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 2017 annual meeting will take place in Chicago from May 25 to 27, 2017. We hope that you will join us. Our Vice President, D. Jeffrey Bingham, will release a Call for Papers for this conference in September.

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

Kate Cooper, 2016-2017 President of NAPS


Contact and Mailing address for the Society:

Dr. Rick Brumback
Secretary and Treasurer, NAPS
8900 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX  78748

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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.

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Call for Nominations

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

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  • This is a call for papers for a conference on “Ocularism and the Metaphysics of Light” to be held at the University of Leuven from 31 May to 3 June,  2017.

    Speakers include:
    Charles Stang (Harvard)
    Anthony Dupont (Leuven)
    Willemien Otten (Chicago)
    David Meconi (St Louis University)
    Gerald Boersma (St Bonaventure University)
    Anca Vasiliu (Sorbonne)
    Joris Geldhof (Leuven)
    Rob Faesen (Leuven)
    Matthew Drever (Tulsa)

    Despite the prevalence of light imagery, to this point, no major work has dealt comprehensively with the metaphysics of light. Moreover, as far as we can tell, no major work has applied conceptual metaphor theory (CMT) to reading texts which deal with illumination or intellectual sight in antique sources. We believe that this approach can open a new direction in research.

    June 21st, 2016 Continue Reading

    The early thinkers and historians of the church have exercised a perennial influence on Christian thought, but the period between 1470 and 1650 was especially remarkable in this respect. This one-day workshop aims to gather scholars from different nationalities and disciplines to present the latest research into early modern patristic scholarship. Invited speakers include:

    – Anthony Grafton (Princeton University)
    – Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge)
    – Richard Serjeantson (University of Cambridge)
    – Andrew Taylor (University of Cambridge)
    – Mark Vessey (University of British Columbia)

    The workshop will conclude with a keynote lecture by Jean-Louis Quantin (Sorbonne, Paris).

    The organisers now invite applications from scholars at any stage of their career working on early modern patristic scholarship, including graduate students, to deliver papers at this event. Papers may address any aspect of the reception of the church fathers and early church historians between c.1470 and 1650, but submissions that explore their use in times, places, texts and themes that have fallen outside the focus of existing historiography are particularly encouraged.

    If you wish to present a twenty-five minute paper at this event, please send a proposal (of no more than 300 words) and a short bio/CV to receptionofthefathers2016@gmail.com by 1st June 2016. General registration will open in July 2016.

    June 21st, 2016 Continue Reading
  • Australian Catholic University invites applications for a senior-level, research-intensive position in New Testament studies and/or early Christian studies. The position sits within ACU’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry based in Melbourne, specifically the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies within the Institute. Further details about the position may be found at http://careers.acu.edu.au/caw/en/job/970928/professor-in-new-testament-or-early-christian-studies
    Please note that the closing date is Tuesday 19 July 2016.

    June 21st, 2016 Continue Reading
  • Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a one-year lecturer in Classics and Religious Studies for the 2016-2017 academic year. Successful candidates must have a PhD in hand by July 1, 2016 and must be prepared to teach courses in Greek (Classical and Koine) at all undergraduate levels; Classics courses in translation, including Magicians, Healers, and Holy Men; and courses in Religious Studies at all undergraduate levels, including Introduction to the New Testament. Duties will include teaching three courses per semester and some service to the Department of Classics and the Program in Religious Studies. Applicants should submit a cover letter and a curriculum vitae including the names and addresses of three references. Applications should be sent via email to classics-search@wustl.edu by April 29, 2016. Queries may be addressed to Timothy Moore, Chair of Classics: tmoore26@wustl.edu.

    Washington University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minority candidates and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    April 11th, 2016 Continue Reading