Afterlives of the Apocrypha


What: “The Afterlives of Christian Apocrypha” (Lecture by Annette Yoshiko Reed)
Where: Vanier College, York University
When: Friday, September 27th, 2013
Time: 8:00 – 9:30pm
Cost: Free
Website: York Christian Apocrypha Symposium

Many of you already know about the Forbidden Gospels conference. No need to re-hash it. (But, uh, if you want to…) What you may not know is that Friday night, Annette Yoshiko Reed, a scholar of Judeo-Christian apocalyptic and resistance literature, will be giving a free talk as part of the symposium.

If I didn’t sway you with “free” read on.

Yoshiko Reed will be talking about how the apocrypha, the hidden texts of the Bible,  influence contemporary entertainment. These “Afterlives of the Apocrypha” appear in popular novels, movies, and television shows, suggesting that these ancient works remain very much a part of the modern consciousness.

I don’t need to sell you on Reed’s credentials, she’s got them: a Master’s Degree in Theology from Harvard and a PhD from Princeton. In other words, she’s a master of this stuff. The talk is sure to be engaging and relevant whether you’re a scholar of ancient religion or just interested in the more fringey aspects of Christianity.

Again, the event is free. I’m told there may be cookies and coffee. So really, you have no excuse not to go.

Note: Is one lecture not enough for you? Do you want two full days of apocrypha madness? Then take a look at the entire conference schedule and consider attending the whole thing!

Photo by nmmacedo.