2020 Linguistics and the Biblical Text IBR Research Unit

Not too long ago I posted a call for papers for the 2020 session of the Linguistics and the Biblical Text research unit at the annual meeting of the Institute for Biblical Research (note the shiny new logo!). If you want to read more about the origins of this group, check out this older post.

We are pleased to announce the details of our session, which will be held on 20 November at 3:30–5:30pm (room TBD). Our theme this year is topic and focus, with papers and responses for both Greek and Hebrew. Here’s the schedule:

Linguistics and the Biblical Text

William Ross, Reformed Theological Seminary, Welcome (5 min)

  • David J. Fuller, McMaster Divinity College, “Cohesion as a Criterion for the Pragmatics of Biblical Hebrew Word Order: A New Proposal” (20 min)
  • Kevin Grasso, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Respondent (15 min)
  • Discussion (15 min)
  • Aaron Michael Jensen, South African Theological Seminary, “Fronted Adjuncts and What They Teach Us about Information Structure” (20 min)
  • Travis Wright, University of Cambridge, Respondent (15 min)
  • Discussion (15 min)
  • Business Meeting (15 min)

A Note About Registration

Some of you will know that IBR is an affiliate group of SBL, so for this year (as others), as goes SBL, so goes IBR (and most likely ETS too). That being the case, SBL/IBR registration has opened and will be fully refundable through October 21st, meaning there is very little financial risk. If the event should be cancelled, then everything will be moved online, which while certainly a disappointment would mean a very affordable conference! Stay tuned for further information.


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