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
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.
Call for Nominations
Now accepting nominations for two Board Members-at-large, one Student Board Member, and one Vice President/President Elect.
The Australian Catholic University is seeking researchers of outstanding potential and demonstrated achievement to contribute to the research of the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies. Researchers will be expected to contribute to a major five-year project, Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity. This international project, led by Prof. Lewis Ayres (ACU/Durham) and four others from ACU, Durham and Notre Dame, investigates ‘modes of knowing’ constructed by Greek, Latin and Syriac Christians c.100-700 CE. A particular focus is the manner in which developing Christian thought was shaped by classical intellectual discourses (such as grammar, philosophy, rhetoric and medicine), institutions, social practices, and material culture.
This project builds on research across the Centre in areas such as the social and cultural history of early Christianity, the cultural and intellectual transformation of Classical antiquity, strategies of Christian identity formation, and intersections between Christianity and ancient philosophy, rhetoric, medicine, and education. For further information on the project and Centre, please see the Position Description.
The Society for Late Antiquity announces that the Twelfth Biennial Conference on Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity will be held at Yale University on the topic of “The Fifth Century: Age of Transformation,” on March 23-26, 2017. The conference will be cosponsored by the University of Groningen.
In chronological terms there can be little doubt that the fifth century is the pivot point of Late Antiquity. It is arguable that it also represents the major watershed between a monolithic world still dominated by the Roman Empire in the third and fourth centuries and the more tessellated worlds of the sixth and seventh. Whereas the fourth century is still very much an age of continuity with the earlier empire, the fifth can rightfully be viewed as the moment when Mediterranean Eurasia and North Africa witnessed profound political, social, religious, economic and cultural transformations. Shifting Frontiers XII seeks to investigate the nature and impact of these changes.
The International Catacomb Society’s Shohet Scholars Program desires to support scholars of demonstrated promise and ability who are judged capable of producing significant, original research in the fields of archeology, art history, classical studies, history, comparative religions, or related subjects. The work need not focus explicitly on the Roman catacombs, but it should be within the sphere of the Mediterranean world from the late Hellenistic Period to the end of the Roman Empire. Of special interest are interdisciplinary projects that approach traditional topics from new perspectives.
One or more Shohet Scholars will be selected each year and supported for a period of one year. Grants may be made to seed innovative approaches and new ideas or to cover specific expenses or phases of a larger project under the direction of the applicant. At this time, awards in the range of $2,000 to $30,000 will be made.
The Center for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship in one of the following areas of study:
1. New Testament, Early Christianity, its literature and Jewish context
2. Eastern Christianities
3. Christianity in Palestine/Eretz-Israel (in all fields and throughout its entire history)
4. Jewish-Christian relations
What the CSC is offering:
*The successful candidate will be awarded for one year (or 6 months), beginning on 1 October 2017, a grant of $2000 per month
*Library privileges at the Hebrew University
The postdoctoral fellow is expected to pursue her/his own research and publications, and to participate in the ongoing academic activities of the CSC. The fellow will be expected to deliver one or two lectures about her/his own research, and to be present at the Hebrew University for the duration of the fellowship.