Department of Ancient History

SSEC Annual May Conference

SSEC May 2016 Conference

Theme: "Everyday life in the time of Jesus of Nazareth" or "Encountering the World of the Gospels"

Guest Speaker 2016: Dr Alan Cadwallader (Australian Catholic University)

  • Day Conference 2016 will be held on Sat 1 May 2016.
  • Conference Curtain Raiser 2016 will be held on the evening of Thursday 28 April 2016.

Conference Program & Registration Form

Note: Full conference brochure in colour - with list of speakers, program/ timetable and all conference details including costs, venue etc will be available in due course, prior to 1 May 2016.

Papers, Slides and Handouts

It is hoped that speakers at the conference will provide copies of their papers, talks, slide presentations, handouts, diagrams or images from the conference. These documents will be made available in PDF format, in due course. Some papers may also appear in future issues of the SSEC Newsletter.  

Disclaimer. SSEC Newsletter Editors' Note: "The Society takes no position on the intellectual content of papers and articles."
"The unique emphasis of our Society is one of history. The study of Early Christianity in its Jewish and Graeco Roman Setting." Prof Alanna Nobbs has asked for this disclaimer to be added to all SSEC correspondence eg SSEC eNewsletters, SSEC website & SSEC facebook etc.




Thanks to the Co-op Bookshop


SSEC Speakers in previous years

Prof Paul Trebilco The 2015 Visiting Speaker was Professor Paul Trebilco is Professor of New Testament. He studied Chemistry at the University of Canterbury, and then did a Bachelor of Divinity at Otago before completing his PhD in the New Testament in 1987 at the University of Durham.

He has published work on the Jewish and Greco-Roman backgrounds to the New Testament, the Acts of the Apostles, the apostle Paul, early Christians in Ephesus, the relationship of Scripture and Church tradition, and the Self-designations used by the earliest Christians in the New Testament.  He is currently the General Editor of the Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, published by Cambridge University Press.

Professor Brigitte Kahl The 2014 SSEC Visiting Speaker was  Professor Brigitte Kahl (Columbia University NY). She is also the Professor of New Testament at the Union Theological Seminary in New York.   Brigitte Kahl is an innovative New Testament scholar whose work has been groundbreaking in Pauline studies. She brings a new perspective to Biblical scholarship by analysing the dynamic relationship between the New Testament and the Roman Empire.
Prof James McLaren Keynote Speaker for 2013 was Professor James McLaren, Professor of Ancient History and Biblical Studies in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Australian Catholic University. He is also currently the Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty and is a member of the Centre for Early Christian Studies.

Dr Konstantinos D. PolitisDr Konstantinos D. Politis, who is currently Director of the Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies in Greece. Speaker for 2012.

SSEC - Lawrence WelbornProf Laurence WELBORN is Professor of New Testament Studies at Fordham University New York & Macquarie Uni. Speaker at the 2006,  2010,  2011, 2012 & 2014 SSEC Conferences. 

SSEC - John FitzgeraldProf John T. FITZGERALD is the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Miami. Speaker at the 2011 SSEC Conference.

SSEC - Beverly GaventaProfessor Beverly GAVENTA is the Helen HP Manson Professor of New Testament Interpretation & Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary. Speaker at the 2009 SSEC Conference.

Kim HainesAssociate Professor Kim HAINES-EITZEN, Cornell University. Speaker at 2008 SSEC Conference

SSEC - Felicity Harley-McGowanDr Felicity HARLEY-MCGOWAN lectures in Medieval Art History at the Uni of Melbourne, School of Culture & Communication at Trinity College Theological School. Speaker at the 2010 SSEC Conference.

SSEC - Lucy Anne HuntProfessor Lucy-Anne HUNT of Manchester Metropolitan University is an expert in Byzantine, Coptic and Christian-Muslim art & culture in the Middle Ages. Speaker at the 2010 SSEC Conference.

SSEC - Judith LieuProfessor Judith LIEU is the Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity and Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge University. Speaker at the 2009 SSEC Conference.


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More Information

Correct as at 28 May 2015

Past SSEC Conference Proceedings

Artemis SSEC conference Conference Proceedings 2015 - The early Church: Cults and Controversies. Go to the Conference Proceedings 2015 web page.


Tiberius Caesar AugustusConference Proceedings 2014 - Christ or Caesar: Render Unto Caesar?  Go to the 2014 Conference Proceedings

Dura-Europa Synagogue Mosaic Conference  Proceedings 2013 - Church and Synagogue: the Interaction between Jews and Christians in Antiquity. Go to the Conference Proceedings 2013 web page.

Conference 2012 Stone SmallConference  Proceedings 2012  - Desert Sands - Desert Secrets: Archaeology, the Bible & Early Christianity. Go to the Conference Proceedings 2012 web page.


SSEC 2011 conference Conference Proceedings 2011 - Corinth: Paul, People and Politics. Go to the SSEC 2011 Conference Proceedings web page.