Mysticism, Esotericism & Gnosticism in Antiquity in Denver (2018)

If there are any Bible, ancient Religion, or other Religion scholars interested in the practices of “Mysticism, Esotericism & Gnosticism in Antiquity” at the Denver meeting, here is the schedule.  Hope to see you there!


Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity; Religious Experience in Antiquity
Joint Session With: Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity, Religious Experience in Antiquity
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Mile High Ballroom 1D (Lower Level) – Convention Center (CC)Theme: Ritual and Epiphany

Andrew R. Krause, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Presiding
Book Review: Sara Itoku Ahbel-Rappe, Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge in the Dialogues of Plato (SUNY Press)
Sarah Itoku Ahbel-Rappe, University of Michigan, Panelist (10 min)
Gregory Shaw, Stonehill College, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (15 min)
M. David Litwa, Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
The Daimon of Empedocles (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Grant Adamson, University of Arizona
Epiphany as Polemic: Porphyry and Iamblichus at the Iseum with Plotinus (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Jason Robert Combs, Brigham Young University
Soliciting Divine Manifestations: Proto-orthodox Practices in the Late-Second and Early-Third Century CE (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Rodney A. Werline, Barton College
Ritual Action and Epiphany in 1 Enoch (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)


Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Mile High Ballroom 4A (Lower Level) – Convention Center (CC)Theme: The Divine Double

Lautaro Lanzillotta, University of Groningen, Presiding
Book Review: Charles Stang, Our Divine Double (Harvard University Press)
Charles Stang, Harvard University, Panelist (10 min)
M. David Litwa, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (25 min)
Book Review: Andrei Orlov, The Greatest Mirror (SUNY Press)
Andrei Orlov, Marquette University, Panelist (10 min)
Andrea Lieber, Dickinson College, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (25 min)
Catherine Playoust, University of Divinity
“The Lord Is Our Mirror” (Odes Sol. 13.1): Christological-Anthropological Ritual Connections in the Odes of Solomon (25 min)
Discussion (15 min)


Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 109 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)Theme: Practical Concerns in Esoteric, Mystical, and Gnostic Texts

Jared Calaway, Illinois College, Presiding
Panel 1: Practical Esotericism
Archie Wright, Regent University
Combating Beliar in Esoteric Traditions of Late Antique Judaism (20 min)
Mattias Brand, Leiden University
Visionary Ascent or Commemoration of the Dead? A Remarkable Fourth-Century Manichaean Text from Kellis (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Panel 2: Mysticism and Identity
Pieter G.R. de Villiers, University of the Free State
The Mystical Jesus in Mark’s Gospel (20 min)
Jeff Pettis, Fordham University
Fiery Twins: James, John, and the Sons of Zeus (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Panel 3: Gender and Ritual
Rebecca Lesses, Ithaca College
On Studying Jewish Women Mystics in Late Antiquity (20 min)
Felege-Selam Yirga, Ohio State University
The Gendering of Az: A Comparative Study of Sexuality, Gender, and Etiology in Manichaeism, Mazdaeanism, and Christianity (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)


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