Conference Presentation: Two Martyrdoms of John the Baptist at the CSBS

At the end of May, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences hosts their 2015 Congress, a simultaneous gathering of Seventy Canadian academic associations in Ottawa, Ontario.

I am thrilled to announce that I will be co-presenting a paper with Apocrypha scholar Tony Burke as part of the Canadian Society for Biblical Studies (CSBS). We will be presenting new English translations of the martyrdom of John the Baptist—that’s the story where John the Baptist is beheaded.

My understanding is that my text, which I am translating from a Greek manuscript, has some bits that the other accounts lack. I do know that there is sex and murder in my version, so we already have two main ingredients for an interesting story!

Burke and I will be presenting these texts on June 1st at 1:30 (that’s a Monday). For those who may want to swing by and hear some new (or sorta new) biblical stories, the abstract is below:

Tony Burke and Sarah Veale (York University)
Two Martyrdoms of John the Baptist

In 1904 Alexander Berendts (Die handschriftliche Überlieferung der Zacharias-und Johannes-Apokryphen. TU, N. F. 11/3. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs) published a comprehensive survey of five martyrdoms of John the Baptist extant in Greek and Slavonic. Of these, only Passion 5 (the Life and Martyrdom of John the Baptist; CANT 181) has seen much attention—a critical edition and French translation was published by François Nau (“Histoire de saint Jean Baptiste attribuée à saint Marc l’Évangéliste,” PO[1908]: 521-41) and an English translation was prepared by Andrew Bernhard for New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (forthcoming). As for the other four texts, there is much confusion in Berendts’ and Nau’s reports about the contents of the unpublished manuscripts. This paper seeks to make some progress in sorting through the various witnesses by presenting editions and English translations of two texts: Berendts’ Passion 2 (the Decapitation of John the Forerunner attributed to his disciple Eurippus; CANT 180.2) and an unedited, related but lengthier text (untitled but also attributed to Eurippus; CANT 180.4). The translations will appear along with introductions in the second volume of New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures.

For more information, you can download the full CSBS programme here. I hope to see you there in Ottawa!

5 thoughts on “Conference Presentation: Two Martyrdoms of John the Baptist at the CSBS
    1. Thanks, Chas!

      I haven’t given much time to the presentation yet. Even more, I don’t even know what the Bearsdly illustrations are!

      Of course, if you can provide some info, I’d like to have a look and see if they are slide-worthy!

      And thanks for your the comment on the redesign–I’ve been incredibly self-conscious about it and am glad to hear that someone likes it!

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