Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins
What's Next for PSCO?
The fifty-third year of the Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins has come to a close. We are now in our usual summer recess.
We are currently in the process of planning the sessions for the coming year. The topic will be “Writing the Biblical Past”, co-chaired by Jill Stinchcomb and Annette Yoshiko Reed.
Recent research in Biblical Studies has turned fresh attention to memory, writing, textual authority, and scribal practices, both in relation to the Hebrew Bible and in relation to so-called “pseudepigraphical” and other parabiblical literature from the Dead Sea Scrolls and beyond. For 2016-2017, PSCO hopes to build upon these insights to generate a fresh conversation about the place of writing in the making of the biblical past. What happens when we consider these dynamics outside the framework of canon and canonization? And what might we learn from examining biblical examples alongside Jewish, Christian, and Islamic materials, de-centering issues of biblical exegesis and focusing instead on textual and other technologies of memory?
We thank all who participated in this year’s seminar: the coordinators who organized the seminar, the scholars who presented their work for discussion, and all those who attended and contributed to our ongoing scholarly conversation. We also thank the sponsor who made it possible: the Penn Humanities Forum.