I was asked recently to take part in an on-line debate on the topic of Paul and the Resurrection. The two debaters were historian Richard Carrier and Jake O-Connell, a theology student at Assumption College in Worchester, Massachussets. I was among four scholars who were called on to assess the debate. Included also is Dennis R. MacDonald (whose assessment is quite witty). You can read the debate HERE and the assessments HERE.
I will be attending the 2009 SBL Annual Meeting in New Orleans in November. Francois Bovon has graciously agreed to respond to my paper. Here is the abstract: Christian Apocrypha in Ancient Libraries Several of the most prominent literary discoveries of the past century have been the contents of ancient libraries—i.e., collection of texts, rather than single texts or single codices. Many of these libraries include Christian apocryphal literature. The Oxyrhynchus site, for example, includes material that may have derived from a Christian scriptorum or that was borrowed/copied from the library of Alexandria. Among the texts found at the site […]
The International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature will soon be upon us (June 30 to July 4). I will be presenting a paper at the event (more on that to follow). Here is a list of papers/panels of interest to the study of the Christian Apocrypha. Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha July 2, 8:30-10:00 AMTheme: Why Study Extra-Canonical Literature? Kelley Coblentz Bautch, St. Edward's University, Presiding Michael Segal, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Panelist Ida Frohlich, Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Panelist Pierluigi Piovanelli, University of Ottawa, Panelist Joseph Sievers, Pontifical Biblical Institute and Pontifical Gregorian University, Panelist Judith Newman, University of […]