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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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Aramaic Studies

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Aramaic Studies section is planning to hold three sessions for the 2023 Annual Meeting. We invite proposals for two open sessions on various aspects of Aramaic language, texts and culture. These can include - among other things - topics on Targumim, Qumran Aramaic, Syriac, Biblical Aramaic, Samaritan Aramaic, and Elephantine. We also invite proposals for a joint session that we will be co-sponsoring with the Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible section, entitled “Scripture within Scripture: Textual Criticism and the Use of the Jewish Bible in Rewritten Scriptures and the Targumim”. Proposals for this joint session should consider the following discussion: The incorporation of secondary and tertiary base texts into rewritten Scriptures of the Second Temple period find a parallel in the use of secondary base texts in Targumic literature. For both literatures these base texts are not studied text-critically. For the rewritten Scriptures from the Second Temple period, their secondary and to a lesser extent their tertiary base texts preserve precious information about textual witnesses from a stage of textual plurality in the textual history of the Jewish Scriptures that is mainly lost. For the targumic literature of the Rabbinic and post-Rabbinic periods, its secondary base texts allow similarly precious insights into the textual transmission of the Jewish scriptures in a time from which almost no biblical manuscripts survive. In addition to such text-critical questions the (midrashic) employment of secondary base texts poses the question of overlap between the two literatures in the reception history of the Jewish scriptures.

Program Unit Chairs

Andrew D. Gross
Leeor Gottlieb

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