Citations and Allusions in the Hebrew Bible

Programme

The notion that texts within the Hebrew Bible refer to each other and that neglect of such references leads to an imperfect understanding of a given text has garnered much attention in recent years. There are substantial bodies of both methodological debate and case studies. For all that, core problems wait to be settled with at least a relative consensus. Among them are the differentiation between citations, allusions, and similar textual references on the one hand and affinities between texts induced by different factors on the other hand; criteria for discerning textual references, and their strength relative to each other; categories for a detailed description of textual references; and a rigid scrutiny regarding modes of marking citations. As concerns case studies, a sustained effort is needed to collect and compare the various scholarly results. The time is ripe for bringing together scholars working in the field in order to critically examine what has been achieved so far, and to draw attention to pressing questions which have remained unresolved heretofore. The research group shall be a platform to do that. It will focus on cases of citations and allusions, that is, on actual, intentional references from one text to another.

Keywords:

Citation, Allusion, Inner-Biblical Back-Referencing, Intertextuality, Methodology


Chairs

Joachim J. Krause
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Friedrich-Emanuel Focken
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Walter Bührer
Ruhr-Universität Bochum


Member Area

Wuppertal 2020 Call for Papers

 

For the 2020 annual meeting, we invite papers addressing methodological issues in discerning, explaining and interpreting citations and allusions in the Hebrew Bible, including, but not limited to, the following: differentiation between citations, allusions, and similar textual references on the one hand and affinities between texts induced by different factors (e.g. a common stock phrase, genre, or topic) on the other hand; criteria for discerning textual references, and their strength relative to each other; method in determining the direction of dependence between the parts of a given cross-reference; categories (and terms) for a detailed description of textual references; modes of marking citations within the Hebrew Bible. While papers may of course be illustrated with exemplary case studies, thus allowing for exegetical work to be presented alongside of methodological reflection, we ask participants to focus their contributions on methodological issues.



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