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Centre for Advanced Studies "Beyond Canon"


Die folgenden Publikationen entstanden im Rahmen bzw. im Zusammenhang mit der DFG-Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe "Jenseits des Kanons: Heterotopien religiöser Autorität im spätantiken Christentum" (FOR 2770).

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Stephen J. Shoemaker, The Dormition and Assumption Apocrypha (Studies on Early Christian Apocrypha 15), Leuven: Peeters 2018.

This volume gathers a dozen essays by the author on the ancient traditions of Mary's Dormition and Assumption, all of which expand on the work published in his major study on this topic, The Ancient Traditions of Mary's Dormition and Assumption (Oxford, 2002). The essays were originally published between 1999 and 2011 and cover a broad range of topics in relation to traditions about the end of Mary's life, from ancient gnostic Christianity to Christian anti-Judaism to the beginnings of Marian veneration. Although each of these items was previously published in another venue, for the first time this volume makes these writings on the Virgin's Dormition available together, offering an important supplement and in some cases update of the earlier monograph. While its chapters remain largely faithful to the original publications in their content, when appropriate, they have been selectively updated to account for more recent research.

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JENS SCHRÖTER, TOBIAS NICKLAS, JOSEPH VERHEYDEN (Hgg.), Gospels and Gospel Traditions in the Second Century. Experiments in Reception (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 223), Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter 2019.
The second century CE has often been described as a kind of dark period with regard to our knowledge of how the earliest Christian writings (the gospels and Paul’s letters) were transmitted and gradually came to be accepted as authoritative and then, later on, as “canonical”. At the same time a number of other Christian texts, of various genres, saw the light. Some of these seem to be familiar with the gospels, or perhaps rather with gospel traditions identical or similar to those that found their way into the NT gospels. The volume focuses on representative texts and authors of the time in order to see how they have struggled to find a way to work with the NT gospels and/or the traditions behind these, while at the same time giving a place also to other extra-canonical traditions.
It studies in a comparative way the reception of identifiably “canonical” and of extra-canonical traditions in the second century. It aims at discovering patterns or strategies of reception within the at first sight often rather chaotic way some of these ancient authors have cited or used these traditions. And it will look for explanations of why it took such a while before authors got used to cite gospel texts (more or less) accurately.

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JÖRG FREY, CLAIRE CLIVAZ, AND TOBIAS NICKLAS (ed.s), in collaboration with JÖRG RÖDER: Between Canonical and Apocryphal Texts. Processes of Reception, Rewriting, and Interpretation in Early Judaism and Early Christianity (= WUNT 419). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2019

“The present volume aims at a comparative study of the processes of reception, rewriting and interpretation between canonical and apocryphal texts in early Jewish and early Christian literature. A closer look at the respective developments in both corpora of literature can open up new perspectives for understanding the developments and changes between texts that were already considered authoritative, and their reception in new, 'parabiblical' or 'apocryphal' compositions. The way of reception may also influence the perspective on canonical texts. The range of texts considered includes the LXX, Targumim and Pesharim, books such as Jubilees, the Genesis Apocryphon, the Gospel of Thomas, and Apocryphal Acts, traditions about Esther, Ezra, Manasseh, Peter and Paul, depictions of hell from Enoch to the Apocalypse of Paul, and the development of miracle stories.”

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Bremmer J.N., Doole J.A., Karmann T.R., Nicklas T., Repschinski B. (Ed.s), The Protevangelium of James (Studies on Early Christian Apocrypha, 16), Leuven: Peeters 2019 (forthcoming) http://www.peeters-leuven.be/boekoverz.asp?nr=11187

Jörg Frey, Claire Clivaz, Tobias Nicklas (ed.s), in collaboration with Jörg Röder: Between Canonical and Apocryphal Texts. Processes of Reception, Rewriting, and Interpretation in Early Judaism and Early Christianity (= WUNT 419). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2019 https://www.mohrsiebeck.com/buch/between-canonical-and-apocryphal-texts-9783161539275?no_cache=1&cHash=5083b454c65fefcf1d2240d38f57dbd7

