"In Conversation with Roger Bagnall —
Early Judaism and Early Christianity in Greco-Roman Egypt: the Papyrological Evidence"

Roger Bagnall (Columbia University)
Robert Kraft (University of Pennsylvania)

 THE THIRD MEETING OF 1999-2000 will be held on Thursday, 2 December from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Lounge on the second floor of Logan Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. Persons wishing to dine with other participants prior to the meeting should meet at 6 pm at Logan Hall (southeast of Locust Walk and 36th Street Walk). Take-out food (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) will be provided. Cost is $7-10 per person.
 Please RSVP to either chairperson (addresses above), if possible, so that we might have a rough idea of how much food to arrange.
 This meeting will be broadcast live on the web so that colleagues unable to attend in person can participate from a distance. Virtual participants will be able to see the presentation and to send questions and comments to the meeting using email. For more information, please consult the webcast page.

Suggested Topics for Discussion and Suggested Readings:

  1. Identifying people and their affiliations as a methodology: the principles of onomastics.

    R. S. Bagnall, Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History (London 1995) 85-89 (with earlier bibliography).

    I. F. Fikhman, Scripta Classica Israelica 15 (1996) 223-229.

  2. Thinking quantitatively about models of growth: continuous incrementalism vs. punctuated equilibrium?

    Bagnall, Reading Papyri 73-85 (about quantification and the papyri);

    R. Stark, The Rise of Christianity (Princeton 1996), chapter 6.

  3. Monasticism and the economy: implications for the social locations of asceticism.

    E. Wipszycka, "Contribution a l'etude de l'economie de la congregation pachomienne," Journal of Juristic Papyrology 26 (1996) 167-210.

  4. Reasoning from books to beliefs: questions of method.

    C. H. Roberts and T. C. Skeat, The Birth of the Codex (London 1983);

    H. Y. Gamble, Books and Readers in the Early Church (New Haven 1995);

    T. C. Skeat, New Testament Studies 43 (1997) 1-34.

  5. Structures, titles, practices, and power: thinking about Egyptian cults.

    D. Frankfurter, Religion in Roman Egypt (Princeton 1998).

2 December, 1999
Jay Treat