PSCO Presentation: 6 December, 2012

Panel Discussion: “Reflecting on the Category of ‘Christian Origins’”

David Efroymsen (LaSalle), Phil Fackler (Penn), John G. Gager (Princeton), and Ross Kraemer (Brown)


This panel will discuss the category of “Christian Origins” — particularly in relation to Jews and Judaism — as it has been studied in the last 50 years and as it should be studied in the next 50.

This panel is part of a series of panels in honor of our 50th year of PSCO, with conversation on key concepts and categories as considered from the perspective of different generations of PSCO participants, ranging from our founders and “old guard” to current doctoral students.

Video of the Panelists’ Presentations

Video of General Discussion

Meeting and Dining

All are welcome! As usual, those wishing to dine together before the seminar will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall and then go next door to the food court in Houston Hall.

As usual, the PSCO seminar will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. We meet in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall.

Recommended Reading

William Arnal, “What Branches Grow out of this Stony Rubbish? ‘Biblical’ Contributions to the Study of Religion,” Studies in Religion 39/4 (2010): 549-72.

Lloyd Gaston, “Retrospect,” in Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity (ed. S. G. Wilson; Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 1986) 163–74.

Cf. A. Y. Reed and A. H. Becker, “Introduction: Traditional Models and New Directions,” in The Ways That Never Parted (TSAJ 95; Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2003) 1–24.

Robert A. Kraft, “The Multiform Jewish Heritage of Early Christianity,” in Christianity, Judaism, and Other Greco-Roman Cults (ed. J. Neusner; Leiden: Brill, 1975) 3:174–99.

Lloyd Gaston, "Paul and the Torah," in idem, Paul and the Torah (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1987) 15–35.

Cf. Jacob Taubes, The Political Theology of Paul, trans. D. Hollander (Stanford: Stanford UP, 2004).

Ross Kraemer, "Women and Gender," in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies (ed. Susan Ashbrook Harvey and David G. Hunter; Oxford UP, 2010) 465–92 — with the caveat that the focus is post-first century, even though raising issues relevant for earlier periods too.

Those who are part of our Facebook group can access the files for these articles there. For others who want copies of some or all of them, please email Annette Yoshiko Reed (at reedanne@sas), and she’ll send the PDFs.