Paul Mirecki

Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Primary office:
785-864-7252
Smith Hall
Room 205


Ancient Mediterranean religions, languages, and archaeology; Greek and Coptic papyrology

Th.D., Harvard University, 1986

Paul Mirecki (Religious Studies) joined the University of Kansas in 1989 and served as Chair of the Religious Studies Department (2002-2005). Paul earned his Th.D. at Harvard Divinity School (1979-86) in the field of Christian origins, where he also studied the Dead Sea Scrolls under John Strugnell and Frank Moore Cross. His research and teaching focus on religion in the Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Second-Temple Jewish literature, early Christian literature, and related material remains). He has edited Greek and Coptic manuscripts in museums in Chicago, Ann Arbor, Berlin, London and Oxford focusing on scribalism and ritual. He has co-authored one book in Coptic papyrology, co-edited five scholarly books and authored numerous articles. He has travelled extensively throughout Greece studying religious archeological sites with a focus on Samothrace.

Fields / Areas of Teaching:
Ancient Mediterranean Religion, Language, and Archaeology
Coptic Papyrology
Early Christianity
Understanding the Bible
History and Literature of Early Christianity
Ancient Hieroglyphic Religious Texts
Ancient Coptic Religious Texts
Ancient Greek Religious Texts
Jewish History and Literature in the Greek and Roman Periods
Christian Origins: from the Beginnings through Augustine
Ancient Egyptian Religion
The Dead Sea Scrolls
Sahidic Coptic
Middle Egyptian

Publications:

Books

The Gospel of the Savior: A New Ancient Gospel (Polebridge, 1999). Refereed. (Co-authored with C. Hedrick)

Magic and Ritual in the Ancient World (RGRW 141; Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2002). Refereed. (Co-edited with M. Meyer)

The Light and the Darkness: Studies in Manichaeism and its World (NHMS; Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2001). Refereed. (Co-edited with J. BeDuhn)

Emerging from Darkness: Studies in the Recovery of Manichaean Sources (NHMS 43; Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 1997). Refereed. (Co-edited with J. BeDuhn)

Ancient Magic and Ritual Power (RGRW 129; Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 1995). Refereed. (Co-edited with M. Meyer)

Major Articles & Parts of Books:

"A Seventh-Century Coptic Limestone in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Bodl. Copt. Inscr. 426)" in Magic and Ritual in the Ancient World ed. P. Mirecki and M. Meyer (RGRW 141; Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2002). Refereed.

"Evangelion-Incipits Amulets in Greek and Coptic: Towards a Typology" in Proceedings of the 2001 Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ABS, 2001).

"Manichean Allusions to Ritual and Magic: Spells for Invisibility in the Coptic Kephalaia" in The Light and the Darkness: Studies in Manichaeism and its World ed. P. Mirecki and J. BeDuhn (NHMS; Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2001). Refereed.

"The Ballard Papyrus: A Recently Identified Scroll of the Egyptian Amduat Text in the University of Kansas Collection (ca. 950 BCE)" in Proceedings of the 2000 Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ABS, 2000).

"Manichaean Letter, Magical Spell" in Emerging from Darkness: Studies in the Recovery of Manichaean Sources ed. P. Mirecki and J. BeDuhn (NHMS 43; Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 1997), 1-32.

"The Coptic Wizard's Hoard" in Harvard Theological Review vol. 87.4 (1995) 435-60.

"The Coptic Manichaean Synaxeis Codex: Codicology and Intertextuality" in Gnosisforschung und Religionsgeschichte: Festschrift für Kurt Rudolph (Marburg, Germany) ed. H. Peißler and W. Siewert (Marburg: diagonal-Verlag, 1995).

"Considerations on the Coptic Papyrus of the Didache (British Library Oriental Manuscript 9271)" co-authored with invitation from F. S. Jones (California State University, Long Beach) as a chapter in The Didache in Context ed. C. Jefford (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 1995) 47-87.

"The 'Nous' in the Greek and Coptic Magical Papri: A Contribution to the Study of the 'Nous' in Manichaeism" in The Manichaean Nous: Proceedings of the International Symposium ed. A. van Tongerloo (Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, 1995), 199-216.

Presentations:
"Coptic Fragment of Sirach from an Early Vellum Codex in the Berlin Collection" presented at the Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Kansas City; Apr 2001.

"Coptic and Coptic-Arabic Papyri in Berlin's Egyptian Museum and the University of Michigan Collection" presented at the International Conference on Papyrology, University of Kansas; Aug 2000.

"Greek Papyri in Berlin's Egyptian Collection" presented at the International Conference on Papyrology, University of Kansas; Aug 2000.

"The Ballard Papyrus: A Recently Identified Scroll of the Egyptian Amduat Text in the University of Kansas Collection (ca. 950 BCE)" presented at the Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Kansas City; Apr 2000.

"More Magic and Manichaeans" presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, MA; Nov 1999.

"From Egypt to Berlin: The Recovery of a Lost Ancient Gospel" presented at Tufts University, Boston. Sponsored by departments of History, Classics, and Religious Studies; Nov 1999.

Grants / Awards:
2001 Hall Center for the Humanities, Humanities Faculty Travel Grant to travel to Berlin and conduct research on unstudied Greek and Coptic manuscripts; Jul - Aug 2001.

2000, several grants to convene and host an international conference at the University of Kansas on ancient manuscripts; major grants were from the Friends of the Department of Religious Studies, the Dean's Office of the CLAS at KU; and supportive grants from the Department of Classics, Humanities and Western Civilization Department, and the Department of History

Friends of the Department of Religious Studies, Faculty Research and Travel Grant, to conduct research on ancient Greek and Coptic manuscripts at the University of Chicago, Regenstein Library; July 2000


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