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 2016 annual meeting will take place in Chicago from May 26 to 28, 2016. We hope that you will join us. Our Vice President, Kate Cooper, has released the Call for Papers, and it may be found here.

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

Susanna Elm, 2014-2016 President of NAPS

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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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  • 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.

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  • May 8-10, 2016

    University of Notre Dame is hosting an academic conference highlighting the holdings of the Vatican Library and opportunities for future research.

    The conference will feature sessions on Latin Philosophy and Theology, the Urban History of Rome, the History of Science, and Music.  Plenary addresses will be given by international scholars.

    For more information, go to vaticanlibrary.nd.edu

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  • In this work, Karl Shuve provides a new account of how the Song of Songs became one of the most popular biblical texts in medieval Western Christianity, through a close and detailed study of its interpretation by late antique Latin theologians. Through a comprehensive analysis of these citations and allusions, Shuve argues that contrary to the expectations of many modern scholars, the Song of Songs was not a problematic text for early Christian theologians, but was a resource that they mined as they debated the nature of the church and of the virtuous life. The first part of the volume considers the use of the Song in the churches of Roman Africa and Spain, where bishops and theologians focused on images of enclosure and purity invoked in the poem. In the second part, the focus is late fourth-century Italy, where a new ascetic interpretation, concerned particularly with women’s piety, began to emerge.
    The book is published by Oxford University Press (tinyurl.com/gwbbfrt )

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  • The department of Church History and the History of Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) seeks to appoint a tenure-track, assistant professor in ancient Christianity/Patristics beginning in August 2017.  A Ph.D. in ancient Christianity or Patristics is required.  Applicants should be prepared to teach both survey and upper-division courses in church history at the master’s and doctoral levels, as well as one course per semester at the undergraduate level at Trinity College. Standard teaching load is 3/3. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential in teaching, research, and publication. To be assured full consideration, please send a letter of interest and c.v. by October 1 to Professor Douglas A. Sweeney (). Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Trinity College are schools within Trinity International University. Both faculties affirm the Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America (http://go.efca.org/resources/document/efca-statement-faith). The University complies with federal and state guidelines for nondiscrimination in employment. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Read more about our school and its programs at http://divinity.tiu.edu/.

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