Christian Apocrypha at the 2014 SBL

Here is a quick rundown of the sessions and papers at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature focusing on Christian Apocrypha. I hope I found them all. See you in San Diego.

Christian Apocrypha Section sessions:

S22-118: Christian Apocrypha
11/22/2014 ~ 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Theme: “Canonical/Apocryphal” and Other Troublesome Binaries
Tony Burke, York University, Presiding
Matthew R Crawford, University of Durham: “The Diatessaron, Canonical or Non-canonical? Rereading the Dura Fragment”
Cornelia Horn, Catholic University of America: “Christian Apocrypha in Georgian on Jesus and Mary: Questions of Canonicity, Liturgical Usage, and Social Settings”
Richard I. Pervo, Saint Paul, Minnesota: “Canonical Apocrypha”
Shaily Shashikant Patel, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: “Magical Miracles and Miraculous Magic: Discourse of the Supernatural in the Acts of Peter”
Brad F. King, University of Texas at Austin: “Reframing the Apocryphon of John: ‘Christianizing’ Revisions in the Long Recension”

S22-210: Christian Apocrypha
11/22/2014 ~1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Theme: Presenting the Christian Apocrypha to Non-Scholarly Audiences
Brent Landau, University of Texas at Austin, Presiding
Bart Ehrman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Author of Lost Christianities and The Other Gospels
Nicola Denzey, Brown University, Author of Introduction to ‘Gnosticism’: Ancient Voices, Christian Worlds
Robert Cargill, University of Iowa, Consulting Producer on History Channel’s Bible Secrets Revealed
Roger Freet, HarperOne, Panelist, Executive Editor at HarperOneBreak
Hal Taussig, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, Editor of A New New Testament
Tony Burke, York University, Author of Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha

S23-123: Gospel of Luke
Joint Session With: Gospel of Luke, Christian Apocrypha
11/23/2014 ~ 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Theme: In memory of François Bovon
Mikeal Parsons, Baylor University, Presiding
David Warren, Faulkner University: “A Biographical Sketch of François Bovon”
Brent Landau, University of Texas at Austin: “Blurred Lines: Apocryphal Additions to New Testament Manuscripts”
Claire Clivaz, Université de Lausanne: “NT manuscripts as «beyond categories» objects : thinking about the death of Jesus as object of reprobation”
Andrew Gregory, University of Oxford: “Useful for the soul? In dialogue with François Bovon on the early reception of Luke”
Michal Beth Dinkler, Yale Divinity School: “‘The Thoughts of Many Hearts Shall Be Revealed’: Listening in on Lucan Interior Monologues”

S24-111: Christian Apocrypha
11/24/2014 ~ 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Theme: The Cultural Context(s) of the Christian Apocrypha
J.K. Elliott, University of Leeds, Presiding
Petri Luomanen, University of Helsinki: “Judaism and anti-Judaism in the Protoevangelium of James, the Infancy Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew”
Eugenia Constantinou, University of San Diego: “Holy of Holies! The Amazing and Impossible Life of Mary as told in the Apocrypha of the Christian East”
Lorne R. Zelyck and Joseph Sanzo, University of Alberta: “What is P.Berol. 11710: Amulet, Apocryphal Gospel, Biblical Elaboration?”
Dominique Côté, Université d’Ottawa – University of Ottawa: “Magic, Necromancy, and Theurgy in the Pseudo-Clementines” Michael Zeddies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: “More Evidence Origen Wrote To Theodore

Also of interest are several papers from the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism sections:

S24-136 Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism
11/24/2014 ~ 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Theme: Papyrology and Textual Criticism
Hugo Lundhaug, Universitetet i Oslo, Presiding
Book Review: Lance Jenott, The Gospel of Judas: Coptic Text, Translation, and Historical Interpretation of ‘The Betrayer’s Gospel’ (Mohr Siebeck 2011).
Panelists: Lance Jenott (Universitetet i Oslo), Nicola Denzey (Brown University), Bas van Os (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam – VU University Amsterdam)
Christian Askeland, Protestant University Wuppertal: “Carbon Dating and the Gospel of Judas”
Geoffrey Smith, University of Texas at Austin: “Ecclesiastical Politics and the Transmission of Early Christian Literature: Origenism and the Gospel of Truth”
Eric Crégehur, Université Laval: “The Nature and Literary Situation of the “Untitled Text” of the Bruce Codex”

S23-230 Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM)
Jennifer R. Hunter, Northern Arizona University: “Mirror or Metaphor? The Mirrored Bridal Chamber in the Gospel of Philip”

And there are a variety of additional papers on apocryphal texts in a variety of sessions:

S22-345 Texts and Traditions in the Second Century  (4:00 PM to 6:45 PM)
Meghan Henning, University of Dayton: “Christ as Savior in the Otherworld: The Harrowing of Hell in the 2nd Century”

S23-106 Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative (9:00 AM to 11:30 AM)
Karen L. King, Harvard University: “Endings and The End: The Gospel of Mark and The Gospel of Judas”

S23-315 Function of Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphal Writings in Early Judaism and Early Christianity (4:00 PM to 6:30 PM)
Luke Drake, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: “Sacred Sites, Paralyzed Bodies: The Account of Peter’s Daughter in the Coptic Act of Peter”

S24-110 Children in the Biblical World (9:00 AM to 11:30 AM)
J.R.C. Cousland, University of British Columbia: “Born to Be Wild? Jesus in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas”

S24-201 Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM)
Chris Frilingos, Michigan State University: “Unpairing and Repairing: Mary and Joseph in Ancient Christian Infancy Accounts”
Paulo Nogueira, Universidade Metodista de São Paulo – Brasil: “Powerful Public Performances and Literary Subversion of Social Reality in the Early Christianity: The Case of the Apostle John in the Artemision (Acts of John 37–47)”
Richard I. Pervo, Saint Paul, Minnesota: “An Odd Couple: Apuleius’ Metamorphoses and the Acts of Thomas”

S24-324 Maria, Mariamne, Miriam: Rediscovering the Marys (4:00 PM to 6:30 PM)
Mark Goodacre, Duke University: “The Magdalene Effect: Misreading the Composite Mary in Early Christian Works”
Deborah Saxon, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs: “The Care of the Self in the Gospel of Mary”

S 24-344 Texts and Traditions in the Second Century (4:00 PM to 6:15 PM)
Michael Bird, Ridley Melbourne: “Why the Lost Gospels Lost Out”


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