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2023 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, Texas

Meeting Begins11/18/2023
Meeting Ends11/21/2023

Call for Papers Opens: 1/23/2023
Call for Papers Closes: 3/14/2023

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Bible, Myth, and Myth Theory

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year, the Bible, Myth, and Myth Theory section will host three sessions, one of which is a joint production with the Comparative Methods section. Here, we invite papers that explore the question: WHAT NEW AND COMPARATIVE APPROACHES TO MYTH CAN HELP SHED LIGHT ON BIBLICAL TRADITIONS AND WHY? The second session is a special session on Myth and Material Culture. For this session, we invite papers that investigate myths and mythology in material culture, for instance in art, inscriptions, coins, objects, architecture, and so on. Proposals need not entirely exclude texts, but should aim to focus on material artifacts. Important questions here include: How does the representation of myth in material culture change how we understand mythological traditions as opposed to the study of texts alone? What kind of variety in myth is made visible in material artifacts as opposed to the study of texts? What special uses did myth have when presented in material medias? How do modern methods of engaging material culture change the study of myth generally and in specific instances? The third session will be an open session. Here, we welcome proposals on the use of myth and myth theory in biblical studies. We especially encourage papers that explore various definitions of myth and what it means to utilize this category within biblical studies. We welcome participants from diverse specializations, including Hebrew Bible, Ancient Near Eastern Literature, and Greco-Roman Religions. We aim to include studies covering a range of methodologies, critical theories, and types of data: textual and literary criticisms, philology, cognitive sciences, archeology, art history, and social and anthropological theories. We welcome scholars from a range of career positions (senior, mid-career, junior, as well as graduate students) and from a variety of personal and institutional backgrounds.

Program Unit Chairs

Andrew Tobolowsky
M. David Litwa

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