Now Published – Bulletin for the Study of Religion 45.2 (June 2016)

BSOR Cover June 2016 Edited 2The June issue of the Bulletin has now been published and is available both online and in print. Below is the table of contents of this issue, which includes a panel of papers engaging two seminal articles challenging the standard “story” of the discovery/origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices (by Mark Goodacre [2013] and Nicola Denzey Lewis and Justine Blount [2014]). Scholars were invited to engage these two articles, exploring the theoretical aspects of such “origin stories” while testing the alternatives set forth by these respective articles. In addition to this exchange, we are pleased to publish an interview with Donovan Schaefer (Trinity College, Oxford) on his recent and provocative book, Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power (Duke University Press, 2015). Finally, Justin Tse offers a reflection on guest lecturing within our “Tips for Teaching” section.

Table of Contents

Bulletin for the Study of Religion Volume 45, Issue 2 (June 2016)

Editor’s Introduction: “Windows and Mirrors: Texts, Religions, and Stories of Origins” Philip L. Tite (University of Washington) – (pp. 2-3)


“Telling Nag Hammadi’s Egyptian Stories” Dylan Michael Burns (Free University of Berlin) – (pp. 5-11)

“Finding Early Christian Books at Nag Hammadi and Beyond” Brent Nongbri (Macquarie University) – (pp. 11-19)

“True Stories and the Poetics of Textual Discovery” Eva Mroczek (University of California, Davis) – (pp. 21-31)

“What Do We Talk About When We Talk About the Nag Hammadi Library?” Tony Burke (York University) – (pp. 33-37)

“The 70th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Nag Hammadi Codices: A Few Remarks on Recent Publications” Paul-Hubert Poirier (Université Laval) – (pp. 37-39)

“Rethinking the Rethinking of the Nag Hammadi Codices” Nicola Denzey Lewis (Brown University) – (pp. 39-45)


“‘Trauma Makes You’: An Interview with Donovan O. Schaefer” Matt Sheedy (University of Manitoba) and Nathan Rein (Ursinus College) – (pp. 45-55)

Tips for Teaching: “Guest Lecturing on Geographies of Religion: Interviewing My Colleagues’ Students, Focusing on Tangents” Justin K. H. Tse (University of Washington) – (pp. 55-61)

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