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 2017 annual meeting will take place in Chicago from May 25 to 27, 2017. We hope that you will join us. Our Vice President, D. Jeffrey Bingham, will release a Call for Papers for this conference in September.
Meanwhile, we wish everyone a wonderful Summer and best regards for your research endeavors.
Kate Cooper, 2016-2017 President of NAPS
Contact and Mailing address for the Society:
Dr. Rick Brumback
Secretary and Treasurer, NAPS
8900 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78748
Membership & Subscriptions
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.
Call for Nominations
Now accepting nominations for two Board Members-at-large, one Student Board Member, and one Vice President/President Elect.
Yale University seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Associate in ancient and pre-modern cultures and civilizations. The geographic scope includes East Asia, India, Central Asia, Mesopotamia, Africa, the Mediterranean, and the New World. This is a two-year position beginning in the academic year 2017-18 and attached to Archaia: the Yale Program for the Study of Ancient and Premodern Cultures and Societies. Now in its fourth year, Archaia (formerly known as YISAP) is a collaborative forum that brings together scholars and graduate students working on early and pre-modern cultures and civilizations at Yale in the Humanities and Social Sciences in addition to the Divinity and Law Schools and various University collections and libraries including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Beinecke Library, the Peabody Museum, and the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage. Participating departments and disciplines include Classics, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, History, Religious Studies, Archaeology and Anthropology, History of Art, and the Divinity School.
During Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Western European society went through a number of important transformations. Studies by Banniard, Chin, Courcelle, Gemeinhardt, Irvine, Kaster, Law, Riché and others have shown the complex historical developments of cultural education (‘Bildung’) in the period concerned. However, many aspects of the textual foundations for this process remain to be studied in depth. In this respect, the corpus of Latin language manuals – grammatical, lexicographical and orthographical works – constitutes a rich but still underexplored source of documentation. The manuals at issue were composed by authors including Augustine, Cassiodorus, Isidore, and Bede, who propounded a distinctly Christian education and lifestyle, while at the same time basing themselves directly or indirectly on Donatus and the ‘pagan’ grammatical tradition.
With a view to investigating this corpus in a systematic and comprehensive way, the Center for the Historiography of Linguistics of KU Leuven is organizing an international workshop on Latin language manuals from Western Christianity, 350 to 750, to be held in Leuven on Monday 15 May 2017.
The Second International Conference on Patristic Studies: “The Discoveries of Manuscripts from Late Antiquity: Their Impact on Patristic Studies and the Contemporary World” and the First Meeting on Patristic Studies in Ibero-America: “Research Projects, Translations and Critical Editions” will take place in the city of San Juan (Argentina) from 28-31 March 2017. The organizers invite proposals for papers and workshops related to the conference topic areas. Please submit a title and abstract of 250 words before 30 November 2016 to email@example.com.
- Note the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 30 November 2016.
- See the list of main speakers and topics at the conference website http://www.congresodemanuscrito.com/.
- There will be a pre-conference free public lecture by Dr. Adolfo Roitman (Director of the Shrine of the Book and Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls – The Israel Museum – Jerusalem) on Monday, 27 March 2017. His presentation is entitled “From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Nano Bible.”
For more information, please visit: http://www.congresodemanuscrito.com/
The 2017 New Testament Society of Southern Africa Annual Meeting will take place 9-12 April 2017 at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. The theme is “Pauline Perspectives, Then and Now.” The Society welcomes papers on early Christianity. For more information, see the attached brochure.