Call for Papers: 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium Series 2015 “Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions” Writing Ancient and Modern Christian Apocrypha September 24-26, 2015 We are pleased to announce the third of a series of symposia on the Christian Apocrypha hosted by the Department of the Humanities at York University in Toronto, Canada and taking place September 24 to 26, 2015. The 2015 symposium will examine the possible motivations behind the production of Christian apocrypha from antiquity until the present day. Have authors of the Christian apocrypha intended to deceive others about the true origins of their writings? […]

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Has Philip Jenkins found a “new source” for Secret Mark?

Philip Jenkins, author of The Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way (2001) and frequent contributor to the Patheos blog, has published a short article in Books and Culture magazine with the tantalizing title “Alexandrian Attitudes: A new source for the ‘Secret Gospel of Mark.’” Unfortunately, Jenkins is not talking about a manuscript source, but a source of inspiration. Jenkins’ previous contribution to the debate on the authenticity of Secret Mark was the claim that Morton Smith was inspired to forge the gospel after reading James Hogg Hunter’s 1940 novel The Mystery of Mar Saba, in which […]

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Loren Rosson III: “Secret Mark Still Fools People”

In a post on the Secret Gospel of Mark (HERE), Nashua librarian Loren Rosson III, administrator of The Busybody blog, offers some comments on Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery?, the collection of papers from the 2011 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium. I appreciate the attention paid to the book and, though I try to resist responding to reviews (I don't want to be perceived as having thin skin), I wanted to correct a few misstatements in the post. Rosson obviously supports the theory that Secret Mark is a forgery perpetrated by Morton Smith, the scholar who discovered the manuscript of the […]

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The 2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium in Retrospect: Part Three

Day two of the symposium was intended as a look to the future. The first session featured several of the participants in the More Christian Apocrypha Project (MCAP), which is producing collections of apocryphal texts in English translation (some for the first time), primarily by North American scholars. These papers examined some little-known or under-appreciated texts and traditions. In the first presentation, F. Stanley Jones (California State University) examined “The Distinctive Sayings of Jesus Shared by Justin and the Pseudo-Clementines.” Jones is contributing two pieces for the first More Christian Apocrypha volume: the Syriac epitome of the Acts of Peter, […]

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The 2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium in Retrospect: Part Two

In the first afternoon session, “New Frontiers in Christian Apocrypha Studies,” we looked to bridging gaps between CA and related disciplines. In “Jesus at School among Christians, Jews, and Muslims,” Cornelia Horn (Catholic University of America) built on her previous work on Christian and Muslim use of Jesus and Mary infancy traditions. This time her discussion featured the story of Jesus in school from the Infancy Gospel of Thomas and looked at its transformations in the Armenian Infancy Gospel, the Toledot Yeshu, and the story of Imam al-Baquir in Umm al-kitab (an eighth-century Shi’ite text). In her conclusion, Horn asked […]

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The 2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium in Retrospect: Part One

This year’s York Christian Apocrypha Symposium is now fading into memory. I have stopped waking at night thinking that David Eastman is stranded in an airport, or Jean-Michel Roessli is endlessly circling Toronto Island on a boat. Other bloggers (Sarah Veale and Mark Bilby) have offered their thoughts on the event. So, I think it’s time I presented by own post mortem analysis.  (Front row, left to right: Lily Vuong, Stephen Shoemaker, Charles Hedrick, Mary Dzon, Stanley Jones, Mark Bilby. Second row: Pierluigi Piovanelli, Lee Martin McDonald, Annette Yoshiko Reed, Jean-Michel Roessli, Cornelia Horn, Stephen Patterson, Tony Burke, David Eastman. […]

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Mark Bilby on the 2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium

Mark Bilby, administrator of the Voces anticae blog, offers his thoughts on the 2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium. Mark attended the event and contributed an excellent paper (“Backstories of the Bandits: The Emergence, Submersion and Re-emergence of the Cult of Dysmas”) on apocryphal traditions of the bandits crucified with Jesus. I hope to provide my own summary of the symposium some time in the next week.

