2016 CSBS/CSPS More New Testament Apocrypha Panel (Part 2)

Part 2 of my report on the More New Testament Apocrypha book review panel. See part 1 HERE. I divided my response to the panelists into three sections: the origins of the project (why more apocrypha?), the decisions behind selecting the volume’s contents (which more apocrypha?), and issues around defining “Christian Apocrypha” and other issues of categorization (what more apocrypha?). The MNTA project began at a gathering of North American Christian Apocrypha scholars in Ottawa in 2006. Jim Davila and Richard Bauckham’s MOTP series was still in its planning stages (Jim discussed the series at the event) and the group […]

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2016 CSBS/CSPS More New Testament Apocrypha Panel (Part 1)

As mentioned in my previous post, this year’s CSBS/CSPS Christian Apocrypha session was a book review panel dedicated to New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures edited by me and Brent Landau. This report on the panel, already quite late (I am the world’s slowest biblioblogger), is divided into two parts so that the post is not overly long. When the panel was planned at last year’s annual meeting, the assumption was that the book would be available by this time. Alas, the publication is not ready, though we are going through the final edits and it will be available at […]

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Christian Apocrypha Sessions for the 2016 SBL Annual Meeting

Christian Apocrypha 11/19/2016 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD Theme: Helmut Koester: In Memory of His Contributions to the Study of Christian Apocrypha A panel in memory of Helmut Koester, one of the most influential scholars of the Christian Apocrypha in North America, assessing his ongoing legacy for this field. Brent Landau, University of Texas at Austin, Presiding (5 min) Philip Sellew, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Panelist (15 min) Christine Thomas, University of California-Santa Barbara, Panelist (15 min) Christoph Markschies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – Humboldt University of Berlin, Panelist (15 min) Break (10 min) Stephen […]

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2016 CSBS/CSPS Christian Apocrypha Report, Part 1

The 2016 Annual Meetings of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies and the Canadian Society of Patristic Studies took place this past weekend at the University of Calgary. The two groups are small but mighty and the members are always friendly and gracious. Since 2013 I have been organizing, along with Timothy Pettipiece, a joint session for the two societies on Christian Apocrypha. This year we planned a book review panel for the forthcoming collection New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, edited by me (Tony Burke) and Brent Landau, and several members also contributed proposals for papers. Alas we did […]

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NASSCAL Publication Series: Studies in Christian Apocrypha

The North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature (NASSCAL) is pleased to announce Studies in Christian Apocrypha, a book series produced in collaboration with Polebridge Press. Christian Apocrypha is a term encompassing Christian texts—such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Acts of John, and the Apocalypse of Peter—that are not included among, but nevertheless bear some relation (in form, content or otherwise) to the texts of the New Testament. Apocrypha have been part of the Christian tradition almost from the beginning. Indeed, so ubiquitous is apocryphal literature that it must be embraced as a fundamental aspect of Christian thought and expression. The […]

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Christian Apocrypha at the 2016 CSBS/CSPS

Since 2013 the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies has included a session on Christian Apocrypha. In 2014 the session became a joint presentation with the Canadian Society of Patristic Studies. This year the meeting takes place at the University of Calgary from March 27-30 (CSBS) and March 29-31 (CSPS). The joint session this year is a book review panel for the forthcoming collection New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, edited by me (Tony Burke) and Brent Landau. I am contributing also to a CSPS book review panel dedicated to Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents, and Sources (Second […]

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New Bibliographical Resource: “e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha”

The first collaborative project initiated by the North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature (NASSCAL) is a comprehensive clavis and bibliography on the Christian Apocrypha. The last attempt at creating such a resource, James H. Charlesworth’s print bibliography (The New Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha: A Guide to Publications, with Excurses on Apocalypses. ATLA Bibliography Series 17. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1987), is now almost 30 years old. It is time to update and expand Charlesorth’s work, but this time as an electronic resource. The process envisioned for the creation of e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha is to enlist members of […]

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Syriac Infancy Gospel of Thomas: Edition in Progress (Part 4)

Back in October and November I wrote a series of three posts (1, 2, and 3) detailing my efforts to construct a critical edition of the Syriac manuscripts of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas. The project is now about eight years (and counting) in the making but it may soon finally see publication because I’ve been working diligently on it over the past six months, to the neglect, unfortunately, of other tasks, such as Apocryphicity. Right now I’m taking a brief pause in the project, so I thought I’d use some of this time to reacquaint myself with the blog […]

