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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  • Claude Lepelley, specialist in Late Antiquity, and especially, in St. Augustine, died Sunday, February 1. He was president of the Institut des Etudes Augustiniennes from 1987-2000 and his work on Roman Africa was published in their collection in 1979-1980, showing the vitality of north Africa at a time of the decline of the Roman Empire. He preached the Lenten conference in Notre Dame Cathedral in 2008, his last public appearance  (see http://www.paris.catholique.fr/546-Conference-de-Careme.html et pour la vidéo:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiHi2UKR4vU ). His funeral will be in Paris on Friday, February 6.
    February 3rd, 2015 Continue Reading
  • The “Apostolic Fathers and Related Early Christian Literature” unit of the Society of Biblical Literature is inviting paper proposals for sessions during the 20-24 July, 2015 international meetings to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    This year we especially invite papers concerning Jewish-Christian relations, interactions, and identity-formation within the Apostolic Fathers and related literature. Papers may address these Jewish-Christian topics through historical, literary, theological, rhetorical, or socio-cultural lenses. Beyond this particular focus, and as space permits, the program unit will also consider other papers that critically examine other topics in the so-called “Apostolic Fathers” (and related early Christian literature).  Those submitting proposals must be current members of the SBL, and the call for papers closes February 25.  For more details, please see:  
    February 2nd, 2015 Continue Reading
  • NAPS is once again offering grants to graduate students and early-career scholars (i.e., within 5 years of Ph.D., regardless of employment status). The deadline for applications for this year’s grants has been changed to February 16, 2015.

    Details about the grants and how to apply are available by clicking here. They are listed as #4 and #5 on that website. NAPS will not be offering the other award categories this year.

    All application materials, including reference letters, should be sent to the NAPS Secretary at bmatz@carroll.edu. Please direct eligible graduate students and your colleagues to these materials!!

    January 28th, 2015 Continue Reading
  • Gregory Crane
    Perseus Project and the Open Philology Project
    The University of Leipzig and Tufts University

    We are looking for help in preparing metadata for the Patrologia Graeca (PG) component of what we are calling the Open Migne Project, an attempt to make the most useful possible transcripts of the full Patrologia Graeca and Patrologia Latina freely available. Help can consist of proofreading, additional tagging, and checking the volume/column references to the actual PG. In particular, we would welcome seeing this data converted into a dynamic index into online copies of the PG in Archive.org, the HathiTrust, Google Books, or Europeana. For now, we make the working XML metadata document available on an as-is basis. 

    more info: http://tinyurl.com/p39fx3f

    January 26th, 2015 Continue Reading