Archive for October, 2010

Christian Apocrypha at the 2011 SBL

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature is less than a month away. Here are the sessions related to the Christian Apocrypha:

Nov. 20 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Syriac Literature and Interpretations of Sacred Texts/Christian Apocrypha Theme: Apocrypha in the Syriac Tradition
F. Stanley Jones, California State University-Long Beach, Presiding

Nicholas J. Zola, Baylor University: “Tatian’s “Second-to-Last” Supper: The Diatessaron and the Crucifixion Chronology”Zsuzsanna Gulacsi, Northern Arizona University: “The Diatessaron in Early Manichaean Art and Text”
Jonathan K. Henry, University of Pennsylvania: “Bound and Free: Patterns of Conversion and Conduct in the Theology of the Syriac Text of the Acts of Thomas”
Aaron Overby, Saint Louis University: “One Scripture, One God: Addai’s Proclamation of Christ at Edessa”

Nov. 20 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Christian Apocrypha
Theme: Christian Apocrypha and Art
François Bovon, Harvard University, Presiding

David R. Cartlidge, Maryville College: “About Oxen and Asses: Variations on a Common Theme in Early Christian Art”
Michael Peppard, Fordham University: “Apocryphal Women in the Dura Europos Baptistery”
Ally Kateusz, University of Missouri: “The Apocryphal Mary in the Cubiculum of the Velata in the Priscilla Catacomb”
Rosie Ratcliffe, King's College London: “Interpreting Violent and Voyeuristic Representations of Women within the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles”

Nov. 20 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Function of Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphal Writings in Early Judaism and Early Christianity Theme: Perhaps Outside the Canon, But Not Off the Shelves: Contributions of Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha to the Formation of Early Judiasm and Christianity
David A. deSilva, Ashland Theological Seminary, Presiding

Francis Borchardt, University of Helsinki: “Why was 2 Maccabees Read in the Ancient World?”
D. Jeffrey Bingham, Dallas Theological Seminary: “Irenaeus and the Other Books: Non-Canonical Christian Texts in His Polemic”
Edmon Gallagher, Heritage Christian University: “The “Apocrypha” in Jerome’s Canonical Theory”
Rebecca Rine, University of Virginia: “Canon Lists Are Not Just Lists”
Loren L. Johns, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary: “When Pseudepigrapha Become Canonical: Rethinking Canon and Textual Criticism”

Nov. 22 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Christian Apocrypha
Theme: Apocrypha Collections and Questions of Genre
Pierluigi Piovanelli, University of Ottawa, Presiding

Alexander Toepel, Sankt Georgen Graduate School, Frankfurt am Main: “The Protevangelium of James as Aretalogy”
Tony Burke, York University: “More New Testament Apocrypha”

The Young Jesus Chronicles

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

James McGrath via Mark Goodacre drew my attention to The Young Jesus Chronicles, a cartoon collection by Spencer Smith and Mark Penta. You can preview the book at their homepage.

In Memory of John Kevin Coyle

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

From Pierluigi Piovanelli, University of Ottawa:

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am extremely saddened to announce that Professor John Kevin Coyle, of St. Paul University, has suddenly passed away in the night of Wednesday, October 20.

Those who have known Kevin will remember him not only as a great scholar – he had just published in 2009 the volume Manichaeism and Its Legacy, a collection of his articles on Manichaeism in Brill’s prestigious series Nag Hammadi and Manichean Studies – but also and especially as a warm and generous person, a true gentleman. This is a terrible loss for all of us.

I am sure that his soul is presently climbing the column of glory and is not too far from her final destination in the paradise of light, where she will enjoy the company of Augustine and Mani.

May peace be upon him!

Update on Handwriting Analyses of Secret Mark

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Allan Pantuck passed along to me a few links to the BAR website with recent articles on the handwriting analyses of the Secret Mark manuscript (or better, photographs of the manuscript) commissioned by BAR. The first is Peter Jeffery's response to the results (from April). The second is an editorial by Hershel Shanks comparing the conflict over the text to debate on who wrote Shakespeare's plays.