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.

Enjoy our website!

Last updated 9 August 2017  by SSEC volunteer webmaster.

What's new at SSEC

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 (SSEC members to be invited)

Thursday 27 September 2017 

Time: Approx 11:00am to 3:00pm (daytime), Venues: Various 

Speaker: Professor Darrell L. Bock (Dallas)
Topic: "What about those Other Gospels? Thinking through the "Missing" Gospels"

Prof Darrel L. Bock

Professor Bock is Dallas Theological Seminary Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies.  He is brought to Australia courtesy of SCD (Sydney College of Divinity)   SSEC Members are invited.

This speaker is talking at a number or locations on this day, or meeting with smaller groups, or attending a luncheon.  Possible itinerary is:

  • coffee 11:00am  (gold coin donation)
  • talk and questions 11:30am -12:45pm
  • lunch at  Staff Cafe 1:00pm -2:00pm   please RSVP
  • Postgraduates especially welcome


SSEC Annual Day Conference 2018

Theme: Jesus' Inner Circle: Peter, James and John

Dates for your diary:
Thursday 3 May 2018 - Conference Curtain Raiser
Sat 5 May 2018 - Annual SSEC Day Conference

Professor Troy W. Martin (St Xaviers Chicago)  is the 2018 SSEC visiting fellow.

Call for Papers by 1 November 2017

Papers are normally given by staff at Macquarie University or comparable institutions, or senior postgraduates.

If you wish to speak at our annual event, and you have a paper on the theme, "Jesus' Inner Circle: Peter, James and John", then please supply your name, bio, photo and an abstract to the SSEC conference Sub-committee for their consideration.

Offers should be sent to, by Wednesday 1 November 2017. The committee will let you know shortly afterward.


SSEC Committee meeting Tuesday 24 Oct 2017

The next SSEC committee meeting will  held on Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 3:30pm, agenda and venue will be advised in due course.

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.



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)



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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Renewals are due now for 2017 year

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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]