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2018 International Meeting

Helsinki, Finland

Meeting Begins7/30/2018
Meeting Ends8/3/2018

Call for Papers Opens: 10/18/2017
Call for Papers Closes: 2/14/2018

Requirements for Participation

Apostolic Fathers and Related Early Christian Literature

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year we especially invite proposals concerning two different topics. One session will focus on the broad theme of "Community and Identity" in the Apostolic Fathers and related literature. Under this theme possible areas of investigation include (but need not be limited to): problems and methodology; identity—means of formation and formulation; communities of origin vs. reception; identity as actual, ideal, projected, advocated; identities in conflict; community/identity in relation to ethnic, social, cultural, and political contexts. The topic of our second session is “Apostolic Fathers Beyond New Testament”. To date, research into the writings of the Apostolic Fathers has tended to focus on the relationship between this collection and the texts which later formed the New Testament. However important, this issue largely overshadows the question of distinctiveness of the Apostolic Fathers. Our second session, therefore, invites scholars to pay special attention to the features (vocabulary, themes, practices, etc), which distinguish the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, individually or as a group, from the New Testament.

Program Unit Chairs

Taras Khomych
Nancy Pardee

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