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April D. DeConick
Professor
Isla Carroll and Percy Turner Professor of Religion
 
e-mail:adeconick@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. Near Eastern Studies: Biblical (1994) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
 
Primary Department
   Department of Religion
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Websites
 www.aprildeconick.com
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 forbiddengospels.blogspot.com
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 Forbidden Gospels
 April DeConick's Personal Website
 Forbidden Gospels Blog
 April DeConick's Personal Website
 Forbidden Gospels Blog
 
Research Areas
 New Testament; Christian Origins; Early Christianities; Apocryphal Literature; History of Christian Thought; Sexuality and Christianity; Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism; Nag Hammadi Literature; Ancient and Contemporary Gnosticism; Coptic Language.
 
Teaching Areas
 New Testament; Christian Origins; Early Christianities; Apocryphal Literature; History of Christian Thought; Sexuality and Christianity; Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism; Nag Hammadi Literature; Classic Gnostic Studies; Coptic Language.
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

April D. DeConick. 2016. “Introduction: Religion in the Margins.” Pages xv-xxxviii in Religion: Secret Religion. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks. Farmington Hills: Gale Cengage Learning.

 
 

April D. DeConick. 2016. “The Countercultural Gnostic: Turning the World Upside Down and Inside Out.”  Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies 1: 7-35.

 
 

Crafting Gnosis: Gnostic Spirituality in the Ancient New Age.  Pages 285-305 in Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World: Essays in Honor of John D. Turner.  Edited by Kevin Corrigan and Tuomas Rasimus.  NHMS 82. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

 
 

Gnostic Spirituality at the Crossroads of Christianity: Transgressing Boundaries and Creating Orthodoxy.  Pages in Beyond the Gnostic Gospels: Studies Building on the Work of Elaine Pages.  Edited by Eduard Iricinschi, Lance Jenott, Nicola Denzey Lewis and Philippa Townsend.   Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013.

 
 

The Memorial Mary Meets the Historical Mary: The Many Faces of the Magdalene in Ancient Christianity.  Pages 267-290 in The Tomb of Jesus and His Family? Exploring Ancient Jewish Tombs Near Jerusalem’s Walls. Edited by James H. Charlesworth.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2013.

 
 

The Road for the Souls is through the Planets: The Mysteries of the Ophians Mapped.  Pages 37-74 in Practicing Gnosis: Ritual, Magic, Theurgy and Liturgy in Nag Hammadi, Manichaean and Other Ancient LiteratureEssays in Honor of Birger A. Pearson.  Edited by April D. DeConick, Gregory Shaw and John D. Turner.  Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 85. Leiden: Brill.

 
 

Who is Hiding in the Gospel of John? Reconceptualizing Johannine Theology and the Roots of Gnosticism. Pages 13-29 in Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions.  Edited by April DeConick and Grant Adamson.  Gnostica Series.  Durham: Acumen, 2013.

 
 

Why are the Heavens Closed? The Johannine Revelation of the Father in the Catholic-Gnostic Debate. Pages 147-179 in John’s Gospel and Intimations of Apocalyptic.  Edited by Catrin H. Williams and Christopher Rowland. London: T&T Clark, 2013.

 
 April D. DeConick, "The Gospel of Thomas," Expository Times 118:10 (2007) 469-479
 
 April D. DeConick, "Corrections to the Critical Reading of the Gospel of Thomas," Vigiliae Christianae 60 (2006) 201-208.
 
 Articles
 

April D. DeConick. 2012. “How the Mother God Got Spayed.”  Pages 26 and 63 in Biblical Archaeology Review 38:5 (September/October).

 
 Conceiving Spirits. The Mystery of Valentinian Sex, in W. Hanegraaff and J. Kripal (eds.), Hidden Intercourse. Eros and Sexuality in Western Esotericism (Leiden, Brill, 2008) pp. 23-48.
 
