Department of Religious Studies

"The Gospel of Judas: Why Does It Matter?"

Mon, March 29, 2010 | AVAYA Auditorium (ACES 2.302)

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Lecture by April DeConick (Rice University)

April D. DeConick is the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies.  She is a historian of early Jewish and Christian thought.  What fascinates her is mapping the many ways that the Jesus tradition emerges across the literature, traditions that have left behind echoes of bitter controversies and competing memories.  She is interested in exploring the various expressions of ante-Nicene mysticism, including the spirituality of classic Gnostic thinkers.  Her work has been called “revisionist,” challenging us to seek answers beyond the conventional.

Dr. DeConick has recently completed a book on the Gospel of Judas, the first to seriously challenge the interpretation and translation published by National Geographic (2006).  Her book is entitled The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says (London: Continuum, 2007).  She is currently editing the set of scholarly papers delivered at the Codex Judas Congress (March 13-16, 2008) which will be called The Codex Judas Papers.  She is completing a book for the general public, Sex and the Serpent: Why the Sexual Conflicts of the Early Church Still Matter, and is starting another on Gnostic spirituality, The Gnostics and Their Gospels: An Introduction to Gnostic Spirituality in Antiquity.

Sponsored by: Department of Religious Studies; Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins

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