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2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

Meeting Begins: 11/23/2013
Meeting Ends: 11/26/2013

Call For Papers Opens: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
Requirements for Participation

Construction of Christian Identities


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Under the general title: "When, Why, Where Christianity Was Born?" our Section this year will offer three sessions. Session 1: "Jesus and the Early Groups of His Followers." This is an open session with possibly one invited main paper. Contributors are invited to submit papers handling the following points: a) From Jesus' idea of Kingdom of God to the idea of resurrection and rebirth among early Jesus followers; b) Origin of the idea of the second coming of Jesus; c) Different trajectories in the transmission of the words of Jesus in the first two centuries. Session 2: "How Many Groups of Jesus Followers in the First Two Centuries?" A session with invited papers only, centered on the following subjects: a) Are the Gospels evidence for a particular "Christian" community or mainly evidence of the theological ideas of their authors? b) How many Gnostic-Christian groups existed in the first two centuries and where? c) How many Jewish - Christian Groups existed in the first two centuries and where? d) Did Pauline communities survive after Paul's death? Session 3: A joint session with the Jewish Christianity / Christian Judaism Section; this session welcomes proposals dealing with names and archaeological evidence for Jewish Christians / Christian Jews in the first centuries (including possibility of construction of a historical-archeological map). A business meeting will follow, assessing developments of the Section, comparing the new outputs of Baltimore 2013 with the work done in Chicago 2012.

Program Unit Chairs

 Edmondo F. Lupieri
 Mauro Pesce

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