You are invited to attend a graduate student conference sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University entitled, " 'How Intense Is the Zeal': Creating Religious Orthodoxy in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East."
The conference will take place April 9-10, and will feature a keynote address by Professor Robert Goldenberg (SUNY - Stony Brook).
This conference will explore the ways in which ancient Judaism, early Christianity, and Graeco-Roman philosophy developed and used notions of "orthodoxy" and "heresy." Our goal is to foster a more serious consideration not only of the shared cultural context and interactions that might have given rise to competing notions of orthodoxy, but also of the very usefulness of "orthodoxy" as a modern scholarly category of analysis. Several alumni of the Ancient Judaism Ph.D. program will be in attendance and will respond to the graduate student papers. We hope to create a diverse academic environment in which our presenters, alumni, and current students and faculty can engage in conversation with each other about this topic.
For more information, please consult our website at http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Religious_Studies/events.html
Gail E. Armstrong
Providence, RI 02912
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