 Gnostic Letters from Bilthoven, in Johannes van Oort (ed.), Gnostica, Judaica, Catholica. Collected Essays of Gilles Quispel (NHMS 55; Leiden: Brill, 2008) pp. xv-xxi.
 
 April D. DeConick, Human Memory and the Sayings of Jesus: Contemporary Experimental Exercises in the Transmission of Jesus Traditions, in Tom Thatcher (ed.), Jesus, the Voice, and the Text: Beyond The Oral and the Written Gospel (Waco: Baylor University, 2008) pp. 137-180.
 
 Mysticism in the Gospel of Thomas, Jörg Frey, Enno Edzard Popkes and Jens Schröter (eds.), Das Thomasevangelium: Entstehung-Rezeption-Theologie (BZNW 157; Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008) pp. 206-221.
 
 

April D. DeConick, "Transgressive Gnosis: Radical Thinking about the Gospel of Judas," in Madeleine Scopello (ed.), Gnosis and Revelation: Ten Studies on Codex Tchacos, Rivista di Storia e letteratura religiosa XLIV:3 (2008) pp. 555-570.

 
 What the Gospel of Judas Really Says, Madeleine Scopello (ed.), The Gospel of Judas in Context: Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Gospel of Judas (NHMS; Leiden: Brill, 2008)pp. 239-264.
 
 Books
 

April D. DeConick. 2016. The Gnostic New Age: How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion. New York: Columbia University Press.

 
 

 

April D. DeConick. 2011.Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter.  New York: Continuum.

 
 April D. DeConick, The Thirteenth Apostle Revised Edition: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says (Continuum: New York, 2009).
 
 April D. DeConick, Le treizième apôtre: Ce que dit vraiment l'Évangile de Judas (translated by Gilles Firmin; Éditions de l'éclat: Paris and Tel Aviv, 2008).
 
 April DeConick, De Dertiende Apostel: Wat het evangelie van Judas werkelijk zegt (trans. by W.G. Hurkmans; Uitgeverj Kok: Kampen, 2008).
 
 April D. DeConick, The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says (London: Continuum, 2007)
 
 David Capes, April D. DeConick, Helen Bond, and Troy Miller (eds.), Israel’s God and Rebecca’s Children: Christology and Community in Early Judaism and Christianity (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2007)
 
 April D. DeConick, Recovering the Original Gospel of Thomas: A History of the Gospel and its Growth (T & T Clark: London, reprint 2006).
 
 April D. DeConick, The Original Gospel of Thomas in Translation: With a Commentary and New English Translation of the Complete Gospel (Library of Biblical Studies 287; T & T Clark: London, 2006).
 
 Editor of books
 

April D. DeConick, ed. 2016. Religion: Secret Religion. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks. Farmington Hills: Gale Cengage Learning.

 
 

Practicing Gnosis: Ritual, Magic, Theurgy and Liturgy in Nag Hammadi, Manichaean and Other Ancient Literature.  Essays in Honor of Birger A. Pearson. Edited by April D. DeConick, Gregory Shaw, and John D. Turner.  NHMS 85. Leiden: Brill, 2013. 571 pages.

 
 

Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions.  Edited by April DeConick and Grant Adamson.  Gnostica Series.  Durham: Acumen, 2013. 358 pages.

 
 

April DeConick, The Codex Judas Papers: Proceedings of the International Congress on the Tchacos Codex held at Rice University, Houston, Texas, March 13-16, 2008 (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 71; Leiden: Brill, 2009).

 
 April D. DeConick (ed.), Paradise Now: Essays on Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism (Symposium Series 11; Society of Biblical Literature: Atlanta, 2006).
 
 Book chapters
 

April D. DeConick. 2016. “Criticisms, Debates, Futures: The Historical Method and Cognitive Historicism.” Pages 383-406 in Religion: Social Religion. Edited by William B. Parsons. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks.  Farmington Hills: Gale Cengage Learning.

