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2020 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins11/21/2020
Meeting Ends11/24/2020

Call for Papers Opens: 1/7/2020
Call for Papers Closes: 3/11/2020

Requirements for Participation

Jewish, Christian, and Graeco-Roman Travel in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Early Byzantine Periods (300 BCE–600 CE)


Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This consultation explores Jewish, Christian, and Graeco-Roman travel and movement between 300 BCE and 600 CE. In its third and final year, we will organize three sessions. (1) Travel in the New Testament and Early Christianity. This open session focuses on travel in New Testament writings, the New Testament apocrypha, and early Christianity within the context of the wider Roman world (broadly conceived). Presenters are encouraged to combine close readings of primary sources with reflection on the broader context of these passages as illustrated by, e.g., other Jewish, Christian, Greek, or Latin texts; epigraphy; and archaeology. (2) Travel and Movement between the Jewish Diaspora and the Land of Israel. In this open session, co-sponsored with the program unit Hellenistic Judaism, we deal with travel and movement between the Diaspora and the Land of Israel. Papers may relate to any aspect of the topic, but we particularly encourage presenters to explore the impact of movement and exchange between the Land of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora in the context of commonly-held views on Judaism in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. (3) Travel in Antiquity. This open session accepts papers dealing with any aspect of travel or movement, whether real or imagined, in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Early Byzantine periods. We particularly encourage the development of interdisciplinary approaches and the integration of Jewish and Christian travel into the broader study of the ancient Mediterranean.

Program Unit Chairs

Elisa Uusimäki
Pieter B. (Bärry) Hartog

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