This book serves two purposes: first, it celebrates the career of the late Maureen Tilley; second, it provides a "state of the field" look at some of the latest scholarship on Christian North Africa in late antiquity. The chapters, written by both senior scholars and the next generation of North African researchers, fills gaps in some of our understandings of the colorful people, places, and disputes that arose in the unique environment of Christian North Africa. The book centers around Augustine, Donatist studies, and North African biblical interpretation, representing Tilley’s major areas of interest, while also ensuring coverage of Tertullian (a major figure in the North African church and one of Tilley’s hobbyhorses) and the pilgrimages to North Africa and other places. It contributes to the field(s) by providing new scholarship from some of the biggest names in Christian North Africa studies (Patout Burns, Robin Jensen, Bill Tabbernee, Anthony Dupont, and Allan Fitzgerald) and in Patristic/early Christian studies writ large (Blake Leyerle and Geoffrey Dunn) while demonstrating the new trajectories of Christian North Africa research from early career (Alden Bass) and emerging (Colum Dever) scholars. The editors were Tilley’s dissertation director (the late Liz Clark) and one of her last mentees (Zach Smith), so the entire collection has a meta-view of academic genealogy – knowledge flowing from Tilley’s mentor, through colleagues and mentees, and down through and to the next generation who carry on those legacies.
"This rich volume will certainly contribute greatly to the study of both Christian Roman North Africa and Roman North Africa. Maureen Tilley’s research has always been of the greatest importance. The nine contributions in this volume all emphasize a great number of core aspects of her highly original research."~Alexander W.H. Evers, Loyola University Chicago
"Tertullian and Tyconius, Optatus and Augustine; peacocks, beavers and cuttlefish; Ezekiel and Jeremiah expounded; humility and correction; the basilicas of Carthage and the exceptional Melania. Affection and scholarship glow through this distinguished collection of essays on the many interests of the much-missed Maureen Tilley."~Gillian Clark, University of Bristol
"This volume brings together some of the best specialists of North African Christianity in a fitting tribute to Maureen A. Tilley. Her own work, especially her important reassessment of Donatism, is a source of inspiration for several authors. Beyond testimonies to Tilley’s research and friendship, the chapters constitute actual contributions to scholarship on many aspects of Christianity in North Africa: Tertullian, Donatism, Augustine, exegesis, archaeology."~Eric Rebillard, Cornell University
"From pilgrimage to codices, hagiography to controversy, the essays of this volume do justice to the shrewd scholar whose memory they honor. Maureen Tilley’s insistence on getting it right and making it clear why doing so matters echoes through these chapters, testifying to her contention that in our quest to understand the past we are as dependent upon one another as we are indebted to the scholars who preceded us."~Dennis E. Trout, University of Missouri