YCAS 2015: Final Schedule

The final schedule for the 2015 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium has been posted to the YCAS web site (HERE) and is reproduced below. The symposium is just a few weeks away, but it is not too late to register: either send an inquiry to Tony Burke (tburke@yorku.ca) or register at the door on either day of the event.

Thursday, September 24:
Evening reception for presenters

Friday, September 25:
9:00-9:15 Introductions: Tony Burke (York University) and Brent Landau (University of Texas in Austin)

9:15-12:00 – Session 1: Composing Apocrypha in Antiquity
Chair: Tony Burke (York University)

  • Stanley E. Porter (McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario), “Lessons from the Papyri: What Apocryphal Gospel Fragments Reveal about the Textual Development of Early Christianity.”
  • Ross Ponder (University of Texas in Austin), “Reconsidering P. Oxy. 5072: Creation and Reception, Visual and Physical Features”

10:15-10:45 Break

  • Brent Landau (University of Texas in Austin), “Under the Influence (of the Magi): Did Hallucinogens Play a Role in the Inspired Composition of the Pseudepigraphic Revelation of the Magi?”
  • Pierluigi Piovanelli (University of Ottawa), “What Has Pseudepigraphy To Do with Forgery? Reflections on the Cases of the Acts of Paul, the Visio Pauli, and the Zohar.”

11:45-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 – Session 2: Reusing and Recycling Christian Apocrypha
Chair: Janet Spittler (University of Virginia)

  • Brandon W. Hawk (University of Tennessee), “‘Cherries at command’: Preaching the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew in Anglo-Saxon England”
  • Tim Pettipiece (University of Ottawa), “Manichaean Redaction of the Secret Book of John

2:00-2:30 Break

2:30-5:00 – Session 3: Modern Apocrypha?
Chair: James McGrath (Butler University)

  • Tony Burke (York University), “‘Lost Gospels’ of the Nineteenth Century”
  • Bradley Rice (McGill University), “The Apocryphal Tale of Jesus’ Journey to India: Nicolas Notovitch and the Life of Saint Issa Revisited”
  • Eric Vanden Eykel (Ferrum College), “Expanding the Apocryphal Corpus: Some ‘Novel’ Suggestions”
  • Scott Brown (Toronto), “Behind the Seven Veils, II: Assessing Clement of Alexandria’s Knowledge of the Mystic Gospel of Mark”

8:00-9:30 – Keynote Address by Bart D. Ehrman (James A. Gray Distinguished Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “Apocryphal Forgeries: The Logic of Literary Deceit”

Saturday, September 26:

9:00-11:45 – Session 4: Reimagining the Past in Christian Apocrypha
Chair: Eric Vanden Eykel (Ferrum College)

  • Gregory P. Fewster (University of Toronto), “Paul as Letter Writer and the Success of Pseudepigraphy: Constructing an Authorial Paul in the Corinthian Correspondence”
  • Pamela Mullins Reaves (Colorado College), “Pseudo-Peter and Persecution: (Counter-) Evaluations of Suffering in Coptic Apocalypse of Peter (NHC VII,3) and The Letter of Peter to Philip (NHC VIII,2)”

10:00-10:30 Break

  • Dominique Côté (University of Ottawa), “In the Name of James and Clement. The Brother of Jesus in the Pseudo-Clementines
  • Anne Moore (University of Calgary), “‘Days of Our Lives’: Female Friendship/Rivalry In the Christian Apocrypha”

11:45-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 – Session 5: Gospel of Jesus’ Wife
Chair: Brent Landau (University of Texas in Austin)

  • Caroline T. Schroeder (University of the Pacific), “Gender and the Academy Online: the Authentic Revelations of the Jesus Wife Fragment.”
  • James McGrath (Butler University), “Jesus’ Wife, Her Sister-in-Law, and the Bloggers”
  • Mark Goodacre (Duke University), “Jesus’ Wife, the Media and the Da Vinci Code.”
  • Janet Spittler (University of Virginia), Respondent

3:00-4:00 Concluding Reception

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