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Loeb’s Philo in Logos 7!

As mentioned in a posting below, the Loeb Classical Library ‘s edition of Philo’s texts has now been included in the Logos Bible Software 7. At the same time the handbook to Philo, Reading Philo, which was published late in 2014 by Eerdmans, has also been included. These additions, in addition to some other works on Philo already included for some time, (see here, here, and here) make Logos Bible Software even more useful for studying Philo.
The Greek text of the Loeb edition and the English translation are here published in separate volumes (see picture above). All the footnotes of the print edition are, of course, kept in this digital version too, and when the two are associated they scroll together.

Concerning the Reading Philo volume, all the references to Philo’s works included therein, are of course linked to Philo’s texts, whether that be in this Loeb edition, or to the older text version (of Borgen-Fuglseth-Skarsten) and the Yonge’s old translation, which are also available in Logos. I am a little bit surprised, however, that works mentioned in the book, and also available, are not all linked in Reading Philo ( see e.g., no link to the Lexicons or Runia’s Commentary On the Creation).However, it is nice to have the Handbook included!  :)

Below is a picture of how my desktop in Logos may look when working on Philo. From left: it is possible to highlight texts (by color or underlining, or both: I often have this feature open), then I have the Biblia Hebraica opened, including (below) some lexicons (BDAG, LLS, Louw, BDB); then I have the LXX with some translations below. Then in the fourth column from left is the Loeb edition of Philo (text and translation, including Yonge’s translation). Finally, to the right, in this case, Ryle’s old volumes on the quotations of Philo from the Old Testament.

I wish I had two screens available, one for Logos, and one for my word processor, but I have no room for that on my desk. I do have a 27” screen, however, and that works very well too.



Abstracts updated – manuscripts still to come..

My page for the Philo Seminar at this November SBL Annual Meeting has been updated as far as it concerns the Abstracts of the papers to be presented.

Now we are just waiting for the manuscripts to come…

Philo at SBL Annual Meeting (II)

In addition to the Philo Seminar mentioned below, there will also be several other Group Sessions and Seminar papers that will deal with topics in which they will also ask for input from Philo’s works.
Here is a list of those papers I found when searching the online Program Book at the SBL site.

S19-137 Meals in the Greco-Roman World
11/19/2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Bonham D (3rd Level) – Grand Hyatt (GH)

Theme: Meal and Teaching

Meredith Warren, University of Sheffield, Presiding
Steven C. Muir, Concordia University of Edmonton and Frederick S. Tappenden, McGill University
Not by Bread Alone, but by Every Word from the Mouth of the Lord – The Confluence of Eating and Teaching in the Ancient Mediterranean (35 min)
Birgit van der Lans, University of Bergen
Quarrelling over opinions’ (Rom. 14:1): verbal disorder and competitive speech at Greco-Roman meals (35 min)
Angela Standhartinger, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
The School of Moses at Table. Sympotic Teaching in Philo’s De vita contemplativa (35 min)
Soham Al-Suadi, Universität Bern – Université de Berne, Respondent (20 min)

Discussion (25 min)


S19-246 Religious Experience in Antiquity
11/19/2016 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Texas B (4th Level) – Grand Hyatt (GH)

Theme: Open Session
The Religious Experience in Antiquity section investigates the experiential elements of religions from the ancient near east to late antiquity, with a particular interest in examining (1) the relationship between texts and experience, (2) religious practices in the context of ritual, prayer, ecstasy, dreams and visions, 3) the role of embodied experiences (cognitive, neurological, and sensory) in the generation of religious ideas and commitment.

Angela Kim Harkins, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Presiding
Silviu N. Bunta, University of Dayton
Transformational mysticism in the liturgy of Hebrews (25 min)
Paul V. M. Flesher, University of Wyoming
Scripture Reading and Communal Prayer in the First-Century Gamla Synagogue: What Architecture Reveals about Religious Practice and Experience (25 min)
Nathalie LaCoste, University of Toronto
Fluid Identities: How Experiences with Water Shaped the Jews of Egypt (25 min)
Jason N. Yuh, University of Toronto
Paul’s Kodak Moment: Analyzing Gal 3:27’s Reference to Baptism through Studies of Memory, Embodiment, and Ritual (25 min)
Frederick S. Tappenden, McGill University
Contexts and Foundations: Paul’s Apocalyptic Imagination and the Confluence of Participation and Resurrection (25 min)
Discussion (25 min)


S21-156 Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions
11/21/2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 211 (2nd Level – West) – Convention Center (CC)

