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Miriam Benfatto

Assegnista di ricerca

Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà


Call for Papers - Studying Jesus and Early Christians in Modern Times: New Perspectives & Methods (CISSR)

Studying Jesus and Early Christians in Modern Times: New Perspectives & Methods

(Chairs: Cristiana Facchini, Miriam Benfatto)


Since the late 15th century several different historical factors influenced the

research of the Christian past and the analysis of the figure of Jesus. The

increasing refinement of philology fueled by Humanism and the study of

ancient texts proved to be relevant in readdressing theological questions

concerning the nature of 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 experience of Jesus and

the Christian community became one of the most relevant topic of different

religious groups. 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 the early Christianity. As a result of the inception

of new science and the discoveries linked to the age of exploration, new notions

of religion appeared and greatly influenced the understanding of the history

Christianity. Furthermore, we wish to break the scholarly periodization which

separates the early modern and the modern period, aiming to connect them in

order to assess when and how new notions about the study of Jesus emerged

and how they accordingly changed in relations to the rise of different

epistemological paradigms.


⇒ For this year, we especially seek papers devoted to the historical depiction of

Jesus, ancient Judaism, and the rise of Christianity composed by different

religious groups, including Catholics, Jews, Reformed Churches and radical

dissenters, from 1500 to 1750. We also invite scholars to offer papers on the

image of Jesus among the great representatives and philosophers of the



Proposals shall be sent to before 28 April 28, 2019


Prof. Cristiana Facchini

Dr. Miriam Benfatto

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Pubblicato il: 26 aprile 2019