 
 

April D. DeConick. 2016. “Early Christian Mysticism.” Pages 69-80 in The Cambridge Handbook of Western Mysticism and Esotericism. Edited by Glenn Alexander Magee. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 
 

April D. DeConick "Secret Religion: The Challenge from the Margins." Religion: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies, 1 (2015/2016) : 93-106.

 
 

April D. DeConick "Escape from the Wheel of Time: The Cognitive Basis for Gnostic Ascent Practices." The Open Mind: Essays in Honour of Christopher Rowland (2014) : 1-37.

 
 

April D. DeConick 2012.  “From the Bowels of Hell to Draco: The Mysteries of the Peratics.”  Pages 3-38 in Mystery and Secrecy in the Nag Hammadi Collection and Other Ancient Literature: Ideas and Practices.  Studies for Einar Thomassen at Sixty.  Edited by Christian H. Bull, Liv Ingeborg Lied, and John D. Turner.  Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 76.  Leiden: E.J. Brill.

 
 

April D. DeConick. 2011.“After the Gospel of Judas: Reassessing What We Have Known to Be True about Cain and Judas.”  Pages 627-662 in “In Search of Truth”:  Augustine, Manichaeism and other Gnosticism. Edited by J.A. van den Berg, et al.  NHMS 74.  Leiden: Brill.

 
 

April D. DeConick. 2011.  “Mysticism Before Mysticism: Teaching Christian Mysticism as Historian of Religion.” Pages 26-45 in Teaching Mysticism.  Edited by William B. Parsons.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 
 

April D. DeConick, "The Codex Judas Congress and Its Proceedings," in The Codex Judas Papers: Proceedings of the International Congress on the Tchacos Codex held at Rice University, Houston, Texas, March 13-16, 2008 (NHMS 71; Leiden: Brill, 2009) pp. xi-xxx.

 
 

April D. DeConick, "Apostles as Archons: The Fight for Authority and the Emergence of Gnosticism in the Tchacos Codex and Other Early Christian Literature," The Codex Judas Papers: Proceedings of the International Congress on the Tchacos Codex held at Rice University, Houston, Texas, March 13-16, 2008 (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 71; Leiden: Brill, 2009) pp. 243-288.

 
 The Gospel of Judas: A Parody of Apostolic Christianity, in Paul Foster (ed.), The Non-Canonical Gospels (London: T&T Clark, 2008) pp. 96-109.
 
 The Gospel of Thomas, in Paul Foster (ed.), The Non-Canonical Gospels (London: T&T Clark, 2008; reprint from Expository Times 2007) pp. 13-29.
 
 April D. DeConick,"Conceiving Spirits. The Mystery of Valentinian Sex," in W. Hanegraaff and J. Kripal (eds.), Hidden Intercourse. Eros and Sexuality in Western Esotericism (forthcoming)
 
 “How We Talk About Christology Matters,” in David Capes, April D. DeConick, Helen Bond, and Troy Miller (eds.), Israel’s God and Rebecca’s Children: Christology and Community in Early Judaism and Christianity (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2007)
 
 April D. DeConick, “What the Gospel of Judas Really Says,” in Madeleine Scopello (ed.), L'Evangile de Judas: le contexte historique et litteraire d'un nouvel aprocryphe (NHMS; Leiden: Brill, forthcoming)
 
 April D. DeConick, “When the Apocalypse Did Not Come: The Mystical Christianity in the Gospel of Thomas and the Beginnings of Eastern Orthodoxy,” for the international colloquium proceedings, The Gospel of Thomas in the Context of the Literature and the History of the Religion of Early Christianity and Late Antiquity, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
 
 April D. DeConick, "Human Memory and the Sayings of Jesus: Experimental Exercises in the Transmission of Jesus Traditions," in Tom Thatcher, Jesus, the Voice, and the Text (Waco: Baylor University Press, forthcoming).
 
 April D. DeConick, The Gospel of Judas, in Paul Foster, The Non-canonical Gospels (London:Continuum, forthcoming).
 
 April D. DeConick, "What is Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism?" in Paradise Now: Essays on Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism (ed. April D. DeConick; Symposium Series 11; Society of Biblical Literature: Atlanta, 2006) 1-24.
 
