Aspects of Belief
in West Asia and the Mediterranean Basin
(1000 BCE – 100 CE)
Due to the challenges posed by COVID-19 we believe the best course of action is to cancel this summer's conference. We want to do our part to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved. Nonetheless, the Divinity school at St Andrews remains invested in this project. We have been encouraged to reorganize the event with the same topic for some time next school year, either in the spring or summer of 2021. Further information will be available once details are finalized.
Dr Erin Darby, Professor Tom Harrison, Professor Teresa Morgan, Professor Hindy Najman, Dr Matthew Novenson, Dr Brent Strawn, Professor Tim Whitmarsh.
Discussions of the ancient world usually assume that the ancients believed the gods were intimately involved in everything from the realm of politics and climatological phenomena to cultic rituals and daily activities. Yet, recent scholarship challenges this reductive presentation of ancient beliefs. As such, we might ask: What does it mean to “believe” in the ancient world?
The 2020 University of St Andrews Biblical Studies Symposium is now accepting research abstracts of 500 words or less from professional scholars and postgraduate students. We encourage scholars from a number of disciplines to participate, as our symposium aims at fostering an interdisciplinary discussion about ancient belief. Therefore, scholars in Archaeology, Assyriology, Biblical Studies, Classics, History and Philosophy are welcome.
The following topics are a selection of possible focal points for research papers: