Wuppertal 2021 Call for Papers
Canonical Perspectives on Torah (Part II+III)
The current three-year program of our research group is focused on canonical perspectives on Torah as a basis of canon. The concept of Torah has seen a recent and resurging interest in the scholarly debate. In 2019 (Warsaw) we head an engaging session in dealing with specific biblical texts as they relate to Torah and canon. Different aspects and concepts of Torah have emerged. Is Torah defined as textual entity or by content, is it written and/or oral? How do we account for dynamic aspects of Torah (doing, interpreting, teaching and learning)? We discussed connected terms and concepts, the question of authority and institutions or more generally speaking of power as well as aspects of structure and genre. Some texts seem to be of particular importance, for example Deuteronomy 31.
Our general plan has proved valid and we will focus on broader ethical, thematic, and theological themes as planned for Wuppertal in 2020. We also include topics of the third year that concerns groups or communities for which Torah as a concept does or, on the contrary, does not play an important role for their respective identity and how they consequently deal with those texts. At the meeting Wuppertal 2021, we hear papers submitted for 2020 and invite papers dealing with group and communities.
Papers from the area of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, or Second Temple literature are welcome. We especially encourage New Testament scholars to participate.