Jens Schröter, Tobias Nicklas, Joseph Verheyden (Ed.s), Gospels and Gospel Traditions in the Second Century. Experiments in Reception (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 223), Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter 2019 https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/488036

Julia Snyder, Korinna Zamfir (Ed.s): Reading the Political in Jewish and Christian Texts. Biblical Tools and Studies 38. Leuven: Peeters 2019 (forthcoming) http://www.peeters-leuven.be/boekoverz.asp?nr=11205

Biblical and Parabiblical Women in Late Antique Christian Liturgy, in: EThL (forthcoming; thematic volume edited by Michal Bar Asher-Siegal)


Andreas Merkt, Metropolen und Reliquien. Zur symbolischen Kommunikation und Distinktion spätantiker Bischöfe, in: C. Hornung/A. Merkt/A. Weckwerth (edd.), Bischöfe zwischen Autarkie und Kollegialität. Variationen eines Spannungsverhältnisses (Quaestiones Disputatae 301), Freiburg 2019 (forthcoming).

  Finsternisse, Feuerflüsse und andere Straforte. Das Jenseits außerhalb des Kanons, in: Theologisch-Praktische Quartalschrift 167 (2019) (forthcoming)

 Zügel der Herrschenden und Denkmal der Schande. Das Kreuz als soziales und politisches Symbol, in: T. Söding (ed.), Kirche und Welt (Quaestiones Disputatae 300), Freiburg 2019 (forthcoming)

Tobias Nicklas, Antagonismen in apokryphen Apostelerzählungen, in: S. Alkier (ed.), Antagonismen in neutestamentlichen Schriften [Conference Frankfurt 2019].

Anti-Jewish Polemics? The Gospel of Peter Revisited, in: G. Baudy/D. Cuny (ed.), Les Polemiques religieuses du Ier au IVe siècle de notre ère. Hommage à Bernard Pouderon (Theologie historique 128), Paris 2019, 153-176. https://www.editions-beauchesne.com/product_info.php?products_id=2334

Antike Petruserzählungen und der erinnerte Petrus in Rom, in: J. Frey/M. Wallraff (Hg.), Petrusliteratur und Petrusarchäologie (Rom und der Protestantismus), Tübingen 2019, 159-187 [im Druck].

Barnabas Remembered: Apokryphe Barnabastexte und die Kirche Zyperns, in: L. Seehausen (Hg.), Religion als Imagination, Leipzig 2020 (forthcoming).

Changing Role Models: Between Thecla and Olympias, in: EThL 2020 (Beersheva Conference Publication)

Christian Apocrypha as “Heterotopias” in: Ancient Christian Discourse: The Acts of Timothy, in: Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association 2019 (forthcoming).

Constructing Individual Selves within Social Hierarchies: The Letters of Copres and Synesios of Cyrene, in: M. Niehoff / J. Levinson (Hg.), Constructions of the Self in the Roman Empire (Culture, Religion and Politics in the Greco-Roman World), Tübingen 2019/20 (forthcoming).

— Das Bierwunder von Kildare und andere spätantike Transformationen biblischer Wundererzählungen, in: U. Eisen / H. Mader (Hg.), Rede von Gott in Gesellschaft: Multidisziplinäres (Re)Konstruieren antiker Kontexte. Festschrift Peter Lampe (NTOA), Göttingen 2019 (forthcoming)

— From Gospel Book to Virtual Reality. A Neglected Aspect of the Gospel of Matthew’s Ancient Reception History, in: B. Loader / K.-W. Niebuhr / M. Seleznev (Hg.), Matthew in Moscow (WUNT), Tübingen 2020 (forthcoming).

— From Historical Apocalypses to Apocalyptic History: Late Antique Historians and Apocalyptic Writings, in: T. Nicklas - J. Schröter (Hg.), Dreams, Visions, Imaginations. Jewish, Christian and Gnostic Views of the World to Come (BZNW); Berlin - Boston 2020/21 (forthcoming).

