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Special Toronto Meeting of the PSCO, Friday, 22 November, 8-10 pm.

This is an OPEN INVITATION to a Special Session of the Philadelphia
Seminar on Christian Origins (PSCO) on "PARABIBLICAL LITERATURE" to be
held on Friday night, 22 November 2002, from 8-10 pm, prior to the SBL/AAR
Annual Meetings in Toronto, in the Quebec Room of the Royal York Hotel.

The PSCO is in its 40th year (for history, background, and current
schedule see http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/psco) and since its topic for the
current year is of wide interest for students and scholars of both Jewish
and Christian scriptures and related literature, its co-chairs have
decided to take advantage of the presence of a large and international
group of specialists at the Toronto meetings and hold a special session

Some background on the topic as well as details of the introductory
meeting on 10 October may be found at
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/rs/rak/courses/735/Parabiblical/intro.htm --
the site for co-chair Robert Kraft's advanced graduate work-seminar at the
University of Pennsylvania, which is exploring the same topic.

In Toronto, we plan to convene a group of specialists representing
different interests in the subject, who will each speak briefly on the
topic, after which there will be broad-based discussion both among the
panelists and extending to the wider group of attendees. The PSCO
co-chairs, Annette Reed and Robert Kraft, will serve as prompters and

Thus far, the following individuals have agreed to serve as panelists
(we've provided very simplified indications of their respective primary

*Gary Anderson (Harvard University)--Adam traditions, Jewish & Christian
biblical interpretation
*James R. Davila (St.Andrews University, Scotland)--Pseudepigrapha, etc.
*Devorah Dimant (Haifa University, Israel)--Dead Sea Scrolls
*Ingrid Hjelm (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)--Samaritan Traditions
*John Reeves (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)--Mani, Islam, etc.

We expect to add one or two more names to the panel in the coming days and
will send updates accordingly. In addition, other areas of expertise will
be represented among the other attendees, whether formal panelists or not.

If you are not already on the PSCO electronic mailing list and would like
to be added (even if only to receive any further details on this topic
and/or session), please send your email address and name, imitating the
following format (to simplify the listowner's task!), to


Those living in the Middle Atlantic States area should note that PSCO is
open to all interested parties. It normally meets five times per year,
usually at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and sometimes
at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. Further details can be
found on our web page:


Please feel free to distribute this notice to anyone who might be interested
in attending the Toronto PSCO session, or in the project more broadly.

We hope to see you in Toronto!

Annette Yoshiko Reed (Princeton University), co-chair
Robert A. Kraft (University of Pennsylvania), co-chair
Todd C. Krulak (University of Pennsylvania), special recording secretary
Tennyson J. Wellman (University of Pennsylvania), recording secretary
Jay C. Treat (University of Pennsylvania), technical coordinator

Robert A. Kraft, Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
227 Logan Hall (Philadelphia PA 19104-6304); tel. 215 898-5827
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