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Time has an obvious lineal component where past, present and future seem to play out inevitably one after the other. However, time also has an enigmatic and reversible component by which the past can transform the present and future. This mysterious aspect of time seems to have been revealed in the discoveries of the Manuscripts of Late Antiquity, manuscripts discovered during the 20th and 21st centuries. Apparently as if by chance, complete libraries of manuscripts as well as individual documents of great importance for our understanding of historical authors and situations have come to light after having been buried for millennia. Just some examples are the incredible discoveries of the Nag Hammadi Gnostic library, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Origen of Alexandria’s homilies, Augustine’s sermons, etc.

These manuscripts are not passive documents. They pose numerous questions to specialists from a diverse array of fields, demanding new evaluations of a past that was thought to be already understood and judged. Some of the questions to emerge include:
What meaning and implications does the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls have for an understanding of the Judaism of Late Antiquity and for the beginning of Christianity?
Can these newly discovered manuscripts contribute new information about the social and cultural context within which Jesus lived and died?

Can the Gnostic and Apocryphal gospels provide us with a more complete vision of Christianity?

Does the discovery of the Coptic, Syriac and Gregorian manuscripts modify our current perspective of the West?

Is it possible that the discovery of Origen’s homilies will change the judgement that the history of theology has passed on this controversial author?

What new information about Early Christianity’s practices does the discovery of Saint Augustine’s sermons provide?

This conference will attempt to answer these and other questions with careful scientific rigor, seeking answers that enrich our understanding of both the specific field of Patristic Studies and the contemporary world in general.

Simultaneously with this II International Conference, the First Meeting on Patristic Studies in Ibero-America will take place, having as a central theme issues related to “research projects, translations and critical editions.” This event seeks to share information about different Patristic Studies activities being carried out in Spanish and Portuguese. In addition to allowing Ibero-American specialists to exchange experiences, this event will allow these specialists to share their excellent research and academic work with scholars from around the world.

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Main Speakers

Mons Cesare Pasini

Mons. Cesare Pasini

Prefecto Biblioteca Apostólica del Vaticano
Dr Angelo Di Berardino

Dr. Angelo Di Berardino

Institutum Patristicum Augustiniamum-Roma-Italia
Dr. Adolfo Roitman

Dr. Adolfo Roitman

Director del Museo del Libro y curador de los rollos del Qumrán
Dr Marco Rizzi

Dr. Marco Rizzi

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano-Italia-Secretario de la Asociación Internacional de Estudios Patrísticos (Italia)
Dr Lorenzo Perrone

Dr. Lorenzo Perrone

Universidad de Bologna-Italia
Dr Theo De Bruyn

Dr. Theo De Bruyn

Department of Classics and Religious Studies University of Ottawa-Presidente de la Asociación Internacional de Estudios Patrísticos
Dr David Brakke

Dr. David Brakke

Ohio State University – EEUU – President of International Association for Coptic Studies. 
Dr Francisco Garcia Bazan

Dr. Francisco García Bazán

Investigador Superior CONICET – Argentina
Dr Oscar Velasquez

Dr. Oscar Velásquez

ExVicepresidente de AIEP – Chile
Dr Lautaro Lanzillota

Dr. Lautaro Roig Lanzillota

University of Groningen – Holanda – Joint Editor of
Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies. Editor in Chief Nag Hammadi Bibliography Online. Joint editor in Chief Brill´s Plutarch Studies