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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.

Reading Philo review

Ken Schenck had a brief note on ‘Reading Philo': A Handbook to Philo (Eerdmans, 2014), in the beginning of May (see here). Iit looked like the first part of a review , but it has not been followed up, as far as I have been able to observe. I consider Schenck a reader well versed in Philo; hence a review from his pen would have been interesting. But a full review of the volume is still something I am looking for… :)

SNTS 2015 Amsterdam

Now finally, I have signed up for participation at the SNTS General Meeting in Amsterdam 28-31 July. I should thus be able to participate in the Philo Seminar listed below too, as well as some other interesting lectures and events.

I just have to find some hotel like place to stay ………:)

Philo at the SNTS General Meeting 2015

At the 70th General Meeting of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), at VU University Amsterdam this summer (July 28-31), there will also be a Seminar devoted to Philo of Alexandria. While the General Meeting is only for members and spouses and invited guests, I list the topics here as information for those interested:

Seminar 9 [room 0G-23] Early Jewish Theologies and the New Testament (Profs. J. Herzer and G. Oegema). Terminates in 2019.

  • Wed: Otto Kaiser (Marburg; guest), “Philos Hochschätzung der Freundschaft – Im Kontext der hellenistisch-römischen Philosophie beurteilt.
  • Thu: Greg Sterling (Yale), “’A Law to Themselves': Universalism in Philo and Paul.”
  • Fri: Thomas Tobin (Loyola Chicago), “Reconfiguring Apocalyptic Imagery: The Examples of Philo of Alexandria and Paul.

VU University, also known as Vrije Universiteit (Free University), was founded in 1880 as a Protestant university of the Reformed tradition by Abraham Kuyper, a famous Dutch statesman and theologian. It was called Free University because it was to be free of government control and was to have no formal ties to any particular denomination. Nowadays the university is fully funded by the government though it is still has no formal ties to a particular denomination. More info about the General Meeting can be found here.







Nov Test Suppl Online – and Philo!

Brill’s famous series of New Testament related studies are also available online; you can get to that page by clicking here.

“The first online collection of Brill’s flagship series in New Testament Studies (Novum Testamentum, Supplements) presents monographs and collections of essays that make original contributions to the field of New Testament studies. This includes text-critical, philological and exegetical studies, and investigations which seek to situate early Christian texts (both canonical and non-canonical) and theology in the broader context of Jewish and Graeco-Roman history, culture, religion and literature.

This collection contains 151 titles published up to and including all titles published in 2013.”

Of special interest for Philo students, I might point out the following volumes now available online:

Halvor Moxnes, Theology in Conflict  (1980)

Peder Borgen, Bread from Heaven (1981)

Peder Borgen, Philo of Alexandria – An Exegete for His Time (1997)

D.E. Aune, T. Seland, J. Ulrichsen, Neotestamentica et Philonica (2002)

Kåre Fuglseth, Johannine Sectarianism in Perspective (2005)



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CRINT Online!

68673Scholars working in the field of Philo and ancient Judaism, will certainly know the Compendia Rerum ad Ioudaicarum series. Now these great books are also available online:

“The online collection of the Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum, designed in the 1960s as a structured set of handbooks on ‘matters Jewish’ illuminating the origins of Christianity, and formerly published by Van Gorcum, presents monographs and collections of essays originally published in three sections: • Section 1 – The Jewish people in the First Century: historical geography, political history, social, cultural and religious life and institutions • Section 2 – The Literature of the Jewish People in the Period of the Second Temple and the Talmud • Section 3 – Jewish Traditions in Early Christian Literature. From 2009 on, the series is continued by way of monographs, and CRINT 12, 13 and 14 have appeared.”

For Philo scholars and other interested in Philo, these items are especially interesting:

The Jewish People in the First Century, Volume 1
Historical Geography, Political History, Social, Cultural and Religious Life and Institutions. Section One, Volume One,

containing, inter alia, these chapters:

The Jewish Diaspora
Relations between the Diaspora and the Land of Israel
The Legal Status of the Jewish Communities in the Diaspora
The Organization of the Jewish Communities in the Diaspora

The next volume has two chapters, especially well related to the Diaspora,

The Social and Economic Status of the Jews in the Diaspora
Greek in Palestine and the Diaspora
The Jews in Greek and Latin Literature

Another volume is completely devoted to Philo:

Jewish Traditions in Early Christian Literature, Volume 3 Philo in Early Christian Literature

Then we have this volume:

The Literature of the Jewish People in the Period of the Second Temple and the Talmud, Volume 2 Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period. Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Qumran Sectarian Writings, Philo, Josephus,
Containing the wellknown article on Philo by Peder Borgen:

Philo of Alexandria

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