This seminar explores ways in which early Christianity and Judaism and the wider study of religion might fruitfully interact.

It considers issues from both sides of the divide: first, how approaches to religious phenomena in general might illuminate, destabilize and refocus the study of early Christianity and Judaism; and second, how data drawn from the latter might generate new insights into the more general study of religion, interrogation and, where useful, reformulation of familiar categories will in all cases be encouraged. Last year, for example, we had papers on magic, hybrid identities in the ancient Mediterranean, rehabilitating religious experience, the invention of relation at Elephantine, and diaspora theory and ancient associations, second temple Judaism as a religio-cultural system, ethnic studies, and violence.

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2017 Seminar Papers (click on the title to download)

Reconstruction and Re-description of Late Second-Temple Judaism as a Religio-Cultural System: Jack N. Lightstone, Brock University

Religion as a Social Kind, Part 1: Kind Theories: Stanley Stowers, Brown University

The Concept of “Community” and the History of Early Christianity: Stanley Stowers, Brown University

From Communities to Critical Analysis of Social Complexity, Including Religion: Stanley Stowers, Brown University 

Jubilees and Jewishness in Hasmonean Judea: John Van Maaren, McMaster University

Exodus in Early Christian Identity Formation: Kimberly B. Stratton, Carleton University 

Social Construction in the Epistle of Barnabas Through Canonical Interpretation and Ritual: Jason N. Yuh

Getting in and Falling Away in early Christ Assemblies: John S. Kloppenborg