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CALL. 15.02.2020: [SESSION 24] "Biblical Texts in Cultural Context"(ASOR 2020) - Boston (M




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Westin Boston Waterfront, (Boston, MA, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Kristine Henriksen Garroway ; Christine Palmer

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This session will focus on the biblical text within its ancient Near Eastern cultural and intellectual environment. Its aim is to provide a forum for collaboration and scholarship across disciplines that contextualizes the Bible in the broader cultural world of the ancient Near East through the three dominant themes of ritual, family, and society. We welcome contributions that utilize a variety of approaches—archaeological (material culture), philological (comparative literature), and iconographic (visual exegesis)—to explore biblical texts as cultural products and “textual artifacts” of ancient Israel Contributors are also invited to explore examples of textual description, or ekphrasis, that may offer a vantage point on relevant cultural practices and institutions attested in the ancient Near East.

Year one (2020) of this multi-year session will concern itself with biblical ritual in light of ritual practices of the ancient Near East. Year two will be dedicated to family institutions and household practices, including the role of children, identity formation, and family religion. The third year will be focused on society, touching on topics of kingship and state, politics, and local economies.

For a list of approved sessions see: For further information on call for papers: The abstract submission system is now open and will close on February 15th. Please note that you must be registered for the Annual Meeting in order to submit an abstract! If you have any questions, please be in touch.

Kristine Henriksen Garroway

Christine Palmer

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