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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

Nature Imagery and Conceptions of Nature in the Bible


Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For San Antonio, we are planning four sessions. (1) One invited thematic session in collaboration with the Biblical Hebrew Poetry Group devoted to “Tree Images (in the wild and in agriculture): Themes and Functions”. This session will follow up a session from 2020 by showcasing research on the figurative use of parts of the tree: roots, branches, fruit, trunk/height, stumps, etc., or of specific trees or flora formations, and the diverse themes and functions they carry. This will involve co-operations with botanists and archaeobotanists according to the proposed topics. (2) For a related open thematic Session we encourage presenters to propose papers focused on tree and flora images. (3) Our methodological study session is an invited session in collaboration with Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Bible Section in which we will continue the focus on “Conceptions of Nature in Literature and Iconography: Methodological Considerations”. (4) Finally, there will be an open session for papers on any topic relevant to this group’s focus on nature imagery in the Bible.

Program Unit Chairs

Dalit Rom-Shiloni
Mark J. Boda

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