Department of Ancient History

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.

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Last updated 7 June 2017  by SSEC volunteer webmaster.

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SSEC Notices

SSEC Lectures & other events for 2017

Most events for later in the year, are now listed in the SSEC calendar page.

Go to the Calendar of Events web page.      Easy to remember web address is   (all in lower case).

Next Event

Thursday 3 August 2017 The Sir AsherJoel Oration (SSEC Members are invited).

Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Venue: North Shore Temple Emanuel, 28 Chatswood Ave Chatswood NSW.  Charge: $5,  RSVP required.  Light kosher supper provided.

Speaker: Professor Yosef Garfinkel, (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). The topic is: The quest for the historical King David.

Yossi Garfinkel

Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, the Yigael Yardin chair of Archaeology of Israel at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will survey the current state of research concerning King David, a well-known figure in the biblical tradition, but elusive in the archaeological record. Excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa under his direction became world-famous when the New York Times dedicated a full page to its excavation. This spectacular success was due to the discovery of the first-known, fortified city in Judah dating to the time of King David and popularly dubbed 'King David's Palace'. How does this new archaeological evidence fit with the biblical tradition?

Register on line click here

Light kosher supper provided.  Enquires to

Download a PDF flyer about the event.

SSEC Committee meeting Wed 2 Aug 2017

The next SSEC committee meeting will  held on Wednesday 2 August 2017 at 3:30pm, in a  venue  TBA (to be advised due to the re-organisation of premises at the Doc Centre commencing 1 June 2017)

SSEC Renewals are due now for 2017 year

Please print out & complete a renewal form now. Note: if you use credit card payment please sign the form.  Please return to the address on the form.    

Link to the new SSEC Renewal/Membership and Conference Payment Form (PDF 143KB)

Alternatively, we are happy to receive your signed renewal form as a PDF attachment via email to      We will print it out for you, to submit it to the university cashier for processing of your payment, (the cashier insists on a paper form).

Table 1: SSEC Membership Fee Structure
SSEC Annual Membership Fees
  Ordinary Members AUD $30
  Family Rate AUD $35


(Pension not senior, or full-time student)

AUD $15

Non SSEC Events

These are other ancient history events of interest to SSEC members.

MALS Macquarie Ancient Language School

MALS Winter Week Monday 3rd July 8.30am to Friday 7th July 4pm AEST

Click here to enrol & pay


Continuing Education For Second Session 2017

Information is available about these ancient history courses for second session 2017.  For further information please contact:
Phone: (02) 9850 9962 or (02) 9850 7512 Email:

Enrolment cut off date is Monday 24 July 2017.  Download brochure (Info and enrolment form) (PDF 505KB)

Department Research Seminar Series

Here are the details of the Ancient History Departmental Research Seminar Series, speakers, dates and their abstracts.  Click here. (PDF 362KB) 


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]