This congress aims to explore conceptual varieties of “rest” among a diverse group of ancient texts and contexts, particularly those coded as ancient Jewish or Early Christian, especially considering their situatedness in the broader ancient Mediterranean world. Designed as a small workshop style event, the symposium brings together a small number of scholars representing a spectrum of expertise related to the ancient Mediterranean world, with a particular focus on ancient Jewish and early Christian contexts. The speakers reflect on the concept of “rest” as it pertains to any number of literary, historical, and cultural settings, including (but not limited to): its metaphorical usage; its manifestations: physical, emotional, social, etc.; its relation with labor, leisure, and also rituals/festivals; and how it functions in, for, or against the empires. Of particular interest in this conference is how these explorations may speak to the complexities of early Jewish and Christian social and theological formations from the early Second Temple period through Late Antiquity.
Date: Tuesday, 4 July 8:30-17:30
Location: Radboud University Nijmegen, Huize Heyendael (Titus Brandsmakamer), Geert Grooteplein Noord 9, 6525 EZ Nijmegen
Hosts: Dr. Seth A. Bledsoe & Ludwig Beethoven J. Noya, MA
Registration: For further information or if you wish to attend the congress, please contact: Seth Bledsoe (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ludwig Noya (email@example.com)