Being Jewish, Writing Greek is a conference at the University of Cambridge which aims to explore the literary aspects of Jewish texts in Greek in the Hellenistic and Imperial period (ca. 3rd century B.C.E. to 3rd C.E.). We believe that a focus on literary form, in addition to content, has the potential to better our understanding of the negotiations of culture and identity articulated in these texts.
Supported by the Faculty of Classics, the School of Arts and Humanities, and the St. Thomas Aquinas Institute in Zagreb, the conference has developed out of a seminar series in Cambridge organised by Max Kramer and Max Leventhal for the 2016–17 academic year, also entitled: ‘Being Jewish, Writing Greek’. Motivated by the belief that the large body of Jewish texts in Greek are an under-valued literature, we felt that the topic deserved further exploration in a full-scale international conference.
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