The Society for the Study of Early Christianity (SSEC) was established in 1987 by the Council of Macquarie University. Its purpose is to promote study and research into the historical study of Early Christianity in its Jewish and Graeco-Roman setting. The focus and methodology are historical not theological.
As part of the engagement and outreach commitment of the university, SSEC aims to bring interested community members (both in Australian and internationally) together with academics working in the field of Early Christian and Jewish studies through our website, newsletters, annual conference, quarterly meetings, and our facebook page. Through these activities our members are able to come into contact with leading figures in the field and hear about the latest scholarly developments in the study of the New Testament and Early Christianity in their historical background.
Members also have the opportunity to hear about cutting edge scholarship from PhD candidates. Our SSEC community is active in raising funds to support up and coming scholars through our scholarship and grant programs.