Primary Text Lab: Pistis Sophia

Curated by Elizabeth Schrader

with Julia Hintlian, Hugo Lundhaug, and Charles Stang

Monday, 4 April
2:00-3:30pm EST / 8:00-9:30pm 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 spring return of the Primary Text Lab series! This time we are delighted to feature a Text Lab alum alongside a new group of scholars to discuss this fascinating text. Many thanks to Elizabeth Schrader for bringing together this great lineup in mutual love of Pistis Sophia! We hope to see you there and for more events in the series throughout the year.


Elizabeth Schrader is a doctoral candidate in early Christianity at Duke University’s graduate program in religion. Her research interests include textual criticism, the New Testament gospels, the Nag Hammadi corpus, Mary Magdalene, and feminist theology. She holds an MA and an STM from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. Her article “Was Martha of Bethany Added to the Fourth Gospel in the Second Century?” was published in the Harvard Theological Review. Her work has been featured by both the Daily Beast and Religion News Services.

Julia Hintlian studies late ancient Christian traditions present along the religiously-diverse Silk Road. She has particular interest in Eastern Christian approaches to theological anthropology and cosmology. Her current project explores the legacy and reception of Nemesius of Emesa’s 4th-century monograph On the Nature of Man in Greek, Syriac, Armenian, and Arabic texts and contexts.

Hugo Lundhaug specializes in Coptic manuscripts and literature, with a special focus on apocryphal and monastic texts. His publications include Images of Rebirth: Cognitive Poetics and Transformational Soteriology in the Gospel of Philip and the Exegesis on the Soul (Brill, 2010), and (with Lance Jenott), The Monastic Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices (Mohr Siebeck, 2015). He is currently leading the ERC-funded research project Storyworlds in Transition: Coptic Apocrypha in Changing Contexts in the Byzantine and Early Islamic Periods (APOCRYPHA).

Charles Stang’s research and teaching focus on the history of Christianity in the context of the ancient Mediterranean world, especially Eastern varieties of Christianity. More specifically, his interests include: the development of asceticism, monasticism, and mysticism in Christianity; ancient philosophy, especially Neoplatonism; the Syriac Christian tradition, especially the spread of the East Syrian tradition along the Silk Road; and other philosophical and religious movements of the ancient Mediterranean, including Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and Manichaeism.

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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