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 Glasgow

Paul Middleton
University of Chester

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Toulouse 2022 Call for Papers

For the EABS 2022 conference in Toulouse the Early Christianity research unit invites abstract submissions around two themes: 

1) Lived Religion

Lived religion (although varied in theoretical approaches) refers broadly to conceptualisations of ‘everyday’ religious identity and practice as opposed to idealised presentations in textual traditions and institutions. Papers could consider or critique categories such as ‘religion’, the ‘sacred’, or the ‘spiritual’ and their usefulness for studying practitioners in early Christian contexts, or offer case studies of the different ways ‘ordinary’ early Christians understood and engaged with their world.

2) Representations of Death and Execution

Explorations could include martyrological or documentary sources, artistic depictions, artefacts illuminating aspects of death or execution, as well as theological responses to the notion of death. The reception of the executions and/or deaths of key figures in Christian sources is another avenue of interest here. 

We are particularly keen for papers to incorporate a range of primary evidence, including both the material and textual (including, but not limited to the New Testament, extra-biblical literature, apostolic fathers), as well as new or emerging methodologies in the field. We welcome engagement with all manifestations of early Christianity, as a broadly defined phenomenon.