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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  • 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/.

    February 11th, 2016 Continue Reading
  • Toccoa Falls College seeks applicants for a Professor position to teach World and US History with additional qualifications in Latin for a dual-enrolled audience. The target classes are college courses taught in local high schools for dual-enrolled credit. While the course standards of performance are college level, the candidate must be able to fulfill Georgia state standards in the courses, while demonstrating a desire and compatibility with a high school audience. The successful candidate must hold at least a master’s degree with 18 graduate hours of relevant History coursework with credentials and experience in Latin language (or vice-versa). Previous teaching experience is highly desirable. Commitment and ability to facilitate the academic and spiritual formation of undergraduate students is expected. Faculty must evidence a mature Christian walk, fully affirm the college’s statement of faith, and be willing to abide by the lifestyle requirements of the institution.

    Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcript copies, and a personal testimony/faith narrative to Ms. Mary Kaye Ritchey, Human Resources Director at:.  All materials will remain confidential.  An application for employment will follow preliminary evaluation of any candidate. As an equal opportunity employer, TFC encourages women and minorities to apply.

    Toccoa Falls College is a four year Christian college affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, holding to a strong evangelical position, and is a full member in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). TFC is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, 95 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia.

    Candidates can apply at http://www.tfc.edu/wp-content/uploads/history-faculty.PDF.

    February 10th, 2016 Continue Reading
  • Call For Papers: The Art and Religions in Antiquity program unit is sponsoring sessions at the 2016 annual meeting including TWO OPEN SESSIONS. 1) Art and Destruction: The Art and Religions of Antiquity program unit invites papers focused on Art and Destruction. For this session, we seek papers that treat topics concerning the removal, desecration, or destruction of art and material culture and its historical impact and relevance. Papers that treat the destruction of ancient art in recent years are also most welcome. 2) Art and Religion of Ancient Syria: For this session we seek presentations that address the role of art and material culture as it relates to Syria, broadly construed, in antiquity or late antiquity. Presentations that emphasize regionally distinctive monuments, artifacts, structures, manuscripts, and rituals are most welcome, along with recently discovered materials. For inquiries about best practices regarding matters of provenance, please consult with representatives of the SBL Council’s Task Force on the Use of Ancient Artifacts.

    February 3rd, 2016 Continue Reading
  • The research group Late Antique Historiography (Ghent University) hosts an international conference on Compilations and excerpt collections of historiographical material in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages from Thursday 24 to Friday 25 March.

    The full programme is available on www.late-antique-historiography.ugent.be/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Programme.-Compilations-and-excerpt-collections-of-historiographical-material.-last-version-doc.pdf

    Scholars who wish to attend the workshop can send their proposal to both Emerance Delacenserie (Emerance.Delacenserie@UGent.be) and Panagiotis Manafis (Panagiotis.Manafis@Ugent.be)

    Organizers: Peter Van Nuffelen, Marc De Groote, Emerance Delacenserie, Panagiotis Manafis

    February 3rd, 2016 Continue Reading