Vision and Envisionment in the Bible and its World


Communication about visionary experiences and visionary contents is a widespread phenomenon both, in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament as well as in ancient pagan cultures. The research unit focuses on this phenomenon and seeks to explore rhetorical and narrative strategies that texts make use of in describing experiences and contents of prophetic vision. Among others the following texts and traditions may be of primary importance with regard to our research interest:
  • prophetic traditions in the Hebrew Bible,

  • apocalyptic traditions in ancient Judaism and the New Testament,

  • descriptions of otherworldly journeys,

  • accounts on visionary experiences in ancient pagan cultures.


Prophecy, Vision, Envisionment, Rhetorical Criticism, Narrative Criticism, Implied Responses


Nils Neumann
Leibniz Universität Hannover 

Thomas Wagner
Bergische Universität Wuppertal 

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Wuppertal 2021 Call for Papers

At the 2021 meeting in Wuppertal our research group is going to explore "Places of Visionary Experiences”. We are interested in submissions dealing with the topography and cosmology of vision accounts in Biblical texts as well as in the Ancient Near East or the Graeco-Roman world. What particular kinds of places are suitable for revelations of certain deities or ecstatic experiences? How do the descriptions fit within the perception of space in the larger socio-cultural context? Papers that shed light upon narratological features are welcome as well as contributions on religious historical, iconographic or pragmatic aspects.