ARAM Conferences on Gnosticism and Mandaeism #CFP

ARAM Conferences on Gnosticism and Mandaeism #CFP August 22, 2018

ARAM Society has changed the dates for two of its conferences next July, one on Gnosticism in general in the Near East, the other more specifically on Mandaeism. Here are the updated details:

The Gnostics of the Ancient Near East, 15th– 16th July 2019 (University of Oxford)
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Fifty First International Conference on the theme of The Gnostics of the Ancient Near East, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, 15th-16th July, 2019. The conference aims to study the Naj Hammadi Scriptures, the Valentinians, the Mysteries of Mithra, Hermes, Aridaeus, Didymos, the Hymn of Jesus, the Acts of John, the Chaldean Oracles, the Manichaeans, the Mandaeans, and others.

The conference will start on Monday 15th July at 9am finishing on Tuesday 16th July at 7pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address:
ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England.
Tel. 01865-514041 Email: aram@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Mandaeism, 17-18 July 2019 (University of Oxford) ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Fifty Second International Conference on the theme of Mandaeism, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, 17-18 July, 2019.

The conference aims to study Mandaeism and its relationship to Near Eastern religions and Gnostic movements. The conference will start on Wednesday 17th July at 9am finishing on Thursday 18th July at 7pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address:

ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England.
Tel. 01865-514041 Email: aram@orinst.ox.ac.uk

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  • John MacDonald

    I am interested in learning more about the The Mandaeans. I looked on Amazon and found: “The Mandaean Book of John: Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary” by Charles G. Häberl (Editor), James F. McGrath (Editor) see https://www.amazon.com/Mandaean-Book-John-Translation-Commentary/dp/3110486512/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534936834&sr=8-1&keywords=mandaean+book+of+john . Unfortunately, it’s out of stock, and costs 218 dollars (yikes). Would anyone out there have a used copy they would be interested in selling?

    • Hi John. I assume you’re joking, since that is the two-volume book that I’ve talked about here on the blog often, and it isn’t even out yet!

      I’d recommend asking your local library to acquire it, since that is how most of these sorts of expensive academic books are sold and become available to a wider public. Thanks in advance for doing so!

      • John MacDonald

        Thanks, I’ll do that!

    • Drifting Out

      I’m probably replying too late but I have a few book suggestions. “The Mandaeans” by Jorunn Buckley. “The Mandaeans: The Last Gnostics” by Edmondo Lupieri. I recommend buying this one as it’s very cheap on Amazon. “Religions of Iran” by Richard Foltz has a easy to read and entertaing chapter on the Mandaeans. They are more but those are the most informative, accessible, affordable, and easy to find books I’ve come across. Hope this helps.

      • John MacDonald

        Thanks so much!

      • Buckley and Lupieri are definitely among the best authors to give one a sense of the differing views in the field, articulated as clearly and with as much evidence to support them as is possible!

  • Drifting Out

    Thank god for public libraries. That’s how I started my fascination with the Mandaeans, religion, and history. I’m not in college yet (for financial reasons) but I definitely want to continue to learn, get in college soon, and hopefully become as knowledgeable as you James. Thanks for your posts on Mandaism and Gnosticism. Only place I can find this kind of rather obscure stuff.