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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

Requirements for Participation

Textual Criticism of the Historical Books

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This section covers the breadth of text-critical and text-historical research on the Historical Books in their various textual traditions. We particularly welcome papers that feature an intersection between text-critical and other methodologies. 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. We explicitly encourage submissions from students, early career research, women, and persons from underrepresented or traditionally marginalized backgrounds in the discipline. For the 2023 Annual Meeting, we are planning three sessions. One general session is open for submissions on any text-critical topic in the Historical Books. Papers may focus on one or several versions, including relevant data from medieval Hebrew manuscripts. In addition to text-critical papers in the strict sense, this session is open to papers with a focus on: literary, redaction, or narrative criticism, as well as linguistics, such as lexicography and syntax. Papers in these 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. We are also planning two thematic sessions. The first covers "Textual Versions of and beyond the Septuagint." We will consider papers demonstrating the text-critical value and text-historical relevance of the daughter versions of the Septuagint (e.g., Coptic, Syriac, Latin, Ethiopic, Armenian, Georgian) and of the proto-Masoretic text (Peshitta, Targumim, Vulgate), as well as the relevance of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Papers explaining translational or other features in the said versions using text-critical evidence are welcomed. We encourage joint papers by scholars bringing together expertise

Program Unit Chairs

Jonathan Robker
Sarah Yardney

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