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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

Biblical Hebrew Poetry

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Biblical Hebrew Poetry will be hosting four sessions: The FIRST session will be “A Review of Francis Landy’s Poetry, Catastrophe, and Hope in the Vision of Isaiah.” The culmination of decades of research, one of the finest critics of biblical poetry writing today casts an eye on Isaiah that has a quality all of its own. Panelists for this session will be invited. This session will be co-sponsored with the Formation of Isaiah and Israelite Prophetic Literature program units. The SECOND session will be “Blessing and Cursing.” The nature and function of blessings and curses in biblical Hebrew poetry have been the focus of three previous sessions at SBL. This year’s session will bring this extended study to its conclusion. While papers on any aspect of blessing and cursing in biblical Hebrew poetry will be considered, those informed by biblical interpretation in an African context are particularly welcome. As a prepared response will conclude the session, accepted papers must be submitted in final draft by September 30, 2023. The THIRD session will be “War in Hebrew Poetry.” This session will focus on the topic of war in Hebrew poetry, exploring how the perspective of the reader affects their interpretation of the text. Papers that clearly demonstrate the perspective of the reader as located behind, within, or in front of a specific text or texts are particularly welcome. The FOURTH session will be a general open session: We invite general papers regarding any aspect of Biblical Hebrew Poetry.

Program Unit Chairs

Elizabeth R.Hayes
Jeffery M. Leonard

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