 Book reviews
 

April D. DeConick "Review of Dylan M. Burns, Apocalypse of the Alien God: Platonism and the Exile of Sethian Gnosticism." Vigiliae Christianae, LXIX (2015) : 447-451.

 
 April D. DeConick, Religious Studies Review 2007 33:3 229. A Synopsis of the Apocryphal Nativity and Infancy Narratives - By J. K. Elliott
 
 April D. DeConick, Religious Studies Review 2007 33:4 327. Early Christian Voices in Texts, Traditions, and Symbols: Essays in Honor of François Bovon - Edited by David H. Warren, Ann Graham Brock, and David W. Pao
 
 April D. DeConick, Religious Studies Review 2007 33:3 243. Jews or Christians? The Followers of Jesus in Search of Their Own Identity - By Giorgio Jossa
 
 April D. DeConick, Religious Studies Review 2007 33:3 244. Oral Performance, Popular Tradition, and Hidden Transcript in Q - Edited by Richard Horsley
 
 April D. DeConick, Religious Studies Review 2007 33:4 325. The Wisdom of Egypt: Jewish, Early Christian, and Gnostic Essays in Honour of Gerard P. Luttikhuizen - Edited by Anthony Hilhorst and George H. van Kooten
 
 Other
 

Remember the Biblical Women at Easter. Invited Huffington Post  Article. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/april-d-deconick/lets-remember-the-biblical-women-at-easter_b_2839014.html


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/april-d-deconick/lets-remember-the-biblical-women-at-easter_b_2839014.html
 
 April D. DeConick, "Gospel Truth," New York Times, December 1, 2007.
 
 April D. DeConick, "More on the Gospel Truth," Forum, (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2007).
 
Creative Works
 Commissioned Works - Easter in Memory of Her
 Passion play written by April D. DeConick and Betty Adam., April D. DeConick and Betty Adam, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston (March 26)
 
 Performances - Easter in Memory of Her
  , Betty Adams, Easter Service, Christ Church Cathedral (April 4)
 
 Performances - Easter in Memory of Her
 Co-authored with Betty Adams. Performed at Christ Church Cathedral and Brigid’s Place, Houston, Texas, March 30th., April D. DeConick, Easter Service, Christ Church Cathedral (March 30)
 
Presentations
 Conference Paper
 

"The Human Factor." (November 21)

 
 

"The Shaman and the Gnostic: The Biology and Politics of Ecstasy." (November 21)

 
 

"Book Review for Dylan Burnes, The Apocalypse of the Alien God. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Convention.." (November 22)

 
 

"The Care of the Self and Gnostic Initiation.  Religious Experience in Antiquity Group. Society of Biblical Literature.." (November 23)

 
 Invited Papers
 

"Status of Women in Biblical Studies." (November 20)

 
 

“Crafting Gnosis: Gnostic Spirituality in the Ancient New Age.” Esotericism and Mysticism in Antiquity Section, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Convention, Chicago, November 19th.

 
 

 

2011.   November 19.  “The road for souls is through the planets: The Mysteries of the Ophites Diagrammed.”  Esotericism and Mysticism in Antiquity Section.  Annual Convention for the Society of Biblical Literature.  San Francisco.

 
 

"Celebrating Thirty Years of Elaine Pagel's Gnostic Gospels." Society of Biblical Literature 2009 Annual Meeting, New Orleans. (November 21)

 
 

Presentation of Paper.  "After the Gospel of Judas: Reassessing what we have known to be true about Cain and Judas." International Association for Coptic Studies, Cairo, Egypt. (September 15, 2008)

 
 

Respondent to Mark Goodacre.  "Mark Goodacre and Dating the Crucial Sources for Early Christianity." SBL 2008 Annual Meeting, Boston. (November 2008)

 
 