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Apocrypha (Journal) Vol. 26

The latest volume of the journal Apocrypha, published under the auspices of l’AELAC, is scheduled to be published in March. The contents are provided on the Brepols site (HERE), and excerpted below: Charles D. Wright, “6 Ezra and The Apocalypse of Thomas with a previously unedited ‘interpolated’ text of Thomas” Rossana Guglielmetti, “Deux témoins inédits de la Visio Pauli” Emanuela Valeriani, “Simbolismo ed escatologia nell’Apocalisse apocrifa di Giovanni: un confronto con l’Apocalisse canonica” Susan E. Myers, “Antecedents of the Feminine Imagery of Spirit in the Acts of Thomas” Boris Paschke, “Speaking Names in the Apocryphal Acts of John” Dan Batovici, […]

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SBL 2015 Diary: Days 3 and 4

The morning of day 3 began with a meeting with some fine folks from Polebridge Press, the publishing wing of the Westar Institute. My friend and York colleague Phil Harland has recently become involved with Westar, best known (perhaps infamously) as the organization behind the Jesus Seminar. Our conversations led to discussions about the possibility of NASSCAL partnering with Polebridge for some publishing projects. Stay tuned for more on these projects, and if you haven’t joined NASSCAL yet, what’s keeping you? Sheesh. The afternoon was spent at the third of four Christian Apocrypha sessions, this one on “‘Lived Contexts’ of […]

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2015 SBL Diary: Day 2

Day two of the 2015 SBL annual meeting began for me with the “Blogger and Online Publication” panel, a welcome change from Christian Apocrypha (mostly because I don’t have to take any notes! I can sit back and just listen). Funny enough, the first paper, by Rick Brannan, did discuss Christian Apocrypha and even gave a shout out to the More New Testament Apocrypha Project; funny enough, I missed that one. I did catch Christian Brady (aka Targuman)’s “The Life of a Blog from Cradle to Maturity.” He discussed mixing personal and professional aspects of his life on the blog, […]

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2015 SBL Diary: Day 1

[This account is a little late, but as a Canadian without a U.S. data plan, and given the poor Wifi capability in the conference hotels, it’s been difficult to do much of anything online over the past several days.] I flew into Atlanta via Buffalo Friday afternoon. I have a habit of arriving at airports with little time to spare to get on my flight; so it was a bit touch-and-go whether I would make the plane. But one mad dash through the airport later, I was on my way. Upon arrival, I grabbed some dinner and met up with […]

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Ten Books on Christian Apocrypha to Look For at SBL 2015

In no particular order: Vernon K. Robbins and Jonathan M. Potter (editors). Jesus and Mary Reimagined in Early Christian Literature. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 2015. Excerpt. Lincoln H. Blumell and Thomas A. Wayment (editors). Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents, and Sources. Baylor University Press, 2015. David E. Wilhite. The Gospel according to Heretics. Discovering Orthodoxy through Early Christological Conflicts. Baker Publishing Group, 2015. Paul Hartog (editor). Orthodoxy and Heresy in Early Christian Contexts: Reconsidering the Bauer Thesis. Wipf & Stock, 2015. Richard Pervo. The Acts of John. Early Christian Apocrypha 6. Polebridge Press, 2015. Tony Burke (editor). Forbidden Texts on the Western […]

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New Book Series: Inventing Christianity

Penn State University Press is pleased to announce Inventing Christianity, a new book series edited by L. Stephanie Cobb and David L. Eastman. All books in the series will focus on the second and third centuries, a time when insiders and outsiders alike were grappling with what it meant to be Christian. This period saw shifting notions of clerical and textual authority, group boundaries, interpretive strategies, and ritual practices. The series will examine the numerous ways in which early Christianity was “invented” by different authors in different times to different ends. The series editors seek innovative work that examines the […]

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Christian Apocrypha at the 2015 SBL

Here is a quick rundown of the sessions and papers at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature focusing on Christian Apocrypha. I hope I found them all. See you in Atlanta. Christian Apocrypha Section sessions: S21-114 Christian Apocrypha; Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds Joint Session With: Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds, Christian Apocrypha 11/21/2015 ~ 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Room: International 4 (International Level) – Marriott Theme: Papyrus Fragments of Apocryphal Writings: How Were They Used? Malcolm Choat, Macquarie University, Presiding Geoff S. Smith, University of Texas at Austin: “Preliminary Report on the ‘Willoughby Papyrus’ […]

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