Writing the Biblical Past
Co-Chairs: Jill Stinchcomb and Annette Yoshiko Reed
PSCO Coordinator: Annette Yoshiko Reed (UPenn)
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're still planning the year's events.
Please check back later for more details.
Now in its fifty-fourth year, the Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins
(PSCO) brings together scholars and graduate students in Philadelphia and
surrounding areas for informal discussion and debate of timely issues and
questions in the study of ancient Judaism, early Christianity, and cognate
fields. Each year, PSCO hosts five to six meetings to explore one
theme-ranging from pressing methodological or theoretical questions, to
neglected primary or secondary sources, to timely conversations across
disciplines. Meetings are informal and discussion-oriented, and invited
speakers are encouraged to provide suggested readings and resources prior to
their session so as to facilitate productive conversation. PSCO has been
made possible by generous sponsorship from the Penn Humanities Forum
and Penn’s Center for Ancient Studies.