Coming Back to Life in the Ancient Mediterranean: An Introduction


  • Frederick S. Tappenden McGill University
  • Carly Daniel-Hughes Concordia University


The collected essays in this volume, which have their genesis in a 2014 colloquium held at McGill University and Concordia University, examine the coming back to life thematic in a variety of ancient Mediterranean contexts. Our interests lie in the exploration of how antique communities configured, tested, and actualised the boundaries between past and present, mortality and immortality, death and life. In this introductory essay we define our problematic, outline the scope of analysis, and survey the major themes and contributions of each essay.

Author Biographies

Frederick S. Tappenden, McGill University

Frederick S. Tappenden is a faculty lecturer at McGill University, where he teaches in the areas of New Testament and Christian origins. His research focuses on Paul and the reception of Paul in the opening centuries of the Common Era. He is the author of Resurrection in Paul: Cognition, Metaphor, and Transformation (SBL Press, 2016), coeditor of the forthcoming Cognitive Science in Biblical Interpretation (Sheffield Phoenix), and author of several articles on resurrection in early Christianity and ancient Judaism. Dr. Tappenden also maintains the website, Texts & Translations, which serves as a hub for online, open-access editions of ancient Mediterranean writings.

Carly Daniel-Hughes, Concordia University

Carly Daniel-Hughes is associate professor of religion at Concordia University. She is author of The Salvation of the Flesh in Tertullian of Carthage: Dressing for the Resurrection (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); coeditor of Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity, with Kristi Upson-Saia and Alicia Batten (Ashgate, 2014), and The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion, Gender and Sexuality, with Donald Boisvert (Bloomsbury, 2016). Her current research examines responses to death, grief, and violence in the Roman Empire and contemporary contexts.