— Inszenierung „petrinischer Theologie“ in den Acta Petri (Actus Vercellenses), in: J. Lieu (Hg.), Peter in the Early Church. Apostle – Missionary – Church Leader (BETL), Leuven 2021 [Vortragsfassung abgeschlossen].

— Petrus als Gegenspieler der Maria von Magdala im Evangelium nach Maria?, in: Michael Tilly / Ulrich Mell (Hg.), Gegenspieler (WUNT; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019) 381-400. https://www.mohrsiebeck.com/buch/gegenspieler-9783161560965?no_cache=1&tx_sgpublisher_pi1%5Bbacklink%5D=1

Petrus-Diskurse in Alexandria: Eine Fortführung der Gedanken von Jörg Frey, in: J. Frey – M. Den Dulk – J.G. Van der Watt (Hg.), 2 Peter and the Apocalypse of Peter: Towards a New Perspective (Biblical Interpretation Series 174), Leiden/Boston: Brill 2019. https://brill.com/view/title/33829?lang=en

 Petrusoffenbarung, Christusoffenbarung und ihre Funktion, in: J. Frey / F. Tóth (Hg.), Autorschaft und Autorisierungsstrategien in apokalyptiischen Texten (WUNT), Tübingen 2019. https://www.mohrsiebeck.com/buch/autorschaft-und-autorisierungsstrategien-in-apokalyptischen-texten-9783161570247?no_cache=1&cHash=24ceecc24f37b5e585dd735fc9248cc0

Phoebe: „Patrona“ des Paulus, Frau im Dienst des Evangeliums, Vorbild für Männer und Frauen, in: Sexualität (Jahrbuch für Biblische Theologie 2019).

Revelation and the New Testament Canon, in: C. Koester (Hg.), Oxford Handbook on Revelation, Oxford 2019 (forthcoming).

Second Century Gospels as “Re-Enactments” of Earlier Writings: Examples from the Gospel of Peter, in: M. Calhoun / D. Moessner / T. Nicklas (Hg.), The Gospels and Ancient Narrative Literary Criticism (WUNT), Tübingen 2020 (forthcoming).

Spätantike Apostelerzählungen als liturgiegeschichtliche Quellen, in: Korinna Zamfir (Hg.), Festschrift Mozes Noda, Cluj-Napoca 2019/20 (forthcoming).

— Spuren des Vaterunsers im 2. Jahrhundert, in: M. Tilly – L. Stuckenbruck (Hg.), Vaterunser, Tübingen 2020 (forthcoming).

— The Greek Apocalypse of Peter and its Otherworldly Landscape of Memories, in: T. Hatina – J. Lukes (ed.), Social Memory Theory and Conceptions of Afterlife in Early Judaism and Christianity, London 2020 (forthcoming).

Julia Snyder, Apostles and Politics in the Roman Empire, in: Julia A. Snyder / Korinna Zamfir (Ed.s), Reading the Political in Jewish and Christian Texts. Biblical Tools and Studies 38. Leuven: Peeters, 2019.

The Canon of the New Testament, in: Patrick Gray (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the New Testament, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).

Acts of John, Acts of Peter, Acts of Thekla, 3 Corinthians, Martyrdom of Paul, in: Jens Schröter / Christine Jacobi (Ed.s), The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries, vol. 2, London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019.

Simon, Agrippa, and Other Antagonists in the Vercelli Acts of Peter, in: Ulrich Mell and Michael Tilly (Ed.s), “Opponents”: Conflict with Rivals in Early Jewish and Christian Literature, 311–31. WUNT. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019.

Relationships between the Acts of the Apostles and Other Apostle Narratives, in: Jörg Frey / Claire Clivaz / Tobias Nicklas (Ed.s), Between Canonical and Apocryphal Texts: Processes of Reception, Rewriting and Interpretation in Early Judaism and Early Christianity, WUNT 419. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019.

Luigi Walt, Agrapha, in: Das Wissenschaftliche Bibellexikon im Internet (www.wibilex.de), 2020.




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