Presentation of Paper.  "Owning and Disowning the Apostles: The Fight for Authority and Gnosis in the Gospel of Judas and Other Early Christian Texts." Codex Judas Congress, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (March 13-15, 2008)

 
 

Presentation of Paper.  "What can the Gospel of Judas tell us about Judas and why is this important?." SBL 2008 Annual Meeting, Boston. (November 2008)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""Apocryphal Christianity" ." Scripture and Skepticism Conference, University of Davis, California. (January 26, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""Reflections on the Magdalene" and "Where Were the Women? what the Gospel of Mary Can Tell Us."." Mary Magdalene Festival, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. (July 22, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""Transgressive Gnosis"." Venturing Beyond the Beyond, A symposium in honor of Elliott Wolfson, Rice University, Houston. (October 26, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""What does the Gospel of Judas Really Say?"." Friends of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. (May 18, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  "“The Subversive Gospel of Judas,” Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Section." AAR/SBL 2007 Annual Meeting, San Diego, California. (November 17-20, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  "Commentary Presentations for New Testament Mysticism Project." AAR/SBL 2007 Annual Meeting, San Diego, California. (November 17-20, 2007)

 
 

""'He Handed Him Over To Them': The Mystery of Judas' Betrayal in the Newly Discovered Gospel of Judas"." L'Évangile de Judas: Le contexte historique et littéraire d'un nouvel apocryphe: Colloque international, CNRS-Université Paris IV-Sorbonne.

 
 

""Ideology Concerns Discourse: Inspiring Ideas from Vernon Robbins about Early Christian Tapestries, Textures and Pre-gospel Traditions"." Society of Biblical Literature: Rhetoric and the New Testament Section, Washington D.C.. (November 20, 2006)

 
 

""The Gospel of Thomas and Mysticism"." Das Thomasevangelium im Kontext der frühchristlichen und spätantiken Literatur- und Religionsgeschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät Institut für Neutestamentliche Theologie. (October 1-4, 2006)

 
 Invited Talks
 

"The Shaman and the Gnostic." (November 13)

 
 

"Religion and Science at the Crossroads. Foundation for Contemporary Theology, Houston, TX.." (November 14-15)

 
 

"The Gnostic Care of the Soul.  Biblical Archaeology Society.." (November 22)

 
 

The Ancient New Age.  The Jung Center.  Houston, Texas, March 28th.

 
 

The Ancient New Age: How Gnostic Spirituality Revolutionized Religion. 24th Annual Loy Witherspoon Lecture, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 11th.

 
 

Transgressive Talk, Deviant Deeds. Galveston Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Galveston, September 12th.

 
 

Transgressive Talk, Deviant Deeds. Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, Texas, August 11th.

 
 

Understanding the Gospel of Judas. Trial lecture for The Teaching Company. January 2013.

 
 

November 2012.  Interviewed by David Leebron for Campus Conversations with the President.  Video available on Rice University website. http://news.rice.edu/2012/12/12/campus-conversations-with-the-president-april-deconick/

 
 

“The Ancient New Age: How Gnostic Spirituality Revolutionized Religion in Antiquity.” Biblical Archaeological Society, Bible Fest, Chicago, November 18th.

 
 

 

April D. DeConick. 2011.   December 14. “Holy Misogyny: A Reading and Book Signing.” The Foundation for Contemporary Theology, Houston.

 
 

 

April D. DeConick. 2011.    November 30. “Holy Misogyny: A Reading and Book Signing.” The Jung Center, Houston.

 

 
 

 

April D. DeConick. 2011.    November 19. “What Happened to God the Mother in the Trinity?” 14th Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest, San Francisco.

