Sep  2011 20
A European Idyll

I spent a fantastic month in Europe this summer.  It began on June 15 in Dresden, Germany, where I presented a paper at a 4-day conference on “Meals and Religious Identity in Early Christianity.”  The conference provided an opportunity not only to engage in cutting-edge research with an international team of scholars but also to visit the old city of Dresden and witness its resurgence from the destruction of World War II.

From Dresden, I traveled to Athens, Greece, for a 12 day intensive study tour for New Testament scholars of archeological sites in Greece on the theme: “Archaeology and Identity in Roman Achaia: Corinth, Athens, and Related Sites.”  One highlight was a day spent in the “CSI” lab of the forensic anthropologist for the American School of Classical Studies in Athens where we learned about the study of human remains from archaeological sites. 

From Athens I traveled to London where I attended the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  I ended my European idyll with a few days in Paris visiting my son, Adam McBride-Smith, and his fiancé, Pascaline Lefebvre. 


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