SBL 2016 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (19.11.2016-22.11.2016)
MYSTICISM, ESOTERICISM, AND GNOSTICISM IN ANTIQUITY
Kelley N. Coblentz Bautch
Description: This unit critically investigates religious currents of secrecy/secrets (esotericism), knowledge (gnosticism) and/or their revelation through praxis (mysticism) in the formative period of Judaism and Christianity (ca. 500 BCE–500 CE).
Call for papers: For its open session, the Mysticism, Esotericism and Gnosticism in Antiquity (MEGA) Section invites papers on any theme or text related to direct knowledge of the divine or God. Papers on the subject of amulets and inscribed religious objects are especially welcome for a special session on this topic. An invited book review session is also planned with the following books featured: April D. DeConick. 2016. The Gnostic New Age: How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion From Antiquity to Today (Columbia University Press); Frances L. Flannery. 2015. Understanding Apocalyptic Terrorism: Countering the Radical Mindset (Routledge); Andrei Orlov. 2015. Divine Scapegoats: Demonic Mimesis in Early Jewish Mysticism (SUNY).
NAG HAMMADI AND GNOSTICISM
April D. DeConick
Dylan M. Burns
Description: The Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Section provides a forum for current international research on the Coptic codices discovered at Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in 1945. Research areas include issues of text, interpretation, social and religio-historical contexts, codicology, and translation.
Call for papers: The Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Section invites papers on any subject pertaining to the Nag Hammadi codices for its open session. We also encourage papers that examine Manichaeism, and papers on Eros and Ascent: Biblical, Classical and Philosophical antecedents, for a joint session with the Platonism and Neoplatonism AAR group. An invited book review session is planned, reviewing the following: James Robinson, The Nag Hammadi Story (2 vols.; Leiden: Brill, 2014); and Hugo Lundhaug and Lance Jenott, The Monastic Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015).