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2017 Annual Meeting of Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network - 05-06-07/10/2017, Chapel Hill (NC, USA)

The Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network (NHGN) is an international group of scholars dedicated to study of the Coptic treatises contained in the famous Nag Hammadi Codices discovered in 1945, as well as significant related Coptic literature also discovered in Egypt in the modern period. Although this group was originally founded a decade ago as the Nordic Nag Hammadi Network, a change in name was prompted by an increase in participation from North American and Western European scholars in recent years, which led to a shift in the group’s organizational locus out of Northern Europe. The main goal of the group is to further study of this literature by connecting doctoral students and junior scholars who are working on this material.

Each year the NHGN meets on a different university campus (Yale 2011; Princeton 2012; Laval 2014; Harvard, 2015; Austin, 2016). The conference is organized around presentation of doctoral working papers and sessions focused on the reading of a select Coptic text. The practice has been for senior faculty to attend, and for one senior scholar to offer a keynote address.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 05-06-07/10/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC, USA)


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4:00-4:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Luke Drake and Greg Given 4:15-6:00 Coptic Reading (I): The Gospel of Truth (16.31 – 19.16) – Presiding: Einar Thomassen, Location: TBD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6TH LOCATION: CAROLINA UNION – ROOM 3203 9:00-10:30 Discussion of pre-circulated papers – Presiding: Geoff Smith Jörgen Magnusson, “The saving saved saviors: A new perspective on the soteriology of the Gospel of Truth from Nag Hammadi” Elaine Pagels, “Pauline Reception History in the Gospel of Truth: Is the “true gospel” Paul’s secret wisdom teaching?” 10:30-11:00 Coffee Break 11:00-12:30 Coptic Reading (II): The Gospel of Truth (19.17 – 23.35) – Presiding: Pam Reaves 12:30-2:00 Lunch 2:00-3:30 Discussion of pre-circulated papers, Presiding: Greg Given Emanuel Fiano, “The Lycopolitan and Sahidic Versions of the Gospel of Truth: Exploring the Fourth-Century Contexts of a Process of Re-writing” Einar Thomassen, Response to Geoff Smith, “Anti-Origenist Redaction in the Fragments of the Gospel of Truth (NHC XII,2),” HTR 110:1 (2017) 46–74. 3:30-4:00 Coffee Break 4:00-5:30 Keynote Lecture: Professor David Brakke, “The Gnostic Origins of Christian Biblical Interpretation: From Gospel to Commentary,” Location: Howell 115 7:30 – 9:30 – Banquet Dinner Cholanad Restaurant & Bar, 308 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 SATURDAY OCTOBER 7TH LOCATION: CAROLINA UNION – ROOM 3102 9:00-10:30 Coptic Reading (III): The Gospel of Truth (33.33 – 36.35) – Presiding: Zlatko Pleše 10:30-11:00 Coffee Break 11:00-12:30 Discussion of pre-circulated papers, Presiding: Luke Drake Emily Laflèche, “Children of the bridal chamber: Valentinian self-designation and the celestial bridal chamber in the Gospel of Philip” Pamela Mullins Reaves, “Revelation Relocated: Reflections on Jerusalem in Testimony of Truth and the First Apocalypse of James” 12:35-2:30 Lunch 2:30-3:15 Discussion of pre-circulated papers, Presiding: Luke Drake Nathan Leach, “The Coptic Apocalypse of Peter: Narrative Reevaluation of a Seemingly Docetic Text” 3:15-3:45 Coffee Break 3:45-5:15 Coptic Reading (IV): The Gospel of Truth (36.35 – 41.3) – Presiding: Einar Thomassen 5:15-5:30 Closing remarks

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