Graduate Colloquium in Biblical and Early Christian Studies, 2019-2020

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This collaborative seminar meets on alternate Wednesdays 8.15-9.45 a.m., beginning with breakfast, to discuss topics and texts in the development of biblical and early Christian faith and practice. 

The subject focus may include Jewish or early Christian primary sources, classic or important recent publications, or alternatively research in progress by members of the group.  Suggestions for future work are always welcome; please contact Prof. Bockmuehl for further information or to be added to the mailing list.  


By popular demand, in the Hilary Term 2021 we will read Origen, Against Celsus. During the pandemic, the Colloquium continues to meet online at the usual time of 8.15-9.45 on alternate Wednesday mornings.

We will be using the classic translation by Henry Chadwick, available online via SOLO here.

Meeting links and any additional materials and/or handouts will be sent by by email in advance to registered participants; please contact Prof. Bockmuehl to be included

Our first meeting is at 8:15 on Wednesday 27 January. Prof. Bockmuehl will offer general introductory remarks on Celsus, on Origen, and on Against Celsus. A discussion of Books 1-2 will follow. Participants are asked to volunteer to introduce questions for discussion around the two further Books assigned for each of subsequent meetings this term.

A short reading list on Contra Celsum is available here

In the Trinity Term 2021 we will study primary texts on Jewish Christianity before concluding with a consideration of Barbara U. Meyer, Jesus the Jew in Christian Memory (Cambridge University Press 2020).

M.B. rev. 01/2021