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2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium Profiles: Lily Vuong

This year's York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, “Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier: The Christian Apocrypha in North American Perspectives,” is mere days away (September 26–28, 2013). If you are interested in attending, please register BY E-MAIL as soon as possible (remember, it's free for students, but you should register if you want to receive the papers ahead of time). For more information, see the Symposium's web page (HERE). Lily Vuong, "Ordinary or Extraordinary? The Reception of the Protevangelium of James in the History of the Blessed Virgin Mary" Lily Vuong is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Valdosta […]

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Keynote Address for 2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium: Annette Yoshiko Reed

The keynote address for this year's York Christian Apocrypha Symposium takes place Friday, September 27 from 8 to 9:30pm. As with all other sessions at the Symposium, the address will take place in the Renaissance Room at Vanier College. There is no charge to attend the keynote address and all are welcome to attend. If you wish to participate further in the Symposium, there is still time to register (by email only). For information see the Symposium's web page (HERE). Annette Yoshiko Reed, "The Afterlives of Christian Apocrypha” Annette Yoshiko Reed (BA McGill; MTS Harvard; MA, PhD Princeton University) is […]

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2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium Profiles: Mary Dzon

This year's York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, “Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier: The Christian Apocrypha in North American Perspectives,” is less than a week away (September 26–28, 2013). If you are interested in attending, please register BY E-MAIL as soon as possible (remember, it's free for students, but you should register if you want to receive the papers ahead of time). For more information, see the Symposium's web page (HERE). Mary Dzon, “‘All the (Good) News That’s Fit to Print?’ Early Printings of Apocryphal Texts” Mary Dzon is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee where she teaches courses […]

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2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium Profiles: Nicola Denzey Lewis

This year's York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, “Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier: The Christian Apocrypha in North American Perspectives,” is less than a week away (September 26–28, 2013). If you are interested in attending, please register BY E-MAIL as soon as possible (remember, it's free for students, but you should register if you want to receive the papers ahead of time). For more information, see the Symposium's web page (HERE). Nicola Denzey Lewis, "Nag Hammadi, Gnosticism, Apocrypha: Bridging Disciplinary Divides" A visiting Associate professor at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Nicola Denzey Lewis is the author of The Bone […]

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Final Programme for 2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium

For those people still trying to decide whether or not to attend this year's Christian Apocrypha Symposium at York (or what papers to drop in for), here is what should be the final programme for the event. All sessions take place in the Renaissance Room, basement level of Vanier College. Friday, September 27 9:00-9:15 Introductions Tony Burke (York University) and Brent Landau (University of Texas) 9:15-11:30 Session 1: Christian Apocrypha in the 21st Century Chair: Tony Burke (York University) Jean-Michel Roessli (Concordia University), “North American Approaches to the Study of the Christian Apocrypha on the World Stage” Pierluigi Piovanelli (University […]

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2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium Profiles: Jean-Michel Roessli

This year's York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, “Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier: The Christian Apocrypha in North American Perspectives,” is just over a week away (September 26–28, 2013). If you are interested in attending, please register BY E-MAIL as soon as possible (remember, it's free for students, but you should register if you want to receive the papers ahead of time). For more information, see the Symposium's web page (HERE). Jean-Michel Roessli, “North American Approaches to the Study of the Christian Apocrypha on the World Stage”   Jean-Michel Roessli is an Associate Professor of historical theology in the Department of […]

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The Historical Jesus and the Christian Apocrypha Panel

One of the panels at this year's York Christian Apocrypha Symposium features a reassessment of North American scholarship's use of the Christian Apocrypha for studying the Historical Jesus. The panel features Stephen Patterson, well-known for his work on the Gospel of Thomas, with responses from Mark Goodacre and John Kloppenborg. This particular session takes place Friday, September 27 from 3:30-5:30. For more information, see the Symposium's web page (HERE). Stephen J. Patterson, “The Apocryphal Gospels and North American Historical Jesus Research” Stephen J. Patterson is the George H. Atkinson Chair in Religious Studies at Willamette University (Salem, Oregon). His most […]

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