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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 Lexicography

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Biblical Lexicography program unit will organize four sessions in 2023, which are as follows: 1) Open call for papers relating to the lexicography of Greek from any period in relation to the biblical and/or parabiblical corpora. 2) Open call for papers for a joint session held in conjunction with Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew. Our primary area of interest for this session is to study the phenomenon of semantic shift, i.e., how words and phrases take on different shades of meaning across different ‘sub canons’ within the corpus of the Hebrew Bible, either synchronically or diachronically, and how this should be represented in lexicographical entries. 3) Invited double review session focused on the Baker Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words (Baker 2023) and A Biblical Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon (GlossaHouse 2020). And finally, 4) This year we begin a new methodological collaboration with the Nature Imagery and Conceptions of Nature in the Bible unit on “Lexicography of Nature in the Bible,” focusing in our first year on flora and fauna. This session will explore zoonyms and phytonyms in the Hebrew Bible and pay attention to the methodological issues related to the study of the vocabulary for animal and plant names in antiquity. The session will focus on (a) semantic examinations of the Hebrew vocabulary in its Near Eastern context, including a comparison with Semitic and specifically West-semitic lexica; (b) lexicographical histories of interpretation of biblical vocabulary in the ancient versions of the Bible (LXX, Old Latin/Vulgate, Targums, Syriac), possibly involving a comparison with Greco-Roman zoology. While this will be partly an invited session, we do welcome proposals.

Program Unit Chairs

Reinier de Blois
William A. Ross

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