December 7, 2015: Book Launch for ICS Advisory Board Member in NYC

Please join us for a Drinks Reception and Book Signing with
Fr. Angelo di Berardino
Monday, December 7, 2015
6:00 – 7:30 PM

New York Athletic Club
Olympic Suite – 10th floor
180 Central Park South at 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Historical Atlas of Ancient Christianity

This new historical atlas is the first of its kind to provide a detailed picture of the early church’s physical presence in the empire, tracing Christianity’s geographical footprint upon the map of the ancient world.
Fr. Angelo di Berardino is past president and current professor in Rome at the Augustinianum Patristic Institute: the premier Institute for instruction and research in ancient Christianity, located across the colonnade from St. Peter’s.

Hosted by
Roberta and Howard Ahmanson
Center for Early African Christianity
Stephanie Whittier
The Hildebrand Project
Duncan Sahner
National Christian Foundation-NYC
Ralph Veerman

Kindly respond to: Paris Lofaro email:
Phone: (703) 927-8479

December 3, 2015: ICS Executive Director public lecture in NYC

AJCO Colloquia December 3 2015NYACK Graduate Program in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins Colloquia Series on Reading the New Testament as Second Temple Jewish Literature

December 3, 2015, from 10-12 noon

Nyack College NYC, 2 Washington Street, New York City, Room 2241

10-10:40: Jessica Dello Russo.  "Figures in the Shadows: Contextualizing Jewish Tombs in the Catacombs of Rome"

10:40-11:20: Steven Notley.  "Pontius Pilate: Discordant Images in a Historical Portrait"

11:20-12:00: Steven Fine.  "Between Paidea and Sinai: Torah Shrines and the Visual Culture of Diaspora Jews"

Free and Open to the Public


December 10, 2015: Inauguration of Restored Mausoleum of Helena in Rome

Official Opening of the Mausoleum of Helena on December 10, 2015

On behalf of the Istituto Cavanis and Dott. Francesco Prosperetti, Superintendent of the Department of Archaeological Heritage of Rome, we are pleased to INFORM you that on Thursday the 10th December at 11 a.m., there will be the official opening of the Mausoleum of St. Helena, "ad duas lauros" in Via Casilina (Via Labicana). The opening ceremony will be in the presence of all the authorities.

A nome dell'Istituto dei Padri Cavanis e del Soprintendente ai Beni archeologici di Roma, Francesco Prosperetti abbiamo il piacere di INFORMARE che il giorno GIO 10 DIC, alle ore 11, alla presenza delle Autorità preposte, verrà ufficialmente inaugurata l'Apertura al pubblico del Mausoleo di Sant'Elena, Ad duas lauros, sulla Casilina (Rabicana).


SBL/AAR 2015 Annual Meeting Sessions with ICS Directors and Board

International Catacomb Society Directors and Board Members presiding and presenting at the 2015 SBL/AAR Conference in Atlanta, GA (November 21-24):
Complete SBL/AAR program:

Art and Religions of Antiquity
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Harris (Atlanta Conference Level) - Hyatt
Theme: Book Review Panel Honoring Lee I. Levine's, Visual Judaism in Late Antiquity: Historical Contexts of Jewish Art
Lee Jefferson, Centre College, Presiding (5 min)
Steven Fraade, Yale University, Panelist (20 min)
Robin Jensen, Vanderbilt University, Panelist (20 min)
Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Panelist (20 min)
Tom McCollough, Centre College, Panelist (20 min)
Zeev Weiss, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Panelist (20 min)
Lee Levine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Respondent (10 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Business Meeting (25 min)

Joint Session With: Art and Religions of Antiquity, Violence and Representations of Violence among Jews and Christians
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 209 (Level 2) - Hilton
Theme: The Arts of Violence
Christine Luckritz Marquis, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Presiding
Sarah Madole, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY)
A New View of the Rape of Persephone on Roman Sarcophagi (25 min)
Christina Harker, Yale University
Tattooing as a Violent Art in the Ancient Mediterranean (25 min)
Felicity Harley-McGowan, Yale University
The Iconography of Beheading in Roman Imperial Art: Some Ramifications for Christianity in Its Representation of Suffering (25 min)
John J. Herrmann, Jr., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Annewies van den Hoek, Harvard University
Mythical Parody and Gruesome Death: Representations of Executions in Late Antiquity (25 min)
Discussion (25 min)
Business Meeting (25 min)

Christian Apocrypha
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 305 (Level 3) - Hilton
Theme: The Monastic Production and Use of Christian Apocrypha
Brent Landau, University of Texas at Austin, Presiding (5 min)
Christoph Markschies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
What Do We Know About the "Sitz im Leben" of Ancient Christian Apocalypses? (25 min)
Hugo Lundhaug, Universitetet i Oslo
The Nag Hammadi Texts as Monastic Literature (25 min)
Geoffrey Smith, University of Texas at Austin
A Body Pure and Innocent: Anthropology and Anti-Origenism in the Sentences of Sextus (NHC XII,1) (25 min)
Brad F. King, University of Texas at Austin
The Garden a Prison: Sex, Gender, and Power in Eden (25 min)
Discussion (20 min)
Business Meeting (25 min)

Early Exegesis of Genesis 1
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 313 (Level 3) - Hilton
Theme: Genesis 1 in Philo and Apocryphal Writings
Christoph Markschies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Humboldt University of Berlin, Presiding
Michaela Bauks, Universität Koblenz - Landau
The Rising of a Disembodiment of Creation by the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo. Alternative Readings of Gen 1,1-3(, 21) in Ancient Jewish Texts of the Second Temple Period (30 min)
Beatrice Wyss, Universität Bern - Université de Berne
Philo of Alexandria and the fifth day of creation (De opificio mundi 62-68) (30 min)
Ekaterina Matusova, Moscow, Russia
Gen 1 in Philo of Alexandria and Related Literature (30 min)

Early Exegesis of Genesis 1
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Embassy E (International Tower Level LL2) - Hyatt
Theme: Genesis 1 in Christian Theology of the Second Century
Volker Drecoll, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Presiding
James VanderKam, University of Notre Dame
Genesis 1 in the Book of Jubilees (30 min)
Christoph Markschies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Humboldt University of Berlin
Genesis 1 and the Beginnings of Gnosticism (30 min)
Anders-Christian Jacobsen, Aarhus Universitet
The Interpretation of Genesis 1 in Theophilus and other Early Apologetic Texts (30 min)

November 17: “Arch of Titus Project” Lecture by Shohet Scholar Steven Fine

Don't miss this NYC lecture on the Arch of Titus Project by 2015 Shohet Scholar Steven Fine!
The Arch of Titus Project and the YU Center for Israel Studies invite you to a conversation between Peter Schertz, (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) and  Steven Fine (Yeshiva University):
"Colorizing the Menorah: Reimaging the Arch of Titus Spoils Relief"
Tuesday, November 17, 4:30, Furst Hall 341
Yeshiva University, 184th and Amsterdam Avenue, New York. Admission with valid ID.