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 2013 annual meeting will take place in Chicago from May 22 to 24, 2014. We hope that you will join us. For further details about the meeting or instructions for proposing papers, see the section of this website titled Call for Papers (to be updated soon). I look forward to seeing you in May.

Robin M. Jensen, 2013-2014 President of NAPS

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  • The Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies of the KU Leuven is looking to employ a doctoral student (4-year full-time position).

    The successful applicant is expected to prepare a doctoral dissertation in the field of Byzantine Studies (Greek philology). The applicants need to have a MA degree from a non-EEA university in hand by the start of the fellowship (preferably October 1, 2014 or any later date as close to it as possible).

    More information can be found in attachment or at http://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/52900311?lang=en. Additional questions may be directed to the project promoters, Peter Van Deun () and Reinhart Ceulemans ().

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  • Theme: “From Alexandria to Cappadocia and Back Again”.

    When: 26 and 27 September 2014.

    Where: St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College (a member institute of the Sydney College of Divinity), 242 Cleveland Street, Redfern, NSW 2016, Australia.

    Keynote speakers: Professor Paul M. Blowers (Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Tennessee, USA) and Dr Bronwen Neil, FAHA (ACU, Brisbane).

    Conveners: Very Rev. Dr Doru Costache (St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College, Sydney) and Dr Adam G. Cooper (John Paul II Institute, Melbourne).

    The symposium primarily explores the connections between the Alexandrian and the Cappadocian traditions in Late Antiquity, more precisely the ways in which the two centers influenced each other. Papers focused on particular figures are likewise welcomed. For the papers focused on particular figures, they can address the life, personality and contributions of the earlier Alexandrines and St Athanasius, the Cappadocians and St Cyril, from various perspectives, such as historical, theological, literary, spiritual etc. Papers on events, persons and writings directly or indirectly related to the above are also welcome. We welcome, likewise, papers on Church Fathers that are not connected with either Alexandria or Cappadocia.

    Research students and early career academics are welcome.

    Proposals should be submitted to Very Rev. Dr Doru Costache at dcostache@sagotc.edu.au by 30 April 2014.

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  • The notion that theology and scripture are inextricably connected in early Christian thinking has become a scholarly commonplace in contemporary patristic scholarship. But the nature of the connection has been less than clear, particularly with respect to the commentary on Psalms 1-50 (ca. 372) composed by Diodore of Tarsus (d. ca. 394).

    Despite the fact that Diodore identifies πρόνοια (providence) as the central doctrinal theme of the Psalms in his Prologue to the Commentary, scholars have largely overlooked Diodore’s engagement with πρόνοια in his exegesis of the Psalms. This study argues that a specific account of πρόνοια supplies Diodore’s primary theological framework for interpreting the Psalms by generating the questions he asks of the text and shaping his view of other themes in the Psalms. For Diodore, πρόνοια is more than a theme he identifies in the Psalms. Rather, the nature of God’s πρόνοια is for Diodore the main doctrinal question posed by the Psalter, to which his exegesis of the Psalms provides the answer. The answer, Wayman contends, is a view of πρόνοια which he describes as cooperative, reciprocal, and immanent.

    Benjamin D. Wayman is assistant professor of religion at Greenville College. He holds the Ph.D. in historical theology (early Christianity) from Saint Louis University and the M.Div. from the Divinity School at Duke University.


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  • The Art and Religions in Antiquity program unit of the Society of Biblical Literature is sponsoring three sessions at the 2014 annual meeting, including 2 OPEN SESSIONS.

    We welcome proposals on the art and material culture of any ancient religious tradition and encourage papers that address the use of art and material culture in service of religion. For our two OPEN SESSIONS, the Art and Religions of Antiquity section especially seeks paper proposals that address the following topics – but all proposals will be considered: 1) Art and Ritual: For this session we seek papers that address the role of art and material culture as it relates to ritual practice. Papers that treat the ritual handling of art; art in ritual spaces; rituals depicted in art; ritual as art are most welcome. 2) Art and Death: For this session, we seek papers that address the role of art and material culture as it relates to death. Papers that treat memorial practice or art in funerary contexts will be most welcome. Check out the call and submission info at www.sbl-site.org

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