Early Christianity


The constitutive idea of this seminar is to treat Early Christianity as a multivalent phenomenon, characterized by a fundamental diversity. The focus is on interchanges and interactions between various groups and movements in the ancient Mediterranean world that had an impact on developing Christianity, including the interrelations between various Christian groupings. Papers offered to this seminar may focus on both canonical and non-canonical writings as well as other source materials and may apply a variety of methods. We highly encourage interdisciplinary approaches and particularly welcome contributions that cross boundaries between traditional disciplines.


New Testament, Apostolic Fathers, New Testament Apocrypha, Non-canonical Literature, Martyrs, Early Church


Kim Fowler
University of Groningen

Paul Middleton
University of Chester

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Syracuse 2023 Call for Papers

The Early Christianity Section plans to have two sessions at the 2023 Conference: 


(1) Dreams and Visions. For the first session, we invite proposals on any aspect of dreams and/or visions in the New Testament and Early Christianity more broadly. Papers may address the content or functions of dreams or visions, revelatory experiences, apocalyptic context, the creation of authority, or any other aspect of the phenomenon. Proposals may address any texts that fall within the Section's remit and/or non-textual evidence for Early Christianity. 


(2) Open Session. For the second session we are inviting papers on any aspect of the Section’s work.