The Center for Ancient Studies will host “Integrating Judaism and Christianity into the Study of the Ancient World,” the Spring 2015 Ranieri Colloquium on Ancient Studies, on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, in Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science.

“Integrating Judaism and Christianity into the Study of the Ancient World" poster.

The colloquium explores the place of Judaism and Christianity in the historical and social setting of the ancient world. The formative period for classical Judaism and the origins of Christianity unfolded in the wider setting of the cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Mesopotamia. Yet, Judaism and Christianity are often studied in isolation from this broader context. Scholars of Judaism and Christianity will examine the many ways that these two religions were shaped by the experience of living among these ancient civilizations.

Presentations include “Selling Souls: Early Christians (and Their Neighbors) as Religious Entrepreneurs” and “Practices of Seeing God(s) in Late Antiquity” as well as “The New Testament as a Source for the History of the Jews and Judaism,” the keynote address by NYU’s Lawrence Schiffman (March 26, 5:15 p.m.).

The event is free and open to the public, which may call 212.992.7978 or email for more information. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street)

The conference is presented by the NYU Center for Ancient Studies in conjunction with the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, the Global Network for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies, the Religious Studies Program, the Department of Classics, the Department of History, the Dean of the College of Arts and Science, and the Dean for the Humanities.

NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies was created in 1996 to promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the past. Directed by Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Matthew S. Santirocco, and supported largely through endowment, the Center funds travel grants for undergraduate and graduate students, annual research conferences and lectures, and summer outreach seminars for faculty from across the United States (in collaboration with the Faculty Resource Network). Scholarly organizations that are based at the Center include the American section of the Institute for Etruscan and Italic Studies and its journal, Etruscan News, and the Aquila Theatre Company.

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