I have been running the Coptic Language group (since 2009) and Nag Hammadi Seminar (since 2010) with a number of outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate students. Since 2011, Dr. Carly Daniel-Hughes and I co-facilitate the NH Seminar. A dozen participants have been meeting every Friday afternoon from September to April. The Coptic Language group serves as a way to initiate students to the language of the Nag Hammadi collection. The language session is immediately followed by a discussion on the Coptic Gnostic texts from Egypt.
Please note that people who attend and participate in NH Seminar do so by invitation only. Public lectures organized by the NH Seminar are open to all. If you are interested in the activities of the NH Seminar, please contact Dr. Daniel-Hughes or myself for more details.
Activities of the NH Seminar for 2012-2013
For our Winter 2013 semester, we will be reading Nag Hammadi texts which are usually classified as Valentinian. Please note that the seminar will run at a new time, from 2:00-3:30pm, and will still be held in FA-202 (2060 Mackay Street). In the Fall of 2012, the NH Seminar focused on various themes in the gospels of Thomas and Philip.
Mark your calendars!!!
The NH Seminar will be hosting a public lecture with world-renowned expert on Valentianism, Prof. Einar Thomassen (University of Bergen, Norway) on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 (see events page). He will also be leading a lecture at the Friday NH Seminar.
SCHEDULE OF THE NH SEMINAR - WINTER 2013
- Jan. 11: NH Seminar: Reading the Gospel of Truth (NH I, 3)
- Jan. 18: NH Seminar: Reading the Gospel of Truth (NH I, 3)
- Jan. 25: NH Seminar: Reading the Gospel of Truth (NH I, 3)
- Feb. 1: RCLA Seminar Series: Dr. Carly Daniel-Hughes
Topic: Philosophy as Religious Practice in Late Antiquity
- Feb. 8: NH Seminar Special Guest: Dr. Einar Thomassen
- Feb. 15: NH Seminar: Reading the Interpretation of Knowledge (NH XI, 1)
- Feb. 22: Spring Break: No Seminar
- Mar. 1: RCLA Seminar Series: Dr. André Gagné
Topic: Cognition and Religious Experience in Biblical and Apocryphal Texts
- Mar. 8: NH Seminar: Reading the Interpretation of Knowledge (NH XI, 1)
- Mar. 15: NH Seminar: Reading the Gospel of Philip (NH II, 3)
- Mar. 22: NH Seminar: Reading the Gospel of Philip (NH II, 3)
STUDENT MEMBERS OF THE NAG HAMMADI SEMINAR IN 2012-2013: John Ashley (B.A. Concordia); Costa Bablis (M.A. Concordia); Melanie Bartczak (B.A. McGill); Derek Bateman (M.A. Concordia); Taylor Baruchel (B.A. Concordia); Miriam Bergo (M.A. Concordia); Nikolaos Botsas (B.A. Concordia); Serge Cazelais (PhD ULaval); Mary Harvan (M.A. Concordia); Sabi Hinkson (M.A. Concordia); Sandra Hlavenka (M.A. Concordia); Brice C. Jones (PhD Concordia); Spiros Loumakis (M.A. Concordia); Stéphanie Machabée (M.A. McGill); Meaghan Mattheson (PhD Concordia); Calogero A. Miceli (PhD Concordia); Adrienne Phillips (M.A. Concordia); Jonathan Raddatz (M.A. Concordia); Wayne Radford (B.A. Concordia); Devorah Rosenberg (M.A. Concordia); Jennifer Tacci (M.A. Concordia).
Activities of the NH Seminar in 2011-2012
In 2011-2012, the NH Seminar was dedicated to the study of the Gospel according to Thomas. We also had five sessions at l'Université Laval with Dr. Paul-Hubert Poirier on translation particularities of Thomas.
The NH Seminar hosted a special event with Dr. Karen King (Jan 19-20, 2012), as well as with Dr. Anne Pasquier (March 9, 2012).
On May 2, the Third Annual GRECAT ULaval/Concordia Workshop was held at Concordia University.
Activities of the NH Seminar in 2010-2011
Last year the Nag Hammadi Seminar held sessions on the following topics:
Sept. - Oct. 2010: The Testimony of Truth (Dr. Gagné)
Nov. 2010 - Feb. 2011: The Authoritative Teaching and the Exegesis on the Soul (Moa Dritsas-Bizier)
Mar. - Apr. 2011: Defining Gnosticism (Dr. Gagné)
Other special topics were:
Jan. 27-28, 2011: Public lecture on Mary Magdalene and Judas Iscariot, and NH Seminar on the Origins of the World (NH II,5) with Dr. Louis Painchaud (ULaval)
Mar. 11, 2011: Homeric and Biblical Allegories of Intellect and Soul in Early Christianity and in the School of Plotinus with Serge Cazelais
Some useful resources:
Wolf-Peter Funk on Coptic dialects
Crum's Coptic Dictionary