strict sense, we will consider papers with a focus on: literary, redaction, or narrative criticism; linguistics, such as lexicography and syntax; or ancient versions beyond the Septuagint (Latin, Coptic, Syriac), etc. Papers in related areas and cognate fields should either take advantage of text-critical findings or demonstrate the useful application of their approaches to textual criticism generally or specifically. Joint papers featuring cooperation between a textual critic and a specialist in another approach are especially welcome.

In addition to general papers, there will be a thematic session on "Ancient Versions of and beyond the Septuagint." We call for papers demonstrating the text-critical value and text-historical relevance of the secondary versions of the Septuagint (e.g., Coptic, Syriac, Latin, Ethiopic, Armenian, Georgian) and of the proto-Masoretic text (Peshitta, Targumim, Vulgate). In addition, papers that seek to explain translational or other features in the said versions using text-critical evidence are welcomed. Particularly, we encourage joint papers by scholars bringing together expertise on different areas of research on the ancient versions.

All proposals should name the investigated biblical passages, describe the ancient sources, the chosen methodology, and explain how the proposal is linked with current research.

Program Unit Chairs

Jonathan Robker
Tuukka Kauhanen

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