In an attempt to move research forward and take account of the huge significance of eschatological thought across the ancient world, this workshop aims to explore the theme of eschatology in the New Testament, paying particular attention to the role of its cultural backgrounds. We welcome papers that can offer new perspectives on New Testament eschatology, by focusing on its relationship with related historiographical contexts (Greco-Roman and Ancient Jewish world, the Ancient Near East, etc.), seeking to provide an interdisciplinary environment. Although numerous have been the attempts to properly classify terms like “eschatology” ( Marlow - Pollmann - Van Noorden, Eschatology in Antiquity. Forms and Function, 2021), or “apocalypse” (Collins, 2014), the proposed workshop intends to re-think the widely disputed use of these critical categories, investigating how the belief of “living in the last days” - i.e. the awareness of an “End” fast approaching and its theological, social, political, cultural implications - shaped the New Testament and, more broadly, literary traditions in antiquity.
New Testament, Eschatology, Early Imperial Times, Tansculturality, Reception