April D. DeConick is the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies at Rice University. She is a historian of early Jewish and Christian thought. What fascinates her is mapping the many ways that the Jesus tradition emerges across the literature, traditions that have left behind echoes of bitter controversies and competing memories. She has a deep love for exploring the various expressions of ante-Nicene mysticism, including the spirituality of classic Gnostic thinkers. Her work has been called "revisionist," challenging us to seek answers beyond the conventional.
Her recent book The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says (London: Continuum, 2007) is the first to seriously challenge the interpretation and translation published by National Geographic (2006). She is currently completing her next popular book titled Sex and the Serpent: Why the Sexual Conflicts of the Early Church Still Matter, and is starting another on Gnostic spirituality entitled The Gnostics and Their Gospels: An Introduction to Gnostic Spirituality in Antiquity.
Professor DeConick sits on the editorial board of the Nag Hammadi and Manichean studies series published by E.J. Brill. She is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature where she serves as co-Chair of the New Testament Mysticism Project. She also organized and chaired for many years the Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism Group. She is affiliated with the North American Patristics Society, and the International Association for Coptic Studies as well.
April DeConick Online
BAS Learning Resources Featuring April DeConick
Lost Christianities (DVD Lectures)
Selected Books by April DeConick
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