IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 111: Shifting Borders between 'Jewish' and 'Christian' in Byzantium

Monday 6 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Reinhart Ceulemans, Onderzoeksgroep Griekse Studies KU Leuven
Moderator/Chair:Reinhart Ceulemans, Onderzoeksgroep Griekse Studies KU Leuven
Paper 111-aMetaphors of Paideia in the Life of Patriarch Nikephoros I of Constantinople
(Language: English)
Barbara Crostini, Institutionen för lingvistik och filologi, Uppsala Universitet
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Monasticism
Paper 111-bIsaac's Paraphrase of the Letter of Aristeas as a Speculum Principis and the Role of Jerusalem in the Self-Portrait of a Pious and Literate Ruler
(Language: English)
Valeria Flavia Lovato, Centre for Medieval Literature, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Religious Life
Paper 111-cThe Life of Constantine the Jew and Views on Judaism at the Middle-Byzantine Court
(Language: English)
Niels De Ridder, Onderzoeksgroep Griekse Studies KU Leuven
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Religious Life
Abstract

Decades of intense scholarship on the early Christian centuries have raised serious doubts on the classical, water-tight distinction between ‘Jewish’ and ‘Christian’. While the category of Judeo-Christian has been affirmed for the earliest period, the hypothesis that it continued to shape ecclesiastical realities has recently been mooted. Now is the time to probe further the Byzantine Church’s huge debt to the original ‘ex circumcisione’ community. This panel interrogates the literary and artistic production to test what borderlines can or cannot still hold between the categories of ‘Jewish’ and ‘Christian’ in Byzantium.