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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

Formation of Isaiah

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Isaiah group will offer four sessions in 2023. 1. The Assyrian thread in the Book of Isaiah: This session is dedicated to the events surrounding the Assyrian campaigns, including that of 701 BCE. The aim of this session is both to examine individual passages that touch on this theme as well as to trace its development throughout the entire book. Papers from a variety of perspectives and approaches are welcome. 2. Africa in the book of Isaiah // Reading Isaiah in Africa: In this joint session with the “African Biblical Hermeneutics” program unit attention will be paid to the book of Isaiah from two possible perspectives, namely (a) the presence of Africa within the book of Isaiah and beyond, and (b) how the book of Isaiah was read in the past and is read today in the African context. Topics include references to Egypt and Cush, historical interpretations and contemporary African perspectives of the book of Isaiah. This session will consist of invited speakers. 3. A book review session of Francis Landy’s new book: 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 “Reading, Theory, and the Bible”, the “Israelite Prophetic Literature”, and the “Biblical Hebrew Poetry program units. 4. The collaboration between the two program units "Book of Isaiah" and "Biblical Literature and the Hermeneutics of Trauma" aims to open a new understanding of the Book of Isaiah by combining exegesis and trauma theories. Contributions will focus on the Assyrian threat in the 8th century BCE. Proto-Isaiah portrays these historical events as traumatic and deeply disturbing. We look forward to contributions that explore how trauma theory can illuminate Proto-Isaiah's testimony to these events.

Program Unit Chairs

Judith Gaertner
Shawn Zelig Aster

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