Marginality and Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean World – Corcoran Chair Conference at Boston College 3-4 April 2016

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The 2016 Corcoran Chair Conference - Marginality and Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean World
April 3-4, 2016 on the Boston College Chestnut Hill Campus (program).
This conference examines the idea of “hybrid identities” and its component terms—hybridity and
identity—by considering a selection of individuals and groups whose activities, allegiances,
and/or ideas straddle the boundaries constructed by ancient Jewish, Christian and pagan leaders. Free and open to the public.  RSVP to: cjlearning@bc.edu

CONFERENCE PROGRAM
SUNDAY, APRIL 3 MURRAY FUNCTION ROOM, YAWKEY CENTER
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Adele Reinhartz (University of Ottawa and Boston College)
Hybrid Identities in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Jonathan Klawans (Boston University), Respondent

2:00-2:30 p.m. Coffee break

2:30-4:00 p.m.
Yonder Gillihan (Boston College)
King Areios of Sparta Recalls the Discovery of Written Evidence for Spartan-Judean
Kinship (1 Makkabees 12:19-23)
Tessa Rajak (Oxford University)
How to Praise a Jewish Mother of Martyrs in a Greek City: The Panegyric in 4
Maccabees 15-16

4:00-4:30 p.m. Coffee break

4:30-6:00 p.m.
Karin Schlapbach (University of Ottawa)
Christian Dance and Ancient Mysteries (Acts of John)
Andrew Jacobs (Scripps College)
“Alone Among His Gens”: Jews, Christians, and the Hermeneutics of Conversion in a
Late Antique Inscription

6:00-6:30 p.m. Reception – all are invited
6:30-8:00 p.m. Dinner for presenters and invited guests

MONDAY, APRIL 4 HEIGHTS ROOM, CORCORAN COMMONS
9:00-10:30 a.m.
Paula Fredriksen (Hebrew University)
Christ and Cosmos: God’s Kingdom as Conquest (1 Corinthians 15)
Maia Kotrosits (Denison University)
Subjects in Translation: Crises of Sovereignty and Language Between Life and Death
(the uses of Aramaic in the Gospel of Mark)

10:30-11:00 a.m. Coffee break

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Joshua Burns (Marquette University)
Passing and Failing: The Jewish Dilemma in Ancient Rome (Persius, Satires 5.176-184)
Steven Fine (Yeshiva University)
Between Titus, the Temple and Redemption: The Apostasy of Yosef Meshita (Genesis
Rabba 65, 26)

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-3:00 p.m.
David Frankfurter (Boston University)
Between Christian and Hellene/Heathen/Local (Shenoute & Pseudo-Athanasius plus
terracotta images from 5th century Egypt)
Adele Reinhartz, Final Reflections

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