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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

Formation of Isaiah

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Formation of Isaiah group will offer three sessions in 2021. Two sessions will consist of invited papers. It will also offer a joint session with the Qumran group with invited 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 will 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. The third section is an open session, and we welcome papers related to the book of Isaiah. The joint session with the Qumran group will explore and reassess the significance of the substantial Isaiah material for our understanding of the book of Isaiah.

Program Unit Chairs

Judith Gaertner
Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

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