Religion in the Persian Period: Emerging Judaisms and other Trends
Conference and Call for Papers
Monday-Wednesday, 11-13 July 2011
Venue: Humanities Research Institute
University of Sheffield
It is thought that early forms of Judaism began to emerge in the Persian period amongst population groups with ancestral connections to the territories of Samaria and Yehud. The possible influence of Zoroastrianism on emerging Judaism has been explored periodically, but the issue of whether the Achaemenids continued to practice old Persian religion or emerging Zoroastrianism remains a point of debate. Persian policy with regard to religious tolerance or intolerance throughout the empire also could be profitably explored, as well as developments in religion amongst other subject groups under Persian hegemony.
Papers that explore some aspect of religion within any area of the Persian empire are welcome. Paper slots will be 45 minutes (30 minutes for the paper and 15 minutes for questions) or 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 20 minutes for questions. You can choose which length you prefer.
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