 
 

"Sex and the Serpent: Gender and Sexuality in Early Christianity." Humanities Research Center Grant Luncheon, Rice University. (October 15)

 
 

"The Beginnings of Christianity: A Jewish Story." Exhibition: The Beginnings of Christianity: A Jewish Story, Houston Museum of Natural Science. (April 6)

 
 

"What is Ancient Gnosticism?." Foundation for Contemporary Theology, Houston. (October 24)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""A Gnostic Catechism"." St. Philip Presbyterian Church Summer Lecture Series, Houston. (July 29-31, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""The Mystical Gospel of Thomas"." Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. (February 7, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""The Silenced Voices of Early Christianity"." Adult Education, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston. (April 15, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""The Silenced Voices of Early Christianity"." St. Philip Presbyterian Church Summer Lecture Series, Houston. (July 29-31, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""What does the Gospel of Judas Really Say?"." Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. (January 10, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""What the Gospel of Judas Really Says"." St. Philip Presbyterian Church Summer Lecture Series, Houston. (July 29-31, 2007)

 
 

""What the Gospel of Judas Really Says"." Adult Education, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston. (April 22, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""What the Gospel of Judas Really Says"." The Christian Egyptian Heritage Society, 309 Sewell Hall, Rice University. (September 7, 7-8 p.m.)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  "“What the Gospel of Judas Really Says"." The Hallmark Lecture Series, Rice Continuing Education, Houston. (November 7, 3:15-4:15 p.m., 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  "“What the Gospel of Judas Really Says” ." Houston Foundation for Contemporary Theology, Luncheon Lecture Series, Houston. (November 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2007)

 
 Keynote Speaker
 

"Gnostic Care of the Soul in Myth and Performance: Multilevel Cognitive Ratcheting." (April 24)

 
 

"The Ancient New Age and the Revolution of Religion." (March 26)

 
 

"Traumatic Mysteries: Modes of Mysticism Among the Early Christians." (June 22)

 
 

"Traumatic Mysteries: Modes of Mysticism Among the Early Christians." (April 22)

 
 

"Ancient Gnostic Psychotherapy: The Making of Gods from Damaged Souls.  The Gnostic Spirit Graduate Student Research Symposium. Rice University."

 
 

“Crafting Gnosis: Gnostic Spirituality in the Ancient New Age.” Faculty Research Colloquium: Theorizing Religious Change – The Rise and Fall of Religious Traditions and Communities.  The University of Groningren, The Netherlands, March 14th.

 
 

Network Criticism: An Embodied Historical Approach to Understanding Gnosticism in the Ancient New Age. Ancient World Seminar: Culture, Religion and Society in Graeco-Roman Antiquity.  The University of Groningren, The Netherlands, March 13th.

 
 

“The Ancient New Age: How Gnostic Spirituality Revolutionized Religion in Antiquity.” Centennial Lecture for the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, October 18th.

 
 

 

2011. April 23. “Death Journey as Star Journey: The Ophian Crux Resolved.” Andrew W. Mellon Mapping Death Symposium.  Rice University, Houston, Texas.

 
 

"The Magical Judas: Gnosticism, the Gospel of Judas, and a Gem." Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Annual Lecture, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. (February 27)

 
 

"The Magical Judas: Iscariot's Gospel and Gem." Biblical Archaeological Review Bible Fest, New Orleans. (November 22)

 
 

""Celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism Group and the Publication of Paradise Now"." Society of Biblical Literature: Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism Session, Washington D.C.. (November 19, 2006)

 
 Lectures
 

“Crystallizations of the Messiah in the New Testament.” Jesus and Judaism Lecture Series.  Glassock School of Continuing Education, Rice University, October 16th.

 
 

“Holy Misogyny.” Spotlight on Religious Studies Lecture Series.  Glassock School of Continuing Education, Rice University, February 29.

 
 

"Star Gates and Heavenly Places: What Were the Gnostics Doing?." Society of Biblical Literature 2009 Annual Meeting, New Orleans. (November 22)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""The Gospel of Judas"." Continuing Education, Rice University, Houston. (April 18, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""The Gospel of Mary"." Continuing Education, Rice University, Houston. (March 21, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""The Gospel of Mary"." Continuing Education, Rice University, Houston. (April 4, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""The Gospel of Thomas"." Continuing Education, Rice University, Houston. (March 14, 2007)

 
 Other
 

Organizer of the Congress.  "Codex Judas Congress." Rice University, Houston, Texas. (March 13-15, 2008)

 
 Panelist
 

April D. DeConick. 2016. “Cognitive Science and the New Testament Book Review Section.”  Panelist, Mind, Body and Society Section. Society of Biblical Literature. San Antonio, November 23.

