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Miriam Benfatto

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Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà


Call for Papers: Before and after Reimarus: Discourses and Practices around Jesus from the Early Modern Period – New Perspectives & Methodologies

Call for Paper - CISSR Annual Meeting

9th Annual Meeting on Christian Origins
September 21–23, 2023
Bertinoro, Italy

Call for Papers opens: February 15, 2023
Call for Papers closes: May 15, 2023

Before and after Reimarus: Discourses and Practices around Jesus from the Early Modern Period – New Perspectives & Methodologies

(Unit Chairs: Miriam Benfatto and Cristiana Facchini

Since the 15th century several different historical factors have influenced the research of the Christian past and the analysis of the figure of Jesus. The increasing refinement of philology and the study of ancient texts as fueled by Humanism proved to be relevant in readdressing theological questions concerning early Christianity. The Reformation set forth a religious conflict that rekindled ancient polemics and, in turn, the study of antiquity. The search for the most authentic religious experiences of Jesus and the early Christ believers became one of the most debated topics among different religious groups. Moreover, thanks to technological innovations such as the rise of print and the amelioration of communication infrastructures, ideas and texts circulated widely both in print and manuscripts disseminating new representations of Jesus and early Christianity. Finally, as a result of the emergence of new scientific paradigms and the discoveries linked to the age of exploration, new notions of religion appeared that greatly influenced the understanding of the history of Christianity.

This unit invites papers interested in the historical representations of Jesus, ancient Judaism, and the birth of Christianity composed by different authors belonging to different religious groups and denominations, including Catholics, Jews, Reformed Churches and radical dissenters between the 16th and the 19th century. Moreover, we welcome papers focusing on different strategies of reception (rebuttal, critique, praise or appropriation) of the figure of Jesus and early Christianity as well as on the Catholic responses and the strategies developed by the Catholic Church to repress, control, or persuade, or other forms of censorship. We also invite scholars to think about the relationship between media and religion as a way to critically assess how new discourses and images circulated and were shared within and among groups.

⇒ This unit will include some invited papers, as well as some selected from submissions to the call for papers.

Miriam Benfatto []

Cristiana Facchini []

Pubblicato il: 19 febbraio 2023