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  • Society for the Study of Early Christianity
  • Museum of Ancient Cultures, Building X5B, level3
  • Macquarie University NSW 2109 Australia
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New documents illustrating early Christianity

This series, drawing on the evidence of inscriptions and papyri, which provide excitingly fresh insights into the early Christian era and has aroused widespread interest around the world.

Produced initially by Dr (now Professor) Greg Horsley, who edited the first five volumes, it is still being published.Acts 1 and 2

Papyri from the rise of Christianity in Egypt (PCE)

(Formerly Corpus Papyrorum Christianarum (C.P.C.) or Corpus of Christian Papyri.) Our earliest New Testament texts come from Egypt and there is an increasing flow of other documents throwing light on early Christianity there. The project has involved making a systematic study of the papyrus evidence for the early history of Christianity. The results of this project will issue a two volume work to be published by Cambridge University Press.

The present editors of this project are Dr Bruce Harris, Emeritus Professor Edwin Judge, Professor Alanna Nobbs, Dr Don Barker and Dr Malcolm Choat.


Other projects

Other staff projects in the Cultural Setting of Early Christianity include those of Dr Chris Forbes in the history of ideas, and Associate Professor Paul McKechnie on Christian historiography. Dr John Lee also has a project with the Zenon archive.

How projects are supported by the Society

As shown above, The Society supports a number of associated projects.


Major projects have attracted good support for some years from the Australian Research Council and from Macquarie University. Funding from these sources is dependent on annual decisions and is insufficient for their proper continuance and development, and the Society seeks strong support from outside the University so that such research, unique in many ways in its scope and concentration, may be carried on at the level which it deserves.

Tax deductibility

Monies given for research may be tax deductible and the Macquarie university will match dollar for dollar any monies given for research by an institution or business through an external collaborative grant arrangement. For further information please contact Professor Alanna Nobbs on +61 (02) 9850 9944 email:

Related activities

The Ancient Cultures Research Centre (ACRC) sponsors the Macquarie Ancient Languages Schools . The Society co-operates with the Macquarie Ancient History Association (MAHA) and the Rundle Foundation for Egyptian Archaeology in holding seminars and other functions.

See our useful links page, which will take you to interesting sites such as the Macquarie Ancient Languages School (MALS).

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Last updated: 17 Dec 2019