Welcome to the website of the North American Patristics Society! NAPS promotes the study of late antiquity and early Christianity primarily through our journal and annual meeting.  For further information about our activities and membership in the society, follow the links in the column to the left.

The 2018 annual meeting will take place in Chicago from May 24-26, 2018. We hope that you will join us. As we get closer to this event, the full program will be posted on the website.

Meanwhile, we wish everyone a wonderful year and best regards for your research endeavors.

Jeffrey Bingham, 2017-2018 President of NAPS


Currently NAPS is accepting submissions for presentations at our Annual Meeting in Chicago, May 24-26, 2018. The deadline for submissions has been extended to December 4, 2017. Click the link to the left for Annual Meeting and then Call for Papers for further information.


Contact and Mailing address for the Society:

Dr. Rick Brumback
Secretary and Treasurer, NAPS
Freed-Hardeman University
158 E. Main St.
Henderson, TN  38340

Membership & Subscriptions

Subscription to the Journal of Early Christian Studies is included with your membership. *Student Discount Available

Interested in having your work published in an upcoming volume? Read our Submission Guidelines.

Become a Member

Call for Nominations

Now accepting nominations for two Board Members-at-large, one Student Board Member, and one Vice President/President Elect.

Submit a Nomination


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  • The University of Salzburg invites applications now for its MA in Syriac Theology starting in October 2018.  Some part scholarships are available from the Syriac Institute and the Syriac Theological Seminary Salzburg and the course fees are minimal in line with European levels.  The MA is taught in English by leading international lecturers, including Sebastian Brock (Oxford), Herman Teule (Leuven), Hidemi Takahashi (Tokyo) and Shabo Talay (Berlin).

    Study in a beautiful UNESCO world heritage city in the centre of Europe
    Live in centrally located accommodation
    Be taught by internationally renowned Syriac specialists
    Low university fees
    Scholarships available

    For full details of the MA please see www.uni-salzburg.at/syriac. Information is also found here: Syriac Theology Flyer 2018F. If you have any questions, please contact .

    Prof. Dr. Aho Shemunkasho
    Syriac Theology
    Department of Biblical Studies and Ecclesiastical History
    Universitätsplatz 1  | 5020 Salzburg  | Austria
    Tel    : +43 (0)662 8044 2926
    Fax   : +43 (0)662 8044 74 2926

    January 10th, 2018 Continue Reading
  • The Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is pleased to announce its 14th annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies on March 1-3, 2018. The purpose of the conference is to bring graduate students together from the fields of Patristic Studies, Historical Theology, and the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity in a collaborative and theological setting to hear and discuss peer research.  The conference will begin on Thursday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m., and will end with dinner on Saturday, March 3.

    We now call for paper proposals.  We invite all doctoral, post-doctoral, and masters students with research interests in Patristic Studies, Historical Exegesis or Theology, or the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity, to submit a paper abstract of approximately 250 words. Topics relating to eastern Christianity, including Syriac-speaking Christianity, are particularly encouraged. Participants who do not present a paper are also welcome.

    January 10th, 2018 Continue Reading
  • On the occasion of the 80th birthday of Sebastian P. Brock, Sankt Ignatios Theological Academy & Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden, are hosting a major conference on “The Future of Syriac Studies.” Sebastian Brock has agreed to be present and participate and it is expected that this will be a significant and memorable event for Syriac studies.

    Papers are now being invited and solicited from senior and junior scholars for a limited number of spaces in general sessions. Papers should be 20-25 minutes in order to give time for discussion, and may concern any topic in the broad range of Syriac studies. Please keep in mind that the theme of this conference focuses upon new directions and methodologies, as well as to forge new resolutions to traditional issues.

    The deadline for submittal of a title and abstract (ca. 200 words) is 1 February 2018. The conference committee will notify those whose papers have been accepted by 1 March 2018.

    During the concluding session, Sebastian Brock will be awarded the Order of Sankt Ignatios for his long and valued contribution to all matters Syriac, along with his mentorship to so many scholars. In addition to the plenary and general sessions, events of Syriac song and poetry are being planned, as well as a round-table discussion of the future of Syriac studies.

    Housing and meals will be available for all participants at the Sigtuna Conference Centre or in the close vicinity. Sigtuna is one of the oldest settlements in Sweden and is located only 20 minutes from the Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

    A registration form will be available shortly at www.sanktignatios.org.

    November 23rd, 2017 Continue Reading
  • ACU’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry seeks candidates for a position in Latin literature, culture, and ideas in Late Antiquity. Candidates must have a track record of outstanding potential and demonstrated achievement and show how they could contribute to the project entitled ‘Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity’, and also develop further research projects. For further information, please see http://careers.acu.edu.au/caw/en/job/972834/research-fellow-or-senior-research-fellow-latin-christianity-in-late-antiquity. Closing date 6 Nov 2017 with the possibility of interviews at AAR/SBL.

    October 16th, 2017 Continue Reading