I. Topics & themes

The aim of our conference is to explore the evolution of thought while focusing on the relations between Judaism and early Christianity in the context of Hellenistic period and the period immediately influenced by Hellenism. We will pay special attention to the intercultural distribution of decisive and long-standing questions, ideas, concepts and methods of Hellenistic and Hellenism-influenced thought.

II. Sample research questions

What made Hellenism uniquely suitable for influencing the evolution of later religious and cultural processes, including the emergence of Christianity and its early development? Can early Judaism be seen as a Hellenistic phenomenon? If so, in what sense? How is the formation of early Christianity connected with Hellenised Judaism? How does the literature of early Christianity relate to its religious and cultural context? How were the patterns of thought of the (pagan) Antiquity reflected and distributed in early Christianity?

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