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 University of Chicago Divinity School seeks to make an appointment in New Testament and Early Christian Literature.  Rank and salary are open.

    The successful candidate should have a deep knowledge of early Christian literature, both the texts that became the canonical New Testament and other writings of the first few centuries; exceptional philological abilities in classical and koine Greek and other languages relevant to the study of early Christianity (e.g., Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Latin, Coptic); and literary and historical finesse.  The candidate should have an informed understanding of the wider Graeco-Roman world, including Second Temple Judaisms.  She or he should have a cogent and compelling research agenda, and ability to teach a range of courses in New Testament and ancient Christianity.  Candidates should be able to contribute to the disciplined conversations that constitute the academic study of religion, as situated within the wider intellectual conversation of the University.

    The Divinity School is the graduate professional school for the academic study of religion at the University of Chicago, a private research university.  Faculty in the School teach and advise Ph.D. students in 11 different areas of study, and master’s level students in M.A. and M.Div. programs, offering courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels.  Many faculty hold associate appointments in other departments and schools of the University; such associations are encouraged.  A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a quarter system; in most cases that leaves one quarter open for research in residence (in addition to summers free for scholarship).

    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Review of candidates will commence on October 1, 2014.  Application should be made online, at http://tinyurl.com/oj7wbnm   All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

    For questions please contact Dean Margaret M. Mitchell, The University of Chicago Divinity School, 1025 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL  60637 (mmm17@uchicago.edu).  The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

    August 2nd, 2014 Continue Reading
  • BROWN UNIVERISTY:  The Department of Religious Studies at Brown University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level with a specialization in New Testament/ Early Christianity to begin in July 1, 2015.  The successful candidate will be able to support graduate training in New Testament; have expertise in early Jewish history and texts; be familiar with theory and methods of religious studies; and contribute broadly to our undergraduate curriculum.  This position is integral to the department’s “Religions in the Ancient Mediterranean” graduate track and programming.

    Candidates should submit (1) a current CV; (2) a statement of interest; (3) a short writing sample (no more than 25 pages); (4) a list of four courses (title with short paragraph), at different levels, that would complement the department’s existing curriculum; (5) one syllabus for an undergraduate introduction to New Testament course, supplemented by annotations and/or a brief statement describing the thinking behind it; and (6) three references.  Preference will be given to candidates who have successfully defended their dissertation by the time of application.  Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2014.  Please submit applications on line at http://apply.interfolio.com/25184. Brown University is an EEO/AA employer.  Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community;  as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

    July 10th, 2014 Continue Reading
  • The formal, conference announcement may be found by clicking here.

    The intellectual landscape of the Classical world was radically altered by the rise and spread of Christianity, which brought about a transformation of moral and cultural values, beliefs and attitudes. Profound changes also occurred in the practical and theoretical approaches to languages as cognitive, ethnic and cultural phenomena. The linguistic horizon of Western scholars was considerably widened through direct acquaintance with the Old Testament languages (Hebrew and Aramaic); at the same time Early Christian authors became increasingly aware of the startling linguistic diversity within the Roman world and outside of it.

    Intended for an audience of scholars in a wide variety of fields (philology, theology, philosophy, language sciences, history of ideas), this interdisciplinary conference will approach the general issue of “Language and Culture in Early Christianity” from two complementary perspectives:
    (I) A context-oriented perspective, focusing on the linguistic horizon, the cultural background, and the sociohistorical setting of Early Christian approaches to language(s). Possible topics to be treated in connection with linguistic ideas are: the role of the Greek, Syriac, and Coptic philosophical and theological traditions; the role of the Jewish tradition of textual study of the Old Testament; the role of apocryphal writings; first-hand knowledge of, or second-hand information on languages other than Greek or Latin; the impact of key players, intellectual networks, and authoritative texts on Early Christian approaches to language(s).
    (II) A content-oriented perspective, focusing on arguments, views or intuitions expressed with regard to: the origin of language; language functions (both cognitive-semiotic and cultural-anthropological); the connections between language, culture and ethnicity; language variation and global linguistic diversity; the relevance of language to theology; the role of language in ancient education; problems of translation and the general issue of translatability; the “qualities” and “deficiencies” of particular languages.

    The keynote lectures will be given by: Thorsten Fögen, Alfons Fürst, Louis Holtz, Josef Lössl, and Stefan Rebenich.

    Proposals for papers, preferably in English or French, counting between 600 and 700 words, and followed by a selective list of bibliographical references, should be submitted to the organizers (contact: Tim.Denecker@arts.kuleuven.be) before November 1, 2014. Notification of acceptance will be given by February 1, 2015. A selection of papers will be published in a peer-reviewed book volume.

    April 29th, 2014 Continue Reading
  • 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 ().

    April 14th, 2014 Continue Reading