Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Second National Patristic Conference in Cambridge

The Second National Patristic Conference is taking place in Cambridge next week (SECOND NATIONAL PATRISTIC CONFERENCE), Wed - Fri (9-11 Sept.)

As well as a load of interesting patristic type papers (as one must expect, including an especially interesting one on 1 Clement) there are a couple of text related papers, and a couple of others on non-canonical texts:

Tim Carter Marcion and the Codex Bezae

Hugh Houghton Chapter Divisions in the Old Latin Versions of John

Stephan Witetschek How Ascetic is the Gospel of Thomas?

Michael Steenberg The Gospel of Truth and the Truth of the Gospel: assessing the scope of Valentinian influence on the works of Irenaeus


  1. I'm actually interested in hearing more about the 1 Clement article. It's called: "‘Witnesses between you and us’: the role of the letter-carriers in 1 Clement".

  2. I would like to hear more on "Marcion and the Codex Bezae".
    It is noteworthy that the striking, special readings of D in Luke only start in ch. 3. Marcion's Gospel lacked chapters 1-2. Several D-readings are supported by Marcion. Also some readings are supported by Tatian's Diatessaron. Since both, Marcion and Tatian, probably used some kind of Western text it is difficult to distinguish them. Nevertheless it can be said that possibly some readings of D come from Marcion and/or Tatian.
    Difficult, but interesting topic.

  3. I was going to attend. But I discovered that no car parking is provided for those staying overnight.

    So this "National" conference is basically restricted to those young enough to endure the misery and humiliations of lugging heavy cases on public transport, or those living in Cambridge who won't have to and have a convenient private car park nearby. Sadly most of us will fall into neither category.

    And I suspect "important" people will be quietly found somewhere to park.

    I'm not enthusiastic about elitism of this sort, myself. Normal people in East Anglia get about by car. It's all very well for those in charge at Oxford and Cambridge to set their faces against what ordinary people have to do, but it is rather feudal -- in a bad sense -- all the same.

    Pity; I would have liked to go.