Primary Text Lab: Protevangelium of James

Curated by Elizabeth Corsar

with Brandon Hawk, Eric Vanden Eykel, and Lily Vuong

Tuesday, 14 December 2021
1:00-2:30pm EST / 7:00-8:30pm CET


The Primary Text Lab series, directed by Julia Lindenlaub, brings together a panel of scholars to examine closely a single text from different perspectives, in an open conversation on any aspect of its interpretation.

Come join us for the return of the Primary Text Lab with a Christmas special! We are delighted to feature a great group of scholars to discuss this fascinating text. Many thanks to Elizabeth Corsar for bringing together this panel in mutual love of the Protevangelium of James! We hope to see you there and in the new year for more events in the series.


Elizabeth Corsar’s primary research interests lie in New Testament studies, particularly the Gospel of John. Recently, she has become interested in the relationship between texts on both sides of the canonical divide, especially the concept of the borrowing and reworking of canonical material by authors of early Christian texts. Most recently, she has been interested in the borrowing and reworking of the Gospel of John in the Protevangelium of James

Brandon Hawk specializes in medieval literature, with particular interests in the history of the transmission of the Bible and apocrypha. His publications include Preaching Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England (University of Toronto Press, 2018), The Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew and the Nativity of Mary (Cascade Books, 2019), and Apocrypha for Beginners: A Guide to Understanding and Exploring Scriptures Beyond the Bible (Rockridge Press, 2021).

Eric Vanden Eykel researches early Christian Apocrypha, with a particular focus on texts and traditions about the infancies and childhoods of Jesus and Mary. He is the author of a monograph entitled “But Their Faces Were All Looking Up”: Author and Reader in the Protevangelium of James (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016), and is currently working on a book on the reception history of Matthew’s Magi.

Lily Vuong’s research interests include women and gender in early Christianity, early Christian Apocrypha, Jewish-Christian relations, and religious competition in antiquity. She has authored two books and several articles on the Protevangelium of James as well as edited two volumes on religious competition in late antiquity. She is presently working on gendering and regendering in the Acts of Thecla and Acts of Xanthippe.

Have a primary text you’d like to discuss? Propose a Primary Text Lab! Proposals from scholars at all stages, including graduate students, are warmly welcome. See the Event Toolkit to get started and feel free to contact Julia Lindenlaub directly with your idea!

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