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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  • During the coming months the Journal of Early Christian Studies will be transitioning to a new editorial team.  Beginning May 1, 2015, please send new submissions to the journal to the incoming editor, Stephen Shoemaker, at jecs.editor@gmail.com.  The outgoing editor, David Brakke, will continue to work with existing submissions until his term ends on June 30.
    If you have any questions or concerns about the journal, please contact either David Brakke or Stephen Shoemaker.
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  • NOTRE DAME, IN, March 24, 2015—The Harp of Prophecy: Early Christian Interpretation of the Psalms edited by Brian E. Daley, S.J., and Paul R. Kolbet is now available in paperback and as an Adobe digital PDF e-book.

    The Psalms generated more biblical commentary from early Christians than any other book of the Hebrew and Christian canon. While advances have been made in our understanding of the early Christian preoccupation with this book and the traditions employed to interpret it, no study on the Psalms traditions exists that can serve as a solid academic point of entry into the field. This collection of essays by distinguished patristic and biblical scholars fills this lacuna. It not only introduces readers to the main primary sources but also addresses the unavoidable interpretive issues present in the secondary literature.

    April 6th, 2015 Continue Reading
    to be held April 10–11, 2015 at Syracuse University
    Organized by Late Antique Religion in Central New York
    Keynote Address: April 10 at 4:30: Derek Krueger, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    “The Transmission of Liturgical Joy in Byzantine Hymns on Easter”
    Friday, April 10, 2:00–3:45pm:  “Asses and Other Liturgical Animals”
    Panelists: Geoffrey Benson, Colgate University; Virginia Burrus, Syracuse University; Patricia Cox Miller, Syracuse University
    Saturday, April 11, 9:00–10:45am: “Poetic Pathos and Pity”
    Panelists: Suzanne Abrams Rebillard, Cornell University; Georgia Frank, Colgate University
    Saturday, April 11, 11:00am–12:30pm: “Blood and Bouquets”
    A group discussion of martyrial aesthetics in Prudentius’s poem for the martyr Eulalia from his Peristephanon.
    Sponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. See attached flyer for more details.
    *Registration is free but space is limited; for further information, please contact Virginia Burrus(virginia.burrus@gmail.com). 
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  • Sacred Song in the Late Antique and Byzantine East: Comparative Explorations
    A Workshop Conferene at Brown University
    May 3-6, 2015
    The eastern Mediterranean in the first centuries of the Common Era was a formative time and place for Jews and Christians.  Among the lasting legacies was a flourishing of sacred poetry across the languages of these religions.  New poetic genres appeared during late antiquity in Greek, Hebrew, Syriac, and Aramaic, blossoming throughout the Byzantine era. Comparative study of these poetic expressions and their performative traditions is shedding new light on the interactions between Jews and Christians, as religious leaders, choirs, and congregations chanted and sang amidst shared civic landscapes.  This workshop conference brings together scholars of Hebrew and Aramaic piyyutim, the Greek kontakion andkanon, and Syriac madroshe and mimre in comparative discussion, seeking new avenues of inquiry and charting new ground for social, religious, and literary history.
    You may view the event program by clicking here.
    April 6th, 2015 Continue Reading