Theme: The Book of Ecclesiastes

Samuel Adams, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Presiding
Elisa Uusimäki, Helsingin Yliopisto – Helsingfors Universitet
The Maskil of the Dead Sea Scrolls among the Hellenistic Jewish Sages (25 min)
Thomas Wagner, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Reflecting creation traditions – Qohelet’s use of the Priestly creation account (25 min)
Hee Suk Kim, Chongshin University, Qohelet as an Ambiguous Image of Ruah (25 min)
Break (10 min)
Knut M. Heim, Denver Seminary, Ecclesiastes and Emotion (25 min)
Katharine Dell, University of Cambridge
All is decay: Intertextual links between Ecclesiastes and Lamentations (25 min)
Discussion (15 min)


S21-309 Christian Theology and the Bible
11/21/2016 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Conference Room 6 (3rd Level) – Marriott Rivercenter (MRC)

Theme: The theological significance of Hagar in Genesis and Galatians

This is the first of a four-year series on biblical figures who appear in both Testaments and their significance for Christian theology. This session focuses on Hagar, one of the few women to appear in both Old and New Testaments. Papers explore how theologians have understood her at different stages in history, and what her role might be in constructive Christian theology today.

Claire Mathews McGinnis, Loyola University Maryland, Presiding (5 min)
Andrew M. Harmon, Marquette University
“The Clever Handmaiden of Perfect Virtue”: Reappraising Ambrose of Milan’s Portrait of Hagar (30 min)
Justin Rogers, Freed-Hardeman University
Philo or Paul? The Hagar Allegory in Alexandrian Patristic Theology (30 min)
Andrea D. Saner, Eastern Mennonite University
Inheriting Hagar with Grace (30 min)
Discussion (45 min)


S21-315 Early Jewish Christian Relations
11/21/2016 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Independence (3rd Level) – Grand Hyatt (GH)
Marcie Lenk, Shalom Hartman Institute, Presiding

J. Cornelis de Vos, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Paul and the Parting of the Arguments in Galatians (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
A. Grayson Benko, Brite Divinity School (TCU)
The God who Grafts: Genos and Genealogy in Romans 11:16-24 (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Hyun Ho Park, Graduate Theological Union
From Jewish Mission to Gentile Mission: Triple Stories of Peter and the Border Crossing in Acts 9:32-10:48 (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Sung Uk Lim, Yonsei University
Philo’s Sophia vs. John’s Jesus in Gender Trouble (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Paul M. C. Elliott, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Philonic Borrowings in the Letters of Ambrose (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)


S21-356 Wisdom and Apocalypticism
11/21/2016 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Lone Star E (2nd Level) – Grand Hyatt (GH)
Theme: Philo vis-a-vis Wisdom and Apocalypticism

Jason Zurawski, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Presiding
Ellen Birnbaum, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Is There Wisdom in Philo’s Rationales for the Book of Genesis? (30 min)
Michael Cover, Marquette University
“Consecrating all the Excellences of Speech” (Mut. 220): Philo on the Right Use of Apocalyptic Tragedy and Gnomic Wisdom (30 min)
Break (5 min)
Archie Wright, Regent University
Questions of Eschatology and other Apocalyptic Themes in Philo’s Demonology (30 min)
Gregory E. Sterling, Yale Divinity School
When Ontology Meets Eschatology (30 min)
Discussion (25 min)

S22-114 Book of Deuteronomy
11/22/2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 304A (3rd Level) – Convention Center (CC)

Theme: The Reception of Deuteronomy in the Hellenistic Period: Authority, Transmission and Transformation

Cynthia Edenburg, Open University of Israel, Presiding
Bernard Levinson, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
The Reception of Deuteronomy in the Second Temple Period as a Window into the Formation of the Pentateuch (30 min)
Hindy Najman, University of Oxford
Reading Deuteronomy and Writing a New Law: reflections on the reception and transformation of Deuteronomy in the Hellenistic Period (30 min)
Francis Borchardt, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong
Idolatry, Retribution, and the Judean Homeland: Deuteronomic Ideology in 4 Maccabees (30 min)
Torrey Seland, VID-School of Mission &Theology, Norway
Philo of Alexandria and Deuteronomy (30 min)
David Lincicum, University of Notre Dame
Deuteronomy and Deuteronomic Tradition in the Epistle of Barnabas: A Reconsideration (30 min)

Philo at SBL Annual Meeting (I)

This year there will be three sessions in the Philo Seminar at the SBL Annual Meeting in San Antonio in November. A variety of papers will be offered by both younger and more seasoned scholars. The papers will be posted during the first half of November on this site:


