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I am looking for a specific article in a to me unknown Journal; is there anyone out there who knows the Journal, and could provide some additional information.

And of course, if someone was able to get a copy of it, I would be very happy. For some unknown reasons, it seems to be impossible to get hold of it here in Norway. The study is named thus:

Jean-Georges Kahn,’ La Valeur et la Legitimite des Activites politiques d’apres Philon d’Alexandrie.’ Mediterranees 16 (1998): 117-127.

You’ll find my email address in the About page, listed above.



Thank you very much to those of you who have suggested what Journal this might be:

it turns out that this is the correct one:


The great Library at Alexandria

Due to a link on James Darlack’s FaceBook page, I was made aware of yet another article on the great library of Alexandria (for other links, se my Resource Pages for Biblical Studies, page ).

This other article is named “The Great Library of Alexandria?”, and is to be found at Its purpose and content is described thus:

Was the Great Library a library in the modern professional sense of the word, or perhaps it was a kind of proto-library containing a large collection of texts? In order to explore these questions and to bring clarity to the topic of the Great Library, this paper will examine the founding and history of the Great Library and illustrate its purpose and philosophy. Finally this paper will then analyze the Great Library according to established library criteria. Section I will provide an overview of the founding, intellectual achievements, and fall of the Great Library. Section II will review the characteristics of the Great Library according to modern professional criteria.

Another article on the ancient Library is to be found here, posted in 2013.

More reviews of Reading Philo

ReadingPhiloKen Schenk has now finished his review of Reading Philo, commenting on each and every one of the book’s chapters. He is very positive in his judgments, and concludes by saying  that

I have to consider the book a great success as an introduction to Philo. If you are an undergrad religion major of some kind and are looking to do graduate studies that will intersect with Philo, this is your book. I think this will become the standard text in graduate seminars to come.

You can find the last post (of a total of 8) here; this page also contains links to all the other postings.



Philo seminar papers at SBL Annual Meeting

The webpage to contain the papers to be presented at three Philo seminars at the SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta in November is now prepared to receive the manuscripts.

You will find links to the presenters’ webpages (not all of them seem to have a webpage though..), and you will find links to abstracts of the papers ( linking to the SBL abstracts pages).

It will probably take some time before the manuscripts  will appear; some hand it in just a few days before the konferanse.

Be sure to make a bookmark to this page: for easy access to the papers.

Review of Reading Philo

The first review of Reading Philo, printed in a journal like publication, is now available here:

Yli-Karjanmaa, Sami. Review of Torrey Seland (ed.), Reading Philo: A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.06.21,

Hopefully, when the summer is over, there will be some more reviews available.

1 Peter again

One of my main interests within New Testament studies lays within studies of 1 Peter. I once even had a blog dealing with 1 Peter (Research Notes on 1 Peter), but this has been closed for several years now. It simly became too much.

But this does not mean that my interest in 1 Peter has waned, and I still try to be informed about what is published in this field.
In the latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature, there is a review of this volume:

Forbes, Greg W.,
1 Peter: Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament
Nashville: B&H, 2014 pp. xxvii + 202. $24.99.

The description of the series runs like this: “The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) closes the gap between the Greek text and the available lexical and grammatical tools, providing all the necessary information for greater understanding of the text. The series makes interpreting any given New Testament book easier, especially for those who are hard pressed for time but want to preach or teach with accuracy and authority. Each volume begins with a brief introduction to the particular New Testament book, a basic outline, and a list of recommended commentaries. The body is devoted to paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis of the Greek text and includes homiletical helps and suggestions for further study. A comprehensive exegetical outline of the New Testament book completes each EGGNT volume.”

The review can be read by clicking here.


Conference on Magic

magicBy a note in Facebook I became aware of an interesting conference to be held in Bonn this summer:
Egyptian and Jewish Magic in antiquity
Bonn 5-9 July. The Venue of the Conference will be the site of the Universitätsforum, Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn.

The main goals hoped to be attained with the EJMA Conference are:

  • isolating a magico-technical vocabulary, which characterizes ancient texts of magic and, possibly, achieve a common and intercultural terminology on ancient magic.
  • following some linguistic and ritualistic developments in magical texts, both within a specific culture as well as cross- culturally,
  • understanding some of the magical names and nomina barbara we find in later texts, most of which still remain incomprehensible to us.
  • reconstructing the ritual dynamics of different magical practices on the basis of textual and material comparisons within the same culture or between different cultures – and especially those which dwelt in Egypt – both from a synchronic and diachronic perspective.

The Program and list of speakers can be seen here.For further info, see here.

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