 
 

April D. DeConick. 2016. “Review of April D. DeConick, The Gnostic New Age.” Panel discussion, Mysticism, Esotericism and Gnosticism in Antiquity Section.  Society of Biblical Literature. San Antonio, November 20.

 
 

A Conversation between April D. DeConick (Holy Misogyny) and Daphna Arbel (Forming Femininity in Antiquity).  Esotericism and Mysticism in Antiquity Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 23.

 
 

organizer and panelist.  "Books on the Gospel of Judas: An Evening with the Authors: SBL Special Session." AAR/SBL 2007 Annual Meeting, San Diego, California. (November 17-20)

 
 Seminar Speaker
 

lecture and discussion.  ""Apocryphal Christianity"." Biblical Archaeology Society Seminar: "Unearth Texts: Do Recently Discovered Texts Tell Us Anything New about Jesus and Early Christianity?", San Antonio, Texas. (October 19-20, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""The Silenced Voices of Early Christianity"." Biblical Archaeology Society Seminar: "Unearth Texts: Do Recently Discovered Texts Tell Us Anything New about Jesus and Early Christianity?", San Antonio, Texas. (October 19-20, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  ""Where Were the Women? What the Gospel of Mary Has to Tell Us"." Biblical Archaeology Society Seminar: "Unearth Texts: Do Recently Discovered Texts Tell Us Anything New about Jesus and Early Christianity?", San Antonio, Texas. (October 19-20, 2007)

 
 

lecture and discussion.  "What Does the Gospel of Judas Really Say?"." Biblical Archaeology Society Seminar: "Unearth Texts: Do Recently Discovered Texts Tell Us Anything New about Jesus and Early Christianity?", San Antonio, Texas. (October 19-20, 2007)

 
 

""A Gnostic Catechism: Who? What? Where? When?"." Biblical Archaeology Society, Austin, Texas. (September 15, 2006)

 
 

""The Mystical Gospel of Thomas"." Biblical Archaeology Society, Austin, Texas. (September 14, 2006)

 
 

""The New Testament Mysticism Project: Matthew 22:23-33"." Society of Biblical Literature: New Testament Mysticism Seminar, Washington D.C.. (November 17, 2006)

 
 

""What Does the Gospel of Thomas Tell Us About the First Christians in Jerusalem?"." Biblical Archaeology Society, Austin, Texas. (September 14, 2006)

 
 

""Where Were the Women? The Gospel of Mary"." Biblical Archaeology Society, Austin, Texas. (September 16, 2006)

 
 Session Chair
 

 

2011.  November 20.  “Remembering Alan F. Segal.” Joint session for Religious Experience in Ancient Judaism and Christianity Group and Esotericism and Mysticism in Antiquity Section.  Annual Convention for the Society of Biblical Literature.  San Francisco.

 
 

"New Testament Mysticism Project." Society of Biblical Literature: New Testament Mysticism Seminar, Washington D.C.. (November 17, 2006)

 
Editorial Positions
 Editor, Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies (monograph series). Leiden: Brill. (2016 - 2016)

 Associate Editor, Religion Series. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks. 10 volumes.. (2016 - 2016)

 Associate Editor, Vigiliae Christianae: A Review of Early Christian Life and Language. Leiden: Brill. (2014 - 2015)

 Associate Editor, MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks on Religion. New York: MacMIllan. (2015 - 2015)

 Associate Editor, MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks on Religion. MacMillan. (2014 - 2014)

 Editor for Special Issue, Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies. (2016 - 2016)

 Editor in Chief, Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies. Leiden: E.J. Brill. (2015 - 2015)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies Series. Leiden: E.J. Brill. (2011 - 2011)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies. Leiden: E.J. Brill. (2010 - 2015)