S20-220 Philo of Alexandria
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 217C (2nd Level – West) – Convention Center (CC)

Theme: The Knowledge of God in Philo of Alexandria

Sean Adams, University of Glasgow, Presiding
Mark Hamilton, Abilene Christian University
Divine (Dis)embodiment as an aspect of Divine Otherness in Philo (30 min)
Ilaria L.E. Ramelli, Catholic University+Angelicum +Oxford University
The Knowledge of God and the Dialectics of Apophatic Theology: Philo between Scripture and the Platonic Tradition (30 min)
Break (10 min)
Sharon Weisser, Tel Aviv University
Knowing God by Analogy: Philo of Alexandria’s Proofs for the Existence of God in the Context of the Debate around Stoic Theology in the Roman Period (30 min)
Tyler A. Stewart, Marquette University
Theological Suicide: Evil and the Imperception of God (30 min)
Discussion (20 min)


S20-345 Philo of Alexandria
11/20/2016 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 304B (3rd Level) – Convention Center (CC)

Theme: Reincarnation and Afterlife in Philo and His World

Torrey Seland, Independent Scholar, Presiding
Sami Yli-Karjanmaa, University of Helsinki
Philo’s Position on Reincarnation (30 min)
David Runia, University of Melbourne
Does Philo Accept the Doctrine of Reincarnation? (30 min)
Break (10 min)
Rainer Hirsch-Luipold, Universität Bern – Université de Berne
Afterlife and Reincarnation in Plutarch (30 min)
Jeffrey Trumbower, Saint Michael’s College (Vermont)
Closing the Door on Reincarnation in Early Christianity: Limiting the Options (30 min)
Discussion (20 min)


S21-144b Philo of Alexandria
11/21/2016 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Room: 008A (River Level) – Convention Center (CC)

Theme: Philo’s de Mutatione Nominum

Scott Mackie, Independent Scholar, Presiding
Michael Cover, Marquette University
Philo’s De mutatione nominum: Sample Commentary, Exegetical Structure, and Its Place in the “Abrahamic Cycle” of the Allegorical Commentary (20 min)
Gregory Sterling, Yale Divinity School
What’s in a Name? The Place of De mutatione nominum in Philo’s Allegorical Commentary (20 min)
Discussion (20 min)
Break (10 min)
James Royse, Claremont, California
The Text of Philo’s De mutatione nominum (20 min)
Frederick Brenk, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome
A Name by Any Name? The Allegorizing Etymologies of Philo and Plutarch (20 min)
Michel Barnes, Marquette University
Divine Powers in De mutatione nominum and Patristic Reception (20 min)
Discussion (20 min)
Business Meeting (15 min)


Impressive new Dragon Professional

During the years, in several blog postings, (for the last one, see here), I have mentioned my experiences with a program called Dragon NaturallySpeaking which claims to be able to transfer my speech into text.
Now it’s company, Nuance, has produced a new version, named Dragon Professional  Individual,  version 15.

This is an impressive new and improved version. It is faster, and it understands my speaking much better than ever before. Even with my Norwegian accent, I am able to speak for much longer sections and using a much more elaborate terminology than ever before. In order to enhance the use of the program, I can make it read some of my papers, and it accepts and incorporates the  vocabulary I use in my papers. Most of these papers are about Philo of Alexandria, and in this way, the program incorporates the vocabulary relevant for such papers.

I am just impressed and I do think, with this new version, I will use this program much more than before just because it understands my pronunciation, it learns my way of speaking much better than ever before.

If you are a little bit interested, have a look at their web page. The program is quite new, and you might find some very interesting discount offers.

” With an all-new, next-generation speech engine leveraging Deep Learning technology, dictate and transcribe faster and more accurately than ever before, and spend less time on documentation and more time on activities that boost the bottom line.” (from Nuance’s web page.)



Great great news!!

The Loeb edition of the works of Philo (both Greek and English) is going to be available in Logos by the end of this month (sept 23.)!

Those of you who have not subscribed, have a look at Philo in Logos 7 here.

At the same time, the book I edited (and partly wrote); Reading Philo. A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria, will also be made available in Logos!

That made my day!  :)



Examples of Mimicry and Hybridity in Philo’s writings

My study from 2010, ‘Colony’ and ‘metropolis’ in Philo. Examples of Mimicry and Hybridity in Philo’s writing back from the Empire? Études platoniciennes, 7.2010, 11-33, is now available on the web at this link.

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