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Welcome to SSEC - The Society for the Study of Early Christianity

This is the Home Page of the Society for the Study of Early Christianity.

SSEC is an organisation based in Sydney NSW Australia at the Macquarie University. If you want to know more about us & our background then view the web page about us.

If you would like to become a member of the society then go to our web page on membership.

Or if you want to contact us by phone or by snail mail or by email see the web page called contact us.

Enjoy our website!


Last updated 8 May 2015  by SSEC webmaster BJ Eyland 

What's new at SSEC

Two Talks by Dr Ron Tappy on Tuesday 12 May 2015

12 MAY 2015


Two Talks by this speaker.

Lunchtime talk by Dr Ron Tappy (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)

Topic: The Linear Alphabet and the Longue Durée

Enquiries to Dr Kyle Keimer by email

Note: Date & time is confirmed

Museum of Ancient Cultures X5B 321

at Macquaire Uni

No cost (confirmed)

 12 MAY 2015


Brought to Australia by the Australian Institute of Archaeology (AIA) - Dr Ron Tappy (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) who is the G. Albert Shoemaker Professor of Bible and Archaeology.   His topic will be: Strangers at Home: The Give and Take of Life in the Borderlands of Judah.

Dr Ron Tappy

Enquiries to Dr Kyle Keimer by email

Note: Date & time is confirmed

Museum of Ancient Cultures X5B 321

at Macquaire Uni

No cost (confirmed)



Other 2015 SSEC Events - Dates are available now for the remainder of the year.


Next SSEC eNewsletter mid July 2015, # 82.

Due to Professor Alanna Nobbs travelling arrangements the next newsletter will not appear until mid July 2015. Please submit your copy (articles and photos etc) by 30 June 2015.   

Note: Only financial members and friends of the Society will receive this. Please let us know, if you were expecting this and do not receive a copy electronically.

People who prefer a paper newsletter will receive their copy a week or so later (shortened to eight pages to reduce printing, postage and handling costs).


Recent SSEC eNewsletter March 2015, # 81.

SSEC newsletter 81 cover

March eNewsletter was distributed on 3 March 2015. 

Please let us know via email if you wish to receive this electronically. We will send you a link - so you can download this onto your iPad, iPhone or home computer.  We sincerely thank you that we can keep our printing, postage & envelope costs to the absolute minimum.   We encourage you to choose the electronic version of our newsletter which is often twice the length of the paper version.

Some people still wish to receive a paper version of the newsletter, so this was forwarded in the usual way a week or so later.

New Macquarie logoThe new Macquarie University logo and colours have featured in the March 2015 eNewsletter.


SSEC: Membership - Due in March each year. Have you paid yours yet?

Annual Membership Fees Note: Fees have not increased for approximately 20 years.

Annual Membership is payable in March annually.   SSEC Membership gives a discount at the SSEC Activities and a Newsletter is forwarded three times a year. 

A Green renewal form will be posted with the March & June copy of the Newsletter annually. 

If you would like to become a new member of the society (or if you would like to renew) then print out a renewal form SSEC membership / renewal form Revised Aug 2014(PDF 295KB)  

Table 1: SSEC Membership Fee Structure
  Category Price p.a.
SSEC Annual Membership Fees
  Ordinary Members AUD $30
  Family Rate AUD $35


(Pension not senior, or full-time student)

AUD $15

Journey of St Paul and Classical Greece educational trip June 4-20, 2015.  

Enquiries to Dimitri Kepreotes (SSEC Member)  by email

To download a Tour Brochure click here  (PDF 478kB)



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.

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SSEC & Ancient History Research Donations - can you help?

Download the SSEC Ancient History Research Donations Form [PDF 235KB Mar 2015]


Papyri from the Rise of Christianity (PCE) Research Donations

Download the PCE Research Donation Form [PDF 351KB Mar 2015]


New Donation Request - Wider Biblical Manuscripts Research

Download the new Wider Biblical Manuscripts Research Donation Form [PDF 208KB Mar 2015]