 Editor in Chief, Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies. Leiden: Brill. (2016 - 2016)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies Book Series. Brill: Leiden. (2008 - 2008)

 Book Review Editor, Religious Studies Review. (2007 - 2007)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Adriana Umana, Ph.D. Narrative of Death in Depestre, Conde and Gamboa. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Franklin Trammell, Ph.D. Hermas and the Lady: Early Roman Christianity and Mysticism. (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Grant Adamson, Ph.D. The Descent of the Soul in Early Christianity. (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Daewoong Kim, Ph.D. The Reception History of Daniel. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Grant Adamson, PhD Christ Incarnate: How Ancient Minds Conceived the Son of God. (2014) (Thesis Director)

 Franklin Trammell, PhD (Re)Growing the Tree: Transformational Mysticism, Angelomorphic Identity, and the Shepherd of Hermas. (2014) (Thesis Director)

 Michael Goat Domeracki, PhD Paul Remembered: Social Memories of Paul in Early Christianity. (2015) (Thesis Director)

 M. Goat Domeracki, Ph.D. The Early Christian Debate over Fixed Natures. (2015) (Thesis Director)

 Adriana Umana, PhD Narratives of Death in Depestre, Condé and Gamboa: Writing as Ritual for Living Displacement. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Minji Lee, PhD The Medieval Woman's Body: Evil and Holy. (2015) (Thesis Co-Director)

 Matthew Dillon, PhD Gnosis Resurrected: The Nag Hammadi Library in American Religion and Culture. (2015) (Thesis Co-Director)

 Michael Domeracki, PhD The Domestication of Paul: Christian Responses to the Rise of Paul in the Second Century. (2016) (Thesis Director)

 Matthew Dillon, PhD The Reception of Nag Hammadi in American Religion. (2016) (Thesis Co-Director)

 Adriana Umana, PhD Narratives of Death in Despestre, Condé and Gamboa. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Michael Domeracki, PhD Paul in Early Christian Memory. (2016) (Thesis Director)

 Matthew Dillon, The Heretical Reformation: The Nag Hammadi Library in American Religion and Culture. (2017) (Thesis Co-Director)

 Minji Lee, PhD The Medieval Woman's Body: Evil and Holy. (2017) (Thesis Co-Director)

 Jason Ford, PhD Apocalypticism. (2018) (Thesis Committee Member)

 CJ Schmidt, PhD Monsters in Nag Hammadi: Ancient Horror Fiction. (2018) (Thesis Director)

 Charles Schmidt, PhD Repection History of 1 Corinthians 15. (2020) (Thesis Director)

 Rebecca Harris, PhD Apocalypticism and Resurrection. (2020) (Thesis Committee Member)

 C.J. Schmidt, PhD Science, Medicine, and Early Christianity. (2020) (Thesis Director)

 Cindy Dawson, PhD Early Christian Identities. (2021) (Thesis Director)

 Cindy Dawson, PhD Early Christian Identities. (Thesis Director)

 Minji Lee, PhD Bodies of Medieval Women as Dangerous, Liminal, and Holy. (Thesis Co-Director)

 Rebecca Harris, PhD The Present in Early Jewish and Christian Literature. (Thesis Committee Member)

 Oihane Iglesias Telleria, PhD Borges and Gnosticism. (Thesis Director)

 Victor Nardo, PhD Contemporary Gnosticism. (Thesis Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Figure Foundation Grant, Figure Foundation (August 2016)

 Women's Mentor Award, Society of Biblical Literature (November 20)

 Comparing Christianities Start Up, Boniuk Institute, Rice University (2014-2015)

 Faculty Workshop Grant: Cognition, Culture and the Humanities, Humanities Research Center, Rice University (2014-2015)

 Mapping Death Graduate Research Seminar, HRC (2010-2012)

Positions Held
 Chair of the Department of Religion, Rice University. (2013 - 2013)